Jeb Bush, Jr. backs Huntsman
August 10th, 2011
08:36 AM ET
11 years ago

Jeb Bush, Jr. backs Huntsman

(CNN) - Jeb Bush, Jr. endorsed Jon Huntsman for president Wednesday at a press conference in Miami.

In addition to the formal endorsement, Bush, the son of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, said he will become National Chairman of GenH, the former Utah governor's youth and young professionals outreach program.

The grandson of former President George H.W. Bush and nephew of former President George W. Bush said Huntsman is the 2012 candidate "best equipped to defeat President Obama next November."

"In a time of such global upheaval and strife, America needs a serious, experienced leader to restore America's promise, and that leader is Jon Huntsman," Bush wrote on Huntsman's website.

Huntsman met with members of the Bush family earlier this year.

Bush, 28, who backed former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani for president in 2008, said the former U.S. ambassador to China is the "only candidate with a proven record of creating jobs, in business and as governor."

Some in the Huntsman campaign hyped an endorsement expected this week, leading some to speculate the announcement would come from the elder Jeb Bush.

Huntsman jumped into the race in June and has since registered in the low single digits in most polls of Republican presidential candidates. But Bush said the figures will change when more Americans become familiar with his record.

"Two years ago, I jumped on board Marco Rubio's campaign when he was polling at 3 percent, and we made history," Bush said referencing the freshman Florida senator. "With Jon, I can't wait to make history again."

Filed under: 2012 • Jeb Bush • Jon Huntsman
soundoff (122 Responses)
  1. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Interesting. So what's up with Perry? Is he jumping in the pool or what?
    Anybody endorsed by the Bush sibling that stole the only functioning brain-cell from the other needs to be looked at twice and promptly scrapped.
    Obama 2012

    August 10, 2011 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  2. Bruce

    Huntsman's knowledge of Mandarin will serve our country well when it comes time to pay homage to our new Chinese overlords...

    August 10, 2011 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  3. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Huntsman hasn't been as vocal as the other pretenders on this whole Teatard-induced debt ceiling fiasco. Is the strategy, then, to have a relatively Teabagger-free candidate take the podium against President Obama? It would have to be because anyone with Tea stains on them wouldn't stand a chance after this most recent financial debacle.
    Obama 2012

    August 10, 2011 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  4. AEK

    Unfortunately Mr. Huntsman, if elected President, would face the same problems creating jobs as President Obama. The Republicans in Congress are not really interested in creating jobs for working class folks. They are only interested in creating loopholes so that their corporate sponsors can outsource jobs to countries that pay less than half of what the minimum wage is here in America. Creating jobs and putting Americans to work is way too expensive for the greedy corporations in control of the House of Representatives and their partners in the Senate.

    August 10, 2011 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  5. keith A. sillsbury

    DONE! COOKED! FINISHED! nuff said!

    August 10, 2011 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  6. John

    That will help him someone name BUSH backing you . Sorry for your luck, but you have no chance now.

    August 10, 2011 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  7. Proud member of "Global Zero"

    Sorry, I live in Florida...with the cuts in public education going to for profit charter schools....not working so much. He is a "take our tax dollars and give them to for profit companies. "

    August 10, 2011 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  8. mgc florida

    And why is this news??? Breaking news!!! " A NOBODY endorses Jon Huntsman!"

    August 10, 2011 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  9. Marie MD

    LOL! The brother of the village idiot from CT by way of tx. Sorry jeb but two years ago we (some of us did know what they were about – the koch bros) didn't know or had seen what the teabaggers (which BTW have been very quiet lately) really want to do to the country, mainly make sure se become a third world country. I wouldn't pat myself in the back if I was you!

    August 10, 2011 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  10. JOE

    In a time of global upheaval and strife, America needs an experienced leader? The last time we had an experienced leader or one backed by the GOP, we ended up with two wars and alot of dead American soldiers and a significantly declining American credibility. Not to mention our soldiers are still dying in Iraq and Afghanistan as we speak because of the failed and misguided foreign policies of the GOP. And did I mention that we are now dealing with the worst economic crisis in America since the Great Depression? Yea, that's also the doings of the GOP's misguided leadership.

    By the way, wasn't it Huntsman who said he wasn't ruling out calling for the impeachment of president Obama for supporting a legal mandated no fly zone over Libya? Let's face it, no Americans has died over this no fly zone but you're considering calling for the impeachment of our president. May I add that George W. Bush lied to the American people, the United Nations and the world community about bogus and nonexistent weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and the end result is 4,000 plus dead American and Nato soldiers and counting. Yet, eight years later, there is not one mention of the word impeachment in the same sentence with George W.Bush's name. So how come? Are you people insane? Or just impaired? Or perhaps just plain stupid? Or plain racist?

    Recently, some Americans said how can you impeach Bush when he's been out of office for two and a half years and others asked what would the impeachment of GWB accomplish. However, there is a difference between impeachment and being tried for war crimes and as a concerned American I feel that GWB, his cabinet and key members of the GOP should be sent to the ICC in the Hauge to answer for their deliberate and hanous war atrocities.

