Concord Monitor - Huntsman

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    Monitor editorial
    Huntsman is the best choice for GOP
    By Monitor staff
    December 22, 2011
    There comes a time for many politicians when they gaze at their reflection and see a president. The reflection is dazzling and often beguiling enough to momentarily blind a segment of the electorate to reality. But most people with presidential ambitions learn, usually the hard way, that they were duped by a funhouse mirror that minimized their limitations and maximized their potential. Most of the contenders for the Republican presidential nomination, Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry, Rick Santorum, Ron Paul, Herman Cain, Gary Johnson and Buddy Roemer, are in that group.

    New Hampshire Republicans and undeclared voters who want to field a candidate with broad appeal and the capability and credibility to have a shot at beating President Obama have three choices: putative frontrunner Mitt Romney, former House speaker Newt Gingrich, and diplomat and two-term Utah governor Jon Huntsman. The choice of Huntsman should be clear.

    With Gingrich, voters would get an unpredictable, unprincipled nominee and, should he be elected, a white-knuckle four years of an imperial presidency. With Romney, they wouldn't know who they would get: the moderate Mitt who was once pro-choice, in favor of a health-care mandate, a supporter of the auto industry bailout and a believer that human activity was contributing to climate change - or the newly conservative Romney, who opposes abortion, claims the reason for climate change is unknown, opposes a health insurance mandate and claims that bailing out Detroit was a mistake.

    Huntsman, a consistent but never doctrinaire conservative, would present the greatest challenge to Obama. If elected, he would provide mature, informed and steady leadership. He has a track record as governor of bringing all sides together to create an economic climate that helped his state prosper. And he has experience garnered while serving four presidents, starting with Ronald Reagan. Combine the foreign policy experience of all the other candidates in the race and Huntsman would top it. He has played the game at its highest level, serving first as ambassador to Singapore, then as a trade representative on behalf of the United States at the United Nations and, at Obama's request, as the United States' ambassador to China.

    Huntsman accepted his posting to China because, he says, as a patriotic American, "when your president asks you to serve, you do it." Such willingness to put the good of the country over party considerations is exactly what's missing in politics today. As ambassador Huntsman walked a fine line between working to improve U.S.-China relations and trade while pushing China toward greater respect for human rights and freedom. He succeeded in doing both.

    We disagree with Huntsman on a host of issues, including abortion, support for civil unions over same-sex marriage, the need to repeal the landmark health care reform act, and his desire to extend the Bush tax cuts. But we found him, despite his calm demeanor, to be a proponent of bold, hard-nosed reforms that voters, no matter what their party, should consider. Huntsman wants to rewrite the nation's absurd tax code and eliminate all deductions, both personal and corporate. That would allow rates to be lowered and, in his words, "clean out the swamp" of lobbyists whose job is to maintain and extend tax breaks for those who can afford to hire them. He would levy a fee on the six big banks that control a dangerously large share of the economy - a fee so high that they would be forced them to sell off their subsidiaries, shrink and no longer be "too big to fail."

    Among candidates too often seen as hostile to science, Huntsman is a believer in its power to explain phenomena like climate change. In a party seen as hostile to the judiciary, he believes justices should have lifetime tenure to insulate them from the political pressure.

    As one with years of experience in business, he understands the need to invest in education to develop a workforce unmatched in its ability to innovate and create. And he is the only Republican candidate willing to talk honestly about the need to cut military spending in a responsible way to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

    Huntsman's depth of experience, maturity, sincerity and ability to work toward a common goal with political opponents make him the Republicans' best choice to face President Obama in 2012.

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    Dec 23, 2011 10:56 PM GMT
    Well, if the primaries were about the qualities of a candidate, I am sure Huntsman would have more than just a shot at the candidacy. Unfortunately, it looks like Republicans these days focus on orthodoxy, and Huntsman doesn't fit the bill.

    The fact he worked for President Obama alone makes him unorthodox. Add to that the Mormon faith (which seems to be 50% of Romney's Achilles' heel), and you have a hard time seeing Huntsman snatch the price.

