Huntsman compares GOP to Communist Party of China
April 23rd, 2012
10:28 AM ET
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Huntsman compares GOP to Communist Party of China

(CNN) – Former GOP White House contender Jon Huntsman on Monday explained the comparison he made between the Republican Party and Communist Party of China the night before as "waxing philosophical" on the state of politics.

On Sunday night Huntsman equated being disinvited by the Republican Party from a Florida fundraiser in March after he floated the idea of a third party to "what they do in China on party matters if you talk off script," according to political blog BuzzFeed.

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On Monday the former Utah governor, who served as U.S. ambassador to China under President Barack Obama, blamed blogs for taking a sentence out of context, but repeated the sentiment.

"Last night I said, you know if you're not on script and you get knocked out of an event like that the party's supposed to be big tent, you're supposed to bring in all ideas and I said, I thought for a moment about what they do in China if you're off script. The party, they knock you out," Huntsman said on MSNBC. "We shouldn't be doing that here. We should be accommodating all voices."

He also called on the Republican Party to provide bold solutions to the American people, adding that a failure to do so could result in an "alternative voice or a separate angle of attack that's going to knock it down," an apparent reference to a third party.

Huntsman suspended his presidential bid in January after a third place finish in the New Hampshire primary and endorsed frontrunner Mitt Romney for the nomination.

"This is a time to go big and go bold and go visionary," Huntsman said. "The people of this country are waiting for it and the world is waiting for it too, we have a huge opening."


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  1. Bob

    Huntsman was probably the best GOP candidate on the field. He's the only guy that can probably go toe-to-toe with Obama on foreign policy.

    The problem with Romney is that he doesn't revitalize his base and constituents. He's not the guy you look at and say, "what a breath of fresh air!" He doesn't have interesting things to say. If anything, he shoots himself in the foot. He plays his politics like a novice plays roulette, by betting on all the places.

    April 23, 2012 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  2. James

    So, Taran, you are saying Democrats are Socialists, because they redirect some portion of an individual's personal income to others. That anyone who redirects personal income in any way, esp. through taxation and government spending, is a socialist, then, you MUST admit that the Republicans, too, are socialists.

    The easiest example is the vast resources taken from the individual tax payer and redirected to the military industrial complex for the purposes of building new and better ways to kill people, and then more to purchase those systems and give them to the military.

    What about the "foreign aid" that gives money to third world recipients, and then stipulates that money must be spent on American goods? What if it is more efficient to purchase local goods? That's redirecting money from the tax payer to, largely, farm corporations and other such large corporations that can supply the needed materials, and then again from the recipient peoples it is being redirected away from their suppliers of choice to the friends of the government.

    Both the Democrats and Republicans do all of this. Therefore, according to your logic, the US is a communist nation.

    April 23, 2012 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  3. Another Day in the RW Idiot Mines

    Taran, please define "Marxist Socialism", "National Socialism" and "Democratic Socialism" and then show how either of your labels applies to the Dems. Doubt you can, though it will be fun to watch. We'll hold off on calling Godwin's Law on you until you complete your assignment.

    April 23, 2012 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  4. Don of Iowa

    Guess I am not the only one who sees resemblance between GOP and Joseph Stalin type actions and morality. Maybe one day the most failed political party ever will wake up, but then that would require an open mind and some intelligence, Oh never mind, miracles like that just do not happen, brains do not grow from thin air after all.

    April 23, 2012 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  5. JustSomeRandomGuyPostingAmazingComments

    I can totally understand why the republicans don’t want Huntsman to be invited. I mean, he was BY FAR the best chance to win the presidency they had but right now the objective of the Republican Party is to support the stupidest, nuttiest and most extreme dregs of our society. Being a rational, intelligent person is not tolerated anymore in the Republican Party. For as much as they talk about Ronald Reagan, even he would not be accepted these days. Reagan raised taxes several times and his chief economic advisor, David Stockman criticized republicans for treating the “don’t raise tax” thing like it’s some kind of religion. The highest income tax rates were much higher under Reagan than they are now. Obama has adopted or supported numerous bills that were previously introduced by republicans (Health care, energy policy, tax policy, immigration policy) and even though Obama has been what used to be center right on many issues, he called a “radical” and is “the most extreme president in history.” The Republican Party better get a grip if they want to continue to exist as a viable major party because they are currently out of touch with the vast majority of the country. Huntsman is an old school republican, not one of the nut jobs that are so in style right now.

    April 23, 2012 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  6. KenfromNashville

    Will the real Romney please stand up? At least Huntsman is consistant. The Romney of today is nothing like the Romney of 2008. I would have voted for Huntsman but will vote once again for Obama. And I'm a life long Republican but until the retards come back to the middle ground and dump the tea party mentality, NO MORE votes from me.

    April 23, 2012 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  7. Bootstomper

    Well I don't know about communists,but how about clowns in the big tent.

    April 23, 2012 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  8. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    Alex hit the nail on the head. Radical extremists have no time for the truth or Huntsman.

    April 23, 2012 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  9. Luke

    I've been waiting for the Republican party to explode into 3 groups; moderates,evangelicals, and the "tea party". It's going to happen sooner than you think.

    April 23, 2012 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  10. Joshua Ludd

    Wow... the Republicans are even calling their own party Communists now.

    April 23, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  11. Bleedingheart

    I'm a Lib, but Huntsman had a 50-50 chance of getting my vote. Too bad we didn't get to hear more of his ideas.

    April 23, 2012 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  12. FLIndependent

    It is very sad that the Repub party can't see what it's doing to itself, however as an Obama supporter I'm happy about this since President Obama should win the election. That being said, Hunstman is moderate but is also somewhat of a traitor since he served under Obama and then tried running against him. Also, he is now saying he's going to support and vote for Romney, but he knows Romney changes his positions constantly since he was the one that called Romney a well lubricated weather vane. So, he's going against his beliefs and principles to support his party over what's best for the country – in other words, he's being hypocritical in that he's falling in line like the rest of them.

    April 23, 2012 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  13. Brian Dodge

    "Egads, don't the losers ever just shut up and go away anymore? "

    And take your delegates and supporters with you; as long as we've got the Tea Party troglodytes, we don't need you cluttering up our tent and trying to confuse us with facts.

    April 23, 2012 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  14. Independant Texan

    The NEW Republican Party has no place for moderates............... That`s why I left.

    April 23, 2012 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    Nice try CNN, we all know te Communist are the Democrats! Just look at Obama.....food stamps up 70%

    April 23, 2012 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  16. Kris

    He's right.

    America is –still waiting on a jobs program from the republicans–. I mean one that is a real jobs program, and not just knocking whatever the president is doing to create jobs.

    April 23, 2012 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  17. Rosslaw

    Speak of the devil-Huntsman complains that the GOP has become more Marxist in its party discipline and in response he is "disinvited" to a GOP fundraiser. Huntsman should have stuck with good conservative topics like ending child labor laws and those oh so pesky child molestation laws so that, you know, people who endorse ending those protections can then build "character" in those children.

    April 23, 2012 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  18. Rudy NYC

    The Real Truth and Nothing But the Real Truth

    Egads, don't the losers ever just shut up and go away anymore? This idiot was a pathetic candidate and sounds like a sore loser
    ----------------------
    Conservatives know best. Republicans have been sore losers since 2008.

    April 23, 2012 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  19. vote the Tea Party OUT in 2012

    when Allen West made his bogus claim about Communist being in the Democrat Congress he should have named manes....I would like to know if someone I support or vote for is a Communist or not. Of course you heard crickets when asked for proof. Huntsman would certainly get my vote in 2016 if he were to run.

    April 23, 2012 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  20. Terry

    Huntsman knows the Chinese Government as well as anyone in Washington. If Mr. Huntsman feels that the Republican Party is similar to the Communist Party of China, I can accept his position.

    April 23, 2012 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  21. The Real Truth and Nothing But the Real Truth

    Rudy NYC - Conservatives know best. Republicans have been sore losers since 2008.
    ====================================================================
    I guess you slept through the 2010 elections Rudy?!! You know, the slaughter of a record number of Democrats thanks to Obama, Reid and Pelosi?! Scott Brown, etc. hahahaha.... Tipping back a ilttle too early my friend! Give your liver a break.

    April 23, 2012 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  22. Dominican mama 4 Obama (the real one)

    The Real Truth and Nothing But the Real Truth

    Egads, don't the losers ever just shut up and go away anymore?
    -------------------------------------------------
    God knows YOU haven't stopped running your mouth and trolling for lies since your Party got their butt handed to them with a big ole ribbon wrapped around it in 2008. So I guess you'd know.

    April 23, 2012 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  23. Dominican mama 4 Obama (the real one)

    @ Lolo'comment on page 3:
    Love all of your posts Lolo. You speak nothing but the truth unvarnished.

    April 23, 2012 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  24. judith

    Huntsman is right about the GOP being a one-trick pony party, with no allowance for differences of opinion. They are continually marginalizing themselves so that only angry old white men will vote for them–not a way to win national elections. That's why Mittens has very little chance of winning and young people are turning against the GOP in droves.

    April 23, 2012 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  25. AgrippaMT

    Jon Huntsman is right on the mark. The Republican party very closely resembles the Chinese Communist Party now. It's filled with elitists who punish anyone who dares disagree with them. Huntsman was the best man in the Republican primary campaign, it's too bad he didn't fare better.

    April 23, 2012 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
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