Huntsman won't rule out impeachment
August 3rd, 2011
10:13 PM ET
11 years ago

Huntsman won't rule out impeachment

Dover, New Hampshire (CNN) - Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman again left open the idea that Congress could impeach the president for involving the US in the Libyan conflict without congressional approval.

"Congress should do whatever Congress chooses to do," he said in response to a reporter's question about whether Congress should consider impeachment. "My position in Libya is pretty simple. We shouldn't be there."

His remarks to the press came after an operative from American Bridge, a Democratic research and tracking firm that follows Republican candidates, posted footage of Huntsman making similar comments to a voter at a New Hampshire house party earlier in the week.

The Democratic group went on the attack, saying it plans to paint Huntsman as a candidate desperately seeking approval from reticent conservatives.

Huntsman was appointed by Obama to serve as ambassador to China in 2009. Since entering the race he has sought to distance himself from the administration as a potential rival for the president in 2012.

Filed under: 2012 • Jon Huntsman • Libya
soundoff (185 Responses)
  1. Penelope Pittstop

    Jon – you just lost your shot in 2016. We all knew you couldn't win the nomination [or defeat the President] in 2012 but at least you were positioning for the next contest. Now, you've joined the Wacky Racers – which one are you? Dick Dastardly?

    August 4, 2011 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  2. Sean

    And with this statement, Huntsman throws whatever credibility he had as a serious presidential candidate out the window. He's now pandering to the tea party loonies.

    Where was he when Bush was launching his illegal invasion in Iraq? Or violating the Constitution when he illegally spied on Americans? He was strangely silent then.

    August 4, 2011 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  3. mbamerican

    Weird how the last democratic president was put through an impeachment trial and now the next democrat to take office is being treated the same way. weird how the last time we were threatened with a government shutdown was during the clinton admin and now it happened again under obama. The GOP needs to be a good sport kids can learn sportsmanship maybe they could learn some too.

    August 4, 2011 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  4. CaliforniaBC

    Why does it matter if he "won't rule out impeachment"? He's not in Congress, he doesn't hold federal office...he doesn't even HOLD office at all so how does it matter if HE supports impeachment or not???

    August 4, 2011 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  5. Roger

    It never ceases to amaze me that with all the problems we have to even think of something as ridiculous as this is beyond comprehension. Don't you Republicans have any fresh new ideas to help this country? Does it always have to be bashing President Obama instead of trying to work together to come up with solutions? I'm really sick of all of it but I am going to support President Obama next year as the thoughts of a Republican in the White House (especially Rick Perry) scares the hell out of me. Stop this foolishness and get to work on solutions, not more problems!!

    August 4, 2011 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  6. thomas

    Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman sounds more he's from the church of later day Grateful Dead !

    Imposing a Nato no fly zone and offering ground intelligence to rebels is not an impeachable offense .

    I'm sure he would rather spend our money looking for WMDs in another Iraq .

    August 4, 2011 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  7. George Raemore

    Does John Huntsman have a real day job? Maybe he should work at that, it may have some really important aspects to it.

    August 4, 2011 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    Really Mr Huntsman, impeach the President. Republicans can lie to the People to get us into a war in Iraq, OK abuse of prisoners of war, the killing of our husbands, fathers, brothers, sisters, etc. Republicans from all states need to be recalled and voted out of office – go on unemployment and actually find out what it is like to be called lazy as they have been doing to get elected. They ran on JOBS and advocate jobs being sent overseas, they are not working for we the people but for them the rich and greedy. You can blame the President and Democrats but Republican refusal to work with the Democrats to improve the job needs. I stated when Bush attacked Iraq that we were headed the way of Rome – if Republican won't stop cutting taxes because they make over $250K and listening to people who only want to take away from the American Workers we will not last for another 150+ years.

    August 4, 2011 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  9. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    My position on Libya is real simple. Not one US Military member is on the ground in that country (officially – say, who is that in those "Foster Grants"?). At least this President didn't lie about WMDs before approving the air assaults.

    August 4, 2011 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  10. Alex Gessong

    Ridiculous question and a ridiculous answer. Impeachment requires a crime. No crime, no impeachment. And Huntsman think we should not be acting in Libya? Did he forget that Kaddafy ordered the terrorist bombing of Pan Am flight 103? This is not the first time the U.S. has had to strike Libya. Did Huntsman not notice the attack that Ronald Reagan launched in the 1980s? The attack in which a bomb was dropped on Kaddafy's personal tent? The attack in which a USAF fighter-bomber was shot down? No crime, no impeachment. Huntsman demonstrates exactly why he has no chance of ever being President. I used to have some respect for him, but he just erased that with his statement. By the way, Mr. Huntsman, Congress authorized the current Libyan action to continue. Want to impeach them, too?

    August 4, 2011 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
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