Huntsman's third party help, all in the family?
November 23rd, 2011
11:42 AM ET
11 years ago

Huntsman's third party help, all in the family?

(CNN) – Jon Huntsman doesn't know where the money for a $650,000 ad buy supporting his presidential run came from, and he doesn't care.

In an interview Wednesday on CNN's "American Morning," the former Utah governor said he doesn't know whether his father contributed to the super PAC that funded a Thanksgiving-run ad campaign, but he's "just delighted" to receive support in the first place.

Owing a close relationship with his father-"I love him dearly," Huntsman said,"We don't talk about those things, we can't."

"I'm just delighted that we've actually got some outside assistance from wherever it comes from and believes in our cause."

The Our Destiny super PAC will spend $650,000 on ads in New Hampshire, where Huntsman has pinned his hopes for a first-in-the-nation primary victory - also the state where GOP frontrunner and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has been leading in polls measuring candidate support.

Super PACs do not have limits on the amount they can raise from individuals and groups including corporations, or unions to spend on presidential campaigns, but cannot coordinate with the campaigns or political parties and are required to reveal their donors. The next filing deadline for them is January 31st.

And for Huntsman, the separation rule is definitive. "There's a bright division between what I do and what any super PAC can do and you don't talk about those things.

"I haven't even seen the ad, I'm busy on the ground," he said. "We have done 103 events in New Hampshire."

One more hope for Huntsman: that his candidacy will endure. Without disclosing envy for GOP rivals that have experienced a peak in national polls while Huntsman continues to lag at the bottom, the candidate said, "I don't want a fleeting, ephemeral 15 minutes, I want sustainability."

"To have sustainability, you have to put the building blocks together on the ground that are based on a substantive rise."

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soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. AL in West Palm Beach

    That's it, I'll come out....

    I gave the money....I'm democrat who wants to wath a smart debate between two smart people for PRESIDENT....

    I can see the breaking news flash now...

    November 23, 2011 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  2. Rudy NYC

    Huntsman is the best qualifed candidate in the Republican party. Back in 2008, Huntsman was brightest conservative star in the Republican Party that didn't run for POTUS. That's why Obama picked him to be Ambassador to China, to get him out of the way when re-election time rolled around.

    November 23, 2011 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  3. Socialist for a Socialist America

    Huntsman's problem is most people don't know him from a hole in the wall and the ones that do know him know he was appointed Ambassador to China by Obama and he praised Obama. This is why he'll never poll above 5%.

    November 23, 2011 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  4. Phil in KC

    I agree with Rudy – Huntsman is the best qualified candidate in the Republican party. And probably the smartest, too. Huntsman's problem, though is that he is too much like Romney. Romney comes from a neighboring state (to NH) and has the name recognition from his last run. Huntsman has failed to adequately differentiate himself from Romney. In the end, they may end up splitting votes between the two of them, so that neither wins. I do think that whenever one or the other drops out (probably Huntsman), the other will pick up those votes.

    November 23, 2011 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  5. Jane Austin

    Obviously, Phil in KC, you haven't paid attention to Huntsman. He is very different from Romney and he showed at least one aspect of that in the foreign policy debate last night. He is and has been CONSISTENTLY pro-life, is consistently fiscally conservative (with a record as governor to prove it), supporting Paul Ryan's ideas, and he doesn't bash Obama every chance he gets, because he can run on his own positives, unlike Mitt. He seems to be compassionate with respect to immigration (Romney is not) and is OK with civil unions. The fact that he accepted as an ambassador to China under a democratic president means his is an AMERICAN not a partisan nut-job and he can appeal to all, even liberals. Huntsman has something for everyone and I would like to see the media and the silent majority give him the chance he deserves. And for "Socialist for a Socialist America"– if those who "don't know him from a hole in the wall" would just READ or listen to anything else but the pablum fed to them by FOX and Limbaugh, maybe they would learn something.

    November 23, 2011 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  6. Fun2beme

    I think every decent, intelligent and reasonable person in N.H. should vote for Huntsman. I just hope they number in the thousands and not single digits.

    November 23, 2011 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  7. Voted for Hope in 2008, voting for Change in 2012

    Huntsman's father is a filthy rich 0.0001% 'r. Daddy sent him a check. Jony doesn't have a job and the old man doesn't want him moving back home.

    November 23, 2011 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  8. moderatejoe

    Rudy is spot on! Huntsman is the biggest concern that the Obama re-election team has. The two most qualified GOP candidates are Gingrich and Huntsman. One could win the general election and one would. Huntsman is the electable alternative to the robotic flip flopper Romney. Huntsman has some great web ads on Romney's flips on his website. Huntsman has the business, governance and foreign required for the job; and he is a leader who can deal with the partisan mess the country finds itself in. Huntsman can be the uniter while Obama unfortunately became the divider.

    November 23, 2011 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  9. Kay K.

    I too want a race between huntsman and obama. talk about the potential for a really good race. and Romney is so slimy. I've watched all the debates. Romney comes off as a skeez- I wonder why no one ever remarked about this.

    November 23, 2011 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |