Huntsman jumps ahead with jobs plan
August 26th, 2011
04:44 PM ET
3 years ago

Huntsman jumps ahead with jobs plan

Gilford, New Hampshire (CNN) – Republican presidential hopeful Jon Huntsman will announce his jobs plan Wednesday, a week before his rival for the GOP presidential nomination Mitt Romney and President Obama unveil their own competing plans to jumpstart the nation's economy.

Huntsman, a former governor who recently served as the U.S. ambassador to China, has been criticized for not presenting a detailed economic plan. He will emphasize the need to promote small business growth during his visit to a metal fabrication shop in New Hampshire.

"Governor Huntsman is going to lay-out an economic agenda that would turn our economy around and allow entrepreneurs to thrive and create jobs - just as he did in Utah, where the state led the nation in job growth," Huntsman spokesman Michael Levoff said.

On the campaign trail, Huntsman often touts his record of job creation during his time as Utah governor and promises he would apply a similar low-tax, low-regulation approach if elected president.

Huntsman, who is polling in the low single digits, has intensified his attacks on rivals by saying their failure to support the debt ceiling deal in Washington would have nudged the country into default. He was the only major candidate to endorse the deal, which put him at odds with some conservatives who pushed for deeper spending cuts.

His announcement comes as Obama prepares to release his plan for spurring job growth sometime after Labor Day. Romney has said he, too, will release details of his plan on Sept. 6.

Huntsman will make his announcement on Aug. 31 at Gilchrist Metal Fabricating in Hudson, further emphasizing his commitment to the first-in-the-nation primary state that plays a critical role in his strategy to try and win the GOP nomination.

"He believes its time for us to make 'Made in America' mean something again, and a Granite State manufacturer is a great place to start," Levoff said.


Filed under: 2012 • Economy • Jobs • Jon Huntsman • New Hampshire
soundoff (26 Responses)
  1. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Let me guess, tax cuts for the wealthy to be paid for by the seniors, veterans and middle class.

    August 26, 2011 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  2. blake

    CNN, please stop promoting this man. Those from the left are the only ones interested in him. He is running in the wrong primary.

    August 26, 2011 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  3. ConservaFASCISTS/TEAliban/TEAhadists

    Huntsman beat you to the punch Willard.

    August 26, 2011 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  4. NoTags

    No Mormon for President!

    August 26, 2011 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  5. gt

    if he can hang in ,, this guy seems like he has all the right suff...best of the gop field...

    August 26, 2011 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  6. Larry L

    I feel sorry for this man. His only appeal is to rational and compassionate conservatives – a group that no longer exists.

    August 26, 2011 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  7. me

    Too bad Huntsman won't when the Republican nomination... I guess being moderate or centrist is too far to the left for the other candidates. How far is the republican party going to go into extremism until they reach party purity fascism. most of these candidates are going to be struggling to find the independents and moderates after the primary season to find they were alienated by their extremist thinking....

    August 26, 2011 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  8. bb

    More trickle-down economics that never did work...

    August 26, 2011 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  9. Mah

    Stopped reading at "low tax, low regulation" ......... although I like Huntsman the most out of the candidates... NEXT!

    August 26, 2011 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  10. Marie MD

    poor reagan must be turning in his grave. All he did to deregulate big industries in the US so that people, I mean corporations, could send their jobs outside the US.
    Didn't hunstman do the same? Is he now flip flopping? Of course, he's made his money now he wants to go back on what he did. There is not one single republikan running who has a clean American first record!

    August 26, 2011 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  11. Woman In California

    Has anyone else noticed (and I say that sarcastically) since President Obama announced he was going to unveil his plan for JOBS everyone else SUDDENDLY has one? That tells me two things.
    1) They were intentionally HOLDING on their plans (even though they know many Americans are out of work); and
    2) They are NOT leaders ONLY followers with no ideas of their own – and can only prey off what the president does.

    They are are party of mimes. You look, you wonder – you laugh and then you keep going.

    August 26, 2011 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  12. T'sah from Virginia

    The ONLY jobs plan that will be up for a vote and go forward at this time is President Obama's. All of the "Me, me, me first" crew will be ignored because we need to accomplish a JOBS plan NOW and these wannabes are not even in office to do so!!! Jeez!!

    Huntsman is the ONLY sane one from the RIGHT but he is going NO WHERE because he does not have the blessing from the far-RIGHT... Come back in 2016 when I might be ready to vote for you – but as of NOW, nah!!!

    Obama/Biden 2012!!!

    August 26, 2011 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  13. Woman In California

    Sorry typing to fast:
    1) They were intentionally HOLDING on to their plans (even though they know many Americans are out of work); and

    They are a party of mimes. You look, you wonder – you laugh and then you keep going.

