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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  1. peggy

    Huntsman commands respect. He is enlightened, intelligent and experienced. I love his choice of words and his demeanor. He, like Obama is a warm family man. I am a Democrat.

    April 23, 2012 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  2. Al

    Yep, Huntsman hit the nail on the head. Olympia Snow made similar comments regarding how the party no longer wants moderates in the party and does not want anyone in the party who believes in America before the party.

    April 23, 2012 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  3. Saboth

    Heh, we'll he's right. Republican have offered no solutions to anything. They talk a big game, and love tearing down the hard work of others, but when asked about what they would do about jobs, healthcare, etc., they offer absolutely nothing, or ideas that simply make no difference and help no one. The party of "No" is also the party of "No Idea". Instead of coming up with ideas or working across the isle, they waste time trying to drum up "counters" to Obama. While they attempt to strip women of rights, they dredge up some nonsense about a Democratic "war on women". It's like if you found out someone was stealing money from the tip jar, and they accuse you of being a thief because you found a dime on the floor 3 months ago.

    April 23, 2012 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  4. JustMe

    Well hell if the shoe fits, i.e., Huntsman is right on the money!

    April 23, 2012 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  5. Jamie

    Well said, sir!

    April 23, 2012 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  6. JustMe


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

    Wrong. Just look at his record. That is not the record of a liberal. It is the record of the conservative. The only difference is that he is a conservative with a conscious and a brain, which actually may make him a liberal, so maybe you were right in the first place.

    April 23, 2012 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  7. EdSantaFe

    Sounds about right

    April 23, 2012 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  8. JoeG

    Too bad he dropped out. I actually would have considered voting for him. He is a lone voice of reason in an otherwise hyped up ego party. (By ego party I am referring to the election as a whole, not just the Repubs.)

    April 23, 2012 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  9. Lolo

    This is how the republicans roll. If you do not agree with them you are un-American. Such ignorant people in this party and to think they are voting for the person at the bottom of the barrel that they don't even like to beat President Obama because all he can do is tell lies and attack. Romney definitely has no convictions or back bone so why are they voting for him? Seems to me like the republican /tp party are just talking out the sides of their necks. Only hatred is driving this party. Romney does not act like someone who graduated from Harvard. I guess since he was entitled to go to Harvard he played around all those years just like Dubya and brown-nosed as much as possible(Because they never studied the constitution at all). See President Obama is humble regarding his attendance at Harvard. That is why he is where is he today, in the White House. He worked hard for it and it payed off.

    April 23, 2012 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  10. Larry L

    Huntsman was the only GOP candidate worth considering – but lost some of my respect when he endorsed Romney. They are only similar in one respect and that is religion – not a good reason to select a candidate. Huntsman is idealistic, optimistic and hopeful of change in America. Those are the reasons he was rejected by both the fat-cats and the Tea Party radicals. He would make a good progressive candidate in 2016 at the end of President obama's second term.

    April 23, 2012 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  11. Romney is not My Hero

    Jon is looking fantastic, and he's right!!! I wish he could jump over to the Dems and run as VP. Oh well.

    OBAMA 2012!

    April 23, 2012 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  12. roscoe

    What happened to Huntsman? He's from Utah and he actually tries to use his brain?

    April 23, 2012 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  13. mario

    I have allways respected the man he is bright very articulated and allways patriotic unfortunated he is republican on a serious note he will give the President a run for his money he remains me very much of Charlie Crist we need more men like them

    April 23, 2012 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  14. Independant Texan

    Give it up !!! The Republican Party of Reagan, Nixon, Eisenhower was hijacked during the Bush administration by the Neo-cons ( Cheney, Wolfwitz, Rumsfeld, etc.), all members of the Plan For A New American Century to dominate the free world for the "sake of national security".

    April 23, 2012 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  15. Nick

    Huntsman is right. Didn' Olympia Snow make similar comments regarding her party. The party of "NO" is for no good. If Lincoln and Ike were alive today, GOP will call them "liberal".

    April 23, 2012 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  16. Pander Bear

    How dare you think for yourself Huntsman!!! Here comes Rush, Hannity and the rest to excoriate you. I hope you don't cave – because if you stay strong you might just be the GOP nominee in 2016 and rescue your party from right wing oblivion.

    April 23, 2012 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  17. alex

    He is ABSOLUTELY correct. The GOP is the American Taliban. Im a Social liberal but a economy wise, a conservative. However, i cant even consider voting for the GOP of today. My family have been voting GOP for generations. But we dont even recognize them anymore. The GOP has been taken over by a pack of RADICAL nut jobs who dont care about the interest of the country or the people. They only care about their RADICAL ideology.

    April 23, 2012 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  18. blindbear

    Nowhere in the Constitution is there a provision for political parties. Parties are a holdover from a day of poor communication, slow transportation, limited media, and an uneducated populace. Their original purpose was to allow voters to be able to stamp a candidate with a label and infer his future actions by which party he belonged to. Then they became a major funding tool for candidates. Today the Internet provides the media and information, discount airlines provide the transportation, and Citizens United provides the funding. Parties are dinosaurs, and it's time we realized that.

    April 23, 2012 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  19. Louise Holdsworth

    Was very disappointed when he dropped out...I'm and Independant and he was my first choice.

    April 23, 2012 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  20. Marie MD

    I wouldn't have voted for Huntsman but he was really the only candidate with a complete brain and ideas.

    April 23, 2012 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  21. David in Houston

    So true.

    Hunstman was the GOP's only chance of getting this democrat to vote for a republican.

    Too bad the lunatic fringe has hijacked this once proud party...

    April 23, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |

    One of the very very few GOP members who is not afraid to speak the truth and is speaking the truth. Too bad the GOP lost their backbone and gave into the Tea Baggers, they would would go along to get along than stand up for what they really believe. The Real is GOP is gone.

    April 23, 2012 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  23. ShawnDH

    The modern GOP seems more like a crazypants fanatical cult than anything, including a legitimate political party.

    April 23, 2012 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  24. Lisa P

    Truth hurts if you're the GOP, I guess. Big tent? Hah! Though I do expect them to come up with lots and lots of big, very extreme, rigidly ideological and entirely impractical ideas over the next few months. Will they cater to the party's base and activists? Yes. Will they solve America's problems? Most definitely not, but that's hardly what the Republicans are interested in these days except as a way to attack, demean or denounce non-Republicans. Only the 1% matters to the GOP, and they barely live on the same planet as the rest of us.

    April 23, 2012 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  25. Dominican mama 4 Obama (the real one)

    Huntsman spoke the truth, and I'm glad he REPEATED himself. He was the only one in the clown car that had anything worth listening to (Paul was just too 'out there'). He was personable, and didn't come across as the spoiled rich kid whose wealthy cronies were buying him the nomination like Robmey.
    The GOP had a chance at a good fight with him and they blew it. Stupidity prevailed, now they're bracing themselves for an azz-whipping by putting out as many outrageous lies about our President as they can before November.

    April 23, 2012 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
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