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. LacrosseMom(real one)

    That's nice that Jeb backs Jon. However, the Religious-right will never........ ever, vote for a Mormon. Not Huntsman, not Romney.

    August 10, 2011 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  2. abby1

    An endorsement by Jeb Bush's son? Is the son nationally known or has major influence? I have never heard anything about the son. Why is his endorsement a big deal? I do not understand.

    August 10, 2011 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  3. Jennifer NYC

    I'd vote for Huntsman....he wrote a terrific Op-Ed in the Wall St. Journal. I know one thing, if we don't vote Obama out in 2012, we will be in much worse shape. He won't listen, and is doing some very harmful things to our economy and society. He means to do well, but he isn't. The only thing I don't like about most GOP'ers is that they always have to start on abortion and their religious extremist stuff. I like Huntsman because he is a social moderate...Rudy Giuliani would be a terrific President. He is also a social moderate.

    August 10, 2011 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  4. ian

    if jeb wants to get in the race (and i wish he would), then GET IN THE RACE!. STOP SITTING ON THE FENCEPOLE!
    if he doesnt want to get in the race, i wish he would shut up.

    August 10, 2011 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  5. Matthew

    This is a guy who could not even protect innocent 12 year old girls from being raped while Goveror of Utah. He could of with the help of the feds, rescued these youg children. He is an absolute mormon coward with 0 backbone. Getting an endorsement from a man who helped steal a Presidential election is not something to brag about. What exactly did he do as ambassedor of China, recruit chinese to the Cult? No matter how many billions his daddy has, its not going to help this lolife get to the Whithouse!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 10, 2011 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  6. Chris - Denver

    I wish the Republicans would nominate Huntsman. It's the only thing that could get me to vote Republican for the first time in my life. I agree Obama isn't getting the job done, but have you seen the horrific slate of Republican challengers besides Huntsman? I would definitely vote for Obama over any of those extremists, ideologues and crazies!

    August 10, 2011 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  7. GOP = Greed Over People

    One nobody backs another nobody?

    Cool beans!

    August 10, 2011 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  8. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Whether it's Huntsman or Perry, get ready for Jeb Bush will be on the same ticket. People wakeup and stay alert.

    August 10, 2011 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  9. EddyL

    Who cares what he thinks?

    August 10, 2011 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  10. chelseallj

    Why would we possibly care what Jeb Bush, Jr. says or who he endorses?

    August 10, 2011 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  11. Voiceinthewind

    Ths Kiss of Death. The entire Shrub clan should be in Prison where they belong.

    August 10, 2011 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  12. Voiceinthewind

    These Shrubs are like Fleas and Ticks and Leeches they multiply like crazy , are a pain and a scourage on society and so hard to get rid of. To bad there is not a aerosil spray to rid the world of these vermin all together once and for all or at least stop them from breeding.

    August 10, 2011 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  13. Jay EP

    As a Democrat, Huntsman is the only Republican I could support. He seems like a moderate and made no stupid Norquist pledge.

    And to those who say the Republican don't want to create jobs, I say not true. Republican want all Americans to have jobs; minimum wage jobs with no health insurance.

    August 10, 2011 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  14. WEBSPY

    It wasn't his dad that accidentally killed more Americans then osama bin laden,,,Cherry picked the evidence, said Iraq responsible 911, working on WMD, mushroom cloud, then said, invade and we will be greeted as liberators, then said we have enough soldiers and they don't need to be better equipped, then said mission accomplished, then said regime change, Saddam bad bad guy. Then leaked CIA information on one of their own agents to make a point, and try to silence critics! Then to top that off as Americans children lay face down dieing on foreign soil at his expense he made fun at a dinner speech saying ""No WMDs over there,,,non under here (podium) gees them WMDs got to be somewhere"",,,then they laughed and laughed both sides of the isle, Dems and GOP because you see we are worse then a peasants were just a number on a demographic chart!

    August 10, 2011 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  15. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Oh geez! My bad. It was JEB'S SON endorsing Huntsman...........Same gene pool, same response: hell no to Huntsman again.

    August 10, 2011 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  16. vegas01

    Well, I wasn't going to vote for Huntsman anyway, but now I am more resolved I am right about that decision.

    August 10, 2011 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  17. jim

    Stupid backing stupid. Wow, more great choices....

    August 10, 2011 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  18. Mark

    If he's smart he'll renounce this endorsement.

    August 10, 2011 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  19. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Jennifer NYC wrote:
    if we don't vote Obama out in 2012, we will be in much worse shape. He won't listen, and is doing some very harmful things to our economy and society
    Like what Jennifer, talking to our children in schools (I bet you you were one of those that yanked her kid out of class that day huh? And how about all that compromising he tried to do with the Rethugs to try and keep us from defaulting, THAT was really scary too.
    I can't believe you're from NYC, you sound more like South Cacalakee to me.
    Obama 2012

    August 10, 2011 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  20. What is Jeb Jr.

    Jeb Jr. doesn't have a brain to stand on. But if he did he would stand on it.

    August 10, 2011 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  21. Bob

    Does the endorsement of the guy who helped his idiot brother steal the election (had the state's elections administrator stash thousands of ballots from a Democratic district in the trunk of her car) really carry a lot of weight?

    August 10, 2011 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  22. Bob

    As for the "at least Huntsman is not a nut job" comments- I think we are seeing Karl Rove in action here. He's having all these crazies come out to try to get the nomination (like Palin, Bachmann, Trump, etc) so that when an "average" GOP comes along, they will seem sane. Hopefully that will make everyone forget that the "average" GOP got us into this mess with the trickle-down economic theory. Ten years of tax cuts for the rich haven't helped the economy one bit and have given us nothing but perpetual debt- but let's try them for another four years and see if suddenly they work!

    August 10, 2011 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  23. Debbie

    Linking any Bush to any candidate is an automatic no vote for that candidate. Bush tanked America and can nor will never be forgiven by me. And I was a Republican for 35 years.

    August 10, 2011 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  24. Larry L

    Huntsman is a moderate and the Republicans are the American Taliban. He's hosed.

    August 10, 2011 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  25. smart choices

    Huntsman is much better than Obama, but Mitt Romney is the most qualified.

    August 10, 2011 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
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