Huntsman won't rule out impeachment
August 3rd, 2011
10:13 PM ET
2 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. Kevin_WI

    Huntsman seemed like a moderate alternative to the rest of GOP loons, but this makes him look like he is pandering to the
    right wing fringe.

    August 4, 2011 06:43 am at 6:43 am |
  2. NotRepublican

    The GOP appears to be cloning these guys nowadays. Does the party have only one hair stylist and one wardrobe coordinator? You can put lipstick and a hat on a pig, but he can still only say "oink" when all he gets is Teaparty fluff.

    August 4, 2011 06:45 am at 6:45 am |
  3. DonBeal

    "This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in pursuance thereof; and all treaties made, or which shall be made, under the authority of the United States, shall be the supreme law of the land; and the judges in every state shall be bound thereby, anything in the constitution or laws of any state to the contrary notwithstanding." – Article 6, US Constitution. The action in Libya was carried out by NATO. We are a member of NATO by treaty approved by Congress. It looks to me like President Obama was carrying out his constitutional responsibilities. Besides when President Bush sent American forces into Afghanistan, he called on NATO for international cover and NATO is also in Iraq. It would seem more than a little hypocritical for us to call on NATO for support and then fail to support NATO when other member nations took the lead.

    August 4, 2011 06:46 am at 6:46 am |
  4. mary

    Impeachment now? After the Debt ceiling debacle I wish all you Republicans would go and find your own island somewhere and then you can all live in this unreality of your own making. President Obama may not be perfect but most of us "little people" can now see where we would be if one of you Repubs was in charge of this country right now.You, more than most any other GOP canidate are a back stabbing two faced liar. Nor would I ever vote for a person that has a cult for a religion. Anyone who has knowledge of the origion of Mormanism would stay far away from you and Mitt Romney..Good luck in your views. You have not walked in the President's shoes and my Christian prayer is that you never will.

    August 4, 2011 06:49 am at 6:49 am |
  5. Sank

    You nuts if you don't do it. This man is reelected will only cause more havoc in his determination of destruction of the United States.

    August 4, 2011 06:52 am at 6:52 am |
  6. J0nx

    Puhleeze. CONgress is bought and paid for by the same people that own the president. Enough said.

    August 4, 2011 06:57 am at 6:57 am |
  7. leciat

    same old garbage. i wonder what the approval rating of the msm is , i wager it is as low as congress

    August 4, 2011 07:04 am at 7:04 am |
  8. Craig in Pa.

    This guy is an idiot...ready to impeach Obama for what???...Remember G.W. Bush??? Now there's someone who needed to be impeached, but somehow, we were afraid to try to do that?????

    August 4, 2011 07:04 am at 7:04 am |
  9. Franny

    Ridiculoous!

    August 4, 2011 07:05 am at 7:05 am |
  10. Alexander Hamilton

    ...just another republican loh.
    i wonder if he secretly has 6 wives

    August 4, 2011 07:05 am at 7:05 am |
  11. johnmenacherjr

    What is with the Republicans. With everything and the country teetering on the brink of a depression this JERK is going on about impeachment??? What planet are you on??? People are loosing everything they ever had to the rich and this is the best we have? I really hope not!

    August 4, 2011 07:07 am at 7:07 am |
  12. Zman

    Dear Mr. Huntsman, you have just won my undying ability to despise a human being. Sir, I was in Germany when the current Government of lIbya bombed the LaBelle Disco (intentionall targeting a club very popular with American service personnel in Berlin). People I knew were on Pan Am 103. My family were at the Frankurt Px the day it was bombed and I remeber people like Edward Pimentel who was picked up in a bar, taken to the woods and murdered by the Red Brigades. The links between Libya and European terror are long established with funds provided by Ga-Daffy and events managed by the old East German regime.

    To me, every President since these events has failed to defend the US against a wanton attack on our people. Reagan, at least, bombed Tripoli.

    To my mind, Mr. Obama is looking to serve some long deserved and long delayed retribution. How can any patriot say this is wrong?

    You sir, are despicable.

    August 4, 2011 07:09 am at 7:09 am |
  13. sparknut

    Hum, at first I thought Huntsman might be a viable candidate, despite the fact that his own campaign people can't spell his first name.

    August 4, 2011 07:17 am at 7:17 am |
  14. Louis in Wisc.

    Politicans will say anything to try to get attention for a dying campaign....

    August 4, 2011 07:19 am at 7:19 am |
  15. t.marino

    Who is this man again? Gag me!

    August 4, 2011 07:21 am at 7:21 am |
  16. greg

    about the dumbest thing i've ever heard!

    August 4, 2011 07:23 am at 7:23 am |
  17. CSPRING

    With just congress voting to continue funding for Libya does This Huntsman not rule out some sort of legal acctions on them. Mr Huntsman needs to keep up with whats happened.

    August 4, 2011 07:24 am at 7:24 am |
  18. Donkey Party

    And if we didn't do anything in Libya, the GOP would try to impeach him for that as well.

    August 4, 2011 07:26 am at 7:26 am |
  19. Tam

    I guess it's too late to impeach Bush for his "wars"

    August 4, 2011 07:26 am at 7:26 am |
  20. Jon

    If I was a presidential contender, I would think I would have issues with a little more substance to focus on, rather than right wing lunatic fringe rallying cries. This kind of absurd thinking does little to qualify this guy as presidential timber.
    We need a leader with some character and common sense, not some clown who panders to a small vocal minority with a grounding somewhere other than in reality. If this guy wants

    August 4, 2011 07:28 am at 7:28 am |
  21. Light In The Black

    As i understand Huntsman is also going to impeach Obama
    for killing Bin Laden in Packistan.
    We are only authorized to go into Afghanistan.

    August 4, 2011 07:30 am at 7:30 am |
  22. zapper45701

    If Congress didn't impeach Bush (W) over Iraq, I don't think they have a leg to stand on over Libya. I agree that we shouldn't be anywhere near Libya, but impeachment is political grandstanding. On the other hand, if Congress is serious about getting away from Libya, I'm sure they can come up with a solution, not unlike the recent debt ceiling problems (which a small child could have solved, but the grown-ups were too partisan to come to terms with.) Congress is a problem that needs solved.

    August 4, 2011 07:30 am at 7:30 am |
  23. jimatmadison

    So much for Huntsman being the 'sane and reasonable' Republican in the field.

    I guess there aren't any sane and reasonable Republicans left.

    August 4, 2011 07:34 am at 7:34 am |
  24. "The GOP biggest deception is getting the Poor and Middle class to believe they are out to help them"

    uh, what part of the fact that these people don't realize, we don't have on the ground troops in Lybia do they not get? HUH?

    August 4, 2011 07:35 am at 7:35 am |
  25. Jack V

    And Huntsman is only fooling himself into thinking he will be president.

    August 4, 2011 07:35 am at 7:35 am |
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