Wall Street Journal loves Huntsman jobs plan
September 2nd, 2011
07:57 AM ET
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Wall Street Journal loves Huntsman jobs plan

(CNN) - Will praise from the Wall Street Journal boost Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman's bid for the White House?

In an editorial published late Thursday night, the newspaper, which is influential among fiscal conservatives, touted the former Utah governor and former U.S. ambassador to China's jobs plan.

The paper described Huntsman's proposals, which he laid out Wednesday in a speech in New Hampshire,"as impressive as any to date in the GOP presidential field, and certainly better than what we've seen from the front-runners."

One of those front-runners, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, spells out his jobs proposals next Tuesday in a speech in Nevada, two days before President Barack Obama gives an address before Congress on creating jobs.

"Perhaps Mr. Huntsman should be asked to give the Republican response to the president's jobs speech next week," writes the Wall Street Journal. "The two views of what makes an economy grow could not be more different."

Huntsman introduced a plan to dramatically scale back the scope of the federal government and simplify the tax code, in part by including eliminating deductions and credits. He said his proposals would encourage small business growth and induce American corporations to expand their work forces in the U.S. instead of overseas. The plan also laid out a path forward on energy independence and free trade.

"There is no more urgent priority at this point in our nation's history than creating jobs and strengthening our economic core; everything else revolves around it," said Huntsman, speaking at a podium framed by two hulking metal presses at Gilchrist Metal Fabricating in Hudson, New Hampshire. "My plan may be challenged by the special interests, on the left and the right. But it represents a serious path forward – toward fiscal discipline and economic growth."

Huntsman is registering in the single digits in most national and state polls in the race for the GOP presidential nomination and has been characterized by some as "too moderate" to win his party's nomination.

But praise from the Journal could help his campaign.

"Republican Presidential candidate and former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman is lagging in the polls, but the economic agenda he rolled out this week may start getting him more attention," adds the Journal ."And deservedly so."

Huntsman spokesperson Tim Miller told CNN, "Gov. Huntsman's plan isn't just pie-in-the-sky political pandering. He's offering serious solutions that are in line with what he did in Utah taking the state to #1 in job growth."


CNN's Paul Steinhauser and Rachel Streitfeld contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2012 • Economy • Jobs • Jon Huntsman
soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. Henry Miller

    All the Republican candidates are going to propose "dramatically scaling back government."

    September 2, 2011 08:08 am at 8:08 am |
  2. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Who owns The Wall Street Journal?
    Oh yeah, Rupert Murdoch.

    September 2, 2011 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  3. ConservaFASCISTS/TEAliban/TEAhadists

    Well the Wall St. Journal is a conservaFASCISTS newspaper so I'm not surprised. However, Huntsman is the most "sane" candidate in his field. I have no problem with opposing views. There is nothing wrong with honest debate. What we've seen from the TEApublican candidates are othing but President bashing and no ideas.

    September 2, 2011 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  4. Ivan Bial

    Mr. Huntsman has no chance

    the republicans prefer crazies

    September 2, 2011 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  5. GI Joe

    He's the ONLY reasonable republican in the entire country!!

    The rest of them are hate mongers, fear mongers, and if they are in DC they are obstructionists and somewhat treasonous to the people of this country - always putting party before country. It's disgusting. I'll never listen to ANY of them again. Like FDR said "They will promise you........." - and then they will destroy every one of us. (except their wealthy friends).

    September 2, 2011 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  6. Sandy

    So they like more of the same Republican policies that got us into this mess. Giving more tax breaks to the rich while stripping the middle class of home mortgage deductions, which they desperately need. Next!

    September 2, 2011 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  7. JohnReedjr

    There will be no job growth until consumers have more money to spend. Demand is limited by stagnant income growth, high commodity prices, and a surplus of goods. Increasing the supply side will only worsen conditions for consumers. Businesses have money are profitable and don't want to expand. What is so hard to understand?

    September 2, 2011 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  8. J

    Huntsman is too intelligent and softspoken to appeal to the wacky right-wingers. He might as well switch his party affiliation to Democrat.

    September 2, 2011 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  9. ngc1300

    Huntsman seems intelligent and articulate-in other words totally out of synch with the brain-dead Bachmann/Palin/Perry zombies that are currently holding the GOP ransom.

    September 2, 2011 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  10. Randy, San Francisco

    Huntsman's serious and thoughful job plan appeals to the GOP establishment, but probably won't excite social conservatives and Tea Party hobbits.

    September 2, 2011 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  11. Donkey Party

    You mean the same Wall Street Journal that's owned by Rupert Murdoch? It's just a right-wing propaganda rag, zero credibility from heavily biased sources.

    September 2, 2011 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  12. Jim

    A Rupert Murdoch owned paper supporting a Republican? What a shock! Next they will offer the guy a job when his campaign is dead. Oh, wait, registering in the single digits, he's obviously not dumb enough for the extreme right wing.

    September 2, 2011 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  13. GonzoinHouston

    Huntsman is the only republican in the race who would be a competent President. He has a demonstrated record of intelligence, judgement, and bi-partisanship. Too bad he has zero chance of winning in the current extremist state of the GOP. They want screamers and bomb-throwers. Sane candidates need not apply.

    September 2, 2011 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  14. gt

    this guy is smart... if he can just hang in there..he would make a good one..

    September 2, 2011 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  15. Rudy NYC

    When you fist hear Amb. Huntsman's plan, it sounds rationale, reasonable, and well thought out. That's until you start listening to the things that are not specifically addressed.

    That's about the time when you realize he's a car salesman who's selling a car without floor mats or a spare tire. He talks about the heated front seats, and you realize you will be sitting in the back seat most of the time. It is not surprising that the WSJ likes the Huntsman plan, considering who publishes the paper. The plan was quite eloquently presented. It is a true benchmark on how to sell conservative ideology to the masses. It stinks.

    September 2, 2011 09:35 am at 9:35 am |