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  •  I wonder (0+ / 0-)

    if he's a Republican because he's fairly socially conservative on other issues, like abortion, and because the Republicans are generally seen as the more business friendly party. Or maybe it's the fact that Utah is more of a one-party state.

    •  Probably all of the above (1+ / 0-)
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      He's been a Republican his whole career (having served in the Reagan and H.W. Bush administrations) and is definitely very pro-life:

      On Friday, Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, Jr., signed three pro-life bills to help limit abortions in the state. They provide new protections for unborn children, require abortion practitioners to provide women with certain information, and establish a fund for defense of a future bill to ban abortions.

      Of course, one of those bills passed by veto-proof majorities in the Utah House and Senate, so this also goes under "one-party state".  

      25, Dem, Dude seeing a dude, CT-04(originally), PA-02/NY-12(now)

      by Xenocrypt on Tue May 17, 2011 at 10:08:20 AM PDT

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      •  Being a Republican your whole life is no shield (0+ / 0-)

        Just ask Dick Lugar.

        My point is that the people that pick Republican national candidates are not forgiving of the types of heresies Huntsman likes to espouse, and why he thinks he still has a future in that party barring some sort of major post-2012 realignment is beyond me.

        Independent Socialist and Vice-Chair of DKE Cranky Hoosier Caucus, IN-09

        by Bob R Bobson on Tue May 17, 2011 at 10:59:01 AM PDT

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        •  I still suspect (1+ / 0-)
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          there's some sort of party switch in the works. He's certainly too conservative for a national ticket and possibly too conservative for a lot of parties in red states. But what about Utah? Would the Democrats turn him down if he tried to run on their ticket for the senate? I don't know, but I bet he'd fit well within the mainstream of the Utah Democrats.

          •  I'm increasingly thinking a party switch is likely (0+ / 0-)

            It would be huge news, but come on, with how far right the GOP has moved, Huntsman is further left than he is right - even if he is strongly pro-life.

            Independent, Auckland Central resident, MD-05 voter, OR-01 native, Swingnut for life, and keeper of the DKE glossary.

            by SaoMagnifico on Tue May 17, 2011 at 04:22:24 PM PDT

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            •  Huntsman as a Democrat (1+ / 0-)
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              I can definitely see it, if he decides he has no future as a national candidate. He might be able to make it on a Republican ticket in the future if the party suffers a bad defeat in 2012 and decides it needs to cool down somewhat in 2016. I don't see him running as a Democrat on a national ticket, if only because he's so firmly pro-life that he wouldn't get anywhere. If he were more like Tim Kaine or Tom Perriello, then I could see it, perhaps as a vice presidential candidate, but than that, it's just not happening. But perhaps he'll decide the best way to influence national affairs is to run as a Democrat in Utah and be influential like Ben Nelson or Claire McCaskill rather than influential like he might be as a Republican.

              In fact, part of me wonders if there's some big scheme occurring, with both Obama and Huntsman but only a few others in on it. The filing deadline is in March of 2012 and the primary is in June of 2012, so there probably is enough time for him to get spanked in a Republican contest in Iowa or New Hampshire but then switch parties. And if he were to do that, he could help establish the theme that the Republican party is just too extreme, which could help Democrats all over the country if it gives some cover for those who might be on the fence about Obama and/or other Democrats to vote for them.

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