Top Dem picks Huntsman
June 21st, 2011
03:55 PM ET
3 years ago

Top Dem picks Huntsman

Washington (CNN) – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid ventured into the 2012 presidential waiting game Tuesday, offering up his pick for the Republican presidential nomination.

"If I had a choice, I would favor Huntsman over Romney," Reid told reporters after a meeting on Capitol Hill. "But I don't have a choice in that race."

When asked if the country is ready for a Mormon president, the Nevada senator said they are not ready for Mitt Romney. Reid, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman and Romney are all members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

"I think the frontrunner in the Republican stakes now, here is a man who doesn't know who he is," Reid said of Romney.

The Nevada Democrat pointed to Romney's positions on gay marriage, abortion and health care as signs the former Massachusetts governor has flip-flopped on his positions.

"We modeled our bill to a large degree about what he did in Massachusetts. Now he is trying to run from that," Reid said, referencing the health care reform bill Romney signed as governor. "If someone doesn't know who they are they shouldn't be president of the United States."


Filed under: 2012 • Harry Reid • Jon Huntsman • Mitt Romney
soundoff (51 Responses)
  1. Bob in PA

    The odor of conspiracy fills the room,. Dems and the media willingly endorsing a Republican ?

    June 21, 2011 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  2. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Republicans prefer bimbos.

    June 21, 2011 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  3. jen

    Couldn't agree with you more Reid. Romney is like a grasshopper never know where he's going to land next...what a moron!

    June 21, 2011 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  4. Liberal elite=anyone with an education

    Wow, kiss of death much? Sorry bout that, Jon.

    June 21, 2011 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  5. obama victim

    is Harry looking for a job in the Huntsman administration??

    June 21, 2011 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  6. Whoosh

    You tell 'em Harry!

    June 21, 2011 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  7. A. Goodwin

    Reid is right...although we all know that even Huntsman will not succeed against Obama. Unfortunately, being a Mormon is going to keep him from the GOP nomination (not that I think that is good).

    June 21, 2011 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  8. Dan J

    Smart move, Reid. Huntsman is easily Obama's biggest threat in the general election. So by tarnishing his image suring the republican primaries by offering the support of the senate majority leader, Huntsman's chances of winning the primary are nil.

    June 21, 2011 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  9. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    "If someone doesn't know who they are they shouldn't be president of the United States."
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    Or in Obama's case...
    "If someone doesn't tell who they are they shouldn't be president of the United States."

    The Democrats sure are afraid of Romney!!!!!!!!!!!! Bye Bye Obama...

    June 21, 2011 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  10. S. In California - Obama 2012

    I would not vote for ANY republican running but if I had to neither Mitt or Huntsman would get my vote. Huntsman is nothing but Mitt Lite just a little more polished. Romney is the WORST candidate running period. I wouldn't trust that guy to take out my garbage. It's disgraceful that neither he nor his five precious sons EVER served in the U.S. military but he has no problem sending our sons and daughters out to fight. To hell with him. I detest him and every lie he speaks. As much as I despise Palin she looks good compared to him. The republicans don't have anyone to seriously run against Obama and they KNOW it. They just want to hear themselves speak.

    June 21, 2011 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  11. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Smooth move Harry (were you aware?).
    By giving Huntsman the seal of Democratic approval you are making it more difficult for him to be embraced by the contrary- and-obstinate-for-no-reason RethugliKKKlan fold.
    The kiss of death so to speak.
    Obama 2012

    June 21, 2011 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  12. Luke Brown

    Hooray! Another super-rich Republican who hasn't done squat nominates himself for President.

    Noticed that Huntsman's staff disclosed that he was at a "House Party" with Daddy and Mama Bush in Kennebunkport a few weeks ago. How lovely.

    June 21, 2011 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  13. Charles W. Skinner

    "We modeled our bill to a large degree about what he did in Massachusetts. Now he is trying to run from that," Reid said

    BULL. You, Senator Reid, took what Romney did in Massachusetts, took ALL the good things out of it and then added a WHOLE BUNCH OF BAD STUFF. The difference is also one of SCALE. Mass is a STATE. imposing a health plan onto the NATION doesn't work the same way, because of differences in local economy. In a SMALL state like Mass, you can get away with it. In a LARGE state (like, oh TEXAS or CALIFORNIA) it's going to fail MISERABLY.

