Huntsman nabs former Huckabee backer
July 21st, 2011
11:15 AM ET
3 years ago

Huntsman nabs former Huckabee backer

PORTSMOUTH, New Hampshire (CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman picked up an endorsement Thursday from a state lawmaker who backed Mike Huckabee in the 2008 GOP presidential primary.

State Rep. Julie Brown supported Huckabee, a social conservative, in the last election, but said economic concerns have now trumped social issues.

"Times have changed since Huckabee ran," Brown said. "I don't agree 100 percent with everything but on the whole [Huntsman's] the one who can beat Obama."

Huckabee announced a few months ago he would not seek the Republican nomination. Huntsman is courting fiscal conservatives, centrist Republicans and independent voters in his White House bid.

Brown said Huntsman's posting as U.S. Ambassador to China prepared him to navigate the world economy as China's economy grows more powerful.

But Huntsman's conservative credentials have come under fire from some Republicans, because he served as Obama's ambassador to China.

New Hampshire Reps. Jim Waddell and Adam Schroadter also endorsed Huntsman.


Filed under: 2012 • Jon Huntsman • Mike Huckabee
soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Oh! There he is!
    I thought he'd decided NOT to join the circus after all.

    July 21, 2011 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  2. Democrat Class Warfare & Race Baiting - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    Which prompts the question... "who cares?" Huntsman is going nowhere.

    July 21, 2011 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  3. The Elephant in the Room

    Jon Huntsmann is not a "CONSERVATIVE" and everybody knows it, no matter what he says. He is want the zealots in the party deride as a RINO.

    This Brown woman's comments are very telling.
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    Times have changed since Huckabee ran," Brown said. "I don't agree 100 percent with everything but on the whole [Huntsman's] the one who can beat Obama."
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    Beating Obama, by any means necessary [a Malcolm X quote BTW] is the holy grail for the GOP. It doesn't matter to them that Huntsmann's very appeal is that he is the Republican that is most like President Obama in style & temperment. I see no reason to go with the facsimilie,I'm staying with the President with 3 years under his belt.

    July 21, 2011 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  4. Democrat Class Warfare & Race Baiting - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    Who cares???? Huntsman isn't even tracking double digits in the polls. He'll be out of the running in a few months. Total waste of his time and money.

    July 21, 2011 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  5. bluedogboy

    Republican voters would benefit themselves and their party if they were to take another look at this guy. Far right crazies won't beat Obama. A guy like Huntsman could if he recevied the proper support.

    July 21, 2011 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  6. Democrat Class Warfare & Race Baiting - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    I'm staying with the President with 3 years under his belt.
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    Please be accurate... this should read "I'm staying with the President with 3 years OF FAILURE under his belt."

    July 21, 2011 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  7. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Republicans have a field of candidates who range from the under qualified and the over qualified but they prefer the under qualified like Palin.

    July 21, 2011 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  8. Randy, San Francisco

    The only chance the GOP/Tea Party has of taking back the White House is to run a moderate candidate who can attract moderates and independents. Huntsman has a chance only if: Romney falters and Tea Party candidates do not have widespread support within the GOP. If ideological purity is more important to the majority of GOP voters and a Tea Party candidate wins the nomination, Obama will win a 2nd term.

    July 21, 2011 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  9. vetern

    What I want to know is, Why "Norquist" is,nt investigated for "Fraud" on the American Voter? I thought our officials were elected by the People , For the People???? He had our elected officials "Sign a Secret Document, with no American voters "Permission??? Im sorry American Voters, "Your vote doesn,t count!!! I say as a Registered Voter," Impeach Cantor, recall Extremist like Joe Walsh,and the TeaGop officials , Who signed this "Fraudulent Pledge" against America???

    July 21, 2011 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  10. Rudy NYC

    Who cares???? Huntsman isn't even tracking double digits in the polls. He'll be out of the running in a few months. Total waste of his time and money.
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    You are funny. A month or so ago you blowing the Huntsman horn. Diplomatic experience. Executive experience.
    Business experience.
    So what experience made you change your mind?

    July 21, 2011 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  11. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    I am also of the mind that Huntsman is the ONLY one currently running on the GOP side that has a chance of stacking up well against President Obama. But like Elephant in the Room stated I too will stay with the current President who is totally abreast of all the goings-on,who pulled us back from the brink of a second Depression, who saved the auto industry, who had Bin Laden taken out and all the intelligentsia in the compound flown back home, who did not back down from giving us a form of national Healthcare where everyone else bailed before him, who continues to fight the GOTP and their nefarious cohorts on behalf of the hostage middle-class, and who hasn't alienated EVERY single ethnic and socio-economic group with his Pledges.
    Obama 2012

    July 21, 2011 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  12. Peter s

    This guy gonna give the rest a run for their money " soft spoken and intelligent"

    July 21, 2011 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  13. Al-NY,NY

    it matters not. The zealots have already dismissed him since he had the nerve to even speak with Obama. They want "pure" party members (aka 1930's Germany)

    July 21, 2011 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  14. Texas Gal

    I'm voting for Huntsman. US needs a president fluent in chinese (like Huntsman) and w/ foreign policy experience. He has all those kids and it will be fun to see the kids and their antics while Huntsman and his gorgeous wife are in the oval office. Time to have a big family there again - with several relatives (like Jon Huntsman Senior – the great philanthropist, and Peter Huntsman – CEO of Huntsman Corporation) around the white house.

    July 21, 2011 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  15. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    @ Democrat Class Warfare & Race Baiting – Destroying the economy, destroying the country
    I'm staying with the President with 3 years under his belt.
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    Please be accurate... this should read "I'm staying with the President with 3 years OF FAILURE under his belt.

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    Please, you just don't like the guy because like all previous presidents, he's smarter than all of us. Why? Because he became a POTUS and we, you and I and the rest of the bloggers on here, will never be. LOL. Have a nice day and try not to bust any veins with your outrageous, non-fact based but funny posts. :)

    July 21, 2011 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |