Huntsman: 'I might not have the Texas Rangers'
September 1st, 2011
11:13 AM ET
10 years ago

Huntsman: 'I might not have the Texas Rangers'

Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) - Presidential candidate Jon Huntsman jokingly pointed out a key difference between his campaign and that of Rick Perry's, telling an audience he "might not have the Texas Rangers" accompanying him on the trail.

The Texas governor is protected by a security detail of iconic Texas Rangers as he travels the country.

"I might not have the Texas Rangers here. I might not have a large entourage," Huntsman said at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics' breakfast event, where candidates come to speak to a group of state politicos. "But I did bring a secret weapon that nobody else has, and that's the finest human being I've ever known over 28 years, my wife Mary Kaye Huntsman."

The former Utah governor was introduced with an anecdote about his low-key approach to security while he was in China.

"He surprised many by shunning an official motorcade to ride his bicycle to meetings with Chinese officials," said Jim Brett, president of the New England Council, which co-hosts the Politics and Eggs event.

Speaking to the media after the event, Huntsman was asked about his "swipe" at Perry.

"That wasn't much of a swipe," he said. "Rick's a friend. I didn't agree with what he said about the Federal Reserve chairman. That was a little bit inappropriate and out there."

He was referring to Perry's remarks earlier in August saying Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke would be "treasonous" if he printed more money before next year's election.

Huntsman refused to answer further questions about his opponents, but said that doesn't mean he won't hold his own at a series of televised debates in September.

"Civility can coexist with the facts," he told the press. "And people will want to bring out the facts, and you'll be comparing and contrasting yourself. Others will be comparing and contrasting themselves. I think that's all part of any primary affair."

Filed under: 2012 • Jon Huntsman • Rick Perry
soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. joe smith

    how wonderful it is to have mr. huntsman, and mr. paul seeking the most powerful position in the world..both who can hold their own, and as mr. huntsman added, "with civility"..

    September 1, 2011 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  2. Sniffit

    ""Civility can coexist with the facts," he told the press."

    Actually, civility usually FOLLOWS the facts, which is why you have GOPers who live in an ideological lala land of unicorn fart double rainbow daydream economic theories and fundamentalist anti-1st-amendment social justice values going completely bonkers that reality won't conform to said daydream and the rest of us flipping out completely that they keep insisting that it do so.

    September 1, 2011 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  3. Woman In California

    Take your fake "moderate" stance and your cult and go away. ANYONE willing to share a ticket with Bitchmann is not worthy of my vote.

    September 1, 2011 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  4. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Mr. Huntsman you don't belong up there with these yahoos, and that's coming from what I like to call an independent democrat.
    And Rep. Carson was absolutely correct in saying what he said, and bully for him for NOT apologizing.
    @ A Kickin Donkey, Elaine and Name King I truly, truly appreciated your posts on the Carson/Tea Party story. Thank you so much for your clarity, conciseness (sp?), and common sense.

    September 1, 2011 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  5. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Just what the country needs "a bunch of gun slinging Texas Rangers" in the WH playing cowboys and indians.

    September 1, 2011 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  6. Texan

    The Repub candidates look like a gaggle of geese or better yet, the Keystone cops. ---- This is the most embarrasing group of Repub. candidates I`ve ever seen.

    September 1, 2011 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  7. ThinkAgain

    President Obama appointed Huntsman as ambassador to China, in a gesture of bipartisanship. How did Huntsman repay him?

    By quitting his office and turning on the President.

    How anyone can think Huntsman cares about anyone but Huntsman is beyond me. This man is an opportunist who wants nothing more than to further the destruction of the American Middle Class and further the economic domination of China.

    Don't let that "civil" exterior fool you; Huntsman is a traitor, in my book.

    September 1, 2011 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  8. ThinkAgain

    Huntsman economic proposals are the same-old, same-old GOP garbage of lowering taxes for the wealthy and squeezing the Middle Class out of existence.

    10 years of Bush tax policy has resulted in massive American unemployment and massive transferring of wealth to the rich in our country, who care only about making money and not a whit about the country that gave them the opportunity to make their wealth in the first place.

    THAT IS FACT. Your choice come November 2012: Deal with this reality, or it will continue to deal with you – in very harsh terms.

    September 1, 2011 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  9. Independent Texan

    Huntsman`s plan is filled with the same ole Repub approach. Jobs will come after we deal with corp. loopholes, "job-killing' taxes, regulations, etc.,etc.,etc. --- Same ole BS they have preached, but no plan to create JOBS. If their desires are taken care of the jobs will come--– meaby, meaby not !!!!!! If not, too bad.

    September 1, 2011 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  10. grayguru

    Jon Huntsman has more dignity and civility in his little finger than the rest of the Republican candidates combined. He is a throwback to the days when being a Republican meant you had philosophical differences with Democrats but could state your case in intelligent terms and let the voters make their choice. Dwight Eisenhower was probably one of the best presidents of the 20th century, a Kansas Republican, an accomplished orator who never compromised his dignity for one minute. He has gone down in history not as a footnote but as a chapter of how to govern America right. For the most part, nobody will be able to name the current Republican candidates two years from now. Sad. I am a Democrat who feels sorry for the Republican Party today. They have so much to offer America but is caught up in the Fox News, Glen Beck, Rush Limbaugh view of America. They have lost their way down a trail of evangelism that will eventually lead to a marginalized group of radicals. The Tea Party is just a symptom of what is wrong with this great party of Lincoln. Reason has become a liability in a Republican world of extremism.

    September 1, 2011 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  11. Born a Texan

    Claudia, the Texas Rangers won't be playing Indians, just the cowboys. The Texas Rangers is one of the finest state police systems in America. They have roots going back a lot farther than any other state police. The fact that Perry chose to use them for his protection instead of the US Secret Service says something. 56% of Texans voted Perry to Governor last year, so I think you're in the minority.

    September 1, 2011 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  12. Former Republican, now an Independent

    This detail is only one of many. The taxpayers of the state of Texas have no idea of how many luxuries this governor and his predecessor has bilked them out of.

    September 1, 2011 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    Brass Tacks:

    Huntsman's "jobs proposal" and "tax reform" would result in the average middle-class wage earner paying appriximately $1,890 MORE per year in taxes and the ultra-wealthy paying approximately $490,000 LESS per year. Look it up.

    September 1, 2011 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  14. moderatejoe_boston

    Huntsman is the only candidate with a real economic and jobs plan. It gores everyone's ox a little which is a good thing. People need to remember that in the general election it's the candidate that grabs the most of the independent middle that wins. Huntsman could grab most of it like Obama did last time. As a Hillary supporter who voted for McCain there is no way I'd vote for Perry or Obama but I would vote Huntsman as the only adult in the room.

    September 1, 2011 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  15. Hello


    Aren't you forgetting a guy by the name of Ron Paul? Watch the debate next week and you will see that Ron Paul actually answers the questions that he is asked and doesn't include an attack on Obama in everything he says.

    September 1, 2011 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |