Bumps on the Huntsman road
June 21st, 2011
12:27 PM ET
11 years ago

Bumps on the Huntsman road

(CNN) - The presidential announcement of former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman looked flawless on television, but it wasn't without some snafus off stage.

Members of the media were handed press passes upon arrival at his event in Liberty State Park, New Jersey, which not only spelled Huntsman's first name incorrectly as "John" instead of "Jon," but also labeled the announcement state as "New York" instead of New Jersey.

The campaign stopped distributing the credentials. When asking for his, CNN's Shannon Travis was told "we're not handing them out right now."

The press corps and campaign staff traveling with the former U.S. ambassador to China as he campaigns in New Hampshire was then led to a plane bound for Saudi Arabia, instead of the Granite State.

A Huntsman official said there was confusion on the part of the Port Authority.

- CNN's Erika Dimmler and Shannon Travis contributed to this report

Filed under: 2012 • Jon Huntsman
soundoff (25 Responses)
  1. Coffee Party Member

    Huntsman, a talk-sense, pragmatic, rare endangered species of GOP. GOP would not nominate him or Ron for their talking sense.

    June 21, 2011 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  2. Fair is Fair

    Why does no one mention "magic underwear" when they talk about Huntsman like they do when they talk about Romney?

    Quite peculiar.

    June 21, 2011 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  3. Bessy

    LOL Where was the proof reader ?

    June 21, 2011 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  4. Tulsa

    If this is how he rolls out his campaign it does not bode well.
    Hey, Four, got a JOBS BILL to talk about yet? If the House has proposed one, I would like to know about it.

    June 21, 2011 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |

    Hey, New York is a very important State!

    Maybe not to candidates in a republican primary. But very important!

    June 21, 2011 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  6. Larry L

    Huntsman needs a Karl Rove to "remake" him into a radical right-winger the conservatives love. For now he's handicapped by too much common sense and a willingness to compromise on critical issues. He's also somebody with a record of support for initiatives to curb the crisis coming from global climate change. Whoa... That's way to complicated for the Tea Party.

    June 21, 2011 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  7. Michelle Bachman

    You have to love the duplicate spellings within a few inches of each other! If elected, this guy will be in charge of hiring people to run the Earth? Oh oh.

    June 21, 2011 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  8. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    Looks like the campaign needs to hire a proof reader PRONTO. Remember JON, trust but VERIFY!

    June 21, 2011 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair wrote:
    Why does no one mention "magic underwear" when they talk about Huntsman like they do when they talk about Romney?
    Romney made that unusual claim about himself try to sound like an average Joe.

    June 21, 2011 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  10. Rudy NYC

    I've said it before and I will say it again.
    How a candidate runs their campaign is a pretty good measure of how they would run their elected office.

    June 21, 2011 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  11. S. In California - Obama 2012

    It DOESN'T matter how they spell his name. In the END it will all end as a failure. This is one thing "Richie Rich" will not get -and he can take that to the bank.

    June 21, 2011 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  12. John

    What do you expect out of a Republican Idiot. All Republican do Is Complain about anything and anyone. And give Tax cuts to Big Business, why they are taking away everything from the middle Class,the POOR ,the OLD and the disable.All they do Is LIE.By the way were are the Jobs the Republican Promise In 2010,here It Is all most a Year later and no JOBS. When do you Republican ever going to learn that giving the Rich Tax Break are not going to make JOBS ,It hasn't for over six years now so why don't you Republican wise up.

    June 21, 2011 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    "Huntsman, a talk-sense, pragmatic, rare endangered species of GOP."

    Oh really? Is that why he's announced 100% support for repealing Medicare and replacing it with Ryan's CouponCare nonsense that everyone realizes is a total screwing of the elderly and our societal safety nets? I'll give it to him...Huntsman says "once you're retired, we want you to die quickly because you're no longer of use to our corporate masters" with a very nice smile and good diction, but he's jsut as much of an extremist ideologue tinfoil-hat-wearing plutocrat puppet as the rest of the GOP.

    June 21, 2011 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  14. hendrix650

    The only thing that really bothers me about ALL OF THE GOP wantabees, is that they still want TAX BREAKS FOR THE RICH, WANT BIG OIL SUBSIDIES TO CONTINUE, NO WALL STREET OR HEALTHCARE REFORM, and intend on Balancing the Budget of THE BACKS OF THE POOR AND THE MIDDLECLASS. I guess they think we are all " On Dog Food". This is one batch of Mighty Dog that I can do without.

    June 21, 2011 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  15. Chris

    It's pretty sad that you guys actually reported on typos.

    June 21, 2011 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  16. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    A Huntsman official said there was confusion on the part of the Port Authority
    You're trying to tell us that the Ports Authority in NYC was responsible for the misspelling of your candidate's name?
    Did they print the brochures? lol!
    Insofar as misidentifying the site as NY vs NJ I guess that comes from spending so much time abroad!
    Everybody makes a mistake just fess up to it responsibly.
    Obama's campaign was model-setting maybe you and Gingrich should drop a dime to Axelrod or Plouffe.

    June 21, 2011 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  17. sf

    hilarious! you know, i'm not voting for any of these clowns. My vote is stick to our current President. Why in the world would we take a trip back down memory lane with a republican in office? Especially these wackos that are trying to run for prez....scary! GOD help us if any of them win. We already see what their agenda is in the states who have republican governors with extreme right ideas. This country is just pathetic and impatient....we have the right guy in office right now and most of american want him to wave a magic wand and fix everything in one felt swoop. If a republican gets elected back in office, i'm moving to Switzerland! and for my gay brothers and sisters (especially that asian gay soldier who's hating on our prez) don't forget HE GOT RID OF DADT! so BE PATIENT, we will have the right to wed in every state one day! maybe not in our lifetime, but it WILL happen!

    June 21, 2011 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  18. GOP Tea Party Is Selling America to China and India at Low Bottom Wages

    this IDIOT can't even put out an accurate press passes BUT he wants the job of the presidency to FIX the US economy!

    Last time I checked, he was all effusive with praises for President Obama...now he is backtracking as fast as he could. it's a mormon's thing...ask Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman; they lie and flip-flop on the drop of a hat!!!

    their allegiance and believes is like a wind...wherever it blows, they follow! no conviction. no integrity. no fortitude! just lie & flip-flop as the wind blows!!!

    June 21, 2011 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  19. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    The press corps and campaign staff traveling with the former U.S. ambassador to China as he campaigns in New Hampshire was then led to a plane bound for Saudi Arabia, instead of the Granite State
    Okay reading comprehension just made its landing.....! My bad.
    But it is still funny as heck to have these guys headed for Saudi Arabia versus New Hampshire. Could it be because that's where Jon's business travels would normally take him?

    June 21, 2011 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  20. AJP12

    Great way to start with your own press passes with two mistakes.
    What happens when it gets real tough??? Press the wrong lanch button??? "I thought it was the intercom "

    June 21, 2011 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  21. kakaraka

    And he wants to be President while being incapable to well manage his own campaign with so many errors and misinformation?

    June 21, 2011 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  22. Marjee123

    Another multi-billionaire republican trying to buy his way into the white house. When are we going to reign in these billionaires from getting in the white house. Til we get a person of the people we will have corporations running this country for ever. All it will take is a public financing of campaigns and a limit of how much it spent by BOTH PARTIES.

    June 21, 2011 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  23. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Huntsman's "bump" isn't anything compared to Gingrich's.

    June 21, 2011 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  24. AB

    LD$ = Fail

    No one will take a cult member seriously.

    June 21, 2011 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  25. GODblessAMERICA77

    Whata joke

    June 21, 2011 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |