January 5th, 2012
08:04 PM ET
10 years ago

Boston Globe backs Huntsman

(CNN) - Five days before New Hampshire's first-in-the-nation primary, The Boston Globe gave its nod to Republican presidential hopeful Jon Huntsman, saying he offers the Republican Party an opportunity to "renew itself."

"Rather than merely sketch out policies, he articulates goals and ideals," the Massachusetts paper said of the former Utah governor. "The priorities he would set for the country, from leading the world in renewable energy to retooling education and immigration policies to help American high-tech industries, are far-sighted."

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The endorsement comes at a crunch-time boost for Huntsman, who has struggled to break past single digits in political polls of likely voters.

The paper, published in the state that front-runner Mitt Romney governed from 2003 to 2007, compared the two governors, arguing their economic and foreign policy records stand in sharp contrast.

The Globe especially took aim at Romney's attacks on Obama, calling them "hyperbolic." The paper cited Romney claims that the president favors European-style socialism and apologizes for America.

"He's trying to stir up enough dust to suggest a passionate denunciation of Obama without offering a disciplined critique or alternative course," the editorial read.

Meanwhile, the paper stated that Huntsman, who was most recently the U.S. Ambassador to China, is the most suited of the GOP candidates to "promote global economic strength" and security through "peace and prosperity."

"Rather than outline a vision for a safer world," it said, other candidates "signaled a return to Bush-era posturing and disdain for allies who don't blindly serve American interests."

The Boston Globe, the largest newspaper in the mostly Democratic state, also lauded Huntsman's more moderate views on evolution and global warming, two fields in which Huntsman says he relies on science.

"He has stood up far more forcefully than Romney against those in his party who reject evolution and the science behind global warming," the paper said.

– CNN's Ashley Killough and Gregory Wallace contributed to this report.

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soundoff (97 Responses)
  1. gutsycall@yahoo.com

    He is the best out of both parties. Moderate, listening, capable. Yes, therefore he has no chance in the Republican primaries.

    January 5, 2012 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  2. Whoosh

    Right On Boston Globe!!

    January 5, 2012 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  3. Andy

    It's about time people come around to Huntsman. GOP voters have looked at just about everyone else, but they're just beginning to look at the most qualified candidate. It's a shame Huntsman isn't already the front-runner; he's a fiscal conservative with a record of genuine bipartisanship and experience in business, foreign policy, and as a governor.

    January 5, 2012 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  4. Joe

    At last, some common sense! It will likely be wasted on Republican voters, but it's refreshing nevertheless.

    January 5, 2012 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  5. Uthor

    Good for Huntsman. The GOP has been too preoccupied to see that he's the only one who could offer a challenge to President Obama. After a while, you realize that you just can't support a party with such a lack of sense. The GOP will nominate Romney, but they won't really like it. And just as a saleman can't sell something he doesnt believe in, the GOP won't be able to sell Romney.

    January 5, 2012 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  6. Jimbo

    Best GOP candidate to defeat Obama. Huntsman will get independent and moderate republicans to vote for him.

    January 5, 2012 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  7. Fred Bridges

    Both are great candidates and both are more similar than this article leads you to believe. However, you can't compare their tenures as governors of their states. Romney was a Republican working with a legislature that was (and still is) 80% Democrat. Hunstman was a Republican governor with a legislature that was (and is) 80% Republican. Both were effective governors but Hunstman didn't have to work very hard to get support from the legislature in Utah (although he is very moderate, which annoys hard core conservatives and liberals).

    January 5, 2012 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |

    Huntsman has a better policy outlook than Romney. He is more stable and not a flipflopper.

    January 5, 2012 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  9. Jared

    Good endorsement. I live in NH and he has my vote. He has some great ideas and most importantly he uses common sense and stays away from all of that fear politics. Its crazy to me that all of those idiots like Cain, Bachman, Perry, and New managed to get so much support at one point or another and somebody so intelligent like Huntsman hasn't. I'd encourage everyone to read more about it and his views, they make sense. He is the kind of person that could actually bring our country together.

    January 5, 2012 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  10. matt

    Huntsman 2012 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 5, 2012 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  11. gt

    thats good news ,,, but i dont think it will matter ...romney may have it lock up in a few wks..

    January 5, 2012 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  12. Spiffy

    One of the two best choices for the GOP.

    January 5, 2012 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  13. Ann Spaulding

    If Jon Huntsman is nominated, I will vote for him. He has the strongest background and skill set to be President.
    We live in one of the five collar counties of Philadelphia, and we donated and supported Barack Obama last time.

    January 5, 2012 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  14. Larry

    I really like Jon. He is the only GOP candidate that can really swing independent voters. Hang in their from Ohio.

    January 5, 2012 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  15. Bill

    Huntsman is by far the best candidate on any side. He's bright, has actual foreign policy experience, and is more realistic than any other candidate. Unfortunately, his voice of reason and strategic thinking doesn't make for exciting sound bites that sways many voters. There are no simple fixes to the problems we have and I'm tired of hearing candidates spew them when we all know they will never fly. I will vote for him.

    January 5, 2012 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  16. TheMovieFan

    Unfortunately for Huntsman, an endorsement from the Globe would discredit him in New Hampshire.

    January 5, 2012 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  17. enuff

    I hope Huntsman is Romney's achillies heel.

    January 5, 2012 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  18. derp

    As an Independent, Huntsman is the only Republican candidate out of the bunch I'd consider voting for...

    January 5, 2012 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  19. Bert in UT

    Huntsman is the only Republican I would consider voting for. Which is why he will never be nominated.

    January 5, 2012 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  20. Woburn, MA

    Not surprised. If you needed a reason not to vote for Huntsman, heres your reason

    January 5, 2012 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  21. Carpe Diem

    Yet, according to a poll done in August by the Salt Lake Tribune, only 13% of Utah voters prefer Hunstman as the GOP candidate compared to 71% for Romney. That's Huntsman's own state!

    January 5, 2012 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  22. Not a fan

    The endorsement isn't surprising. Romney had few fans here in Mass. by the time he left the governor's office. There appeared to be no love either for or from him.

    January 5, 2012 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  23. marty

    he is the most sensible of the GOP nominees. Therefore, he will get the lowest number of votes.

    January 5, 2012 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  24. Mick Carrier

    Once again, the Boston Globe shows it's irrevelance and liberal leaning. John Huntsman should get your vote because he supports the science of "global warming"??? Amazing. It's obvious to anyone who has a brain, that the Globe is trying to demonize and minimalize Romney by recommending the least electable Republican candidate. The Globe should be reorganized to a Food/Sports daily, where at least it has some good journalism.

    January 5, 2012 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  25. Dan in KC

    About time he got some traction! I voted for Obama in 2008 but if Governor Hunstman manages to get the GOP nomination I'll be voting Republican in 2012. He's the best presidential candidate either party has put forth in years!

    January 5, 2012 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
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