    So what would this accomplish? Well, first of all just ask that little ten year old American boy who just lost his Navy Seal dad in Afghanistan and ask the families of the dead soldiers in Afghanistan what confort it would bring to them after their sons were killed during a period when GWB and the GOP recklessly abandoned and prolonged the Afghan war to start their illegitimate Iraqi war. Just ask them the comfort it would bring them. Finally, if we don't hold our leaders accountable for their inept and reckless actions, then we would only be giving them the green light to abuse their authority and continue to put Americans in harms way. let's face it, American lives aint' cheap and that reality applies to leaders like GWB who think otherwise.

    What we need is leaders like president Obama who puts Americans first and governs for all Americans, regardless of race, color, creed or socioeconomic status. Mr. Huntsman you need to go hunting with Dick Cheney and GWB. I heard Dick Chaney is very good at game because he's a good shooter. Good luck.

    August 10, 2011 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  11. ja

    yada,yada, i back obama

    August 10, 2011 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  12. J.Crobuzon

    I've never heard of either one of these people.

    August 10, 2011 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  13. RINO Bil

    Jeb is smart (he got the brains that GWB didn't). Hunstman is the only GOP candidate with a chance of beating Obama in '12. Trouble is, he may not be able to get the GOP presidentrial nod ... especially if the Tea Bag Party has anything to do/say about it.

    August 10, 2011 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  14. Sniffit

    "The last time we had an experienced leader or one backed by the GOP, we ended up with two wars and alot of dead American soldiers and a significantly declining American credibility."

    If you're referring to Dubya, I would beg to differ with your description of him as an "experienced leader." He was a major failure in the business world. His only "experience" happened to be that he was present and in control as he sunk them.

    August 10, 2011 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  15. MCO

    Who cares what a Bush thinks? Jebbers Jr. has already been in trouble with the law for substance abuse, public sex acts with a teenage girl. and resisting arrest. We need more of this family like we need a cold sore.

    August 10, 2011 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  16. Katy

    If Huntsman gets the nomination, the GOP might have a chance at winning in 2012. The rest of the field are a bunch of nut jobs. But, Huntsman is too sophisticated, etc., to appeal to the GOP of the present and it is doubtful he'll get the nod. It will be Romney, IMO. Not a great pick but the best of the GOP bunch after Huntsman. Face it, we are in a world of hurt. Obama is a disappointment and could easily be defeated, but not by: Bachmann, Palin, Perry, Paul, Santorum, Pawlenty.

    August 10, 2011 09:48 am at 9:48 am |

    Is that some sort of shrub?

    August 10, 2011 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  18. shadtree

    I hope Obama will be re-elected. But if we must have a Republican president, Huntsman would be a good choice. Unfortunately the Republican party has been taken over by the extreme religeous right and Huntsman or Romney don't have a chancd

    August 10, 2011 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  19. Anothermuse

    I would like to hear more from him. The GOP desperatly needs a moderate candidate if they expect to challenge for the White House. However, until Congress moves back to the middle, not sure I would want the GOP to have the house and the white house. It would be the same type of debacle as when the dems swept in 2008, which of course led to the backlash and the tea party inexplicably gaining control of the GOP...

    We desperatly need balance right now. We don't have it, the dems aren't even remotely talking about moderation, and the GOP is mostly off the deep end. Not a promising political landscape.

    August 10, 2011 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  20. NYCMovieFan

    Anybody endorsed by a Bush is somebody to avoid like the dickens. Thanks Jeb for letting us know who NOT to vote for!

    August 10, 2011 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  21. PJ

    Huntsman is a lot more honest than Romney!! Good choice Jeb!

    August 10, 2011 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  22. Jilli

    HA!! A Jeb Bush, Jr. endorsement is a big deal? C'mon Huntsman, that's ridiculous. I have shoes older than this kid – and I'd probably trust my shoes opinion more than the opinion from another Bush.

    August 10, 2011 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  23. 5041360

    Huntsman has some problems bush relationship= religion- no name ID among anyone outside of corporate america- and that is the kiss of dealth these days– mitt -imitt= mitt etc

    August 10, 2011 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  24. Dave

    Well, any endorsement from a member of the Bush family's good enough for me!

    (scratches Huntsman off the list of people to potentially vote for)

    August 10, 2011 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  25. EJW

    Umm...I might be alone in this, but somehow I doubt it...

    Who gives a rat's bum about who Jeb or Jeb jr. endorses for anything?

    Ooooh, a politician is endorsing another politician. I guess that means he is a well practiced liar and thief then. I will vote for my neighbor.

    He isn't running. Hates the idea of being in charge of anything or anyone. He is a veteran and a family man.

    Key thing though...he doesn't want power.

    Screw the career politicians in this country and the family who raises politicians as well.

    August 10, 2011 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
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