Huntsman meeting with potential donors in South Carolina
June 22nd, 2011
12:42 PM ET
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Huntsman meeting with potential donors in South Carolina

(CNN) - The day after collecting $1.2 million at a Manhattan fundraiser, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman plans to meet with potential Republican donors in the key early primary state of South Carolina.

The closed-door meeting comes as the field of Republican presidential candidates race against the clock to build flush campaign war chests ahead of the second quarter fundraising deadline on June 30.

After making two campaign appearances in South Carolina, his first as an official candidate, Huntsman will meet privately Wednesday evening with a group of top Republican money-types and business leaders at a law firm in Columbia, several GOP sources told CNN.

The meeting will be led by former South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster and Bill Stern, a longtime bundler in state Republican politics and the current chairman of the state ports authority.

Both men are likely to play major roles in Huntsman's campaign in the state, which holds the first primary contest in the South.

Huntsman will also be accompanied to Wednesday's events by state Sen. John Courson.

Huntsman's advisers like to point out that Courson endorsed Ronald Reagan in the 1980 Republican primary and, since then, has never once failed to pick the winning candidate in a Republican presidential race.

The Republican hopeful began lining up South Carolina support during a visit to the state in May, shortly after he stepped down as President Obama's ambassador to China.

Filed under: 2012 • Jon Huntsman • South Carolina
soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    We're still waiting, Ambassador. How do you plan to create jobs? In America? So far personal tax cuts for the "job creators" have not worked. In fact, the track record on personal tax cuts for the "job creators" says that policy is a disaster. It seems someone forgot to tell the job creators what is was they were supposed to do.

    June 22, 2011 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  2. Peggy - TX

    Earlier today Jon was heard to say something to the effect that if a sitting president ask for his help, he would do so again, but what got my attention is that he then said he would expect his "SONS" to do so as well.

    My question for Jon Huntsman is whether he has very different expectations for his sons verses his daughters and if he advocates distinctly different roles women verses men in jobs, in the home, and, in general, in life ? A good follow-up is what are his religious beliefs in regard to the rolls of men verses women in the home and in jobs.

    June 22, 2011 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  3. Tulsa

    Those poor conflicted Republicans. How can they keep track of what pledges they have or have not signed? Gee, what hoppens when the situation changes and those pledges and loyalty oaths don't make sense? LOL no problem ! They're Republicans and rules don't apply to them.

    June 22, 2011 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  4. njfinest2009

    zzzzzzzzz were you this boring @ your last job, my goodness I am about ready to start listening to Michelle Bachman and Herman cain!

    June 22, 2011 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    "'re still waiting, Ambassador. How do you plan to create jobs? ..."

    He's still waiting too, RudyNYC. He has to find out what the potential donors want his positions to be before he starts painting himself into ye ole ideological corner.

    June 22, 2011 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  6. R

    @ Rudy NYC
    "We're still waiting, Ambassador. How do you plan to create jobs? In America?"

    I haven't heard anything coming from the Democrats about any kind of proposals to create jobs in America either – so what's your point?

    I'm not defending this guy by any means. Personally, I find the whole fundraising process as just a way of selling your soul to other entities that have large sums of money to contribute. Meanwhile, the common, everyday people get shoved under the rug.

    June 22, 2011 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  7. The Clear Thinking Independent Voter

    For Huntsman to win the Republican nomination, he's going to have to fool some part of the party with a "wink-wink , trust me" dog-whistle message.

    His actions reveal him to be more moderate, compromissing and civil than the red-meat, rabid, Tea-Party followers demand. The GOP would have America believe this faction of the Party powered their 2010 upticks in the Congressional elections – therefore, they are the key to victory and can not be ignored.

    The only problems are that:

    1.) you reported to someone that reported to Mr. Obama,
    2.) in the midst of his legislative battles you wrote and praised him as a "remarkable leader
    3.) you are / were for gay unions as Governor
    4.) you are / were for mandated healthcare reform as Governor – ultimately opting out of the mandate
    5.) you are / were for Cap & Trade legislation to fight glocal warming

    In every way you ware what commonly gets derided in the GOP as a RINO.

    So can you fool the Tea Partiers and act Regressive enough to get them to nominate you. Can you then credibly schmooze your way towards Obama's positions enough to get independents and moderate Democrats to vote for you? And why would they take the risk of you given that Obama is on stride in the Office of the Presidency?

    You need to reconsider this run and ask President Obama to name you to a post where you think you can contribute to the American people – mayber something like Commerce Secretary.

    June 22, 2011 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  8. Marie MD

    Let's try it again cnn. This huntsman's fsmiky business has sold, and conginuesnto sell orobabky weapon making materialx to Iran. Another rethublikan hypocritd mzking money from the blood of our soldiers.

    June 22, 2011 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  9. Marry

    @ Rudy NYC
    As always, I enjoy your comments very much. They are very polite and so to the point. It would be much easier if more people where so thoughtful. Thank you, Rudy!

    June 22, 2011 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  10. S. In California - Obama 2012

    I said it before and I'll say it AGAIN. Richie Rich can collect ALL the money he wants and he STILL won't reside at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. We don't want you. Period. American people are sick and tired of rich people who care NOTHING about the AVERAGE American pretending to care about us. How did [Schwarzenegger] work out? How many people in CA were fooled into thinking he would somehow create wealth for them? Huntsman is a pretty boy who NEVER had to want for anything and is only on some kind of a power trip. I will say NO to you just as I will say NO to your mentor Romney. They are both (un)presidential and too back stabbing for me. The fact he stabbed his boss in the back says volumes to me. NO THANK YOU.

    June 22, 2011 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  11. Former Republican, now an Independent

    I'm not sure Huntsman is fanatical enough to impress South Carolina voters. They seem to be attracted to extremists.

    June 22, 2011 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  12. bb

    Huntsman, a billionaire, asking for money from the welfare state of South Carolina with one of the highest drop-out rates & poverty rates in the nation. Yet only 1/3 of the state would actually be potential voter support for this guy – generously speaking. SC, he's robbing you, just like your own state administrators are.

    June 22, 2011 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  13. mb2010a

    Oh, great. Another Morman running for POTUS. Ummmm...NO Thanks. And I would normally vote Republican...

    June 22, 2011 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  14. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I still dislike the fact that the candidates in any run for any office need to raise money to be elected. If money is political speech as some conservatives would claim (wrongly so), then there are some who are have more speech available then. That seems unfair since we are supposed to be equal under the law.

    June 22, 2011 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  15. Mikey

    He's having a Gingrich start. His campaign staff misspelled his name on the press credentials they issued and then almost boarded the entire press corp on a plane bound for somewhere in the Middle East – and this is just the first day of the campaign. Those idiots are not campaign newbees – he's got a bunch of veterans from the McCain campaign. Oh wait, those ARE the people that allowed McCain to "suspend" his campaign when the economy hit the skids and also helped him pick Sarah Palin as a running mate. If they don't get their act together shortly, Huntsman's campaign will implode before it ever gets off the ground.

    June 22, 2011 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |