May 25th, 2012
08:52 AM ET
2 years ago

Huntsman: Romney's language on China is campaign rhetoric

(CNN) – After Mitt Romney's campaign said the candidate would "stand up to China on trade" in a new ad this week, former GOP presidential candidate Jon Huntsman on Thursday said Romney was using "typical" campaign rhetoric.

"This is a typical trajectory, where during a campaign season you're going to talk about China in ways that you're hearing today," Huntsman, also a former U.S. Ambassador to China, said on CNN's "Erin Burnett OutFront."
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Filed under: China • Jon Huntsman • Mitt Romney
Huntsman compares GOP to Communist Party of China
April 23rd, 2012
10:28 AM ET
2 years ago

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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Filed under: 2012 • Jon Huntsman • Republicans
Tweet of the day: Jon 2012 Girls looking to 2016
March 28th, 2012
03:32 PM ET
1 year ago

Tweet of the day: Jon 2012 Girls looking to 2016

(CNN) – They are the media-genic daughters of one-time presidential hopeful Jon Huntsman: known collectively by their handle on Twitter, @Jon2012Girls.

And now, two months after their father dropped out of the GOP field, they're looking toward the next presidential season.
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Filed under: 2012 • 2016 • Jon Huntsman
Huntsman's dad gave big money to his super PAC
January 31st, 2012
12:55 PM ET
3 years ago

Huntsman's dad gave big money to his super PAC

(CNN) – Jon Huntsman Sr., the billionaire chemical magnate whose son dropped out of the 2012 GOP presidential race earlier this month, donated more than $1.8 million to a super PAC supporting his son's candidacy, according to documents filed Tuesday with the Federal Election Commission.

That accounts for 70% of the super PAC's total fundraising. The organization, Our Destiny PAC, raised a total of $2.7 million during the 2012 campaign cycle, much of which was used to fund advertisements in New Hampshire.

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Filed under: 2012 • Jon Huntsman
Huntsman takes on new gig
January 27th, 2012
01:46 PM ET
3 years ago

Huntsman takes on new gig

(CNN) – Former presidential White House hopeful Jon Huntsman was named chairman of the Huntsman Cancer Foundation, the Utah-based organization announced Thursday.

Huntsman, former Utah governor and U.S. Ambassador to China, will replace his father, Jon M. Huntsman, who will now serve as chairman emeritus of the foundation.
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Filed under: 2012 • Jon Huntsman • Utah
Gingrich wins endorsement of Huntsman backer in South Carolina
January 19th, 2012
01:08 PM ET
3 years ago

Gingrich wins endorsement of Huntsman backer in South Carolina

Charleston, South Carolina (CNN) - One of Jon Huntsman's top backers in South Carolina will throw his support to Newt Gingrich on Thursday ahead of the CNN Republican presidential debate in Charleston.

Mike Campbell, the son of the late former South Carolina Gov. Carroll Campbell, told CNN he plans to make the endorsement at a campaign event this afternoon.
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Filed under: 2012 • Jon Huntsman • Newt Gingrich
Romney is pushed again on tax returns, business background at SC debate
January 16th, 2012
11:45 PM ET
3 years ago

Romney is pushed again on tax returns, business background at SC debate

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina (CNN) – Mitt Romney's rivals put his corporate record under the microscope in a Republican presidential debate Monday, with most of his GOP opponents looking to dislodge the party's frontrunner from his perch ahead of South Carolina's primary on Saturday.

The issue of poverty also factored prominently into the Martin Luther King Jr. Day match-up where a large studio audience roared in support or disdain over candidates' stated positions.

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Filed under: 2012 • Jon Huntsman • Republicans • South Carolina
Perry on Huntsman and his daughters
January 16th, 2012
04:39 PM ET
3 years ago

Perry on Huntsman and his daughters

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina (CNN) – During a town hall here this morning sponsored by the website CafeMom, Rick Perry reacted to GOP rival Jon Huntsman's decision to suspend his presidential campaign and endorse Mitt Romney.

"Well I was hoping that I'd get the Huntsman girls [endorsement]," the Texas governor joked, referencing Huntsman's daughters who had been actively campaigning for their father on various social media websites. "We love the Huntsman girls. Our kids get along well and Mary Kaye [Huntsman] and Anita are best friends. Jon's a dear friend too."

Tune in Thursday at 8 p.m. ET for the CNN/Southern Republican Presidential Debate hosted by John King and follow it on Twitter at #CNNDebate. For real-time coverage of the South Carolina primary, go to CNNPolitics.com and on the CNN apps for iPhone, iPad, Android or other phones.
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Filed under: 2012 • Jon Huntsman • Rick Perry
Huntsman couldn't shed mini-Romney perception
January 16th, 2012
04:22 PM ET
3 years ago

Huntsman couldn't shed mini-Romney perception

Washington (CNN) - In a Republican primary focused on which conservative would emerge as the anti-Romney, Jon Huntsman was unable to position himself as anything more than a mini-Romney.

His blend of moderate and conservative positions, as well as his Mormon faith, combined to cast Huntsman as too similar to fellow Mormon Mitt Romney and therefore unable to overcome the former Massachusetts governor's huge advantage in name recognition, funding and organization.

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Filed under: 2012 • Jon Huntsman • Mitt Romney
BLITZER’S BLOG: Backing former opponents – in politics, it happens all the time
January 16th, 2012
03:15 PM ET
3 years ago

BLITZER’S BLOG: Backing former opponents – in politics, it happens all the time

(CNN) - Jon Huntsman is now a former Republican presidential candidate. And, like former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty who dropped out after a poor showing in the Iowa straw poll last summer, Huntsman is now endorsing Mitt Romney.

Never mind that Huntsman said some negative things about Romney during his unsuccessful campaign. Pawlenty had coined the phrase “Obamney care” when trying to link Romney’s Massachusetts health care law to President Obama’s health care law. But Pawlenty quickly forgot about that and supported Romney on the campaign trail.

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Filed under: 2012 • Jon Huntsman • Mitt Romney
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