(CNN) - Five days before New Hampshire's first-in-the-nation primary, The Boston Globe gave its nod to Republican presidential hopeful Jon Huntsman, saying he offers the Republican Party an opportunity to "renew itself."
"Rather than merely sketch out policies, he articulates goals and ideals," the Massachusetts paper said of the former Utah governor. "The priorities he would set for the country, from leading the world in renewable energy to retooling education and immigration policies to help American high-tech industries, are far-sighted."
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The endorsement comes at a crunch-time boost for Huntsman, who has struggled to break past single digits in political polls of likely voters.
The paper, published in the state that front-runner Mitt Romney governed from 2003 to 2007, compared the two governors, arguing their economic and foreign policy records stand in sharp contrast.
The Globe especially took aim at Romney's attacks on Obama, calling them "hyperbolic." The paper cited Romney claims that the president favors European-style socialism and apologizes for America.
"He's trying to stir up enough dust to suggest a passionate denunciation of Obama without offering a disciplined critique or alternative course," the editorial read.
Meanwhile, the paper stated that Huntsman, who was most recently the U.S. Ambassador to China, is the most suited of the GOP candidates to "promote global economic strength" and security through "peace and prosperity."
"Rather than outline a vision for a safer world," it said, other candidates "signaled a return to Bush-era posturing and disdain for allies who don't blindly serve American interests."
The Boston Globe, the largest newspaper in the mostly Democratic state, also lauded Huntsman's more moderate views on evolution and global warming, two fields in which Huntsman says he relies on science.
"He has stood up far more forcefully than Romney against those in his party who reject evolution and the science behind global warming," the paper said.
- CNN's Ashley Killough and Gregory Wallace contributed to this report.
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He is the best out of both parties. Moderate, listening, capable. Yes, therefore he has no chance in the Republican primaries.
Right On Boston Globe!!
It's about time people come around to Huntsman. GOP voters have looked at just about everyone else, but they're just beginning to look at the most qualified candidate. It's a shame Huntsman isn't already the front-runner; he's a fiscal conservative with a record of genuine bipartisanship and experience in business, foreign policy, and as a governor.
At last, some common sense! It will likely be wasted on Republican voters, but it's refreshing nevertheless.
Good for Huntsman. The GOP has been too preoccupied to see that he's the only one who could offer a challenge to President Obama. After a while, you realize that you just can't support a party with such a lack of sense. The GOP will nominate Romney, but they won't really like it. And just as a saleman can't sell something he doesnt believe in, the GOP won't be able to sell Romney.
Best GOP candidate to defeat Obama. Huntsman will get independent and moderate republicans to vote for him.
Both are great candidates and both are more similar than this article leads you to believe. However, you can't compare their tenures as governors of their states. Romney was a Republican working with a legislature that was (and still is) 80% Democrat. Hunstman was a Republican governor with a legislature that was (and is) 80% Republican. Both were effective governors but Hunstman didn't have to work very hard to get support from the legislature in Utah (although he is very moderate, which annoys hard core conservatives and liberals).
Huntsman has a better policy outlook than Romney. He is more stable and not a flipflopper.
Good endorsement. I live in NH and he has my vote. He has some great ideas and most importantly he uses common sense and stays away from all of that fear politics. Its crazy to me that all of those idiots like Cain, Bachman, Perry, and New managed to get so much support at one point or another and somebody so intelligent like Huntsman hasn't. I'd encourage everyone to read more about it and his views, they make sense. He is the kind of person that could actually bring our country together.
Huntsman 2012 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
thats good news ,,, but i dont think it will matter ...romney may have it lock up in a few wks..
One of the two best choices for the GOP.
If Jon Huntsman is nominated, I will vote for him. He has the strongest background and skill set to be President.
We live in one of the five collar counties of Philadelphia, and we donated and supported Barack Obama last time.
I really like Jon. He is the only GOP candidate that can really swing independent voters. Hang in their from Ohio.
Huntsman is by far the best candidate on any side. He's bright, has actual foreign policy experience, and is more realistic than any other candidate. Unfortunately, his voice of reason and strategic thinking doesn't make for exciting sound bites that sways many voters. There are no simple fixes to the problems we have and I'm tired of hearing candidates spew them when we all know they will never fly. I will vote for him.
Unfortunately for Huntsman, an endorsement from the Globe would discredit him in New Hampshire.
I hope Huntsman is Romney's achillies heel.
As an Independent, Huntsman is the only Republican candidate out of the bunch I'd consider voting for...
Huntsman is the only Republican I would consider voting for. Which is why he will never be nominated.
Not surprised. If you needed a reason not to vote for Huntsman, heres your reason
Yet, according to a poll done in August by the Salt Lake Tribune, only 13% of Utah voters prefer Hunstman as the GOP candidate compared to 71% for Romney. That's Huntsman's own state!
The endorsement isn't surprising. Romney had few fans here in Mass. by the time he left the governor's office. There appeared to be no love either for or from him.
he is the most sensible of the GOP nominees. Therefore, he will get the lowest number of votes.
Once again, the Boston Globe shows it's irrevelance and liberal leaning. John Huntsman should get your vote because he supports the science of "global warming"??? Amazing. It's obvious to anyone who has a brain, that the Globe is trying to demonize and minimalize Romney by recommending the least electable Republican candidate. The Globe should be reorganized to a Food/Sports daily, where at least it has some good journalism.
About time he got some traction! I voted for Obama in 2008 but if Governor Hunstman manages to get the GOP nomination I'll be voting Republican in 2012. He's the best presidential candidate either party has put forth in years!