HUNTSMAN out and endorsing Romney

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    Jan 16, 2012 2:37 AM GMT
    Will be all over the news shortly.
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    Jan 16, 2012 2:56 AM GMT
    Trying to secure his vice presidency candidacy(or at least a cabinet position, anything other than being the Chinese ambassador again).icon_lol.gif
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    Jan 16, 2012 3:15 AM GMT
    jpBITCHva saidYes, he said he wants to help elect Romney and "turn around" the economy.

    Since by every objective measure the economy is improving, this suggests that he knows Republican economics will send us back into a depression.

    It's true, but why do they want that?


    "he said he wants to help elect Romney and "turn around" the economy."

    Great, I can't wait.
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    Jan 16, 2012 3:28 AM GMT
    Welp. There went the one Republican candidate I'd even consider voting for.
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    Jan 16, 2012 4:11 AM GMT
    Huntsman down is just one more Lobby lap dog into the pages of history. Gingrich has fallen back to the just over 10% range in South Carolina, Paul and Santorum are even at 16 % and Romney at 37%.

    I'm hoping the Dual National Adelsons paid for candidate Gingrich is one of the next to drop out. It will be Perry next out of the running I'd say though.


    Go Ron Paul !!!
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    Jan 16, 2012 4:35 AM GMT
    LMAO!
    Huntsman throwing his big 1% of the vote to Romney will really shake things up!

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    Jan 16, 2012 2:36 PM GMT
    That's a shame, really. Huntsman is, in my estimation, the best of the bunch.

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    Jan 16, 2012 3:29 PM GMT
    He never presented an extremist position on anything, spoke in carefully measured terms.

    He had no chance in U.S. politics.
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    Jan 16, 2012 3:57 PM GMT
    Upper_Cdn saidHe never presented an extremist position on anything, spoke in carefully measured terms.

    He had no chance in U.S. politics.


    Is that your perspective as a racist extremist?
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    Jan 16, 2012 4:04 PM GMT
    I think a lot of people liked Huntsman, but unlike Romney, did not feel he could win. I think Huntsman's endorsement of Romney will be the beginning of a wave of support within the party to start jumping on the Romney bandwagon. Those here who are underestimating Mitt Romney's chances are doing so at their own peril. He will be a formidable candidate, and probably the only one with enough money behind him to give Obama a run for his money. If anyone can beat Obama, it would be Romney -- not sure if Obama is beatable though. That being said, nobody should get too comfortable because it is likely to be a nail-biter
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    Jan 16, 2012 4:08 PM GMT
    Ron Paul took many of the "independent" votes from him. i do find this a truism in US politics though: moderate candidates don't make it out of the primaries.
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    Jan 16, 2012 4:56 PM GMT
    Huntsman would be a brilliant choice for V.P. --- I suppose if the voters can get past Romney's mormonism (as they should) they could also get past Huntsman's as the V.P.
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    Jan 16, 2012 5:06 PM GMT
    2 LDSers?--not likely. this could cause the religious rt 2 stay home. if/when Romney gets the nod, he'll have 2 balance out his ticket. i'm thinking his choice will be someone who is off the radar atm. just my opinion.
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    Jan 16, 2012 5:08 PM GMT
    I agree -- John Thune perhaps
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    Jan 16, 2012 5:23 PM GMT
    I think a better complement to Romney would be Marco Rubio. Credentials to appeal to the conservatives but not in your face negatives of Santorum, and obvious appeal to the Hispanic voters, and very helpful for an important state, Florida.
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    Jan 16, 2012 5:27 PM GMT
    socalfitness saidI think a better complement to Romney would be Marco Rubio. Credentials to appeal to the conservatives but not in your face negatives of Santorum, and obvious appeal to the Hispanic voters, and very helpful for an important state, Florida.


    And Rubio has the highest odds at the moment according to Intrade - but it's still quite early... but he does make a lot of sense (and parenthetically, Romney is almost certain to win the nomination - with 85% chance to win South Carolina and 90% to win the nomination on the betting markets).
    http://www.intrade.com/v4/markets/?eventId=90482
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    Jan 16, 2012 5:38 PM GMT
    socalfitness saidI think a better complement to Romney would be Marco Rubio. Credentials to appeal to the conservatives but not in your face negatives of Santorum, and obvious appeal to the Hispanic voters, and very helpful for an important state, Florida.



    I disagree. Marco Rubio as a choice would appear, in my opinion, to be too blatantly calculated to court the Latino vote, while I also do not feel he has the experience necessary as a first term senator to be V.P. and a heartbeat away from the Presidency -- much in the same way I think Obama lacked the experience. I would much rather see Romney pick a more seasoned and experienced person as the V.P.
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    Jan 16, 2012 5:55 PM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ saidHuntsman would be a brilliant choice for V.P. --- I suppose if the voters can get past Romney's mormonism (as they should) they could also get past Huntsman's as the V.P.


