Huntsman to attend major social-conservative forum
May 16th, 2011
01:03 PM ET
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Huntsman to attend major social-conservative forum

Washington (CNN) - Do you need more evidence that Jon Huntsman is making the moves towards running for Republican presidential nomination?

If so, here you go: Huntsman will attend a major social conservative conference early next month here in the nation's capitol. The former U.S. Ambassador to China and former Utah governor will address the Faith and Freedom Conference and Strategy Briefing on Friday June 3, according to a statement Monday from Ralph Reed, the organization's founder. A spokesman for Huntsman confirmed the news to CNN.

Huntsman stepped down as U.S. ambassador to China at the end of last month. Since then he traveled to South Carolina to meet with Nikki Haley, the state's popular GOP governor, as well as meeting with other Republican lawmakers, strategists and activists, as well as giving a commencement speech at the University of South Carolina. The state holds the first southern contest in the primary and caucus calendar.

Thursday Huntsman kicks off a five day campaign swing through New Hampshire, which holds the first primary in the road to the White House.

Huntsman joins a large list of 2012 GOP White House candidates, and probable and possible hopefuls, speaking at the Faith and Freedom two-day gathering. They are former Massachusetts Gov. and 2008 Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, and former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania.

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soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. Shellz and Cheeze

    Well - he's easy on the eyes. That's all I got.

    May 16, 2011 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  2. NVa Native

    "Public selling of the souls" is what these "conservative fourums" should be called.
    And once they claw their way into political office these GOPers sell off pieces of our Nation's soul to their co-conspiritors and business partners for personal wealth. Like Bush/Cheney did with tax susidies for oil companies, no-bid contracts for mercenary companies and middle men profiteerswho take on 30% profit like the health insurance companies.

    May 16, 2011 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  3. ConservaFASCISTS

    Faith and Freedom Conference

    Even if I was a republican, titles such as the Faith & Freedom Conference will turn me off automatically. That's the problem with conservatives. They wish to push THEIR religious beliefs onto you. That will certainly not get you my vote. These have to got to be the most hypocrytical Christians I've ever seen.

    May 16, 2011 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  4. The Founder of this organization . . .

    Mr. Reed is best buddies with Jack Abramhoff. Values?

    May 16, 2011 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  5. Brian in Massachusetts

    Watch carefully folks as a so-called moderate Republican miraculously discovers his inner gay-basher on June 3rd

    May 16, 2011 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  6. Ryan

    Looks like he's got to get his crazy credentials in order.

    May 16, 2011 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  7. Dave

    Running to the social conservatives, guaranteeing he won't win the election. The simple fact is "real" Americans are not socially conservative.

    May 16, 2011 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  8. thomas

    Great , at last a GOP team player who works with Dems and Rep !
    I wont vote for him , yet he has good sound input , How will he play the Tea baggers ?

    May 16, 2011 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    He'll run for sure. He'll lose for sure, too.
    Republicans don't know a good thing when they see it.

    May 16, 2011 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  10. PalmReader

    "Huntsman stepped down as U.S. ambassador to China at the end of last month."

    One has to wonder why a newly re-elected Republican Governor of Utah, ready, and one assumes willing, to serve his second term as Governor, chooses instead to become a member of the Obama Administration ... heading off to to do President Obama's bidding as Ambassador to China - leaving Utah in the ditch. Interesting, also, that the Huntsman Corporation, headed by John's father and brother, is GLOBALLY owned, and if you read the Huntsman Corporation Website, the Huntsman Corporation is very active in acquiring global status in both India and China, as well as job opportunities. Pre-scouting by John Huntsman, perhaps, and paid for by U.S. taxpayers as he *served* his term of Ambassador to China?

    May 16, 2011 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  11. Joe

    "Faith and Freedom", what a joke of a name. Those people have no interest in people's freedoms.

    May 16, 2011 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  12. johnmenacherjr

    Oh Boy yet another Morman whooppeee!

    May 16, 2011 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  13. gt

    better keep and eye on this guy....seems to the the right stuff ... the best thing is ...nobody knows him...and that a big plus.. ask newt.....

    May 16, 2011 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  14. king

    one thing always amazes me, these repugs started 2 wars and didnt raise taxes or nothing to pay for it, yet all of them keep going around shouting that we dont have a revenue problem. how hell you can spend trillions of dollars, in wars and medica part b and and reduce revenue, then got the gaul to shout that america dont have a revenue problem, weve got a spending problem. where the hell were going to get money from the pay for these trillion of dollars of wars and medicare, as interest is on items are ballooning every day out of control. the repugs want to cut every programs the government have. where the hell money going to come from to support our local businesses. the repugs forgot we are a demand economy, not a supply one. almost 80 percent of our economy come from consumer. what are we going to do when they take money away from our cosumers, because if you take it from one area, it will have a domino affect on other areas since our economy are intertwined.

    May 16, 2011 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  15. Canuck

    "Huntsman will attend a major social conservative conference early next month."

    When will these guys realise that they need to reach out to ALL Americans not the just the ultra-right religious element.

    May 16, 2011 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  16. Cosmo

    What's he attending? The Freedom To Follow Outr Faith Convention? Yeah, this guy has a real chance – of being the Emperor of South Carolina.

    May 16, 2011 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  17. diridi

    These conservatives messed this nation, are worst than Bin Laden....o.k, do not even consider voting these thugs....none are qualified....did you listen, Glen Beck, Rush Limbu, Karl Rowe, Tim Palintine, Mitch McConnol, Eric Cantor, pity idiots...of the nation for 21st century...learn, pray for the nation, do not vote for these thugs...God bless, the USA!!!!

    May 16, 2011 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  18. jay in denver

    The fact that faith is listed before freedom says it all. Welcome to the GOP theocracy. President Bush said that God told him to invade Iraq, and we all saw how that worked out. I'll vote for President Obama's foreign policy over God's any day.

    May 16, 2011 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  19. Republicans - The "Not Intended To Be Factually Accurate" Party

    I have a "price of entry" question for Mr. Huntsman.


    a.) do you believe that cutting income tax rates is a primary stimulus for the creation of NEW JOBS in the United States? If so, please tell us HOW.

    b.) Do you believe that cutting capital gains tax rates is required to create NEW JOBS in the United States.

    c.) What one, specific action would you take to increase the number of JOBS within the 50 states? What are the cons of this action?

    Please demonstrate to us that you are erudite (smart) and a man of probity (honest).

    May 16, 2011 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  20. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Huntsman and Romney are the only "non-crazy" Republicans. Republicans can send the rest to the circus or the pig pen.

    May 16, 2011 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  21. Marie MD

    His first mistake, another bunch of conservatives lunatics. These are the same folks who hide behind the bible and pick and choose who/what to hate depending on their "religious" belief and those teaching of Jesus. 🙁

    May 16, 2011 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  22. Ralph Reed

    Anyone who mixes with Ralph Reed is bad news. This is the guy who told politicians to lie about what they really plan to do in regards to imposing religion onto consituents until they get into office. He also took money from a casino and then used the Christian Coalition to petition against the casino. Faith and Freedom for who?

    May 16, 2011 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  23. Laverne

    I am very interested in seeing this guys approach to winning the presidency after working for President Obama, this should be very interesting to see the least.

    May 16, 2011 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |