Huntsman to boycott presidential debate in Nevada
October 14th, 2011
10:29 AM ET
3 years ago

Huntsman to boycott presidential debate in Nevada

Las Vegas (CNN) - Republican presidential hopeful Jon Huntsman said Friday he was skipping next week's CNN/Western Republican Presidential Debate out of deference to New Hampshire, which is locked in a political scheduling fight with Nevada.

Huntsman will instead hold a campaign event Tuesday morning in New Hampshire, while his seven rivals for the GOP presidential nomination prepare to face off in the debate in Las Vegas. The Western Republican Leadership Conference and CNN are co-sponsoring the event.

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Filed under: Jon Huntsman • Nevada • New Hampshire • Primary Calendar
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  1. roland

    Why does a state with 0.4% percent of the population get to dictate the primary schedule?

    October 14, 2011 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  2. John K.

    Screw New Hampshire. And Iowa. They are irrelevant.

    October 14, 2011 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  3. Joe from Darien

    ...and no one will notice.

    October 14, 2011 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  4. Steve

    He's boycotting the debate? So? Isn't he in last place?

    October 14, 2011 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  5. ThinkAgain

    Wow – pitting one state against another. So much for the "United" States of America ...

    October 14, 2011 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  6. parentof6

    Will anyone notice?

    October 14, 2011 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  7. cigarman

    Who gives a flying cluck. I have a better chance than Huntsman has. How many companies does Huntsman have in China? Dont you think that he has a conflict of interest?

    October 14, 2011 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  8. Kenneth the VI of Minneapolis

    LOL...at Huntsman...he should boycott the entire process, and start a stand up comic career!

    October 14, 2011 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  9. carly

    All the GOP candidates should boycott the debate because they really have zero to contribute. How many more of these worthless debates does the nation have to endure?

    October 14, 2011 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  10. diridi

    this dude does not come even close to...o.k, good for him....

    October 14, 2011 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  11. JohnRJ08

    I think all of the Republican candidates should boycott the debate out of deference to the American people, most of whom are nauseated by the lack of intelligence and grostesquely simply thinking which has been the hallmark of previous presidential debates. This group of candidates is pathetic and none of them are fit to be President of the United States. Herman Cain is a corporate blowhard who wouldn't have a clue what to do if he were somehow elected. Newt Gingrich is the most dangerous ideologue on the stage, and Rick Santorum is a homophobe. Michele Bachmann, of course, stands alone as the most outrageously inadequate candidate for President since Andrew Johnson. Ron Paul is a utopian libertian who has one or two good ideas, but most of them would take us back to pre-World War I and if not pre-Civil War policies. Mitt Romney is a rich boy who has wanted to live in the White House since his pre-pubescency. Unfortunately, the man has no convictions and even fewer ideas of his own.

    October 14, 2011 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  12. TomCA

    Is he running for president of New Hampshire or The United Utates?

    October 14, 2011 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  13. gerr

    As an Independent, I feel Mr. Huntsman is the only GOPTpartier with the combination of intellect,integrity and people skills needed in a president. This,of course, disqualifies from the GOPT party.

    October 14, 2011 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  14. westward

    Huntsman missed several opportunities. The first being that he is running on the wrong ticket. The second being that he dissed the man that made him. The third being that he never realized that he had no chance of winning in any party to begin with.

    October 14, 2011 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  15. Darth Cheney

    Poor Huntsman – the only GOP candidate with any judgment, reason, or moderation in him, and he's getting what, .01% in the polls?

    October 14, 2011 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  16. Elizabeth

    It is positive in the sense that it demonstrates Jon will carry through on statements of principle with decisive action, even possibly at his own detriment. He may also garner loyalty in New Hampshire. But people do need to see more of him on a national stage, not less, so I have mixed feelings about this as a serious strategy.

    October 14, 2011 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  17. Jersey George

    Huntman's the best qualified nominee, but he's not radical and mean-spirited enough for the tea baggers and right-wing conservatives, not to mention being loathed by evangelical christians over his Mormon religion. How dare him believe in science, climate change, evolution, education, and rational thinking.

    October 14, 2011 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  18. ja

    why don't huntsman just withdraw, there is enough court jesters without his participation

    October 14, 2011 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  19. Barry In Las Vegas

    Who cares. I don't and I live in Las Vegas. He and the other 3 who said they are going to boycott Nevada have as much chance of winning the Republican nomination as they do of hitting Megabucks in a casino.

    October 14, 2011 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  20. Cat

    Good move, might as well save your money. You stand a snow ball chance in that well know hot spot. Bye bye!!

    October 14, 2011 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  21. GI Joe

    He'll never get the republican nomination - he's sane and smart.

    October 14, 2011 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  22. gtx333

    To me it is amazing all these savy teckies (under 30 years old) still don't realize the people do NOT vote for the president. It is up to someone else to vote for president of the US. We should tax presidential candidates sources of money.
    When are you young people going to get smart?

    October 14, 2011 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  23. GI Joe

    The ONLY non-whining republican out there.

    October 14, 2011 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  24. Cat

    The pathetic group is getting smaller and smaller, what do you do when all the scum is gone?? There will be no one left to run

    October 14, 2011 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  25. GI Joe

    It will take democrats 50 years to help this country recover from the 8 years of Bush/Cheney ERROR.

    October 14, 2011 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
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