'Johnny' Huntsman 'B.Goode'
December 22nd, 2011
10:44 AM ET
2 years ago

'Johnny' Huntsman 'B.Goode'

(CNN) - Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman was the latest 2012 candidate to make the late night rounds Wednesday with an appearance on "The Late Show with David Letterman."

Huntsman, who's polled at the bottom of the 2012 pack thus far, talked up his days in China as the U.S. ambassador under President Obama and showed off his musical talents while jamming with the house band.

He described the nation's relationship with China as "large and complicated," and although he's received criticism from conservatives for serving under a Democratic president, Huntsman argued it would have been less than American for him not to honor President Obama's request.

"We'd just been re-elected by a fairly large margin, and he asked us to step up and serve on this critically important relationship, and you know we'd been trying to crack the code on China," Huntsman said. "I'd lived in the region three times, I speak Chinese…you know, if you can help your country, if you don't do it, it says something about you, you'd be unpatriotic."

The former ambassador also described the U.S.-China relationship as "challenging," but Huntsman noted, "You can't be dropped into a city like Beijing that is full of energy and not get a sense of where the world is going."

Compared with America, Huntsman said he felt, "we're kind of in a funk right now," a feeling that motivated him to run for president.

Joking "the hills are alive," after viewing a family photo complete with his seven children including three daughters on the campaign trail, his two sons in the Naval Academy, and his two younger daughters, Huntsman jumped up to join the band on piano to play a little funk-and soul. He ended his appearance with a few bars from the Chuck Berry classic, "Johnny B. Goode."

Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney both delivered the "Top Ten," on the CBS show in previous appearances. Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann paid a visit to "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon."

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soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. NVa Native

    Huntsman seems to be the most normal of the bannana bunch, but he is in the same circus tent as the rest of them so he can't be that normal.

    December 22, 2011 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  2. WordUpToo

    I don't know why the GOP folks have such a hard time accepting this guy, he seems like the only reasonable one of the bunch. At least he has some diplomacy and intelligence, and carries himself like a statesman, not like those other nuts.

    December 22, 2011 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  3. Rudy NYC

    The only logical explanation as to why Huntsman seems to consistently poll so low is that conservatives are making decision with their emotions, which often times completely ignores the facts. [Many also think he is a traitor, which is also an opinion formed with emotions, not facts.]

    December 22, 2011 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  4. diridi

    I never understand this dude. Mitt lost in 1994 to Kennedy. This guy was in Obama's cabinet. well, GOP, you can not get any better, than these Rascals...

    December 22, 2011 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  5. Sniffit

    Dude is singularly uninteresting. The milquetoast is strong with this one.

    December 22, 2011 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  6. Matt

    I really wish this guy would get more attention

    December 22, 2011 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  7. C

    Can any other GOP candidate compare to this guy? I think not. Too bad he's not as flamboyant as the others to get the attention he deserves.

    December 22, 2011 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  8. Tim

    Why has this guy not showed up in the polls?? This guy seems to have more level-mindedness, like-ability, experience, and know-how than the whole lot of them. Perhaps because he's not related to someone in the circus?

    December 22, 2011 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  9. Sam Datum

    Speaking as one life-long democrat, I think there are "worse" republicans than Huntsman.

    December 22, 2011 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  10. Woman In California

    Dear Jon Huntsman:

    No thank you.
    Signed a registered Independent voter.

    December 22, 2011 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  11. Chickpea

    AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Gov. Huntsman is BY FAR the best and the most qualified Presidential candidate. AND HE CAN ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 22, 2011 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  12. T'sah from Virginia

    I just wish this was 2016 – if it was, and I had to make a choice because we have a BAD CANDIDATE on our side running, I would put my eggs in Huntsman's basket. Too bad he is caught behind a bunch of idiots on the RIGHT that are "front and centered" based on ignorance!!! Actually, it's a good thing – BUT – Huntsman really tried to "Rock the Vote" on that piano – he's got a "little bit of soul" there!!!

    Oh well – I'll snap back to reality now – Obama 2012 – ONLY because he can dance!!! LOL

    December 22, 2011 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  13. willie floyd

    And JAM he did. Great performance. Though I will never vote for a Rep. again, I do admire his decision for accepting the position in the pres. cabinet. He sounds as though he could teach some of these tea party freaks about working for the good of the people rather than their own benefit.

    December 22, 2011 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |