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Among the many potential candidates for the Republican nomination in 2016, perhaps the candidate with the most appeal to independents and disaffected Democrats is Jon Huntsman. He has earned some light coverage regarding a potential presidential bid, but perhaps the greatest sign that Huntsman plans to stay in politics is his establishment of the Red Rock PAC which he hopes to use to support moderate Republicans willing to work across the aisle.

However, looking at Huntsman's political positions it becomes clear why he only gained 1% of the vote in the 2012 Iowa caucuses.

-In the 2012 election he infamously tweeted- "To be clear. I believe in evolution and trust scientists on global warming. Call me crazy."

-In one of the debates he stated that "As long as we have banks that are "too big to fail" in this country, we are going to catch the contagion and it's going to hurt us. We have got to get back to a day and age where we have properly sized banks and financial institutions"

-He believes corporations are not people

-He believes that waterboarding is torture

-He believes congress should cap greenhouse emissions and signed on to a regional cap and trade plan as governor

-He supported increasing the federal minimum wage

-He supported the DREAM act and vetoed a bill that would have denied illegal immigrants in-state tuition

Since then he has hardly endeared himself to the Republican base, signing an amicus brief in favor of gay marriage and courageously defending Susan Rice at the high of the Benghazi 'scandal'.

Though Huntsman is far from perfect- he favors eliminating the capital gains tax, established a flat tax as governor, and holds traditional conservative positions on healthcare, gun control, and abortion- his entry would certainly spice up a far right field that will likely include Rand Paul, who not so long ago questioned whether the federal government should regulate discrimination by private businesses, Paul Ryan, whose budget would slash funding for special education and Meals-on-Wheels, and... what's the third one... Oops.

In all seriousness though, in the not unlikely event that most of the other Republican candidates spectacularly self implode, as happened in 2012, Huntsman might have a shot at the nomination, and if Democrats do not seize the middle, the Presidency.

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Do you hold a favorable or unfavorable view of Jon Huntsman?

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  •  Tip Jar (4+ / 0-)

    No-mans-land is a lonely place

    by Bluedawg on Fri Jul 26, 2013 at 12:14:12 AM PDT

  •  He's still a Republican (4+ / 0-)

    And I don't like Republicans.

    Though if he switched parties, he'd be at least equivalent, if not more palatable in many ways, than a lot of the DINOs we have now.




    Somebody has to do something, and it's just incredibly pathetic that it has to be us. ~ J. Garcia

    by DeadHead on Fri Jul 26, 2013 at 01:02:36 AM PDT

    •  He won't switch parties - (0+ / 0-)

      he is NOT a Democrat.  He is a Republican who is still sane.

      I don't want him to be President, but a Huntsman Presidency would not be an utter catastrophe.  Which also means that a Huntsman candidacy would more difficult to campaign against than some of the other possibilities...

  •  Jon Huntsman was (3+ / 0-)

    the only one last go round that would have stood a chance in the main election IMHO, luckily the primaries are so ridiculous they strangled their own best hope.

    I think he stepped out early so as not to get tainted for future runs and I think he was in it in the first place for name recognition, same reason. He is much more determined and ambitious than  people here seem to give him credit for.

    I remember reading a long Vanity Fair article and thinking that he would be a formidable opponent. First though the GOP need to get rid of the nutcases so he stands a chance in the primaries...........lol!

    Hmmm, just rethought that lol, the nutcases didn't want Romney either but the GOP establishment forced him on them, so he's the one to watch. He could well win.

    Ron Reagan: "Sarah Palin's constituency are people who wear red rubber noses and bells on their shoes."

    by AnnetteK on Fri Jul 26, 2013 at 01:44:29 AM PDT

  •  ummmm (2+ / 0-)
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    Huntsman might have a shot at the nomination, and if Democrats do not seize the middle, the Presidency.
    Not likely.  Not even remotely likely.

    The nutcases are not going to implode.  They will be worshiped.  One will be anointed, as Mitt was, as the savior.

    No one with Huntsman's beliefs can become the Republican candidate.  Not these days.  Nor could Eisenhower or Nixon or Reagan.

    I hate to ask, but have you been listening to the Republicans these past years?  

    I lived under Governor Engler so I feel qualified to say that the Republican crazy has been here a long time and will stay.

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    by cfk on Fri Jul 26, 2013 at 01:45:20 AM PDT

  •  Not a chance (1+ / 0-)
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    AnnetteK

    Huntsman is a pro-life homophobe, that dog ain't gonna hunt.

    I've seen some hardboiled eggs in my time, but you're about twenty minutes

    by harrylimelives on Fri Jul 26, 2013 at 02:00:56 AM PDT

    •  Hmmm, you don't think (1+ / 0-)
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      nuclear winter solstice

      he may "evolve"?

      Morning harry :)

      Ron Reagan: "Sarah Palin's constituency are people who wear red rubber noses and bells on their shoes."

      by AnnetteK on Fri Jul 26, 2013 at 02:11:39 AM PDT

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      •  Good night! (2+ / 0-)

        The primary tank will be filled with sharks, and Huntsman is a guppy. Huntsman might evolve, depends on the LDS church. They seem to be taking some positive steps recently, but I wouldn't hold my breath.

        I've seen some hardboiled eggs in my time, but you're about twenty minutes

        by harrylimelives on Fri Jul 26, 2013 at 02:25:36 AM PDT

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        •  that's the only part I can't get past. I see him (1+ / 0-)
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          AnnetteK

          as an intelligent, thoughtful man yet, since he clings to his religious mantle I have to "call him 'crazy'."

          -In the 2012 election he infamously tweeted- "To be clear. I believe in evolution and trust scientists on global warming. Call me crazy."
          Pick one, Huntsman- but don't try to tell us you believe in science and the book of Mormon at the same time.

          I wasn't going to bring it up because I don't want to start a pie-fight or anything, but since you mentioned that his beliefs would depend on what the "church" tells him, I must say I do agree.

          We are all pupils in the eyes of God.

          by nuclear winter solstice on Fri Jul 26, 2013 at 03:17:22 AM PDT

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  •  Huntsman is in political jail (2+ / 0-)

    He is to moderate to ever win as a republican and there is no moderate party to run on. He could probably switch parties and become a conservative democrat he would fit in with manchin and his type but could never be the nominee.
    I think he is done with elective politics.

  •  It's a low bar, though, to say (0+ / 0-)

    Huntsman looked pretty good against Bachmann and Ricky and Goodhair and the pizza guy.

    I don't think Huntsman is any great shakes apart from that comparison.  

    If the Republican primary voters still think he's too liberal, Democratic voters still think he's too conservative.  

  •  he should switch parties (0+ / 0-)

    that's the one frustrating thing about those few sane GOPers left in that party. they stay. they need to publically and vocally reject what that party has become by walking out.

    but i do like the guy, and if HRC were to pick him as a running mate i think the combination might drive the GOP so far into crazy base land that we could get the route we so badly need in 2016.

  •  The Horn of Urgency sounds again! (0+ / 0-)

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Fri Jul 26, 2013 at 09:21:59 AM PDT

  •  As an EX-Mormon (0+ / 0-)

      Now if he renounced his religion, maybe I consider him, but an an EX - I'd never support him - they often excell at saying only what you want to hear.  

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