Huntsman compares GOP to Communist Party of China
April 23rd, 2012
10:28 AM ET
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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. Independant Jack

    This is what the gop will do to anyone that will work across the isle with the democrats.Its a shame because out of all the gop candidates huntsman was the only one who had enough honor to put america first before party.The gop only want people that will spread there right wing agenda and be puppets for the corperations that donate to them.Romney endorses the ryan plan which guts everything for the middleclass while the rich walk away with tax breaks.I urge anyone that independant to look away from the gop party of hate and biggotry toward all exept the very rich.

    April 23, 2012 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  2. Sour grapes from a non starter.

    Oh sour grapes John because you had no appeal and no one cared what you had to say. Maybe you should try becoming a democrat. Better luck next time champ. Being sour after you lost just makes you seem....well like a democrat.

    April 23, 2012 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  3. Orwell knows

    Nixon merged the GOP with Chinese communists back in the early 1970's.
    They celebrated it in Beijing, it was televised so both countries could watch.
    Reagan did the same with the soviets in the 1984.

    April 23, 2012 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  4. blogs-o-matic

    Huntsman belongs in the GOP, like Romney belongs in the conservative party. Old saying, but true:

    "oil and water don't mix".

    Me thinks ye protesth too much....

    April 23, 2012 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  5. rs

    If the GOP had had an ounce of sense, Huntsman would have been their candidate against Obama. He is right of course- the GOP has become the party that can't govern simply because everything is party first. Instead the GOP is running the ghost of GW Bush for President. Good luck with that.

    April 23, 2012 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  6. Independant Texan

    . EXACTLY---- That`s why I will not call myself a Republican any longer (at least one of the NEW Republicans). A moderate Republican is a dinosaur.

    April 23, 2012 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  7. Byrd

    I'd say Huntsman was spot on with that assessment. Perhaps more of them will finally begin to awaken...

    April 23, 2012 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  8. Namejkane fl live from teapublican moon base no taxes, no regulation no health care, free gas.

    Go huntsman and the girls for cabinet positions

    April 23, 2012 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  9. maf

    Huntsman knew early on that the GOP have no chance in this election. His early campaign suspension leads into 2016 very nicely. Forward thinker with a bi-partisan history.

    April 23, 2012 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  10. EditorJP

    "what they do in China on party matters if you talk off script," according to political blog BuzzFeed."

    No, in China, they KILL YOU and then bill you family for the bullet.

    And the fact that Huntsman KNOWS this and yet compared the RNC to the PRC comfirms what everyone knew all along:

    He was NOT fit to campaign for President, or dog-catcher.

    PS – ultimate chutzpah – suggest running 3rd party to suck away votes from the Republican candidate and then whine about not being allowed to participate with the RNC.

    I like many conservatives have a lot of complaints with the RNC, but Huntsman shows he belongs with Obama.

    April 23, 2012 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  11. alleygator

    Huntsman is speaking truth to the GOP power, but they have no ears to hear. Lalalalala! I can't HEAR you . . .!

    April 23, 2012 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  12. Granger

    Huntsman is in Obama's pocket, a liberal in disguise.

    April 23, 2012 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  13. Harry

    And it's coming out of the mouth of a Republican, no less.

    April 23, 2012 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  14. M-AZ Independent


    I totally agree...Huntsman/Bloomberg 2016, but I would rather seem them run as Independents.

    April 23, 2012 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  15. Wes B.

    He was the only adult on stage during those debates. Make no mistake, he's still a conservative. But he's a conservative with an actual brain. Thus, he had no chance.

    April 23, 2012 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  16. The REAL Truth.. (not the imposter)

    As a Conservative and Independent, I mostly vote center/center-right. The GOP of today does NOT represent conservative voters. It has become the part of exstremists, TP'ers and the fringe element. When Huntsman talks *off script* he made a lot of sense. Unfortunately, the electorate the GOP now caters to (the likes of looney Ted Nuge..) has no clue as is as gullible as any. Huntsman actually had something to say – like Ron Paul – which is why neither stood a chance. The GOP has become the party of NO. No compromise in DC, no platform and no chance in Nov. Sorry.

    April 23, 2012 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  17. BigTBone

    Headline is a little excessive when that wasn't his quote. Doesn't change the fact that Jon was the only sane offering from the GOP this time around.

    Still too far to the right to make enough progress in this century. It was a starting point at least. The debates between him and Obama would have been good policy based discussions, not negative, fraudulent attacks conveniently ignoring the situation achieved over the past 10 years... or more like 30 years?

    April 23, 2012 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  18. TAK

    Huntsman is the last brain left in the republican party, and for that he is being shunned.

    April 23, 2012 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  19. Lynda/Minnesota

    Well, then, Jon Huntsman, I'm waiting for YOU and your party leaders to go bold. Last I heard, you are still supporting Mitt Romney, not exactly the boldest candidate ever to run as president?

    PS: Bit late to push for party reform. Romney's all but locked up the nomination, and from what I gather he still hasn't quite grasped the "oh! I got to have a platform ...?" He's locked himself into his "can't I just wait to see how it all works out?" mindset of wishy-washy foolishness (which is fooling no one).

    April 23, 2012 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  20. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    The Grand Old Party is exactly that, "Old" and afraid of embracing a "New Age", the Communist Party of China represents the same.

    April 23, 2012 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  21. james

    a rare moment of truth from a politician. though it's caused by selfishness and his jealousy at not being included, he brings to light the dark underbelly of politics that everyone dislikes. the GOP could be tackling real issues, like the deficit, tax law reform, social security, rising health care costs, trade deficit, unemployment, unregulated markets going astray (housing, for example) yet they just want to preach the same old rhetoric. neither party is innocent of this. i fear that until we do away with the current political system of two major parties (Mega – PACs, really) and force candidates to run on their own and on the strength of their deeds, stances, and reputations, we're in for more of the same.

    April 23, 2012 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  22. Randy W

    Huntsman was the one (R) that I thought could really give Obama a challenge. I am a (D) that was relieved to see the GOP keep blinders on and push him out,

    April 23, 2012 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  23. Peace

    No tax returns, no resolutions, no vision, no new ideas! Is Romney really the man for the job??? Hiring him is very questionable.

    April 23, 2012 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  24. nvtncs

    The GOP has become an extremist party, hijacked by the Tea party, bent on unseating Obama because he's black. That's it. End of story.

    April 23, 2012 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  25. David Mueller

    I'm an aggressively moderate Republican who would be absolutely delighted to see a new center party formed on a simple platform of toning down the rhetoric and building consensus to get the things done that need to get done. The extremes of both parties who are allowing themselves to be lead by Rush, Rachael, Sean, Al and the like have created a culture of toxic politics which does not serve the country. A third, center party would be much needed wake up call that cannot help but be attractive to moderates of both current parties.

    April 23, 2012 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
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