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. robert fitz

    Finally a news agency that gives the man his dues and brings some sanity to the republican race. Maybe others will follow or will they continue this farce we call a soap opera to sell papers or adds on TV.

    January 5, 2012 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  2. Bootstomper

    Huntsman is to smart for the GOP.

    January 5, 2012 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  3. Peggy

    Huntsman is an intelligent, reasonable man. I would like to see him do well and run the next time as I am backing President Obama. I really like the respect he shows for the President, while offering himself as a viable alternative. He is the only one that matches Obama in stature and intellect but I am still backing Obama.

    January 5, 2012 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  4. Mike

    So now even Massachusetts' largest paper can't support the state's ex-Governor. Has The Globe always disliked Romney or did they learn something the rest of us should know?

    January 5, 2012 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  5. The Huntsman Spared Snow White

    Huntsman is thoughtful, articulate, experienced, and loaded with integrity.

    Why the heck is he a republican?

    January 6, 2012 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  6. Russell

    Yes. Huntsman is an excellent candidate.

    January 6, 2012 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  7. Michele Dawn Saint Thomas

    This is a well deserved endorsement for the next President of the United States Jon Huntsman!

    January 6, 2012 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  8. spiritrider

    You do realize that an endorsement by the Boston Globe in a NH Replublican Primary is akin to the kiss of .death

    January 6, 2012 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  9. Robin Jones

    Jon Huntsman is the Republicans' best opportunity to win the Presidency. Unfortunately, he's been ignored by the media, who favor reporting on whichever Candidate-Of-The-Week is making the most outrageous noise. Worse, the right wing of the party is so wrapped up in its evangelical social agenda that it's missing the best real opportunity it has.

    January 6, 2012 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  10. lewtwo

    Well the GOP slate is slim pickings. But I would rather have Huntsman if I was forced to choose from the current lot.

    January 6, 2012 01:05 am at 1:05 am |
  11. Dennis1020

    Huntsman is the most intelligent, articulate and experienced candidate running in the Republican primaries, traits that will (unfortunately) doom his candidacy because of the anti-intellectual wingnuts controlling the Republican party.

    January 6, 2012 01:28 am at 1:28 am |
  12. Scott of Utah

    Huntsman just makes too much sense for this GOP to follow him. He is a true moderate who can and has crossed the party line many times. Many of us in Utah still wish we could have him here as he was one of maybe two former governors in the last 50 years who could effectively lead from the center in a state dominated by Neandrithal Super-Con state legislators. He enjoyed an 82% approval rating here. But a man so sensible as to not wear his religion on his sleave and actually listen to scientists on important global issues will never win the nomination from the current GOP. Sad.

    January 6, 2012 01:34 am at 1:34 am |
  13. Marc Parella

    Is anyone really all that surprised? A candidate with ideas and vision getting a major newspaper endorsement. I am supporting Governor Huntsman because his ideas are sound, his vision encompassing, and he is someone with the rare talent of building consensus. This is the best chance is years to elect a conservative in the Taft/Goldwater tradition.

    January 6, 2012 02:24 am at 2:24 am |
  14. Peter Wolfe

    What does the Boston Globe matter in New Hampshire or for that matter anywhere in republican red states? Honestly it appears if anything that this might even have the potential of back firing on Mr Huntsman for whom that I think would be recommended over other candidates in the radical republican party. His views on natural science on evolution and global warming are of particular significance, but Americans are impatient with the slumps in the economy for him right now. I guess that america is swining to the extremes cause we are bipolar like normal.

    January 6, 2012 02:45 am at 2:45 am |
  15. Dan

    I'm a registered Democrat. I'd support Jon Huntsman's bid for president. I'd even vote for the guy. A cultured, disciplined debate between two very smart men would be a refreshing change of pace. Good job to the Globe for picking the one person seeking the GOP nomination who's not practically foaming at the mouth for the most powerful office in the country.

    January 6, 2012 02:52 am at 2:52 am |
  16. J Jones

    So? There are a lot of papers. Some have backed Paul, Gingrich, etc.. who cares.

    January 6, 2012 03:35 am at 3:35 am |
  17. Not ashamed to be a moderate

    I dont understand why people dont get behind Huntsman. Hes the only one with any practical wisdom. Being more extreme does not help the republican party, extreme idealology just isolates them. Huntsman is the only one with practical ideas,but he's dismissed because hes a mormon who beleives in evolution. What does that have to do with policy?

    January 6, 2012 03:44 am at 3:44 am |
  18. Independent

    Republicans take note...I am an independent and I Huntsman is the ONLY republican I will vote for over Obama. I've heard the same from a LOT of my independent friends. If you want to win, John Huntsman is your guy.

    January 6, 2012 04:04 am at 4:04 am |
  19. Jem

    Its RON PAUL or U.S. Bankruptcy, More Wars and Many More Dead Solders.

    January 6, 2012 04:12 am at 4:12 am |
  20. Nigel

    this guy is seriously the best candidate. Obama was to go I wouldn't lose any sleep if it was Huntsman who replaces him.

    January 6, 2012 04:14 am at 4:14 am |
  21. MsTree

    Intelligence matters. Jon Huntsman is one of the few worthy opponents for Obama. Can you imagine? An intelligent and thoughtful debate on the issues? Civility in a presidential election? Facts? The mind reels!

    January 6, 2012 04:37 am at 4:37 am |
  22. Senior Moment

    The Boston Globe made a wise choice among many inferior choices. Huntsman is a more reasonable person than any of the other GOP candidates and he has not lit the flame of anti-Mormon sentiments. He established good relationships in Asia where America has a long way to go to gain respect and economic reciprocity in trade. He is the best of an exceptionally weak field of GOP presidential nomination contenders..

    January 6, 2012 05:30 am at 5:30 am |
  23. fistface

    GOP: Read this article and the Boston Globe article very carefully. I am not a Republican or Democrat. I have nothing to do with Huntsman or his bid for Presidency. What I am is an educated voter that follows along and pays attention to what Congress and the Government are doing and Huntsman is currently the best Candidate you have that can and probably should beat Obama.

    January 6, 2012 05:50 am at 5:50 am |
  24. Marie MD

    So??? It doesn't matter as newspapers are wrong a lot. The Baltimore Sun (I know, not as classy) had mccain winning in 2008. Oops!

    January 6, 2012 06:06 am at 6:06 am |
  25. Apanda

    I live in fla. i have been a Huntsman fan for past several months. I think he is the best GOP candidate. He has a track record, good economic views, international experience and a solid GOP history. Santorum is tooo religoius and tooo much of a hawk for me. Huntsman is solid and can also win the independent and youth vote.

    January 6, 2012 06:49 am at 6:49 am |
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