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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  1. Steven Colo

    Had Huntsman been the nominee, I might well have voted GOP in 2012. The fact that the party rejected an intelligent moderate who actually UNDERSTANDS things instead of simply parroting talking points is one reason I've lost hope for the GOP. The fact that they showed W down our throats is another.

    April 23, 2012 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  2. Ferret Out The BS

    Well said nvtncs

    April 23, 2012 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  3. Lynda/Minnesota

    The Real Truth and Nothing But the Real Truth

    Egads, don't the losers ever just shut up and go away anymore? This idiot was a pathetic candidate and sounds like a sore loser.

    Hey, Truth. I got pushed off the Republican bus when GW swerved too far right. The Democratic Party picked me up, dusted me off, and welcomed me into their tent. I knocked on doors for Mr. Obama, and will do the same this summer. And while I don't agree with everything Democratic, it's really up to Democrats to decide if I'm still viable for their party after 2012. God knows, GOPers don't want me anymore. I suspect there are a great many of "me's" out there. Jon Huntsman appeals to the moderate in me. Mitt Romney doesn't. We'll see what 2016 brings, yes?

    April 23, 2012 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  4. BeverlyNC

    At least Huntsman knows what Communism is – since he was Ambassador to China and speaks fluent Mandarin...this opposed to the idiot Rep. Allen West who made a statement accusing 80 Democrats in Congress of being Communists. As with typical non-leader Boehner, he said nothing to chastise West for making ridiculous and false statements. Republicans are not leaders – just liars and betrayers of the People.
    Huntsman (who is also a Mormon) has a brain and understands foreign policy. No other Republican has a clue on any issue foreign or domestic, nor do they care. They about winning and whatever lies, hate, and cheating that requires.

    April 23, 2012 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  5. Peggy - TX

    The people that consider themselves Republican are unaware that their party was dissolved and recreated in a hostile take over a few years ago via the Tea Party. The hollow shell that it has come to semblance to the old party standards is a ruse to cover a sick, twisted agenda.

    April 23, 2012 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  6. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Rudy, Lieberman got elected as an Independent, because our then Governor, John Rowland, told the party faithful that they could support his friend (the Republican nominee being a placeholder so it looked like they had a legitimate candidate). If you look at one of the commercials that aired for him, you will see just about every prominent Republican in the state (including three former congress members and the Lt. Governor – M. Jodi Rell) endorsing him. Had that not happened, Ned Lamont would have been our Junior Senator.

    As for Huntsman, he had a couple of major problems according to the Tea Totalitarians that currently have the party hijacked. One – he has shown himself as capable of working across party lines. That means he is capable of Compromise, instead of the "No Retreat, No Surrender" that is the current Republican Party Dynamic. Two – he has shown himself to be educated, yet capable of explaining things at the level of his audiences' understanding. That means he is too smart for most of them. They prefer their candidates as dumb as posts, only repeating the party line mantra. Three – he suffers from the same disease as Romney. He is a Mormon. Therefore he is completely unacceptable to the Christian Right. Four – he refuses to sign any pledge by Grover Norquist, the Koch brothers, the NRA, or any other group. Therefore, he MUST be the enemy. Obviously one of those commies that Allen West was warning us about.

    April 23, 2012 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  7. sick of republican phonies

    Did you expect otherwise, Mr. Huntsman?

    April 23, 2012 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  8. nmmell08

    I watched the GOP debates as a Democrat in the begining to see what the republicans would be running on. And frankly a lot of them scared me to death about what they were saying. Only one who didn't was Herman Cain (Only becasue he had a legit economic policy, very flawed by still a policy) and Huntsman. Huntsman was the adult in the room. When he was governor he has the most job growth out of every state in the nation. romeny was 47th. Huntsman had Foreign Affairs experiance and was pragmatic about how to handle the world issues with diplomacy and fighting as a last option. Romeny has 0 foreign affairs experiance and seems rather neo-con in his stances, the Russia stance in particular scares me. Huntsman served as an amabassador to serve his nation becasue he was called upon to do it. Romeny seems hell bent on putting his ideology (if he has one) first and country second. Huntsman I think would of defeated Obama if was nominated. I'd be hard pressed not to vote for a Bloomsberg/Hunstman ticket in 2016.

    April 23, 2012 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  9. Dr. Knowitall

    You should see what they do to Progressive Democrats that talk out of script. They eat their own !

