On behalf of everyone who recognized Huntsman as an unhinged RINO loon, allow us to say… “Phew!”
Former Republican candidate Jon Huntsman took a battle axe to his own party, comparing it to China’s Communist Party and criticizing it’s standard bearer in a wide-ranging interview at the 92nd Street Y Sunday night.
Recounting his first experience on the presidential debate stage in Iowa last August, Huntsman says he was struck by the question “Is this the best we could do?”
Huntsman, the former Utah governor and once President Barack Obama’s Ambassador to China, expressed disappointment that the Republican Party disinvited him from a Florida fundraiser in March after he publicly called for a third party.
“This is what they do in China on party matters if you talk off script,” he said.
No Jon, this is actually what they do in China if you talk off script…
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Republican candidate and former Governor of Utah, Jon Huntsman, will be ending his bid for the presidency.
Huntsman has announced that he will be endorsing Mitt Romney. While it’s always nice to pick up endorsements, adding Huntsman to his band of cheerleaders will do nothing for Romney’s stature in the conservative community. It was just a week ago that a poll had indicated that 51% of Huntsman supporters thought that Obama was doing a satisfactory job.
From the Daily Caller:
Former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman has informed advisers that he will end his presidential campaign Monday and endorse former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, The New York Times reported.
ABC News reports that Huntsman will make his endorsement of Romney official in Myrtle Beach during an 11:00 a.m. press conference Monday.
Doug Powers explains why he had to drop out, and offers a little advice for Romney:
Things were looking beyond grim for Huntsman in South Carolina and Florida while Newt’s been closing the gap somewhat on Romney. So, if you’re Romney, why not promise Huntsman a China ambassadorship (yet again) or maybe a post as Harley Czar in order to get his five percent and stretch the margin a little?
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SALT LAKE CITY – Today, Dan Liljenquist formally launched his campaign to be Utah’s next Republican U.S. Senator.
“It’s time for real reforms to come out of Washington. An entire generation of politicians have pulled power and money to D.C., abusing the original intent of the Constitution and resulting in crushing debt, over-regulation and an erosion of our God-given rights,” he said. “This country desperately wants leadership, while all we’ve seen for decades are members of Congress who are either unwilling or incapable of providing it.”
Liljenquist is running for the U.S. Senate in part because he is willing and capable of addressing this country’s single largest problem: $15 trillion in debt. As a new state senator in 2008, he was told his ideas to reform pensions and entitlements were too much, too fast. But he forged ahead, drafting legislation and creating coalitions to enact reforms that will save the state billions of dollars going forward.
Those reforms have become model legislation all across the country, and for his efforts he was named a “Public Official of the Year” by Governing Magazine in 2011 and has been called a “policy pioneer” by the Wall Street Journal.
“Washington, D.C., is broken,” he said, “and some of our own Republican lawmakers share in the blame. It’s time for new conservative ideas from those who have the energy to see them through.”
“We have an amazing campaign team that is already building momentum across the state. I am delighted by the outpouring of support that has already come our way,” Liljenquist said.
Liljenquist has named Lynn Taylor as his campaign manager and Adrielle Herring Bowler as his Grassroots Coordinator. Taylor is a former Air Force officer and A-10 fighter pilot. He has been active in the Utah Republican party for several years and has previously worked on the original campaigns for Congressman Jason Chaffetz and Senator Mike Lee. Herring Bowler recently resigned as the vice-chair of the Utah County Republican party and has been active in Utah politics and grassroots efforts for some time.
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