Huntsman: 'There's always other alternatives'
May 20th, 2011
04:06 PM ET
4 years ago

Huntsman: 'There's always other alternatives'

Washington (CNN) – Former Utah Republican Gov. Jon Huntsman Jon Huntsman has yet to make a formal announcement he's running for president, but tells CNN's John King, if voters don't like him, "there's always other alternatives."

In an interview set to air on John King, USA at 7PM E.T., Huntsman asserts he's "for civil unions" and doesn't mind being criticized by some conservatives for his past record of supporting equal rights for gay couples. "I'm for traditional marriage but I think...it comes to equality and fairness," and he challenged unconvinced conservatives to look at his "total record".

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Filed under: 2012 • Jon Huntsman • TV-John King U.S.A.
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  1. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country, stop the Democrat death spiral in 2012

    In April, Huntsman came under harsh criticism from his opponents after a series of letters he wrote to Pres. Obama were leaked. The letters, written in August of 2009, refer to Pres. Obama as a "remarkable leader" and give praise for the President's "brilliant analysis of world events".
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    You mean like interjecting us into the Libyan civil war and violating the law and Constitution? You mean like throwing Israel under the bus? You mean like throwing Mubarack under the bus and ticking off Saudi Arabia?

    Huntsman, your judgement is highly suspect.

    May 20, 2011 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  2. Lynda/Minnesota

    I'll leave others to decide whether or not Huntsman is *forcibly unique*. Far as I'm concerned once a billionaire, always a billionaire. Once a flip flopper, always a flip flopper. However, I might find myself feeling sorry for poor Tim Pawlenty - if he hadn't single handily destroyed Minnesota's financial and economic structure, that is. Huntsman is DIFINATELY a force to reckoned with, and I don't really see Pawlenty curbing the Huntsman appeal.

    May 20, 2011 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  3. Rebecca

    If we had more politicians like this on both sides of the aisle, we might get more accomplished. Just a thought.

    May 20, 2011 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  4. gt

    nobody can make the far riight happy......maybe the preacher in florida who burn the koran...if he stays middle right ...,, people will listern

    May 20, 2011 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  5. Marie MD

    You are "forcibly unique"? What excatly does that mean because I sitll don't get it.
    You probably won't have to worry the AK bimbo has hinted at a run. I don't know to where because I thought you go to hell when you die not when you run anywhere!!!

    May 20, 2011 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  6. diridi

    Just because serving as China's ambassador, does it qualify to have an experience as Foreign Affairs? What is unique about this dude....may be he is good dude, but I do not think he qualifies for POTUS....o.k, Another GOP master....with greed...that's it....

    May 20, 2011 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    The guy has flat out stated he would've voted for Ryan's budget and specifically said he would've voted for the evisceration of Medicare contained therein. See ya, Huntsman. Enjoy the 15 minutes of your fame the media jams down everyone's throats just because you're the GOP's flavor of the minute in their desperate scramble to find someone who can smile nice and woo the gullible into believing that doing the exact same thing we've been doing economically and in terms of foreign relations for the past 40 years...just doing it more and harder...will somehow fix our messes this time despite having caused them in the first place.

    May 20, 2011 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  8. lgny

    I hope he runs. He'll offer an option to the seven dwarfs that make up the current group of candidates.

    May 20, 2011 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  9. FM

    "but tells CNN's John King, if voters don't like him, "there's always other alternatives."

    What is other alternatives? If not just quitting. This man is going the same path Trump went through. Holding 1% in polls now, is not a good signal. To make it to more than 50% in order to win, is the uphill climb anyone can think of.

    May 20, 2011 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  10. FDA

    This guy is smart! I'm a Utah Democrat, and I like Huntsman. If he throws his hat in, he could really impress the normal GOP and independent voters. He will not be popular with the radical right. The people that make a living off anger and hate, will not like him. Rush and Hannity need to go before they run this country into the ground.

    May 20, 2011 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  11. Steve, New York City

    Huntsman has potential. However, I wonder if he'd concur with the likes of Romney and other GOP spokespersons, that we have just thrown Israel "under the bus."

    I don't recall seeing anywhere that being a patriotic American requires the United States to be Netanyahu's poodle? Romney and his cohorts sound like complete fools on this issue. The are once again demonstrating that they're beholden to criminal cartels like the AIPAC, and not to the American people.

    May 20, 2011 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  12. WatchDawg

    @Democrat Class Warfare, you seem great at offering up the familiarr GOP rhetoric about being anti-Obama everything.
    But your post are very quiet when it comes to anything positive from the Right.
    Are you just anti-Obama or do you hate the Right as well?

    May 20, 2011 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |