Huntsman kisses off Trump
December 5th, 2011
11:57 AM ET
3 years ago

Huntsman kisses off Trump

(CNN) - Don't expect Jon Huntsman to jump on the Donald Trump bandwagon anytime soon.

"I'm not going to kiss his ring and I'm not going to kiss any other part of his anatomy," Huntsman said on Fox News Monday.

The former Utah governor already declined an invitation to attend the Trump-hosted presidential debate in December and is now saying the real estate mogul represents the downside of politics in the United States.

"This is exactly what is wrong with politics," Huntsman said in response to Trump's earlier criticism. "It's show business over substance. If he had any courage at all, he would be running for president of the United States of America as opposed to manipulating the process from the outside."

Trump hit Huntsman and fellow contender Rep. Ron Paul of Texas over their decisions to skip the forum he is set to host in conjunction with the conservative Newsmax magazine on Dec. 27. The reality show star, who decided against his own White House bid in May, also dismissed their chances of winning the GOP nomination.

But Huntsman, the former U.S. ambassador to China who continues to register in the single digits in national and state-wide polls, said the 2012 election should be "about real issues." He also touted his decision to debate former House Speaker Newt Gingrich in a one-on-one format later in the month.

"The presidency of the United States of America is more important than the silly game shows and reality shows," Huntsman said.


Filed under: 2012 • Donald Trump • Jon Huntsman
soundoff (37 Responses)
  1. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    "This is exactly what is wrong with politics," Huntsman said in response to Trump's earlier criticism. "It's show business over substance. If he had any courage at all, he would be running for president of the United States of America as opposed to manipulating the process from the outside."
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    I agree with you on this Huntsman. I especially like your chutzpah in telling The Dump to go kick rocks. You're filthy rich and you have no where to go BUT up in the polls so yo have nothing to lose and all to gain.
    Now about your politics/policies.....
    Obama 2012. Seriously America.

    December 5, 2011 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  2. Joyce

    Good for Huntsman and Paul! They have more dignity and integrity in their little fingers than the Donald does in his whole body. The Donald is an embarrasment to intelligent thinkers in America.

    December 5, 2011 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  3. Mike in Newmarket NH

    Good someone with the intestinal fortitude to tell Trump and his beaver tail toupee to take a hike. Any GOP candidate who attends the Trump sideshow deserves all the ridicule they get from the Dems. The independent middle has no use for that type of sideshow and the parties need to remember the battle is always for the growing middle of the electorate.

    December 5, 2011 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  4. Lynda/Minnesota

    "I'm not going to kiss his ring and I'm not going to kiss any other part of his anatomy," Huntsman said on Fox News Monday."

    So says the man now kissing the ring of Rupert Murdoch (et. al.).

    Let me be clear, I do respect Huntsman and Paul for not bowing to windbag Trump, and I very much agree that "the presidency of the United States of America is more important than silly game shows and reality shows," but let's get real here, FOX News is just one more silly game show with very little substance and a whole lot of theatrics primed at nothing more than inflaming and retarding the voting public. Fact is, most news outlets - including CNN - are jumping all over themselves to be the next FOX News brainwashing machine. Hence the Trump coverage.

    December 5, 2011 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  5. CJPA

    My respect for Gov. Huntsman has just grown more. I believe he is the only seriously qualified candidate but has received little attention. Stay the course, Governor, and keep speaking your mind, since the rest of them have lost theirs!

    December 5, 2011 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    This is a teachable moment to conservatives that will go unnoticed by most. The two people in the Republican presidential race with the most consistent records are passing on Trump's invitation.

    December 5, 2011 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  7. GE in MD

    Huntsman and Paul know what would be a total waste of time. Kudos for them.

    December 5, 2011 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  8. Al-NY,NY

    Right on Jon. Tell that blowhard where to stick it. He is under teh delusion that he actually has some influence. He is really a distraction and the faster the GOP candidates run away from him, the better off they'll be

    December 5, 2011 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  9. Squigman

    Why would any person look to Trump for support, advice, blessing, or any form of human contact? Here's a (supposed), business leader, that's spent more time bankruptcy court than most, and more times at the alter than many. Why are cretins like this revered in this country? This is a part of the reason we (as a nation), are looked upon as less than educated, and a long way from sophisticated.

    December 5, 2011 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  10. gypsyswede

    Now if Huntsman could make decisions this well all the time he might get somewhere.