    August 26, 2011 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  14. The Elephant in The Room

    I`ll expect an expert discussion on a compelling strategic visision, execution tactics. financial & personnel resources required, a milestone schedule, a set of dashboard metrics that indicate progress, and a definition of success and termination conditions when this "PLAN" is presented.

    Afterall, Huntsman, Romney & Cain are "CEOs" and so they should easily be able to lay out a true plan – – suitable for rigorous EVALUATION by the Board of Directors – – The American People.

    If they can not do this then all their BRAGGING about being "problem solving" businessmen that have managerial expertise SHOULD NOT be given any weight.

    The days of trust me, "tax cuts for job creators" will boost the economy ARE OVER. Messrs Huntsman, Romney, Cain & others. better bring your "A" game.

    August 26, 2011 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  15. thomas

    Ideas , not obstructionism !

    Mitt, Perry , Michele ,Sarah NUT JOBS !

    August 26, 2011 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  16. Indy

    "Governor Huntsman is going to lay-out an economic agenda that would turn our economy around and allow entrepreneurs to thrive and create jobs – just as he did in Utah, where the state led the nation in job growth," Huntsman spokesman Michael Levoff said.

    Once again we have more proof that Governors create jobs and States create jobs, business's create jobs and Congress helps with creating jobs. Maybe once everybody understands it is not Presidents who create jobs,Americans can get back to focusing on the people that who are responsible for job creation and get people working again.

    August 26, 2011 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  17. Nathaniel

    I'm registering as a Republican so I can help Huntsman out in the primary. If he's unfortunate enough to be out of the race by then, I'll just go for the least awful of the remaining candidates.

    August 26, 2011 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  18. Walter

    Squawk all you want libs. Obama's approval rating is below 40% and that is about as low as it could possibly go. 35% of the population would vote for Obama even if he advocated eating puppies and kittens.

    August 26, 2011 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  19. JimmyNelson

    i think Huntsman is the best of the Republican bunch. but he is still a lil too right for me.. Obama is still the most Centrist of those running.. so ill stick with Obama.. im an Independent... as for Congress, i would like to see all incumbents voted out, from both parties..

    August 26, 2011 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  20. Awesome

    Mr Huntsman – Here is the truth, Only a Moron can win the GOP nomination not a Mormon

    August 26, 2011 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  21. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    I swear if his plan includes more tax cuts for the "job creators" I think I'm gonna be sick. But so far Huntsman seems to be a bit different from his right wing brethren. If the GOP claps at his plan, perhaps Obama will "steal" it, then of course the GOP won't like it. Either way if it can get Americans back to work I don't care whose plan it is LET'S DO IT!

    August 26, 2011 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  22. The Greedy Old Pigs have declared class war on US!

    And the mask slips off of Hunts Man a little more with his endorsement of the standard failed GOBP policies of low taxes and less regulation, the two very things that put America in the mess it's in today. Stop with the "he's a rational conservative" garbage, people. He's full member of the cult of corrupt corporatism and he worships the same failed policies. There is nothing "moderate" about the road low taxes and less regulation has put us on. It is a disaster and it needs to be reversed, not repeated.

    August 26, 2011 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  23. T'sah from Virginia

    ◄ [Perry gets big bounce, but race is still anyone's game]
    OMG he’s actually taking away a lot of Bachmann’s fame
    It looks like “the PA’IN in the neck” and MITTens have NO place at all
    Huntsman, Santorum and anyone else will also CRUSH and FALL!!

    Now Huntsman wants to jump ahead – and put a JOBS plan in the mix
    MITTens also stated the same – and will do it on September 6
    So if the President announces that – he will pass the Dream Act NEXT
    These fools will jump ahead and AGAIN – give President Obama NO RESPECT!!

    It used to be that we looked forward to announcements from the President of the United States. Now, the president does not seem to get any respect at all. The LOSERS from the RIGHT really believe that what they announce NOW – as a job plan – would have traction in the WHITE HOUSE. Maybe that’s it, they want to jump ahead hoping THEIR ideas is part of President Obama’s ideas and that way, they can say his proposal came from them!!! Jeez Louise – the RIGHT-WINGS are such “cling alongs” with no ideas of their own!!!

    Obama/Biden 2012!!

    August 26, 2011 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  24. FactCheck

    Wow, a Republican candidate with ideas, who is open to debates on issues and who believes in serving the country. Get ready for the Teapubs to label him a RINO. Good luck trying to get Bachman or Perry elected with your whopping 18% of the popular vote.

    August 26, 2011 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  25. Woman In California

    I'm with you No Tags – No Mormons for me.

    August 26, 2011 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
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