Jon Huntsman Jr.

May 27

quote My first presidential debate… the first thing that hit my mind was, the barriers to entry in this game are pretty damn low.

— Jon Huntsman

Apr 20

Politico: "Angry Huntsman vendors threaten lawsuit" →

Multiple former advisers to Jon Huntsman’s 2012 campaign are now considering legal action against the failed presidential candidate after the Utahn has gone silent about how he plans to pay off over $1 million in campaign debt.

More than a dozen Huntsman vendors and campaign alums confirmed to POLITICO that they are unnerved by the slow pace of the wealthy Republican’s debt-retirement efforts and his lack of communication with them. Huntsman has not made clear to the creditors how he intends to retire his campaign debt and has not responded to personal emails from several operatives to whom he owes many thousands of dollars.

Apr 07

Jon Huntsman, Who Endorsed Mitt Romney, Now Says He Will Not Campaign For Mitt Romney In The General Election!! →

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File this under awkward: Jon Huntsman, who endorsed Mitt Romney after dropping out of the presidential race in January, is “not a surrogate for Romney” and will not be campaigning for him, according to his daughter, Abby Huntsman Livingston.

ABC News has the quote from Livingston:  

“My dad is not a surrogate for Romney and will not be out stumping for him in the general,” she said in an email. “He is enjoying private life.”

Mar 03

quote I wouldn’t, not this election cycle. I’m not sure that I would ever be in a position to do that, I don’t know that we’ll ever be running again. But, huh, who knows? [smiles]

— Jon Huntsman on if he’d accept the Americans Elect nomination

Mar 03

quote We entered late, we entered having just come from service under a president who was not well thought of in Republican circles. I crossed a partisan line, I would do it again by the way—I believe in putting my country first… I wasn’t willing to pander, if I can put it that way. I wasn’t willing to sign those silly pledges that everybody signed on the debate stage, and so if you’re not willing to do certain things you don’t go up in the early [voting]… I just wasn’t going to play the political game.

— Jon Huntsman on why his campaign didn’t catch fire

Feb 13

quote If you can walk away from a presidential campaign with a sense of dignity and your name still intact, and beyond that with the ability to live to fight another day, that’s about all you can ask for. And that’s better than what most people are able to walk away from a presidential campaign with… I have zero regrets and only see it as something that was a win-win for our family.

— Jon Huntsman

Jan 16

quote That [Huntsman] would endorse Romney after months of showing such little regard for him amounts to a humbling swallow of political reality — and suggests even greater disdain for the other candidates in the race.

— Beth Reinhard

Jan 16

quote Huntsman is a decent and good man, clearly thoughtful and intelligent and moored to reality in a way that few of his Republican rivals were or are.

— John Heilemann

Jan 16
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Peace out, Jon: Three reasons Huntsman’s quitting the race
Great for the general election. Not so great for the primaries. Jon Huntsman was long the odd man out in the 2012 election, the guy with just enough support in most polls to show up at most of the debates, but never enough to be the focus of them. While his politics found fans (particularly his early pro-science stance, which stood out from the rest of the GOP and he later flip-flopped on), he was attempting to be the un-cola in a year when every other candidate in the race was trying to prove exactly how conservative they were. Huntsman will end his campaign Monday (a day after winning an endorsement from The State, South Carolina’s largest newspaper) and will offer his support to Mitt Romney, a guy he didn’t hide his animosity towards. Here’s why:
one Huntsman never faced the kinds of controversy that faced Mitt Romney or Ron Paul did, he did face skepticism from the conservatives that he needed to impress during the season’s primaries. They skewed right; he skewed moderate.
two His most recent job was the U.S. ambassador to China, giving him three negative marks: One, he was a foreign affairs candidate in a campaign focused on the economy, he worked under Obama, and it gave some on the right xenophobic fodder.
three Perhaps the most damaging? He put all of his eggs in one basket — New Hampshire — in hopes he’d pull out a squeaker which he could build on. And his third-place showing was not enough to set that long-term momentum. source
(photo by Gage Skidmore)
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Great for the general election. Not so great for the primaries. Jon Huntsman was long the odd man out in the 2012 election, the guy with just enough support in most polls to show up at most of the debates, but never enough to be the focus of them. While his politics found fans (particularly his early pro-science stance, which stood out from the rest of the GOP and he later flip-flopped on), he was attempting to be the un-cola in a year when every other candidate in the race was trying to prove exactly how conservative they were. Huntsman will end his campaign Monday (a day after winning an endorsement from The State, South Carolina’s largest newspaper) and will offer his support to Mitt Romney, a guy he didn’t hide his animosity towards. Here’s why:

  • one Huntsman never faced the kinds of controversy that faced Mitt Romney or Ron Paul did, he did face skepticism from the conservatives that he needed to impress during the season’s primaries. They skewed right; he skewed moderate.
  • two His most recent job was the U.S. ambassador to China, giving him three negative marks: One, he was a foreign affairs candidate in a campaign focused on the economy, he worked under Obama, and it gave some on the right xenophobic fodder.
  • three Perhaps the most damaging? He put all of his eggs in one basket — New Hampshire — in hopes he’d pull out a squeaker which he could build on. And his third-place showing was not enough to set that long-term momentum. source

(photo by Gage Skidmore)

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Jan 16