Huntsman says he's 'been there and done that'
August 8th, 2011
04:22 PM ET
11 years ago

Huntsman says he's 'been there and done that'

Charleston, South Carolina (CNN) – Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman wrapped up his second day campaigning in South Carolina Monday defending his support of Washington's debt-ceiling deal.

"Is it perfect? Of course not," Huntsman told reporters. "Everybody's upset so that probably represents one step in the right direction, but we have many more yet to come if we're going to deal seriously with a country that is in serious, serious economic jeopardy."

Huntsman referred to himself as a candidate who has "been there and done that," and has been tested as a governor, making him the right Republican to replace President Barack Obama in the White House in 2012 and help rebound the economy.

To illustrate his support for business and contrast himself from the president, under whom he served as U.S. Ambassador to China until April, Huntsman visited Boeing's new 787 Dreamliner plant that is engaged in a union dispute with the National Labor Relations Board that could jeopardize thousands of South Carolina jobs.

"If the president believed that creating and expanding this economy based on jobs was important, he would tell the people of the labor board that this is an issue that is absolutely unprecedented," he said.

This is the presidential candidate's third visit to the early southern primary state since declaring his run for the White House.

On Sunday he participated in a town hall hosted by a leading tea party figure, freshman GOP Rep. Tim Scott, in his coastal district.

Huntsman also attended a small fundraiser luncheon Sunday and, according to his campaign, attended an evening event with activists and potential supporters.

Filed under: 2012 • Jon Huntsman • South Carolina
soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. Henry

    Huntsman is the only GOP candidate I would consider voting for and he won't get the nomination because he isn't a crazy ideologue.

    August 8, 2011 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  2. gt

    we need someone who was a businessman and that can make this country strong again...i just dont know enough about this guy

    August 8, 2011 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  3. The Greedy Old Pigs have declared class war on US!

    Except that it's NOT an "unprecedented" issue, you lyin' GOBPbagger. It appear that you and your fellow corrupt corporatist cult members are incapable of acknowledging actual facts. Hunts Man is just another teatard wolf in sheep's clothing.

    August 8, 2011 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  4. bb

    Oh, Just go away already. If you haven't laid out clear plans by now for jobs, our economy, trade, outsourcing reversal, education, etc. .....You HAVE NO PLANS. Just get off the stage you clown.

    August 8, 2011 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  5. Marie MD

    huntsman I used to have a blouse just like yours back in the . . . . . . . can't remember that far.
    Your boys/girls were the ones who ran on jobs. Now that the President wants to dedicate time to jobs now the rethugs/teabaggers are against it.
    See what we mean that no matter what he says the party of HELL NO says NO?

    August 8, 2011 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  6. Real change - the good kind

    Huntsman is better than Obama, but not as good as Romney. I noticed that Henry, Greedy, bb and Marie like to slander without having any knowledge of the candidate. It's people like these guys that gave us the vastly under-qualified Obama. Obama who's ideology is to spend us into prosperity.

    Huntsman was Utah's governor.... Utah, the state with a balanced budget amendment and one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country.

    August 8, 2011 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  7. Rick McDaniel

    Beating Obama is a tough job.........not because he is any GOOD at what he is doing.......but because there are no good candidates, to replace him, in spite of his disaster of an administration.

    Perry seems to be the only wild card, that might meet with voter approval, other than Huntsman. I see no other viable candidates in the field.

    August 8, 2011 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  8. thomas

    Been there , done that .

    Is he referring to smoking weed with the Grateful Dead ?

    August 8, 2011 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  9. Randy, San Francisco

    Huntsman, alone among all the GOP/Tea Party candidates, placed the country's welfare ahead of partisanship. That is something Tea Party hobbits will not or cannot understand.

    August 8, 2011 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  10. CheeseSteak

    But....if you got Bachmann or Perry inches from the WH, you'll wish it was this guy. Yea, he's a slimeball, but he's not an insane slimeball.

    August 8, 2011 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  11. clazyrady

    Some people take pride in The Party of NO..personally I call it TREASON!

    August 8, 2011 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  12. Paul T

    Huntsman has my vote for the nomination. I'm from Utah, his home state in which he was governor. He did an excellent job for our economy and job growth, and he is a good and honest guy from a nice, philanthropic family. The Huntsman are good people, and jon is both brilliant and experienced. I just wish the rest of the country would spend some time getting to know him.

    August 8, 2011 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  13. skarphace

    "Everybody's upset so that probably represents one step in the right direction." Huntsman says.

    Really? Well, Boehner says he got 98% of what he wanted, so I guess that proves you wrong.

    And personally, I would rather have everybody happy with a deal rather than everybody upset with it. This deal took a little from both sides but not enough of either. Not enough cuts and no revenue increases. It is a wash, and a step in the wrong direction, according to this moderate. Reducing the rate of spending increases is not the same thing as spending cuts.

    August 8, 2011 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  14. T'sah from Virginia

    Huntsman should be a stunts man because that is the furthest he will go!

    August 8, 2011 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  15. diridi

    I urge this to my fellow American, do not buy foreign made goods....please, please, please....I am not even going to mall....just buying American Veggies, and eating...please do this for one year....our nation is #1.

    August 8, 2011 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  16. kat

    While he sounds good, I stil remember the praise to BHO. I am just a little skidish about the guy. Anyone's better than what we have but really... somethings not right!

    August 9, 2011 01:24 am at 1:24 am |
  17. J.V.hodgson

    The US debt crisis is over blown. Many, many Nations have higher debt to GDP ratios than USA. Japan is over 200 % and still the currency strenghtens, Italy 120% plus has been for decades. Yes Budget deficits of $1.6/7 tr going forward are unsustainable.
    The problem is that there are too many so called "checks and balances" in the USA federal Budget process it is unbelievable.Means how to stop a budget being passed at all .
    The debt, please everybody, is a function of the Budget ( deficit or surplus) QED the budget drives the deficit not the other way round.
    This nonsense of being able either Republicans or Democrats via checks and balances ( not in the original constitution or house and senate procedures") to effectively block a budget , and then have the ability for one House to effectively block the deficit increase is not only a single whammy but at least a triple whammy and possibly a quadruple whammy due to make up of House and Senate committees. Therein is what should be the final check and balance.
    There has to be a simple rule like do your job and vote on a final bill by December each year that fixes the debt ceiling.
    There is an existing conciliation compromise procedure. Just allow it to be invoked automatically bythe end of November or before each year as needed and then allow a month for Mods and amendments on up down votes on the budget Bill.
    That's what I call transparency and certainty. If you dont agree Media you' ll have to give me your way of getting transparency and certainty into the Budget/debt process.
    What is happening now is dysfunctional and In the end serves neither party well.
    Hello fellow Americans.
    It's irrelevant to Non Americans why the US government is dysfunctional just that it is and we will behave accordingly to protect ouselves.
    The blame game plays out as it will, but disgusts non Americans In its total patisanship and Ideological approach to anything and everything government wise.
    84 % of Americans in a poll say the governemt is disapproved or not working. You cannot get that % thru just Republicans or democrats alone.
    Apart from Jobs and economic recovery All our politicians need to think hard about How to get the Polls to say 84% approval and working well... Err what was it? Of, for and by the people??

    August 9, 2011 03:26 am at 3:26 am |
  18. NoTags

    Huntsman should be right at home in South Carolina with Jim DeMint.

    A civil war era legislator (James Louis Petigru) once said about that State; "South Carolina is too small for a republic, and too large to be an insane asylum."

    August 9, 2011 09:13 am at 9:13 am |