Huntsman's tailgate politics
September 13th, 2011
06:03 PM ET
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Huntsman's tailgate politics

Columbia, South Carolina (CNN) – You might call it "tailgate politics" but that's what White House hopeful Jon Huntsman will be doing to connect with Tigers and Gamecocks fans in South Carolina Saturday.

Huntsman's campaign has not officially announced his visit to the first-in-the-South primary state, but CNN has learned from sources close to the campaign that the candidate is planning on spending time at both Clemson University and University of South Carolina's home games.

With a deep-seeded football rivalry between the teams it behooves any presidential candidate to give equal billing to their fanatic fans.

Huntsman will first go to the noon game between the Clemson Tigers and the defending national champion Auburn Tigers. He'll travel one-hour south to Williams Brice Stadium to catch the 6 p.m. ET game between the USC Gamecocks and the Naval Academy in Columbia.

The former governor of Utah has a legitimate reason to root for Navy because his oldest son, Jon, is a midshipman third class, or sophomore, at the Naval Academy.

Huntsman's youngest son, William, attends Naval Academy Prep School in Rhode Island and plays football there. If he graduates, he will be eligible to enroll at Annapolis next year, according to Scott Strasmeier, Naval Academy's sports information director.

Filed under: 2012 • Jon Huntsman • South Carolina
soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. Russ

    I have not heard one idea from any of the Republican candidates that is realistic. They spout off about what they are going to do on day one as President. Are they really that naive to think they can accomplish their lofty goals? I think it's the congress that really has a say in what's to get done. The Presiden can only throw out ideas......the Republicans have shown us how that works. With that said I'll vote for Obama again any day, unless Huntsman gets the nod. He is the only one of these right wingers with a semblance of rationality.

    September 13, 2011 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  2. Larry L

    He's rational and pragmatic and isn't a bigot – therefore he's a poor choice for the Tea Party.

    September 13, 2011 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  3. NameRobert white

    I was disappointed that Wolfe did not call down Michelle Bachman for not answering his questions. All I heard from her were talking points

    September 13, 2011 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  4. Dave Ruth

    The tea party debate audience was so white it made the morman elders look like they had a tan!!!!!!!! Thats pretty sad. MLK did not have a smile from the heavens!!!

    September 13, 2011 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  5. GaryB

    Huntsman is an intelligent, thoughtful and empathic man with the best exeuctive record of any of the GOP candidates. In other words, he doesn't stand a chance of getting the nomination.

    September 13, 2011 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  6. Pablo

    Huntsman is by far the most qualified of these republicans, I am just disgusted at how much the media ignores him because he evidently poses a threat to Obama in a general election. If only they'd paid him more attention like the Perry the country would know more about him. He'd surely steal the vote of a lot of conservative democrats and independents who voted for Obama originally. The media choses who to focus on, and he's clearly not made the cut.

    September 13, 2011 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  7. NC

    Not a way to get votes in SC by cheering for the other team.

    September 13, 2011 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  8. Julia

    I wouldn't vote for a republican, but at least this guy Huntsman is a decent human being. The rest of the bunch is just hypocritical, wouldn't know Jesus Christ, if they meet him face-to-face on the street. God Help this sick country. I watched the tea party and that Moron Ron paul say if you don't have insurance you can die. Wow, that's really christian and that sure the hell is not a democracy, hypotical country, you bettcha.

    September 13, 2011 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  9. Craig Law

    Huntsman's treason comment fell as flat as his poll numbers. His campaing is done.

    September 13, 2011 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |