Poor Jon Huntsman. I really like this guy but he had better sleep lightly, with one eye opened. The Democrats are showering him with love for some of his comments about fellow Republicans. According to Politico:
JON HUNTSMAN ON HIS REPUBLICAN RIVALS
Huntsman Said The Rest Of The GOP Field Had “Zero Substance” And Were “Too Far To The Right.” Huntsman on ABC’s This Week: “We have people on the Republican side too far to the right. We have zero substance. We have no good ideas that are being circulated or talking about that allow the country to get back on its feet economically so we begin creating jobs.” [ABC News – This Week, 8/21/11]
Huntsman Said He Would Not Trust His Opponents With The Economy Because They Would Have Allowed The Country To Default. When asked by Jake Tapper, “Would you trust a President Bachmann to do the right thing with the economy?” Huntsman replied, “I wouldn’t necessarily trust any of my opponents who are on the recent debate stage with me when every single one of them would have allowed this country to default.” [ABC News – This Week, 8/21/11]
Huntsman Said The Republican Party Has “A Serious Problem” In Becoming “The Anti-Science Party.” On ABC’s This Week, Huntsman said: “I think there’s a serious problem. The minute the Republican Party becomes the party, the anti-science party, we have a huge problem. We lose a whole lot of people, who would otherwise allow us to win the election in 2012 when we take a position that isn’t willing to embrace evolution, we take a position that basically runs counter to what 100 to 900 climate scientists have said with what the national academy of science has said. What is causing climate change and man’s contribution to it. We find ourselves on the wrong side of science and therefore in a losing position.” [ABC News – This Week, 8/21/11]
Huntsman Said “We’d Be Here All Afternoon” To Talk About Romney’s Flip-Flops. On ABC’s This Week, Huntsman said, “If we talk about inconsistencies and change on various issues, we’d be here all afternoon.” [ABC News – This Week, 8/21/11
That is what happens during the primary season. However, most of the Republican candidates are all tripping over each other trying to be the most conservative. Jon Huntsman is the son billionaire businessman Jon Huntsman Sr. He grew up in Palo Alto and has served as Governor of Utah. He has been in a rock band, is a college graduate but not a high school graduate, he got his GED.
Huntsman also speaks fluent Mandarin Chinese which he learned while on his Mormon mission. He seems like a Reagan Republican. He should because he was. Huntsman worked in the Reagan administration and has served as ambassador to several countries. He has trade experience, both domestic and international.
Republicans who can get over ideological problems need to take a close look at this very viable candidate who can appeal to the mainstream. Perhaps when everyone has finished skewering everyone else, Jon Huntsman will rise to the top. He is a candidate who bears watching. If the Republicans don’t want him, perhaps the Blue Dog Democrats will welcome him with open arms. I have not seen a more highly qualified Republican candidate in a long time. He is certainly one I could consider.