    June 21, 2011 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  14. Earthchild

    GOOD move Harry

    June 21, 2011 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  15. Don't Pee on My Leg & Tell Me It's Raining

    Mr. Huntsman -

    In your announcement you praised Ronald Reagan. It was Reagan that introduced the country to the "Trickle Down Economics". You harken back to the days of Reagan as your model of economic greatness for America. Our 40th President almost DOUBLED the National Debt – - debt we STILL haven't paid off – - so please be careful when you embrace him as your sensei for economic management.

    My question for you is simple: Do you endorse Reagan's "Trickle Down" theory? YES or NO? Will this be your economic strategy too? Don't dance around the question sir.

    Can I expect you to support tax cuts for the well-to-do under the LIE that they are "Job Creators" and that a tax cut for them will bolster the economy?

    June 21, 2011 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  16. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    Hey Harry... run out of work to be doing? How's that budget coming? It's only been a few years since you passed one. Where are all the budget cuts? This guy is a complete moron. I can't believe Nevada screwed the country over again by re-electing this punch drunk imbecile.

    June 21, 2011 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  17. Sniffit

    "The odor of conspiracy fills the room,. Dems and the media willingly endorsing a Republican ?"

    Thank you for providing yet more proof that people don't look past the headline. He expressed a preference for Huntsman over Romney...much as someone would express a preference for being punched in the face over getting run over by a Ford F150. You can rest assured it was in no way an endorsement of Huntsman.

    June 21, 2011 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  18. SaintM

    For the guy who thinks Romney will become president – let me turn your lights on: Bain Capital was responsible for carving up companies for profit while laying off hundreds of thousands of employees so Mitt could be rich–yet his tells all that he knows business and how to create jobs. His record will catch up to his mouth sooner than he thinks. He is no leader, and no world leader would want to be in the same room with him. He is a Ken doll – anatomically incorrect, no less, and If Vladimir Putin were in a room and Mitt entered it, Mitt would take a dump in his sacred underpants and run away scared......and with that, the score so far is: Mitt: 0, Obama: 2012.

    June 21, 2011 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  19. gt

    harry is right on.... it will be huntsman... america has jut went thru the worest economic disaster since 1920 s .. throw out all the old play books ...it will be obama ..huntsman....

    June 21, 2011 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  20. ARE WE READY FOR A MORMON! REALLY

    OMG It should not matter if he is Mormon just like it should not matter if he is Catholic, Jewish. Just like it shouldn't matter if he is Green, Purple, Blue, Yellow and Yes BLACK. What should matter is what he wants to bring to the country. I will say this we are ready for a WOMAN and Bachmann should bow out. I further say if in 2016 If Hillary Clinton ran she would make it a very very tight Race and does have a very very good chance of winning.

    June 21, 2011 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  21. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    We modeled our bill to a large degree about what he did in Massachusetts.
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    Hey Harry... where in the Constitution does it say the federal government can force a citizen to buy a private product? I thought the oath of office you took said you'd protect and defend the Constitution? Instead you have chosen to violate it, willfully and knowingly. For that, the Democrats will pay a very high price in 2012. The 2010 election was just the first installment.

    June 21, 2011 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  22. Sniffit

    "Hey Harry... run out of work to be doing? How's that budget coming?"

    Do you even understand the difference between the House and Senate?

    June 21, 2011 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  23. Randy, San Francisco

    If social conservative/Tea Party GOP voters can get rid of the ideological purity test hang-up, a moderate Republican like Huntsman or Romney can be a real challenge for Obama. This bodes well for Obama because social conservatives/Tea Party zealots will not accept either one as their presidential candidate.

    June 21, 2011 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  24. cmills88

    Wow, Harry. Just put an (R) after your name already.

    June 21, 2011 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  25. AZ Dem

    Huntsman will be probably the most formiddable opponent Obama can face because he is an unknown amongst most people. Much like Obama was able to ride a wave of public discontent to the WH Huntsman will try to ride the wave of a bad economy however idk if that will be enough to make Independents jump ship.

    June 21, 2011 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
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