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