    If folks can get by Jeremiah Wright and that ‘church’ where Obama attended for 20 years, they can get by Huntsman’s Mormonism. However the prospect of two Mormons on the ticket would likely kill those chances.
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    Jan 16, 2012 5:57 PM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ said
    socalfitness saidI think a better complement to Romney would be Marco Rubio. Credentials to appeal to the conservatives but not in your face negatives of Santorum, and obvious appeal to the Hispanic voters, and very helpful for an important state, Florida.



    I disagree. Marco Rubio as a choice would appear, in my opinion, to be too blatantly calculated to court the Latino vote, while I also do not feel he has the experience necessary as a first term senator to be V.P. and a heartbeat away from the Presidency -- much in the same way I think Obama lacked the experience. I would much rather see Romney pick a more seasoned and experienced person as the V.P.


    He's said time and time again that he's not ready give that he's only been in the senate for a year. Those 'not ready' comments would be used against him during the general election campaign.
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    Jan 16, 2012 6:00 PM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ saidI agree -- John Thune perhaps


    Thune would also be a great choice and then have administrative experience of a governor and the legislative experience of a senator.
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    Jan 16, 2012 6:02 PM GMT
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    socalfitness saidI think a better complement to Romney would be Marco Rubio. Credentials to appeal to the conservatives but not in your face negatives of Santorum, and obvious appeal to the Hispanic voters, and very helpful for an important state, Florida.

    I disagree. Marco Rubio as a choice would appear, in my opinion, to be too blatantly calculated to court the Latino vote, while I also do not feel he has the experience necessary as a first term senator to be V.P. and a heartbeat away from the Presidency -- much in the same way I think Obama lacked the experience. I would much rather see Romney pick a more seasoned and experienced person as the V.P.

    Experience is a valid point. As far as being blatant courting of the Hispanic vote, I don't think the Hispanics would be offended by the choice. It's not unheard of that politics leads to choices based on demographics, and diversity between the President and VP seems like a good bet for electability. If it were to be the choice considered best for electability, very hypothetical, I would have no problem with a Romney / Rubio ticket. Regardless of experience, would prefer either to Obama, not even close.
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    Jan 16, 2012 6:03 PM GMT
    freedomisntfree said
    CuriousJockAZ saidI agree -- John Thune perhaps


    Thune would also be a great choice and then have administrative experience of a governor and the legislative experience of a senator.


    Except for being evil and looking like the bastard cousin of skeletor, I agree.

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    Jan 16, 2012 6:15 PM GMT
    socalfitness saidI don't think the Hispanics would be offended by the choice. It's not unheard of that politics leads to choices based on demographics, and diversity between the President and VP seems like a good bet for electability.


    Of course Latinos wouldn't be offended by the choice. The problem is the non-Latinos who would feel Marc Rubio was chosen to court the Latino vote, and NOT for the more important reason that he would be ready to sit a heartbeat from the Presidency. I do not think American voters should, nor will they, make this mistake again. On the job training is not what we need in such an important position.

    Another obvious choice might be NJ Governor Chris Christie, but I am not convinced this is such a great choice either. I believe his popularity may be over-estimated, and I question his health due to his size. He's not just overweight, he is morbidly obese, and that makes me nervous for someone who could be in such a high pressure stressful job.
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    Jan 16, 2012 6:20 PM GMT
    but Christie is, like Romney, from the northeast. republicans have a fairly strong grip on the southeast. much of the west is up 4 grabs, but the upper-midwest is the where this yr's election will truly be fought and won. while i can't think of any potential VP candidates from the battle ground states, i'm sure there has 2 be someone....
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    Jan 16, 2012 6:21 PM GMT
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    socalfitness saidI don't think the Hispanics would be offended by the choice. It's not unheard of that politics leads to choices based on demographics, and diversity between the President and VP seems like a good bet for electability.


    Of course Latinos wouldn't be offended by the choice. The problem is the non-Latinos who would feel Marc Rubio was chosen to court the Latino vote, and NOT for the more important reason that he would be ready to sit a heartbeat from the Presidency. I do not think American voters should, nor will they, make this mistake again. On the job training is not what we need in such an important position.

    Another obvious choice might be NJ Governor Chris Christie, but I am not convinced this is such a great choice either. I believe his popularity may be over-estimated, and I question his health due to his size. He's not just overweight, he is morbidly obese, and that makes me nervous for someone who could be in such a high pressure stressful job.

    I would also have concerns about Christie's health. There'll be time to make a excellent choice. I'm sure all aspects will be considered.