    December 5, 2011 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  11. papanez

    Huntsman is a good man. However, the only responsible choice for President in 2012 is President Obama.

    December 5, 2011 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  12. Bryan

    Donald Trump always responds to criticism with name calling. Huntsman (the most sensible GOP candidate) and Paul both decided to skip this charade and Trump calls them "joke candidates". I'm sure in the next couple of days, he'll be calling them "losers" as well since he seems to like that word. Trump acts like a child and it is a very telling that he has so much sway and influence over this whole process with both the candidates and the GOP electorate. It's a sad, sad statement on American politics.

    December 5, 2011 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  13. Jack

    Wake up, Republicans. This is your man. Unfortunately, he may not get the nomination. He's not manipulative enough. If he doesn't get the nomination this go-round he should in 2016. By then the Republicans may have learned that the extremists in the party will only bring defeat to the GOP. This may just be a trial run for Huntsman..

    December 5, 2011 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  14. SoSad

    Huntsman has class, Trump or Tramp is just classes! Money does not buy you common sense, and he's milking all the money he can. Anyway, he looks soooooooooooooo sily with his hair!

    December 5, 2011 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  15. Republican who supports President Obama

    WHAT has the GOP race come to????? My goodness Trump as a moderator? Please. Judging by the response Trump made for those who decided to skip this debate I would say this is nothing more than a sham much like professional wrestling. Anyone who accepts the invitation to this farce should be disqualified. This is ridiculous. The position of President of the United States should be taken seriously. This is not a reality TV show.

    Totally disgusted.

    December 5, 2011 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  16. PA_outofwork

    Jon Huntsman WHO????? Well he has more experience (former Utah governor and U.S. ambassador to China) than Obama had as a candidate. We all can see how on Obamas on the job training is working out for America.

    December 5, 2011 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  17. Common Sense

    Sorry Huntsman, you're a nice guy and you're trying to keep this process as dignified and reasonable as possible, and I applaud that, but in terms of actual policy positions you hold, all I have to say is this:

    Obama/Biden 2012!

    December 5, 2011 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  18. MTATL67

    I'm liking Mr. Huntsman more and more. It is a mistake for the GOP leadership to ignore him. Mr. Trump is not relevant to the actual voters. He is sensationalism nothing more.

    December 5, 2011 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  19. Rudy NYC

    If MItt Romney had any courage he would skip Trump's event, too. Find something else to be doing on Dec. 27 should not be all that difficult.

    December 5, 2011 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  20. Jake

    Good for Huntsman! and good for anyone that is standing against the GOP making a mockery of our country!

    December 5, 2011 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  21. Tea Party

    Huntsman will be President in 2016...Expect an extremist to run in 2012 for the GOP. They have put all there money on extremism in the last year, to nominate a moderate would be a sign of defeat. Obama will win easily in 2012 an GOP will begin to move back to the middle an we will once again become a WORKING nation.

    December 5, 2011 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  22. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Huntsman know that going there would be a waste of time just like Trump is to modern and civilized political discourse. Trump should stick to what he is doing and leave politics to others.

    December 5, 2011 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  23. Reggie from LA

    I don't know fellas. If either Huntsman or Paul are on The Apprentice, he's likely going to fire them real quick. Either that or he will have Amarosa back on the show and pit them against her. Maybe they need to go ahead and be obsequious like the rest of them and have the Don, Grover and the Kochs tell them how to be good lawmakers.

    December 5, 2011 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  24. neoritter

    Huntsman is the sure fire win and the best candidate out there. I'm just so surprised he doesn't get enough airtime on debates, etc. These polls are name recognition. Most people dont' seem to know who this guy is.

    December 5, 2011 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  25. CrookCounty, IL

    As an Independent voter and supporter of Jon Huntsman, it comes as no surprise to me that he would refuse to attend the Trump freak show. Btw, how convenient that The Donald is coming out with a new book totay – he made sure to pop that in during an interview today. With regard to Huntsman, he will get his chance to show those voters (many being GOP) who can't be bothered to actually research and appreciate what a great choice he would be when (as I predict) he annihilates the other pompous windbag (Newt) in their one-on-one debate. As for those who say "Obama is the only choice"?...no thank you. If it comes down to Obama and Newt, then NEITHER will get my vote because neither deserve it.

    December 5, 2011 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
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