Huntsman to boycott presidential debate in Nevada
October 14th, 2011
10:29 AM ET
9 years ago

Huntsman to boycott presidential debate in Nevada

Las Vegas (CNN) - Republican presidential hopeful Jon Huntsman said Friday he was skipping next week's CNN/Western Republican Presidential Debate out of deference to New Hampshire, which is locked in a political scheduling fight with Nevada.

Huntsman will instead hold a campaign event Tuesday morning in New Hampshire, while his seven rivals for the GOP presidential nomination prepare to face off in the debate in Las Vegas. The Western Republican Leadership Conference and CNN are co-sponsoring the event.


Filed under: Jon Huntsman • Nevada • New Hampshire • Primary Calendar
soundoff (100 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    Good luck, Ambassador. Don't schedule town hall to coincide with the debate.

    October 14, 2011 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  2. ProvidencePatriot

    Seems like he does not have a chance at the GOP nomination. Too bad, he actually is one of the few I would consider voting for–smart, agrees with science on global warming, evolution, has a clue about Chinese relations (which is really the nation we should be concerned about) and is moderate on social and financial issues. In other words, would make a good President. It shows how much the lunatic fringe of the GOP is in control. Witness Cain's surge in polls after simplifying the very complicated issue of race by victim blaming. Sad.

    October 14, 2011 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  3. Lynda/Minnesota

    If I were he, I'd boycott the clown show as well. In fact, Huntsman would be better served to drop out of this race altogether and start concentrating on 2016. The "fix" is in for 2012, and that "fix" doesn't include Jon Huntsman, either as President or Vice President. Romney's the GOPers man for 2012 ... well, HE thinks he is anyway, for all the strutting and shuffling he's been doing lately. Funny how the only REAL job Mitt Romney has held for any length of time is that of professional presidential candidate. Probably why he comes across so confused and nervous. Too many past statements to reflect, too little time to explain.

    October 14, 2011 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  4. Real American

    Hopefully the rest of the Circus act (Repugblicans) will do the same

    October 14, 2011 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  5. mgctampa

    Interesting the one that should be the front runner can't get any traction. He would be a much better candidate than mr. flip flop who has so many positions he resembles a pretzel!

    October 14, 2011 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  6. Dave

    It's not like he's going to win, anyway. He's too sane for the Republican base, who have become a pack of superstitious theocratic lunatics (and I speak from experience, living in the very-red state of Mississippi – I know these people, I live amongst them, I work with them, and they're loons). I'm definitely voting Obama again, but it's still sad that reasonable Republicans like Huntsman can't get anywhere with the GOP base. They're in love with craziness and terrible ideas instead.

    October 14, 2011 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  7. Larry L

    Huntsman is a closeted Democrat – too rational for the Republicans. I would love to see him move over to the Democrats and bring a progressive yet conservative influence. Huntsman in 2016 – as a Democrat!

    October 14, 2011 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  8. Georgia Tee

    Lets really think about the timing of this debate boycott, may it be Huntsmans poll numbers can't stay above 2%..............hhhmmmm..

    October 14, 2011 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  9. Thomas

    Cutting off his nose to spite his face?

    October 14, 2011 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  10. fred

    Maybe Huntsman will take votes from Romney in NH. Great news for Cain.

    October 14, 2011 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  11. brian

    You really think ANY state will change policy based on who's showing-up to a debate? Let me speak for NV: We don't care if you debate or not. Besides, you're obviously just trying to kiss-up to NH.

    October 14, 2011 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  12. logic in LA

    Smart political move for someone behind in the polls. What would be better is if he would challenge the concept of caucuses as a method of selecting a nominee. It goes against every edict of one man, one vote because you can change your preference several times during the caucus, plus it limits access with its limited time span for this game of musical chairs.

    October 14, 2011 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  13. Retired Army in San Antonio

    Huntsman = probably the best of the Republican candidates.

    Therefore, he's liked the LEAST by the Republican voters.

    Go figure.....

    October 14, 2011 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  14. Justin

    Translation "I am putting all my eggs in one basket and am going to pander to the ego of New Hampshire Republicans"... The dbate here in Nevada is well before either states primary so I don't get his faux indignation... What is he going to do in New Hampshire, debate himself?

    October 14, 2011 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  15. Auzzie

    This would be really important if Huntsman was a leading candidate but since he is not "WHO CARES!!!"

    October 14, 2011 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  16. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    presidential hopeful Jon Huntsman said Friday he was skipping next week’s Western Republican Presidential Debate out of deference to New Hampshire
    i'm more inclined to believe that he is skipping it our of deference to not having to associate, or be seen with the cartoon characters passing themselves off as presidential contenders.
    It musgt be an embarrassment of epic proportions for the intelligent Mr. Huntsman to have to share a stage with a bunch of people that have become national and international Jokes on Parade.

    What the hell has happenned to the Republican Party?

    October 14, 2011 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  17. Mike Mc

    Jon Huntsman- the only Republican candidate that could beat Obama...yet he has no fans in the flock of ignorant bigots that hijacked the GOP in the last couple of years. Talk about shooting yourself in the foot.

    October 14, 2011 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  18. Nate

    Gov. Huntsman is the only genuine and sensible candidate in the GOP crowd. I don't agree with him on every issue, but if he were to win the nod I don't think there is anything that would stop me from voting for him. I hope he gains more traction in the primaries. Should he not be selected, he has already positioned himself for a good run in 2016. The other seven scare the crap out of me. (And yes, that includes Ron Paul. Not exactly sure why he is worshipped by so many, but it is what it is, I suppose. He has already said he will not be seeking reelection to Congress, so once he loses his bid for the GOP nod he will fade into obscurity where those stuck in the 19th century belong.)

    October 14, 2011 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  19. Mark

    As an Independent Huntsman is probably one of the few GOP I would even consider, unfortunately I just can't see him winning the nomination.

    October 14, 2011 11:15 am at 11:15 am |

    Rudy Giuliani tried a similar strategy and it woefully backfired. Huntsman has no game and he's wasting his money. However, as he's a 1%-ter, he can probably afford to.

    October 14, 2011 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  21. gt

    probably dont matter anyway... never got his message out

    October 14, 2011 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  22. aggie95

    He's toast and he knows it...Too moderate for the teapartiers...

    October 14, 2011 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  23. TomCA

    Thats gonna win him votes. LOL

    October 14, 2011 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  24. Getting Real

    He's skipping the debate because he is getting slaughtered by everyone. Huntsman is like warm water is to a thirsty person, it does the job, but isn't very satisfying.

    October 14, 2011 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  25. state helicopter pilot

    How will you lead a country when GOP can't even get a primary done?

    October 14, 2011 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
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