Jon Huntsman Jr. ready to hit the campaign trail for Mitt Romney, calling him 'best of the options we have'

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  • Filo Doughboy Bakersfield, CA
    May 3, 2012 1:52 a.m.

    I hear your pain, Jon. And I'm baffled, too. How did MR fool so many? He was so likable on the stage while he was smiling and looking presidential. Then he does that Utah thing where he starts whing and the voice gets higher. Today's speeches were awful in delivery, good on substance. Do we wanna hear that for 4 years?

    So, yeah. He's our best option, except for YOU. Americans aren't perfect and neither are our leaders. So don't run off into the sunset quite yet. I agree with the wisdom that says stay visible and then pounce in 2016.

    (Is there something in the water or the Deseret DNA that some of y'all don't know that the return key is used for new paragraphs? No one reads run-on sentences, let alone paragraphs. C'mon, make Brigham proud and learn to punctuate.)

  • Leesha Kearns, UT
    May 2, 2012 4:15 p.m.

    Beverly: You are joking, yes???

  • Beverly Eden, UT
    May 2, 2012 4:04 p.m.

    Governor Huntsman has what it takes to be President. His honesty, his calm reflective comments, and his lack of fear mongering, pushed him aside in the current GOP atmosphere. Even tactful support of the current collection or right wingers could hurt Huntsman in the future. I think the Country will eventually return to the middle and see through the fear, ultra right wing rhetoric and political nonsense; and Governor Huntsman will prevail as a qualified, intelligent, choice for President. Hopefully, supporting Governor Romney will not hurt him (too much) and at the same time will keep him in the GOP fold.

  • RyaninOgden OGDEN, UT
    May 2, 2012 2:42 p.m.

    I don't see someone beating pres. Obama when all his supporters are like, "well, he's the best we have..."

  • JNA Layton, UT
    May 2, 2012 2:41 p.m.

    Great Move Jon,

    Lets get the worst President in the history of the United States (Obama) out of office. Romney is going to be an awesome President!

  • Leesha Kearns, UT
    May 2, 2012 1:58 p.m.

    I too, can not understand why anyone would vote for Obama after these past three years. What has he done except build big government? What good has he done in three years? How are we better off? Some people say he was handed a big mess, and congress messed things up for him. So, what did he do to improve "The big mess?" What positive has he done period? Time to give someone else a chance.
    A lot of people posting here really like Huntsman. If you notice, he gets around taking a stand on anything. When he was running for governor it was impossible to tell what his positions were. On any issue he comes out speaking strong, then you just have to wait for "On the other hand..." He will take both sides of any issue, you just have to wait around a few minutes. That way you relate to everyone and don't make people mad. But what kind of person is that to have in charge?

  • Michael Malone OREM, UT
    May 2, 2012 1:03 p.m.

    Even if/when Romeny wins the GOP nomination, he will never win the general election against Obama. Our next president will either be Obama, or RON PAUL. Wake up America!

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    May 2, 2012 12:48 p.m.

    The Democrats controlled Congress, both Houses and it was not just President Bush. Congress makes the money decisions. The President proposes budgets and the Congress passes. That is still no excuse for having some problems, but the House with Republicans in charge only took control a year and 3 months ago. The President had two whole years without passing a budget with his Party in control. The President doesn't spend much time in the White House formulating policy and making decisions. He is on the road almost everyday just as he did when he was campaigning. He maybe hasn't been officially campaigning, until recently, but he doesn't make decisions for our public policy while traveling around the world apologizing for everything the United States of America has done wrong since the colonizing of the 13 states. We haven't done anything right prior to her husband becoming President, according to his wife. What a sad state of affairs for an educated lady to make in her position as the First Lady. We need doers, not just people that state that everything is wrong and that he was given a bag of bad apples, rotten to the core

  • hermounts Pleasanton, CA
    May 2, 2012 12:41 p.m.

    Talk about damning with faint praise!

    May 2, 2012 12:35 p.m.

    Just reading most of the comments make me sick and worried about our country! Voting for a man who takes his "forward" message from the socialists/communists and isn't even ashamed and doesn't try to hide it, takes 17 vacations of whatever amount of time, 94 + golf games of at least 4 hours each, doesn't get into the office until after 10:00am, by his own admission, more fund raisers than the last 5 presidents put together, flying on Air Force 1 on the tax payers dime, parties in the white house with singers who use words that would have to be scrubbed in the DN, but by darn, you will vote for him.

    Well, good luck. When the election is over and he wins, hold on to your money, because he will go around congress and the taxes will sky rocket, (and not just for the rich) just like our gas prices, and our utilities, as he said himself. Little Europe here we come.

  • Furry1993 Clearfield, UT
    May 2, 2012 12:00 p.m.

    It amazes me to see how many people complain that President Obama broke promises and didn't accomplish much when the reason that he appeared to break promises and not accomplish much is that the Republicans and, especially, those on the far right were trying so hard to make him fail that they blocked everything he tried to do which, of course, made things worse. President Obama was handed a horrendous mess when he took office, and he has done a good job (especially given the obstructionism) to improve matters for the country. Put the blame where it belongs -- and, for the most part, that's not with President Obama.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    May 2, 2012 11:31 a.m.

    One thing that Governor Huntsman does state by this action is his old Boss, President Obama needs to be defeated and that is quite a statement. The Republican candidate, whether Governor Romney or someone else, needs to have a wide base of endorsements and not just one side or another. People in the United States of America need to know that there will be a variety of people and basic conservative policies to change what has been happening in America too long. There are thousands of items to deal with, in every aspect of life that has eroded through either not doing or subverting the Constitutional processes that the Founders hoped would not be tampered with they way they have. It will be a challenge for both the Congress and the President as the Federal Court system is plying their muscle. President Bush was sidelined for awhile by the 9/11 activities and probably misjudged the Gulf war process and that took attention off the domestic issues such as housing, banking and basic economic issues. That blended in the Hope and Change that President Obama rested on but did nothing for those who voted for him. Lobbyists did not wait.

  • JRJ Pocatello, ID
    May 2, 2012 10:16 a.m.

    If we expect to rid ourselves of the socialist occupying the White House now, we need to ENTHUSIASTICALLY endorse our candidate. Using words like " He's the best option we have" is tantamount to defeat. Mr. Romney experienced last election what Mr. Huntsman is experiencing this time around - experience for another day. I do agree with him on his comments about rising to the occasion. Until we are in the actual position, we are simply supposing what we would and can do. I simply cannot understand how anyone could vote for Obamaniac a second time let alone the first.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    May 2, 2012 10:06 a.m.

    The best option only if you restrict yourself to republicans.

  • Getting it Right Sunnyvale, CA
    May 2, 2012 9:59 a.m.

    After over three years in office, I don't understand why there are a lot people of this country would vote of BO. There are a lot of questions and promises made in 2008 but most of those questions are answered now and promises unfulfilled or mostly broken.

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    May 2, 2012 9:28 a.m.

    My! What a ringing endorsement!

  • Pack Layton, Utah
    May 2, 2012 9:03 a.m.

    @xert "Those who's soul purposse in life is to "get Obama out of there," are facing a very depressing next four years." The truth of the matter is, if Obama is elected again, the entire country will be facing a very depressing next four years. Our country will be ruined if Obama gets four more years.

  • EDM Castle Valley, Utah
    May 2, 2012 8:59 a.m.

    Jon, no! You talked about a new way , a third party. The only thing worse than the Democratic party is the Republican one. Please hear us.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    May 2, 2012 8:45 a.m.

    Jon, you were by far our best option. Now I'm voting for Obama again.

  • Mike in Cedar City Cedar City, Utah
    May 2, 2012 8:28 a.m.

    Once again political expediency rules, and 2016 is just around the corner. But Governor Huntsman, you may have already burned your bridges with the Republican establishment. They don't value political honesty as much as you. Are you sure you don't want to resurrect that 3rd party thing?

  • IdahoStranger NEWDALE, ID
    May 2, 2012 8:00 a.m.

    Sounds like Huntsman is looking for a position within the new administration.
    Certainly he has the credentials. CFR. Council on Foreign Relations membership.
    That of course has been a requirement for all of the past administrations. Being enthralled with
    Internationalism and Globalism and the United Nations and the New World Order is what they are looking for.

    Google "Romney announces foreign policy advisers" and see what kind of men he is already surrounding himself with. Take a look at their backgrounds - where they have been making their living and spending their time. One report says it's the elder Bush team all over again. Surprised? We will not get anything new - just more of the same.

    Not convinced? Read "The Shadows of Power" by James Perloff and see how the CFR has provided the majority of cabinet members for all previous administrations, including Ronald Reagan. Reagan had 28 CFR men on his team. You will also be able to see his record deficits and how he "chalked up more government debt than all the Presidents before him combined."
    But Obama has outdone them all!

    Republicans or Democrats - its all the same. See who Romney appoints.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    May 2, 2012 7:48 a.m.

    @ ParkCityAggie, well he is pandering now. But it lays the groundwork for 2016 when President Obama leaves office and the race is wide open.

  • Furry1993 Clearfield, UT
    May 2, 2012 7:18 a.m.

    To FatherOfFour | 6:19 a.m. 5/2

    The issue is not what Romney's campaign will be. That's easy, since Romney will do or say anything he thinks will give him a better chance to get elected even if he says and/or does the exact opposite with the next person to whom he is interacting. It would take more than Gov. Huntsman's input to get Romney to run an honest campaign.

