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Posted on Jun 21, 2011
U.S. Department of State

Here are some fun facts about Jon Huntsman Jr.: He’s the former governor of Utah; he’s a Mormon; he last worked as an envoy to China for President Obama; and he’s now challenging his former boss for the White House by running for president on the Republican ticket.  —KA

Update: Political analyst types are suggesting that Obama’s appointment of Huntsman to the China job was, at least in part, politically motivated. Simply put, according to this line of argument, Obama didn’t want to have to run against Huntsman in 2012.

Bloomberg Businessweek:

Among Huntsman’s biggest challenges is setting himself apart from Mitt Romney, another telegenic former governor with a reputation as a fiscal conservative and social moderate. Both men also are Mormons. Romney is the front runner for the Republican nomination in most polls as he embarks on his second presidential run, and as Massachusetts’ former governor he enjoys a regional advantage in the New Hampshire primary race.

Fergus Cullen, a former chairman of the New Hampshire Republican Party, said of Huntsman: “As the rest of the field is trying to differentiate themselves from Mitt Romney, he’s got as big a job as anyone.”

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By marianne, June 22, 2011 at 11:54 am Link to this comment
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If the election was held today, I would vote for Huntsman; his recent political “blunders” pales in comparison to the back-stabbing, lying, ignoring the U.S. Constitution (war powers act, waterboarding, fisa)  lack of leadership, spinelessness (public option, extending Bush Tax Cuts), can’t-take-constructive-criticism Pres Obama has conducted since his swearing in ceremonies of 2009. (At least, the Republicans seem more up front about about their real intentions.)

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By Lew Ciefer, June 22, 2011 at 11:03 am Link to this comment


Definitely a beta boy RINO. Just what the Repubs need another spineless telvangelists looking for a different pulpit.

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By Weniger Gottquatsch, June 22, 2011 at 8:51 am Link to this comment

I think all he needs to win is Rudi for First Lady

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By mrfreeze, June 22, 2011 at 8:48 am Link to this comment

omop - I grew up in UT amongst the Mormons and their virulent persecution, so lest I be considered racist allow me to address any condescending accusations of antisemitism. In fact, go to UT and talk with Jews and they will tell you UT is the only place in the world were Jews are treated like Gentiles.

But, let me be clear, YOU’RE GODDAMN RIGHT I’m prejudice against Mormon politicians and I’ve got good reason to be: they are all cut from the same anti-government, John Birchesque cloth. All flags and apple pie in public but seething hatred of the government in the back room.

But still, I’d like an answer to my question: When you look at these guys (always guys) in their $5,000 suits, their $billions in the bank blathering their “American Dream” rehetoric… they really represent you and me? Are they “one of us?”

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By omop, June 22, 2011 at 6:08 am Link to this comment


Interesting use of language. If Mr. Huntsman was of the jewish faith and
you used the same comments:- “omop & Suave - Unfortunately,
Huntsman is part of the “other group” of narcissists and creeps that
originate from the Mormon religion: Mitt and his Father, Orrin Hatch, Jake
Garn, Bob Bennet… would be called “antisemitic”.

Bigotry is bigotry regardless of beliefs.

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By mrfreeze, June 21, 2011 at 7:39 pm Link to this comment

omop & Suave - Unfortunately, Huntsman is part of the “other group” of narcissists and creeps that originate from the Mormon religion: Mitt and his Father, Orrin Hatch, Jake Garn, Bob Bennet…..

If you can look at Huntsman’s picture and honestly say, “gosh, that guy is ‘one of us regular folk,’ then you’re drinking too much herbal (non-caffeinated) tea.

Huntsman is nothing more than the usual apostle-part-of-the-collective Mormon-white guy who never worked an honest day in his life and has no idea what ordinary Americans are dealing with these days.

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By ribbie149, June 21, 2011 at 5:23 pm Link to this comment

He thought he started his campaign in New York when, in
reality, he was standing in Liberty State Park, which
is in New Jersey.  Details, details….

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By rico, suave, June 21, 2011 at 4:34 pm Link to this comment


AMEN. (Especially Palin and Santorum. But not Newt. He’s got it all figured out.)

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By rollzone, June 21, 2011 at 3:01 pm Link to this comment

hello. until a candidate unwraps the economic secrets
railroading this agenda, i will believe they belong to
the system. Greece, Spain, all the IMF bailouts can
fail. they are not our priority. the gold bubble
devaluing the dollar, has to be reversed. petrodollars
at times of huge reserves being artificially inflated,
need to be burst. start unwrapping the banking secrets
and manipulations, and get some attention; not later in
the campaign: now.

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By omop, June 21, 2011 at 2:53 pm Link to this comment

Finally an able intelligent, practical and down to earth Republican
candidate for the voters who are fed up with the Eric Cantors, the Michelle
Bachmanns, Newt Gingrichs, Herman Cains, Rick Santorums, Sarah Palins,
and others whose political views tinge on certain obtuse views and

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