Huntsman to boycott presidential debate in Nevada
October 14th, 2011
10:29 AM ET
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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. B

    Interesting, he was one of the few that seemed to have a brain out of that bunch of losers..

    October 14, 2011 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  2. Alex

    I think he may as well drop out of the race, his numbers are really low. He's barely noticable him at the debates.

    October 14, 2011 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  3. Skitownrefugee

    Think about it – this is a good move for Huntsman. He just fades in the background during the GOP debates because he doesn't say outrageous or stupid things. He'll get better press coverage the day after the "debates" as a loner then he would as one of the also-rans. NH is probabaly his best shot to make a good showing and that would propell his numbers on the national stage. Romney is not going to be a shoe-in in NH and he could very well be the next guy to fall, following in Perry's footsteps. I think this is a smart move and it shows some creativity and boldness. I also liked his "I thought 999 was the price of a pizza" remark to Cane, who will be the next to fall from Grace after Romney. Who they got left?

    October 14, 2011 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  4. DA

    Time for him to drop out the race!!

    October 14, 2011 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    A 3 ring circus in Vegas vs a real issue debate in NH ....sounds pretty smart to me!

    October 14, 2011 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  6. GI Joe

    RUN SARA RUN – she ran her mouth for 3 years, let's put in the national spotlight. ha ha ha ha ha

    October 14, 2011 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  7. carrie

    The smartest man in the running!

    October 14, 2011 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  8. OnTheRoad

    It is 'TIME' for a national Primary Day!

    October 14, 2011 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  9. JayDeeT

    There are much better reasons for Huntsman to ignore the Nevada debates. This crop of GOP candidates, as carville, said, is pathetic. Most likely, Gov. Huntsman just wants to get away for a while from this stinking load of political garbage – a collection comprsing an idiot, moron, has-been, bigot, racist, and deceiver.

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

    Who will notice except Romney who will not have his little pocket attack dog to go after Cain?

    October 14, 2011 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  11. dave

    How will we know you boycott, Mr...MR...um....

    October 14, 2011 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  12. FM

    I would advice this Mr. to take his ball and head home. Cant he do the maths. Pulling all the time 3 percent in polls can not bring him anywhere. He should leave the campaign go and pre;pare an apology letter to the president as he has been attacking him all the time.. May be he can forgive him and offer him another remarkable job!

    October 14, 2011 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  13. f

    one state picking every president is not democracy

    October 14, 2011 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  14. BeverlyNC

    Don't worry Jon. Most of America doesn't watch these laughable "debates" already. It is just a boring line-up of losers and non-leaders. Cain could make you a pizza to watch a movie instead.

    October 14, 2011 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  15. The Lone Okie

    The Tea party is over, Occupy is the new protest...

    October 14, 2011 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  16. Buster Bloodvessel

    Who? Oh, Mitt Lite©.

    October 14, 2011 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  17. GaryB

    At the Republican debates, Huntsman generally tends to be the smartest guy in the room. Unfortunately. he forgot that the current Republican party hates smart people.

    October 14, 2011 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  18. Pat in IL

    Boycotting is an immature stance to take in almost any situation....it's a lazy, or cowardly, way out, and usually doesn't make the point that someone wants to make. Man up, and debate!

    October 14, 2011 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  19. cjlawyer

    He is a moderate in a party where he has no chance to prevail as their candidate because he is intelligent, caring about the middle class and Nation and a member of a cult religion [totally stupid ID by Reps.]. He should separate himself from the self destructing radical religious right which now sets the ugly platform of the Republican Party which dominates the poorest states of the south. He is better off a blue dog Dem. where he would be electable and follow Obama in 2016. Where is the Republican Party which I joined during the Reagan days and the senior H.W. Bush days when decisions were made for the country and not the party's right destructive agenda? Just one man's point of view from a Colin Powell Republican.

    October 14, 2011 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  20. Jake

    The real question is...will anyone notice?

    October 14, 2011 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  21. Annie, Atlanta

    This guy, unbelievably, is at 1% or 2%. Does he honestly think anyone will notice or care. Personally, I don't understand why he's not further up in the polls, myself. I guess you can't sound reasonable and be a Republican contender these days, unfortunately.

    October 14, 2011 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  22. John Andersen

    Wow! This could have a huge impact on the ..... Wait. Who is Jon Huntsman?

    (Hint: He's that intelligent, kind-hearted democrat, who for some reason has decided to run as a republican.)

    October 14, 2011 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  23. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    This is a bug on the windshield. Personally I watch the debates to watch yet another effort in pure silliness by Perry, the man who had the VP slot sewed-up until he and his staff opened their mouths. Now, they've given Christie the opening he needed – to endorse Romney, end up with the VP nomination, by default due to an incredibly weak field, and get all the public exposure without it costing him, Christie, a dime. Very smart politics, I'd say.

    October 14, 2011 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  24. d00d

    So now there will be seven right-wing bozos instead of seven right-wing bozos and a regular bozo.

    October 14, 2011 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  25. mike

    very unfortunate he is probably the only reasonable and intelligent person running but if you dont kiss up to the Tea Party and sign all those asinine pledges you dont stand a chance this time around

    October 14, 2011 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
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