    It's a real shame, considering how many balanced people of all walks of life have supported him. But maybe he's counting on the notion that by 2016, Republican voters will have soured on the politics of division, and by then he'll have enough name recognition to be a serious contender.
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    Dec 24, 2011 3:35 AM GMT
    2016 could be real competitive with likely Chris Christie, Jeb Bush, Mitch Daniels and Marco Rubio in the mix. I wish somehow Huntsman could gets some air this time, but it just doesn’t seem to be happening.
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    Dec 24, 2011 9:54 AM GMT
    Huntsman is just another Iran War Hawk blowhard, a brown noser for those NEO CON and Israeli Lobby influence and dollars.

    Check out his recent interview with Erin Burnette of CNN

    Huntsman "suggested that a war with Iran 'was inevitable', and earlier this week, he baselessly claimed that the Iranians have "already decided" that they want nuclear weapons."

    "in an interview with CNN's Erin Burnett, Huntsman staked out even more haukish territory and committed to a ground invasion to stop Iran from getting a nuclear weapon:"

    Huntsman: "Well, I think they've (Iran) already made the decision to go nuclear."

    Burnett: "So, if push comes to shove and this is important, I'm not saying this is something you do tomorrow, but if push comes to shove, if what was between them and a nuclear weapon or there was an uncertainty, required troops invasion, you'd do it?"

    Huntsman: "I can't live with the implications of not doing it, I can't live with the thought of what a nuclear Iran brings to the region and what they said about Israel, which is our centerpiece alliance in the region, I can't live with the world with a Nuclear Iran."

    Yes sir ree !!!! these GD NEO CON's and the Israeli Lobby have got the US in the place of deciding who around Israel can have or cannot have Nuclear Weapons. Oh but don't say anything about this because its all in the defense of Israel and exposing this is "Antisemitic". LMAO

    And certainly lets not say anything about the fact that Israel has threatened and gone to war with more of its neighbors than any other of the Middle Eastern country's and has conducted an Occupation where its broken international laws for decades in transferring its citizens onto Occupied Territory because some damned old bible story says they can.

    While on the subject, why isn't the US forcing Israel to account for its Nuclear Weapons and programs since its so important for Iran to do it ? We went to war with Iraq at the NEO CON's and Israeli Lobby's behest over their "Weapons of Mass Destruction" and where the hell are all those weapons they were supposed to have ? A great success that war was eh ? Israel wants us to go to war with Iran over their supposed Nuclear Program while Israel also refuses to allow the United Nations Nuclear Agency or the International Atomic Energy Agency to view and inspect its programs. Niether of these agencies by the way, make such claims as Huntsman nor the rest of the Republican Candidates do about certainty of Irans Programs.

    With such one sided Policies coming from these NEO CON shills, geeeeeze ----I cannot imagine why the Middle East Countries despise the US and its pet problem child Israel ------ IT MUST BE BECAUSE THEY HATE OUR FREEDOMS ------ right ???

    Such stupidity is amazingly dangerous to our US interests.

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    Dec 24, 2011 4:16 PM GMT
    freedomisntfree said2016 could be real competitive with likely Chris Christie, Jeb Bush, Mitch Daniels and Marco Rubio in the mix. I wish somehow Huntsman could gets some air this time, but it just doesn’t seem to be happening.

    Ahhhhh, he of little faith. Not a single VOTE has been taken yet, and this being one of the most volatile GOP fields in memory, with seemingly a new front-runner every other week, I suspect that this whole thing still has a few surprises in store and a few more twists and turns in the road. Huntsman is poised for that surprise come the New Hampshire primary, and should he come in 1st, or even a strong 2nd in New Hampshire, you know this will be the springboard he has needed to propel him forward in to the next primaries. I think he has not peaked yet, and that many of the others --- Perry, Bachmann, Cain, and Gingrich -- simply peaked to early. This thing is not over or decided yet -- not by a long shot.