Huntsman kisses off Trump
December 5th, 2011
11:57 AM ET
11 years ago

Huntsman kisses off Trump

(CNN) - Don't expect Jon Huntsman to jump on the Donald Trump bandwagon anytime soon.

"I'm not going to kiss his ring and I'm not going to kiss any other part of his anatomy," Huntsman said on Fox News Monday.

The former Utah governor already declined an invitation to attend the Trump-hosted presidential debate in December and is now saying the real estate mogul represents the downside of politics in the United States.

"This is exactly what is wrong with politics," Huntsman said in response to Trump's earlier criticism. "It's show business over substance. If he had any courage at all, he would be running for president of the United States of America as opposed to manipulating the process from the outside."

Trump hit Huntsman and fellow contender Rep. Ron Paul of Texas over their decisions to skip the forum he is set to host in conjunction with the conservative Newsmax magazine on Dec. 27. The reality show star, who decided against his own White House bid in May, also dismissed their chances of winning the GOP nomination.

But Huntsman, the former U.S. ambassador to China who continues to register in the single digits in national and state-wide polls, said the 2012 election should be "about real issues." He also touted his decision to debate former House Speaker Newt Gingrich in a one-on-one format later in the month.

"The presidency of the United States of America is more important than the silly game shows and reality shows," Huntsman said.

Filed under: 2012 • Donald Trump • Jon Huntsman
soundoff (37 Responses)
  1. Kenny K

    With all the money Romney have, he should have done the same thing Huntsman just did to Trump instead of running to him like weak person. He could have been more respected that he could stand up to a bully. Trump trashed Romney so many times, and he (Romney) had no courage to put him (Trump) in his place.

    December 5, 2011 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  2. Kenneth the VI of Minneapolis

    Donal Trump and $arah Palin has something in common and that something is that the Office of the President of the United States of America is not big enough or too shackling for them to get their message out.

    December 5, 2011 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  3. Bill

    Huntsman is missing out. The Donald's debate is gonna be really, really classy. He's gonna put in a marble stage and gold trim on all the podiums. Changes in the debate's topic will be announced on placards, reading "Economy," "Foreign Policy," etc., carried by bikini-clad beauty queens walking across the stage.

    December 5, 2011 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  4. Andrew

    You know this debate is in serious trouble when the only two intelligent candidates will not be attending. As for Trumps remarks on Huntsman and Paul's chance of winning, I say that he's wrong. The entire race for the candidacy has been a game of musical chairs. It started with Bachman, then Perry, then Cain, now Gingrich. In a couple of months, people will realize that Gingrich is the very greased up politician he claims not to be. Meanwhile, Ron Paul has been sneaking up the polls because the media pays no attention to him. Next thing you know, it will be his turn. After all, he has hoards of volunteers and an enormous war chest that rivals that of the frontrunners.

    December 5, 2011 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  5. MikeB

    Kissing off Trump may help Huntsman. Him not sucking up to a power broker may play well with the voters.
    So far Huntsman doesn't have the baggage that the other candidates have.
    What he is missing is an identity among everyday Americans. It has been a negative for him to have had any association with the Obama administration. But how much of an arms length association, is still being defined.
    When the other candidates finish flaming out, it may be that Huntsman will be the last candidate standing.
    People gravitated to Newt because in the last debate he sounded a note of common sense on immigration. But that does not account for Newt's complicity in the current economic crisis, from when he ended the Glass-Steagll Act in the 90s. And other things he did to plant the seeds of the Obama agenda.
    We will see how Huntsman fairs in the next debates.

    December 5, 2011 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  6. W L Jones

    Most of these candidate durning a hatches job with our youth they are looking these guys and saying this is the way we suppose to debate the future of our country when we are grown...I think not.

    December 5, 2011 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  7. nullity

    I hope all of the other candidates reject his invitation as well, and Newt has to debate himself.

    December 5, 2011 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  8. Laverne

    Thank you Mr. Huntsman for not being just another dope when it comes to making Donald Trump believe he is more important than he is. The Donald is so full of himself and he, Newt, Palin, Cain and Bachman have one thing in common, the are all narcisstic and lover's of themselves. Any presidential candidate who met with Trump, should automatically not be taken seriously.

    December 5, 2011 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  9. Tough USA

    Ron Paul 2012 !!!!!

    December 5, 2011 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  10. CBR

    After watching Mr. Trump on the TODAY Show I know that Mr. Huntsman and Mr. Paul are correct. The debate will either be a love fest with Mr. Trump or Mr. Trump will bring his views into the debate. He is not capable of being a moderator. His ego is much too big and he is so sure he is correct about everything.

    December 5, 2011 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  11. Expat American

    The fact that Trump has millions of dollars and can't afford a decent haircut is a tell tale sign of how he would govern as President.

    Well said Huntsman.


    December 5, 2011 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  12. Bystaner

    Well done, Huntsman. You've just earned my support.

    December 5, 2011 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
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