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. Terry - Indiana

    One good thing about Republicans, they do stand down when it comes to Human Rights. However, Huntsman better be careful, the funding for Military Action in Libya was approved by the Republican Controlled House. Our defense contractors need the business.

    August 4, 2011 07:36 am at 7:36 am |
  2. Alan

    Hunts..who?....go back to your hole troll

    August 4, 2011 07:37 am at 7:37 am |
  3. TomInNY

    He should have supported impeaching Bush for lying us into a major war with Iraq. As far as this platter of Republican candidates go, I hope they realize that by saying ignorant, radical, incendiary statemeents like this simply to play to the hobitts on the right, the terrorists who just held us hostage, they lose their chances of winning the party's nomination. As it stands, if the party can develop a strong ticket that promises economic reforms and solid leadership across the board, they have a good chance at beating Obama, who is already a lame duck.

    August 4, 2011 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
  4. amadeus

    Where were you when Bush started two illigal wars.

    August 4, 2011 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
  5. Fair is Fair

    "My position in Libya is pretty simple. We shouldn't be there."
    -------
    Ironically though, there will be a disproportionate number of comments on this article from normally anti-war liberals. Wonder why?

    August 4, 2011 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
  6. kingsley fanando

    Do you think the man obama apointed two be the ambassador.is a good person??

    August 4, 2011 07:39 am at 7:39 am |
  7. dgudell

    Huntsman is a fool , Impeaching the president isnt worth wasting the time to do.
    And if congress wasnt wasting time , with all the partisian bickering maybe would have the time to be
    active in other things, like running the country with the president............The congress took of for a whole month to go on
    vacation while there was business on thier calender that needed to be finished, most Americans dont get 4 weeks off
    and when they do Im sure that there boss wants to have what needs to be done before they leave....
    So my suggestion to HUNTSMAN IS GROW UP , and get it together before you lose your job..........

    August 4, 2011 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
  8. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    I hadn't thought of impeaching Obama–presumably for violating the War Powers Act–but it sounds like a good idea.

    August 4, 2011 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
  9. SuperD

    You don;t impeach the President over Libya. You impeach him for not protecting (or in his case, ignoring) the Constitution of the US.

    August 4, 2011 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  10. Cosmo

    You can definitely rule out being taken seriously as a candidate for President. The last time your party decided to use impeachment to play political football, the Federal government ground to a standstill for about two years.

    August 4, 2011 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  11. Randy, San Francisco

    How disappointing to see one of the few moderate GOP presidential candidates falling to the Dark Side. Sad to see Huntsman coming down with the Palin foot in the mouth disease. With his low poll number in the single digit, he will probably move to the right to attract Tea Party hobbits and social conservative wingnuts.

    August 4, 2011 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  12. Htos1

    Well,IF YOU trolls HAD ANYTHING to bust GWB for your BOY Holder would jumping on it like a fly on feces,please,go for it!Secondly,Plame's husband "made up" the fake WMD story in Iraq,to make GWB look incompetent and was busted,his wife paid the price,they're VERY lucky they weren't executed for treason,or minimally,25 to life in Leavenworth.
    Obama is a no talent neo-marxist Newport smoking plug,facts stand alone.You don't get to have your "own" facts.

    August 4, 2011 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  13. Justjean

    Don't need to post. The majority said it all.

    August 4, 2011 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  14. Julie

    Right....let's spend millions of dollars on this when we are in one of the worst financial crisis!!!

    August 4, 2011 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  15. Bill

    Huntsman grasping at straws and longing for air time. He will never get the nomination, much less the presidency. Go home.

    August 4, 2011 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  16. M-AZ Independent

    I had this guy on my radar screen to seriously watch as an up and coming in 2012 and especially 2016, but Huntsman, you can forget about it. Man, you are a weasel, sell-out, and a Brutus.

    August 4, 2011 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  17. Mike

    Oh good. Let's waste MORE of the taxpaers money. Obama take the same liberties that Bush took yet he only objects Obama's actions. Once again, the republicans continue to be the party of "Do as we say, not as we do".

    August 4, 2011 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  18. Patiat

    Hmmmmm. Impeachment? For a war we don't belong in? An idea that's 8 years past its prime, I'd say!!!

    August 4, 2011 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  19. Michael in Houston

    what is with republicans always trying to overide the voters in a general election by impeachment?

    August 4, 2011 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  20. Deathstalker

    What I find sad is that all anyone seems to talk about is how to mess things up more. Were is the positive speakers that tell us we have ways of fixing our problems then laying out ways of doing it. In a positive way. I could come up with a hundred ideas that would be good for our country and Im no body special. How with all there money and "brains" can they not talk about and come up with positive things and ways of fixing our economy??? I think the GOP finally killed there party.

    August 4, 2011 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  21. IItLeftaBadTaste

    For just Libya ?
    I wouldn't rule it out for skirting the constitution on several other items as well.
    And while there at it, lets get Eric Holder up there and answer questions about project "Fast and Furious"
    He knew about it, he mentioned it in a speech in Mexico. Both men are are liars and need to be removed from office.,

    August 4, 2011 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  22. David

    Just silly, impeachment could never occur with the loosely written clause that is being referenced (especially as there is no definition of what is actually war); there are many examples now and in the past where military operations have occurred without congressional approval, aka, Laos, Pakistan, etc. Also, people still remember that the repubs were crying that the president wasn't reacting to Gadaffi's rampage and when he did they complained that he did – holy have your cake and eat it too.

    August 4, 2011 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  23. Mike

    Obama kills Osama and you want him impeached! Bush can't find WMD's and that's okay? Huntsman must have been in the Batman movie . He played Harvey 2 Face.

    August 4, 2011 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  24. BushKilled250Thousand

    Republican Hypocrisy! If Obama is to be impeached for Lybia, G.W. Bush should be impeached for :Invading Iraq, and for warrantless wiretapes on American citizens. Bush should also be put to trial for war crimes against humanity for directly causing the death of over 250,000 Iraq citizens and for over 4,000 American soldiers.

    August 4, 2011 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  25. Damnyank1

    What a hypocrite! Period... Where were you when G W put us in Iraq using false documentation and then sold us out to them. We get no thank you, no monetary return from them and worst of all we lose the lives of our children in a war we should not have started. Shame on you wasting the pulpit for such petty and self serving idiocy.

    August 4, 2011 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
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