Huntsman won't rule out impeachment
August 3rd, 2011
10:13 PM ET
6 years ago

Huntsman won't rule out impeachment

Dover, New Hampshire (CNN) - Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman again left open the idea that Congress could impeach the president for involving the US in the Libyan conflict without congressional approval.

"Congress should do whatever Congress chooses to do," he said in response to a reporter's question about whether Congress should consider impeachment. "My position in Libya is pretty simple. We shouldn't be there."

His remarks to the press came after an operative from American Bridge, a Democratic research and tracking firm that follows Republican candidates, posted footage of Huntsman making similar comments to a voter at a New Hampshire house party earlier in the week.

The Democratic group went on the attack, saying it plans to paint Huntsman as a candidate desperately seeking approval from reticent conservatives.

Huntsman was appointed by Obama to serve as ambassador to China in 2009. Since entering the race he has sought to distance himself from the administration as a potential rival for the president in 2012.

Filed under: 2012 • Jon Huntsman • Libya
soundoff (185 Responses)
  1. Frank in Valparaiso

    If the GOP didn't impeach President Bush for war crimes and murder, not to mention waterboarding, this idiot should shut up. Let alone the rest of the Administration starting with Cheney and working down the list, from the lawyers to the political hacks like Rove.

    August 4, 2011 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  2. Vern

    Let's start with Bush and see from there you idiot

    August 4, 2011 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  3. shoegazer

    Another Republican clown trying his best to make a name for himself.Note to Huntsman....when in doubt....punt.Loser.

    August 4, 2011 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  4. drogo, the stallion that mounts the world almost

    Go back to Utah!

    August 4, 2011 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  5. NW

    Bush misled us into war and sank our economy, but that wasn't deserving of impeachment. Obama carried out a police action that has been championed by our allies and these people call for his head. Ofcourse this after criticizing him for not acting sooner and calling upon him to take the stance that he actually did. But that's the GOP for you. Greedy Old and Petty.

    August 4, 2011 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
  6. Shardik

    One word; "NATO."

    August 4, 2011 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  7. Uncommon Sense

    So further goes the dumbing down of America. By the time all of your "Obama hate speech" has been embedded in your base, sensible Americans will have clearly realize that this faction of your base chose to stiffle the growth of this great country, hold it hostage all due to a common dislike for this particular POTUS. Don't say it's because of his policies. You folks began this before he was elected. You "so called" lawmakers on the wingnut right are fueling the divide of this once great nation without caring about the cost. SHAME ON YOU. When an attorney makes a remark that the judge orders the jury to disregard the remark, yeah, right! I have news for you...The sensible, moderate, tolerant and compromising Americans aren't dumbing down, but wising up.

    August 4, 2011 01:14 am at 1:14 am |
  8. Midwestmatt

    As a former Republican, I was watching this guy with great interest.

    Until read this story.

    Now? Not a chance in Hades.

    August 4, 2011 01:39 am at 1:39 am |
  9. Rand Moffatt

    This person must need find a more useful pursuit of his activities in Congress. Perhaps thinking about the homeless and hungry within his home state. He obviously has the interest of party over those of the American people. But, then, Utah is so very wealthy they have no need of such attention.

    August 4, 2011 02:21 am at 2:21 am |
  10. Jack

    Huntsman was the only Republican I would have considered voting for. Now he's blown it playing to the extremist base of the Republican Party. Obama isn't our savior, but he is the lessor of all evils.

    August 4, 2011 02:22 am at 2:22 am |
  11. Dan

    Just when I thought I was liking this guy, he panders to the extreme wacko fringe of the right. If ANY modern president deserved to be impeached for illegal wars it was GW Bush.

    August 4, 2011 02:24 am at 2:24 am |
  12. mark

    Congress has already auth the U.S. for perma aid to the U.N. and thats what we are doing here....

    August 4, 2011 02:26 am at 2:26 am |
  13. Jerry

    Huntsmans, please sit down and shut up, "Mr Irrelavent".

    August 4, 2011 02:27 am at 2:27 am |
  14. New Hampshire dem

    Why don't we impeach you, along with the Tea Party for holding this country over the debt ceiling, Govenor??

    August 4, 2011 02:33 am at 2:33 am |
  15. Ex-Utahn


    You are such a disappointment.

    August 4, 2011 02:38 am at 2:38 am |
  16. Marry

    Dear Gov., can’t wait until 2016????
    GOP/TP: the party of “NO”!!!!! NO respect, NO solutions, NO concern for the country, NO shame!!!

    August 4, 2011 02:41 am at 2:41 am |
  17. M

    This would be an extraordinarily bad move for the Republicans. They came out of the debt crisis looking petty and mean-spirited, ignoring the majority of Americans' insistence that the debt ceiling needed to be raised in an attempt to ram their agenda through when it otherwise was DOA. Doing something like this would smack of pure politics in the run-up to the 2012 election. It'll fail, and the Republicans will end up looking like all they care about is bringing down the president at any cost.

    Having said that, they'll probably try it anyway.

    August 4, 2011 02:42 am at 2:42 am |
  18. Charles

    Look, it should be pretty obvious to a fair-minded person what's going on here. The Republican party is out to get President Obama at all costs. If Huntsman's rationality is to be belived at all, then George Bush should have been impeached for sending us into Iraq in 2003 without proof of WMD. But since Republicans controlled both houses of Congress at that time, then no one had the sack to do it.
    This just proves that the right (wrong) wing is out to get this president and that the GOP doesn't care about the will of the people. They call it leadership, I call it dictatorship and kowtowing to business and special interests.

    August 4, 2011 02:49 am at 2:49 am |
  19. hnl

    If he's not a traitor I don't know what is.

    August 4, 2011 02:50 am at 2:50 am |
  20. NoTags

    Huntsman is just a typical politician that will say anthing to get a little media coverage.

    August 4, 2011 02:54 am at 2:54 am |
  21. Luke

    Wasn't Huntsman supposed to by the non-crazy one?

    August 4, 2011 02:56 am at 2:56 am |
  22. huxley

    Remember all that support that was showered on GWB when he unilaterally decided to go to war in Iraq? The Democrats were making speeches about "supporting the President in a time of war" and "standing together to fight this nation's enemies". I guess only the Democrats have that kind of patriotism.

    August 4, 2011 02:58 am at 2:58 am |
  23. jimmy kyriakoutsakos

    Obviously jon huntsman proves he is ill equipped to be a presidential candidate. To focus on impeachment during the libyan humantarian crisis shows how out of touch he is and his fellow republicans are. I expected him to be a little smarter than these backward republicans.

    August 4, 2011 03:00 am at 3:00 am |
  24. Randy Buist

    Stupid comment Huntsman. Just as people were thinking you were the real deal, you say something REALLY stupid. REALLY stupid is Palin & Bachmann. Really stupid is Rush & Fox News. We don't need anymore STUPID around here. We have 'nuff already. Thanks for trying to be a good guy for a month, but you too fail the test.

    August 4, 2011 03:00 am at 3:00 am |
  25. Jules

    Huntsman was an amazing governor and a patriot. One of few who is logical and pragmatic. Would love to see him as President.

    August 4, 2011 03:03 am at 3:03 am |
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