BLITZER’S BLOG: Jon Huntsman stakes out positions on gay marriage, debt ceiling
August 3rd, 2011
02:57 PM ET
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BLITZER’S BLOG: Jon Huntsman stakes out positions on gay marriage, debt ceiling

Washington (CNN) – You have to give Jon Huntsman some credit. He’s willing to go where none of the other major Republican presidential candidates are willing to go.

He was the only one who actually endorsed the debt ceiling deal worked out between President Obama and the Republican and Democratic leadership. Even former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, who has a long history of being a moderate Republican, came out against the deal just before it was passed.

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  1. Rudy NYC

    “I believe in traditional marriage,” the former Utah governor and U.S. ambassador to China told me. “I don’t think you can redefine marriage from the traditional sense.”

    But he quickly added: “I’m for civil unions. I came out for civil unions a while ago. I think we can do a better job as it relates to overall equality, specifically as it relates to reciprocal beneficiary rights to gays.”
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    Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. warned us about the dangers of trying to legislate morality. The founding fathers of the US seemed specifically prohibit the practice, which is not surprising because a government that legislated morality is exactly what they were breaking away from as colonies.

    The majority of people seem to think that it is politically correct to pass laws legalizing "civil unions". I think that creates an instrument that is "separate, but equal', which has been declared unconstitutional by the US Supreme Court.

    I am also perplexed by the proliferation and need for laws to legalize same sex marriages. While, I personally do not condone, I also feel that it is not my right to tell someone else that they cannot condone it. The US Constitution says there is nothing I can legally do to prevent it from occurring, and I'm not trying. All I can do is express my freedom speech and use it to tell others that they do not have a neither the right to outlaw it nor to restrict it in any fashion that is different or separate from that afforded to a "traditional" married couples.

    August 3, 2011 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  2. FM

    He is the smartest of the whole bunch of contenders, unfortunately they will not pick him as their candidate, as most of GOP support who share their values!

    August 3, 2011 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  3. Matthew

    OH YEA, I definitly have a comment on this guy. You guys are doing a great story on Jeffs, however you dont have the backbone to adress to this man that he was Governor during that period. Would you please ask This spoiled brat of a Billionaire what exactly he did about these hilldale UT Perverts when they were raping these 12 year olds, the answer is nothing!!!!!!!!! Oh yea, Does any reporter have the backbone to ask him how many black elders their are? Again, the answer 0, yes 0 Tax exempt huh????? You guys are in bed with this man!!!!!!!

    August 3, 2011 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  4. james cull

    republicans pulling america further into the abyss ,and blaming a democratic president for a mess left behind by president
    bush,while protecting big moneyand putting the crisis on hard working american families who are already stretched to the max,the fore fathers of a once great nation must be rolling in their graves, and now congress is on a six week fact finding
    mission while we the people are in limbo,the fact finding mission should be brought to the steps of congress by we the people
    WAKE UP AMERICA AND WALK LIKE EGYPTIONS (SYRIANS)

    August 3, 2011 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    Too bad Huntsmand doesn't know that he is now a member of the wrong party for his political views. Huntsman isn't extreme enough for crowd in control of the GOTP. I think Huntsman is trying to bring back some sensiblity to the Republican party, which has seem to have lost its' way ever since GWB in 2001. I am sad to report that he's wasting his time.

    August 3, 2011 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  6. gt

    smart guy

    August 3, 2011 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  7. Name joseabiliodesousa

    And tbe gay issue issue where?

    August 3, 2011 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  8. Matthew

    I believe Gloria has the heart & backbone!

    August 3, 2011 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    "“I’m for civil unions. I came out for civil unions a while ago."

    Jim Crow Repubilcan. Period.

    August 3, 2011 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  10. fayse

    Huntsman will never win the nomination from the Tea party GOP, he is too moderate for them.

    August 3, 2011 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  11. The Day of Financial Reckoning is HERE - The Great Democrat Welfare Society Ends

    Who cares? Huntsman isn't going anywhere but home after wasting his time and money. He's been too cozy with that domestic terrorist in the Whitehouse.

    August 3, 2011 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  12. S. In California

    I'm glad people are finally waking up and seeing that this guy (with his fake mild demeanor) is really only a back stabber. He reminds me of that movie starring Bette Davis (All About Eve (1950)). Remember how her understudy (Anne Baxter) studied her relentlessly only to BACKSTAB her in the end? He has carefully studied Obama and now feels he can make his move. I hope his ending is just like Anne Baxter's. I have no room for back stabbers.

    August 3, 2011 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  13. Boomer in Mo

    An intelligent man who actually thinks. He'll never get elected.

    August 3, 2011 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  14. vic , nashville ,tn

    Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich ,Jon Huntsman , Gary Johnson, Ron Paul, Tim Pawlenty, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum , Sarah Palin, Rick Perry and Barack Obama

    After watching past 3 weeks political drama My vote non of the above

    Only wish Hillary Clinton run for the office

    August 3, 2011 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  15. ConservaFASCISTS/ConservaTERRORISTS

    Huntsman is going to eat Willard's lunch. The difference between the two is that one actually sticks to their belief and the other bases his decisions on whichever way the wind is blowing. Huntsman stood by increasing the debt ceiling while Willard was speaking Michelle Bachmann psycho talk. If I were a republican, I'd choose Huntsman.

    August 3, 2011 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  16. S. In California

    I forgot to add: fasten your seat belts – cause it's gonna be a bumpy ride!

    August 3, 2011 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |