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"I will not be attending this year’s convention, nor any Republican convention in the future, until the party focuses on a bigger, bolder, more confident future for the United States — a future based on problem solving, inclusiveness, and a willingness to address the trust deficit, which is every bit as corrosive as our fiscal and economic deficits… ."

- Former Utah governor and presidential candidate Jon Huntsman • Throwing a bit of shade on the modern-day GOP, which several months ago he was trying to woo. This isn’t a novel turn for Huntsman, really — despite endorsing his fellow well-coiffed Mormon, Mitt Romney, he hasn’t exactly been a model campaign surrogate; about a week after the endorsement he went on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” to proclaim that “gone are the days where the Republican party used to put forward big, bold visionary stuff,” and suggested he’d like to see the rise of a third political party. Rest assured, that’s not on-message surrogacy — we think Huntsman is being true to a conviction here. source (viafollow)
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"Jon Huntsman’s campaign was never going to work. He finally realized that and will drop out to give Mitt Romney, for whom he exhibited no small amount of animosity during the debates, his support. In New Hampshire he preposterously told supporters that a weak third place finish, in a state in which he had campaigned almost exclusively, was his “ticket to ride” to South Carolina. But it wasn’t, just as his campaign wasn’t based on any natural constituency or rationale."

- The Washington Post’s Jennifer Rubin • Offering up her harshly-worded take on why Jon Huntsman’s leaving the race. “If it was the GOP presidential nomination he sought,” she continued, “it was of a GOP in some parallel universe created by the press in which the darn Tea Party never arose, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was still speaker of the House and Republicans yearned for an isolationist foreign policy even to the left of President Obama’s.” While the conservative Rubin clearly has her opinions, there is a grain of truth here. Huntsman’s a likable guy, but this was not a campaign that worked in his favor. (via shortformblog)

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ShortFormBlog: Comment of the day re: Huntsman suspending campaign

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Huntsman is an elitist. And that’s why I like him. Republicans need a leader who makes them eat their vegetables. A leader who doesn’t pander to the lowest common denominator, as all the others have been doing. A leader who finally says, “You know what? We’re the party of…

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"Today our campaign for the presidency ends, but our campaign for a better and more trustworthy America continues."

- Jon Huntsman • Speaking at the announcement of his campaign’s suspension Monday morning. (via shortformblog)

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"The next generation deserves a Congress with term limits. We need a candidate who’s going to lead a Grateful Dead tour of this country, who rallies the support of the American people in getting term limits and closing the revolving door of lobbyists."

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I don’t have a lot of time but I have a lot of opinions so given the last few debates here is how the talking heads are doing in my estimation.

Jon Huntsman is the adult in the room and it isn’t doing him any favors with his own party but it’s giving him support from the other side.

Herman Cain is haha oh wait.

Ron Paul is surprisingly rational when it comes to understanding concepts like bombing other people pisses them off and makes them want to bomb us. Unfortunately, he’s still a racist, classist, sexist old dude.

Michele Bachmann is still convinced she’s a serious candidate, no one else is. When Newt Gingrich can make fun of you for being factually inaccurate you should really give up.

Rick Perry is not Tim Tebow and is not entirely sure that Mexico and Iran aren’t in cahoots. Too dumb to function. Bravo Texas, you present us with such quality.

Newt Gingrich is not nearly as smart as he thinks he is, but is convincing a lot of Republicans otherwise. He’s just cocky enough to make it work.

Mitt Romney has no real opinions and still might get to be the POTUS. 

Rick Santorum is not real.

Having declined an invite the Donald Trump-moderated GOP debate, Jon Huntsman will instead face off one-on-one with Newt Gingrich at a Lincoln-Douglass style debate.

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This is a win-win for everyone involved. Huntsman gets to enjoy some of Gingrich’s residual press coverage, and Gingrich gets to debate a candidate who actually knows something about foreign policy. Sounds like a good idea to us.

In the year of too many goddamn debates, this is one I’m actually glad to hear about.

Me too. Gingrich may be a bit of a dick, but at least he’s relatively smart. And, Huntsman is “the normal one.”

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Jon Huntsman isn’t buying his opponents’ calls for sanctions against Iran: “Everybody’s talking about sanctions. I hate to break it to ya, but sanctions won’t work, because China and Russia aren’t gonna play ball.”

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Jon Huntsman isn’t buying his opponents’ calls for sanctions against Iran: “Everybody’s talking about sanctions. I hate to break it to ya, but sanctions won’t work, because China and Russia aren’t gonna play ball.”

