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. J.Crobuzon

    Neither of these people is newsworthy.

    August 10, 2011 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  2. A Kickin` Donkey

    This rules Jeb out in 2012. Thank God. This country`s interests are not served by another Bush being in public office.

    This family seems to think it is entitled to hold command & control roles in our government. There is nothing special about the Bush family genes. Let`s see some other names in the history books. Three Bushes would be 2 Bushes too many.

    August 10, 2011 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  3. Liz the First

    His family couldn't complete the ruination of the country so he's backing someone he thinks can finish the job. let's hope the 59% of Americans who've seen the light about the repubs remember it come 2012. the repubs make decisions based on one criterion: will it put more money in the pockets of rich people? if the answer is yes, no matter how much it hurts the rest of us, they will be for it. the sooner the other 41% of us wise up, the sooner this country will begin to really recover from the devastation of republican rule.

    August 10, 2011 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  4. Rick McDaniel

    Hunstman is a voice of reason and moderation. He is certainly worthy of being heard, and being considered, as a centrist candidate, who will bridge the divide, and reduce the polarity.

    August 10, 2011 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  5. Powerdrive

    Maybe I live under a rock but who is Jon Huntsman? Never heard of him.

    August 10, 2011 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  6. Ed

    Great false if "Bush endorses.." would make us think of the son of Jeb Bush? Way to inflate a story

    August 10, 2011 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  7. Dennis

    Oh good, another Bush in the fray to totally mess things up again.

    August 10, 2011 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  8. Paqrat137

    The campaign of 2016 has just started. Jeb, Jr. (JJ) is the stalking horse for his father. The Republicans do not want the WH in 2012, there is too much work and they have no plans. But they do want it in 2016, when things inevitably turn around, and JJ is the first step. Mark my words, we will see Jeb Bush, Sr. in the presidential race in 2016.

    August 10, 2011 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  9. Uncle Sam

    Pres. Huntsman appreciates it.

    August 10, 2011 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  10. bluedogboy

    I'm OK with Huntsman. The rest of the republican field is nuts.

    August 10, 2011 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  11. Publius Novus

    Huntsman's behavior during the Jasmine demonstrations in Beijing was unacceptable and marks him as an inappropriate and self-serving politician. At the time, Huntsman was representing the U.S. as ambassador, while at the same time contemplating a run to take the job of the man who appointed him. With that kind of blind eye to ethics and morality, he is unsuited for high office of any kind.

    August 10, 2011 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  12. ingrid

    No more Republicans in the White House. I have lost faith in the whole Republican establishment. Huntsman appears the most rational of the bunch but he will have to kow tow to the tea party soon or later ...

    August 10, 2011 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  13. ThinkAgain

    "Hunstman is a voice of reason and moderation."

    No, he's an opportunist who wants to take advantage of all the business connections he made while ambassador to China (i.e., sell us completely down the river to that country).

    August 10, 2011 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  14. NoTags

    Christians will never vote a Mormon POTUS.

    August 10, 2011 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  15. ThinkAgain

    "He [Dubya] was a major failure in the business world."

    Actually, everything Dubya ever touched has turned to scheiss.

    August 10, 2011 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  16. Mark L.

    Jeb Bush, Jr. ??? – UGHHH...And yet another Bush in the making... I only hope if / when Jeb Bush, Sr. decides to make a run for the White House, that every American will remember where both his father and brother left our nation after their terms...Another Bush in office will make the stock market crashes of 1929 & 2008 / 2009 look like a picnic.

    August 10, 2011 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  17. thomas

    Did he , or did he not inhale ?

    August 10, 2011 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  18. Santa Fean

    I don't think I would want the endorsement of the grandson of a Nazi sympathizer. Don't forget how Jeb's grandfather, Prescott Bush, aided and abetted the Nazis during WW2. Prescott Bush was sanctioned by Congress and lost his bank. Study your history and see how the powerful rule America through their the Bush family. Don't believe me...look it up yourself. Don't kid yourself. Your vote does not matter. You do not have representation in anything that matters. Corporate America rules...just open your eyes.

    August 10, 2011 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  19. humtake

    It's a shame that George Jr. became President. Jeb is the one who should have become President. He is by far the better leader. Having him as my Governor was great and you can tell he was being primed for the Presidency. But, George Jr. somehow got in the mix and beat him to it. I think George Jr. was a good President who did a lot of good things. But, unfortunately, he is a terrible public speaker and America has already shown it will elect anyone who has charisma regardless if they have no experience at all doing the job. Jeb has great public speaking skills and has a lot of experience being a leader...but George Jr. kind of ruined things for him.

    August 10, 2011 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  20. annie s

    That's a shame. I was beginning to think Huntsman would be acceptable.

    August 10, 2011 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  21. blake

    No surprise here. Bush41, Bush43, and Jeb are all moderates, not a conservative in the bunch. We haven't had a conservative in the White House since Reagan. It is well past time to change that.

    August 10, 2011 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  22. Rudy NYC

    Huntsman created more jobs in east Asia than in North America. End of story.

    August 10, 2011 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  23. Steven Bannister

    As a Libertarian Conservative and Patriot, I am very happy to hear that Jeb Bush has endorsed Huntsman.

    Because know I definitely know NOT to support Huntsman!!!

    August 10, 2011 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  24. Anonymous

    Not even Jeb himself, but some 28 year old aristocrat of the plutocracy family? That's a pretty weak endorsement and pretty week news. It's better to throw no party than a bad party, similarly it's better to get no endorsement than a bad endorsement.

    August 10, 2011 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  25. Robert

    Picking Marco Rubio was good? I don't like Bush or Rubio. (specially Rubio).

    August 10, 2011 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
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