Huntsman compares GOP to Communist Party of China
April 23rd, 2012
10:28 AM ET
8 years ago

Huntsman compares GOP to Communist Party of China

(CNN) – Former GOP White House contender Jon Huntsman on Monday explained the comparison he made between the Republican Party and Communist Party of China the night before as "waxing philosophical" on the state of politics.

On Sunday night Huntsman equated being disinvited by the Republican Party from a Florida fundraiser in March after he floated the idea of a third party to "what they do in China on party matters if you talk off script," according to political blog BuzzFeed.

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On Monday the former Utah governor, who served as U.S. ambassador to China under President Barack Obama, blamed blogs for taking a sentence out of context, but repeated the sentiment.

"Last night I said, you know if you're not on script and you get knocked out of an event like that the party's supposed to be big tent, you're supposed to bring in all ideas and I said, I thought for a moment about what they do in China if you're off script. The party, they knock you out," Huntsman said on MSNBC. "We shouldn't be doing that here. We should be accommodating all voices."

He also called on the Republican Party to provide bold solutions to the American people, adding that a failure to do so could result in an "alternative voice or a separate angle of attack that's going to knock it down," an apparent reference to a third party.

Huntsman suspended his presidential bid in January after a third place finish in the New Hampshire primary and endorsed frontrunner Mitt Romney for the nomination.

"This is a time to go big and go bold and go visionary," Huntsman said. "The people of this country are waiting for it and the world is waiting for it too, we have a huge opening."

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soundoff (285 Responses)
  1. Gurgyl

    God bless you, Huntsman, but I call all these republicans to "American Al-Quesa".
    True. Yes, Obama2012.

    April 23, 2012 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  2. Tony

    Republicans love to call Democrats socialists. They don't like it so much when one of their own compares the Republican Party to the Chinese Communist Party.

    April 23, 2012 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  3. joe

    HUNTSMAN-BLOOMBERG 2012. I'd vote for them.

    April 23, 2012 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  4. DIANA

    The Republican's blew it when the let this one go. He was their only chance of beating Obama – and I'm a Democrat.

    Obama/Biden 2012
    Clinton/Warren 2016

    April 23, 2012 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  5. Rxlawdude

    Huntsman is one of the few Republicans who get it.

    April 23, 2012 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  6. Scott S.

    Huntsman was phased out of this party of whack jobs very early on. Too rational, too open to other people's ideas, and he's completely aware of this. The modern-day GOP has a "my way or the highway" mentality, and they refuse to waiver on anything. They have not compromised at all and are completely unwilling to work with anybody, even in their own party, who don't share their views 100%.

    April 23, 2012 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  7. Sid Prejean

    Caught telling the truth again. Sadly, both parties are guilty of this behaviour. Witness the Democrats stiffing PA Governor Bob Casey at their 1992 Convention because of his position on abortion.
    Orthodoxy always rules.

    April 23, 2012 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  8. Namelies from the right but mostly hate

    Huntsman is spot on.

    April 23, 2012 10:42 am at 10:42 am |

    Sorry Jon, but there is no room for moderates in the party anymore. You're the last of a dying breed. Not that your economic policies were popular, but at least you stood next to your values unlike the other mormon in the race. Try again in 16.

    April 23, 2012 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  10. Al-NY,NY

    the purity party and their oaths of allegience has doomed itself to non-relevance. Huntsman obviously missed the appointment for the computer chip implantation so now he's a pariah....good for you Jon

    April 23, 2012 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  11. Wake up people

    The Republican party is like the mob, if you don't agree with everything they say and do, well Lord help you. Now who in their right minds could support a party like that?

    OBAMA 2012!

    April 23, 2012 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  12. Strategic Bob

    The GOP is like the Chinese Communist Party in other important ways, as well. Both represent failed approaches to governance and the best way of structuring an economy. Both want to perpetuate the power and privliges of an "old boys club" at the expense of the majority of the people. Both are quite willing to use the power of government to enforce their antiquated ideas of morality and to squelch dissent. Neither represents the best future for humanity.