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Jon Huntsman endorses considering defense cuts, saying that to have a truly honest conversation there must be “no sacred cows.” He also called for America’s foreign policy to be driven by economics.
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Jon Huntsman endorses considering defense cuts, saying that to have a truly honest conversation there must be “no sacred cows.” He also called for America’s foreign policy to be driven by economics.

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"I don’t agree with the anti-capitalist message. But I do agree that this country is never again going to bail out corporations. I do agree that we have blown through trillions and trillions of dollars with nothing to show on the balance sheet but debt… and I do agree that we have banks that are too big to fail in this economy."

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Jon Huntsman, explaining where he does agree with the Occupy Wall Street movement.

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Update Number 1 for the Presidential Wannabes

It has been two debates since my first major post about this year’s crop of presidential hopefuls so it’s about time for an update.

Herman Cain is coming out stronger and stronger with the base, but as his fellows have caught on they’ve also upped their game attacking his 9-9-9 plan, something I’d really prefer to not call an economic plan since it demonstrates zero knowledge of how a Value Added Tax and a market economy work together and who they affect. At some point, he won’t be able to just keep saying that every analysis of the plan but his is wrong and he’ll be forced to face some unpleasant facts. Until then however, he’s congenial, he plays above the belt, and he “doesn’t speak politician” which goes down smoothly in the current political atmosphere and I think he’ll continue to do well, especially in contrast to some of his peers that can’t hold it together during debates. 

Rick Perry should just stop now. He might win Texas, and by merit of being a white male, a couple of other southern states but on the over all I think he’s nearly done with his run. He can’t perform in debates, he’s inconsistent, and to quote Dead Presidents he looks like a lego man. He isn’t the worst candidate running, but I don’t consider him a serious contended for the nomination anymore. His strategy right now seems to be to attack people ad hom, and it isn’t working out well.

Speaking of inconsistent, Mitt Romney is doing pretty well for a guy that can’t keep an opinion for more than a few weeks at a time. He has a lot of haters right now, mostly because the other candidates know that despite losing some of his ground to Herman Cain he’s still the top pick for the nomination. He’s popular in the states he’s governed, and he has a solid track record as a politician. He’s gotten a little heat for being a Mormon recently, as was to be expected, but he’s handled it nicely. He and Perry were having a little bitch fit tonight,but he came out on top in the end. I still think he’ll end up with the nomination.

Newt Gingrich faired shockingly well at tonight’s debate, and he’s been doing a little better in the polls recently. However, he won’t win the nomination, and I still hold that he’s too smart to be in this race. He’s had some nice quips and one liners in the news, including my personal favorite about Herman Cain “strolling for president”. Newt is a smart man, and an experienced man, but he’s just one of those guys that people don’t really like and aren’t entirely sure why they don’t like. He isn’t going much further in the race, he’s about topped out.

Michele Bachmann says some ignorant shit, and I hate that she’s in the national spotlight. I doubt she’ll get the nomination, so for me she’s just a hateful woman mouthing off about all of her peers and saying incredibly off base and offensive things, as well as some beyond stupid ones. “The devil is in the details”….settle down, Michele.

Ron Paul introduced himself tonight as “I’m Congressman Ron Paul from Texas. I’m the champion of liberty.” Enough said.

Jon Huntsman….my opinion remains the same. He’s the best candidate the GOP has, and he’s the least likely to win the nomination.

I still refuse to recognize Santorum as a real candidate, so the messages about that can cease and desist. I know he’s running, but he won’t win and he isn’t worth discussing (although the shout out to his daughter was super cute, as I’m sure he intended it to be.)



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I think there’s a serious problem. The minute that the Republican Party becomes the party – the anti-science party, we have a huge problem. We lose a whole lot of people who would otherwise allow us to win the election in 2012. When we take a position that isn’t willing to embrace evolution, when we take a position that basically runs counter to what 98 of 100 climate scientists have said, what the National Academy of Science – Sciences has said about what is causing climate change and man’s contribution to it, I think we find ourselves on the wrong side of science, and, therefore, in a losing position.


The Republican Party has to remember that we’re drawing from traditions that go back as far as Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, President Eisenhower, Nixon, Reagan and Bush. And we’ve got a lot of traditions to draw upon. But I can’t remember a time in our history where we actually were willing to shun science and become a – a party that – that was antithetical to science. I’m not sure that’s good for our future and it’s not a winning formula.

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GOP presidential hopeful Jon “call me crazy” Huntsman, on ABC News’ This Week, when asked about Rick Perry’s stance on evolution and climate change.

Distinguishing yourself from the pack: you’re doing it right.

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While I don’t think Huntsman is particularly electable, he’s definitely earning points with the moderates with statements like this.

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