Jon Huntsman Jr.

Feb 03

quote I think it’s a young man in search of masculinity.

— Jon Huntsman on Kim Jong-un’s threats of further provocations

Feb 03

quote I got into politics in ways that maybe were a little non-traditional. I never saw myself running for office; I used to make fun of people who were crazy enough to run for office.

— Jon Huntsman

Feb 03

quote I believe in a limited government that is based first and formost on “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” for its people. I believe in the states doing more of the work that increasingly is being done by Washington, consistent with the tenth amendment. And I believe in a healthy dose of libertarianism: balance the books and get out of our lives. And we’ve drifted from that, and those were some of the core tenets of Republicans that I still believe in, but the party has wandered here and there. And I think it’s about time we get back to our original tenets that I think are still viable and real today.

— Jon Huntsman on why he is a Republican

Feb 03

quote Now’s a perfect time to be having this conversation because — you know what? — the numbers at the border are pretty much flat. I think they’re as low as they’ve been in 40 years, since 1970; people aren’t coming. So you take a lot of the sting out of the discussion, it’s a little more dispassionate, and now we put some good ideas on the table and let’s fix it once and for all. But you can’t fix it unless you’re willing to have a realistic conversation about 11 to 12 million people in this country, and how to build some sort of pathway. It isn’t, you know, whatever was described in the past election cycle [self-deportation]… They’re here, they’re living in our communities, they’re attending our churches, they’re working in our companies, and they become part of our community, and we have to recognize that and just deal with the reality. It’s a tough one but it can be resolved. And now’s the time to do it.

— Jon Huntsman on immigration reform

Feb 03

quote Will there be other movements spawned and alternative approaches developed, no question about it. [But] a two-party system is good, you know, when you can make it work. We’re better off with a strong two-party system. You’re never better off with a dominant one-party system and so I’d like to see the Republican Party get back in the game, for that very reason. And every American should hope that we end up with a strong two-party system because it’s good for everybody, but the clock is ticking.

— Jon Huntsman

Feb 03

quote Here’s what I walk away from the presidential campaign with, in my head: an unbelievably exhilarating journey to be sure. But you stand on the debate stage, time after time — after, I don’t know, ten or fifteen of those gameshows, that’s what they seemed like after a while — and you look at those who are willing to run for the highest office in the land. And I can myself in this statement as well: you say, I a country of 315 million good and decent people — great innovators, leaders of higher education, great scientists, great innovators, great business folks, good moms and dads — this is the best we can do? I mean, you gotta say the barriers to entry are pretty damn low when you get right down to it. We are only as good as the people we put forward, you know what I mean? We are only as good as the people we put forward and who are willing to get involved in the system. And everybody out there will say, But the pain threshold is pretty high and it’s so invasive and why would anybody want to get into a situation where you gotta disclose everything? Well, it is what it is. And our system is transparent. And it’s from time to time pretty brutal, and it’s a rough-and-tumble system but it’s going to require an infusion of your vitality, energy and good thinking that will bring about some reasonable solutions.

— Jon Huntsman at Rice University’s Baker Institute

Feb 03

quote It is an abomination and we gotta fix it.

— Jon Huntsman on super PACs and money in politics

Feb 03

quote She sat down and said, Let me just make one thing abundantly clear before we begin this journey. She said, If you pander, if you sign any of those damn pledges I will leave you. And I thought, Oh, this is going to be an interesting journey. How do you compete in the early primary states without being able to pander, for heaven’s sake?! That’s just part of the political landscape.

— Jon Huntsman on what his wife told him about running for president

Feb 03

quote Thank you for that very thoughtful introduction and making me sound a lot cooler than I am. You forgot the most important part which is I’m just a failed rock-and-roll musician. And so what happens if you’re a failed rock-and-roll musician, what is the natural fallback position? Politics, right?

— Jon Huntsman after being introduced at the Baker Institute

Feb 02

quote That’s impossible to know.

— Jon Huntsman on whether he’s run for president in 2016