    The issue is what Romney would do if the country is unfortunate enough to have him in the White House. Given his record, he would work for the benefit of the wealthy few and the rest of the people would get none of his regard or concern at all (just look at the jobs he cost, the jobs he sent overseas and the bankruptcies he caused when he was Bain Capital). There's nothing Huntsman could do to mitigate the disaster of a Romney presidency.

    May 2, 2012 6:19 a.m.

    This is very good news. If Huntsman would have won the GOP nomination he would have had my vote in a heartbeat. At this point I am planning to vote for Obama over Romney. However, if Huntsman can lend his common sense approach and bipartisan leadership style to the Romney campaign, that just might change.

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    May 2, 2012 6:02 a.m.

    "I would much prefer the Jon Huntsman never get a job in a Republican adminstration of any sort."

    More and more of that attitude persists in the GOP.

    Reasonable, moderates need not apply.

    Huntsman is less of a politician than most. If he was, he could have pandered to the base like Romney.
    Instead, he spoke his mind and was quickly booted.

    Reagan would have hit the exits early with today's GOP.

  • Furry1993 Clearfield, UT
    May 2, 2012 5:46 a.m.

    Governor Huntsman is wrong. HE is the best alterntive we have. Romney would not be good for the United States, nd especially not good for its people (except, of course, those who are very, very rich). I know Gov. Huntsman is doing what is politically proper, but he's dead wrong on this one.

  • Razzle2 Bluffdale, UT
    May 2, 2012 5:39 a.m.

    When I read the title of this article I wanted to comment against Huntsman making double meaning statements. But, when I read the article I only say snips of quotes that are possibly out of context.

  • DonO Draper, UT
    May 2, 2012 5:08 a.m.

    Huntsman is first and foremost a diplomat. He speaks carefully in very measured tones. Some see that as a negative. He is also an opportunist, as are all politicians. But he likewise is a man of some principle and innate intelligence who definitely will play a role on the national, if not the world, stage going forward. Love it or hate it but he is and will be a player.

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    May 2, 2012 4:49 a.m.

    "I see him as the best of the options we have available"

    It is so funny to watch people "endorse" Romney while holding their nose.

  • xert Santa Monica, CA
    May 2, 2012 4:35 a.m.

    This coming the day after even Fox News seemed to be conceding the next election to President (Osamas Dead and GM is Alive) Barak Obama! Did you see the look on the face of the Fox strategist during the O'Reilly show? He looked like he wanted to find a hole to crawl in. Sorry Mr. Huntsman, you ought to admit that you were on the winning team before. Those who's sole purpose in life is to "get Obama out of there," are facing a very depressing next four years.

  • Vince the boonies, mexico
    May 2, 2012 3:54 a.m.

    Jon just shut up and quit saying something you truly don't believe! Start soon about getting ready with qualified people and money mongrels to launch 2016 campaign as an Independent candidate for the presidency please. Both parties today are corrupt and bought by "big money"! We voters want "CHANGE".

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    May 1, 2012 9:31 p.m.

    If you are out of work, it never hurts to be nice to guys that might be hiring.

    However, other than resuming the Ambassador to China job, which he did well, I would much prefer the Jon Huntsman never get a job in a Republican adminstration of any sort.

    He is a politician. And that is not a compliment.

  • ParkCityAggie Park City, Ut
    May 1, 2012 9:21 p.m.

    I like Gov. Huntsman. I have respect for him and he was the only candidate who stood his ground and didn't pander. It's too bad he didn't win the Republican nomination. With that said, I respectfully disagree with him on this one!

  • Wally Ballou Cedar City, UT
    May 1, 2012 9:11 p.m.

    Jon, come on over to the Red Rock in Vegas this weekend and I'll introduce you to a much better option, Gary Johnson.

  • Caprice PROVIDENCE, UT
    May 1, 2012 8:55 p.m.

    I too appreciate Governor Huntsman for taking the high road and endorsing Governor Romney. Both men have admirable qualities and the object of this election is to get Obama out of the white house and undo as much of the harm he has done as possible. I strongly support Governor Romney in his bid for the presidency and I sincerely believe there has never been a finer, more qualified individual to become the president of our country. He's America's greatest hope of turning our economy around and putting Americans back to work. God bless Governor Romney for his great vision of America and his desire and capability to bring it to fruition.

  • Fitness Freak Salt Lake City, UT
    May 1, 2012 8:47 p.m.

    I will be voting for Romney IN SPITE OF Huntsmans' endorsement.

    NOT because of it!

  • high school fan Huntington, UT
    May 1, 2012 8:45 p.m.

    Contrary to the first comment, I appreciate Gov Huntsman endorsing Gov Romney. I hope if Romney is elected that there will be a place in the administration for Huntsman. Huntsman could be a exceptional secretary of state. the goal is to replace the current president, plain and simple.

  • no fit in SG St.George, Utah
    May 1, 2012 8:40 p.m.

    Oh, Jon, please think this through before you make a big mistake! Those of us who admire you and hope you will continue in politics, think this is a very wrong move for you to make.