    April 23, 2012 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  13. john k

    He was the only sane Republican in the field, which is why he never had a chance.

    April 23, 2012 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  14. Etch-a-Sketch Mitt Is Soo Plastic he Makes Mannequins Looks Real

    I cannot agree with your more John Huntsman, and the GOP just nominated "a well lubricated weather vane" Etch-a-Sketch Mitt as the "GOP Communist Party" Chairman!!!

    The GOP/TeaParty NUTs cannot say ANYTHING good or list out any accomplishments about their candidate Mitt Romney, but they can froth in the mouth bashing President Obama!!!

    Ask Mitt Romney what he can do to fix the economy....his answers will be bashing Obama!
    Ask Mitt Romney what he's gonna do about foreign policy...his answers will be bashing Obama!
    Ask Mitt Romney what he's gonna do about Detroit...his answers will be "Let Detroit Go Bankrupt" and bash Obama some more!
    Ask Mitt Romney what he's gonna do about housing...his answers will be shutting down HUD, let the foreclosures bottom out and sell out people's houses to his rich buddies, then bash Obama even more!

    Why can't the GOP/TeaParty folks name at least one good accomplishment of Etch-a-Sketch Mitt, either in govt or business? Just one? Because, Mitt Romney has NONE, ZERO, ZILCH, NADA!!!

    President Obama 2012!!!

    April 23, 2012 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  15. Scott O' Canada

    Mr. Huntsman should consider starting a third party that could run up the middle between the two extremes after this election. Ithink Americans are ready for a pragmatic tersiary option. The only time to fear change, is never.

    April 23, 2012 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  16. Anderson

    Huntman was the only GOP with common sense. The republican party couldn't have that!

    April 23, 2012 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  17. ST

    This is why Romney is going to lose: For all six years in preparations, he didn't prepare himself to come up with new ideas. Even if he does it now, I doubt whether they will resonate to people. It is quite astonishing!

    April 23, 2012 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  18. Nick

    You didn't really think the Tealiban would tolerate dissent, did you Mr. Huntsmann? The GOP is the party of freedom.. the freedom to do it their way.

    April 23, 2012 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  19. PoBoy

    If their remains any lingering doubt about the radicalization of the Republican party it should be gone by now. They have no interest in "expanding their tent", and in fact they are doing the exact opposite. By purging the ranks of ideological 'un-clean' candidates like Huntsman, they are sending a clear signal to all who will not toe the Tea Party right wing, radical agenda: You're not welcomed in these parts!

    April 23, 2012 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  20. Grady

    the republicans need to get beat and get beat badly...that way, the detrimental element in the the extreemists, will be sent packing and the party be returned to a more moderate nature.

    April 23, 2012 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  21. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I knew that there was a reason to like Huntsman. If it were Huntsman vs. Obama, Obama would be in some trouble.

    April 23, 2012 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  22. Ronda in Houston,TX

    What a shame that Huntsman dropped out. He could have been a great contender. At least I saw him a better contender than Mitty.

    Obama 2012!!!

    April 23, 2012 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  23. 1twinsfan

    Powell/Huntsman 2016

    If the Repubs want to earn people's votes, this is the ticket they need to offer.

    April 23, 2012 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  24. the Situation

    He's right. I guess the Repubs and that fool Truth is going to spin it that Huntsman isn't a true Repub?

    April 23, 2012 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  25. Nathan C.

    I'm a Democrat who has grown disillusioned enough that I'd have voted for this guy if Republicans had given him a chance. Alas, he's too reasonable and willing to compromise ("compromise" being that dirty word that nobody on either side wants to admit, any more, is THE essential part of effective government) to have had a shot. If he ran as a third-party candidate, I'd bet he'd draw as many votes from the left as he would from the right. I'd consider voting for him over Obama.

    April 23, 2012 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
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