    April 23, 2012 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  10. Dr. Knowitall

    Huntsman is too scary to be the candidate.Possibly the real manchurian candidate.

    April 23, 2012 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  11. Lib

    I liked Mr. Huntsman. THought he was the better cholce for the GOP. THe others are a bunch of loonies. I am democart with some republican ideas but the GOPs today are such losers and loonies

    April 23, 2012 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  12. jason

    Huntsman would have given Obama a run for his money, no doubt about that. If it were Huntsman or Paul, many liberals and moderates would vote republican in november. Romney, however... his plan is to just out-spend Obama by multiple factors of ten. It doesn't really seem like he has a clue what to do after that other than wait around for someone to pull his strings...

    April 23, 2012 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  13. Alex in Alabama

    I would've gladly voted GOP for the very first time if they'd nominated Jon Huntsman. I was glad to vote for Obama in 2008, but I'm going to have to hold my nose to do so this years, but there's no way on Earth that I'd vote for Mitt Romney.

    April 23, 2012 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  14. Anders Perillo

    Wonder no more why Huntsman is not and would not have been the nominee.

    April 23, 2012 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  15. Big_D

    Huntsman should be careful. Murdoch and his Chinese national wife may kick him out of the GOP.

    April 23, 2012 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  16. dreamer96

    Actually I agree that the current GOP and their pandering to the top 1% is like Communism..All the power and control is at the top...

    April 23, 2012 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  17. CAL USA

    Governor Huntsman has once again proven that he is a thoughtful, intelligent and well intentioned person, all of which disqualify him from being respected in the Republican Party. He is exactly right that the GOP, like the Communist Party, will not accept dissent and is driven to eliminate the opposition party,not just to win elections. The goal is to destroy all unions, in order to defund the Democratic party, restrict voter access to any people who are likley to vote Democratic and to deligitimize the other side with questions of patriotism. Even the birther garbage is part of that. It's all about creating a 1-party dictatorship.

    There are, of course, millions of Republicans who are decent, intelligent and patriotic. Unfortunately, by not voting in the primaries, they have surrendered their party to the extremists. The only way they can regain control and bring back a great political party is to vote Democratic next November to crush the Tea Party. They can then vote in the next GOP primaries and begin to rebuild the party by bringing back in responsible candidates.

    April 23, 2012 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  18. MaryM

    Dr NO (knowitall) you are the scary one.

    April 23, 2012 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  19. Antonio666

    If Huntsman has any sense at all, he'll endorse President Pbama, who is the only true visionary out there.

    April 23, 2012 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  20. samuel

    it does not matter who is in the white house call it democrat or republican they only do what the shadow secret government of international bankers says. vote for anyone things will not change until americans wrest control of money printing from the unelected federal reserve which prints it out of thin air then turns around to loan it out at cut throat prices.

    April 23, 2012 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  21. i don't get it

    I thought all republicans liked communism. They love putting out propoganda full of untruthful statements. They wait a couple of years and try to convince a nation that they were better off under a republican president. They like quieting anyone who disagree's with them... but they look the other way when one of their own does something unethical.

    April 23, 2012 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  22. Potrzebie

    "You're a Communist"!!!
    "Oh yeah?......Well Double Communist on You!"

    April 23, 2012 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  23. Shhhh, they're talking.

    We should be accommodating all voices." There is a reason Huntsman never polled above the single digits as a republican nominee, he is one of those voices that negates any difference between the democrats and the republican parties. Accomodating all voices only serves to drown out the voice of logic and reason.

    April 23, 2012 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  24. GonzoinHouston

    Right now the Democrats are philosophically closer to Huntsman than the Republicans. Wouldn't an Obama/Hunstman team be cool?

    April 23, 2012 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  25. Smeagel4T

    I'm an old-school liberal who respects Huntsman as an old-school conservative. Back in the 1950s and 60s the GOP had conservatives who could be respected even by liberals and it was possible to reach a meeting of the minds, and compromise that brought about the best ideas from both liberals and conservatives. Unfortunately the real RINO neocons have infested the GOP like a malignant cancer.

    Unlike “the good old days”, the GOP no longer cares about Main Street Americans. The GOP has increasingly relied upon lying propaganda to convince Main Street Americans to vote for them so they can continue liquidating Main Street America and sell it to the uber-wealthy elitists. The GOP is no longer the well-meaning conservative party of the 1950s and 1960s. The GOP now worships Mammon and has all the sins to show for it.

    The fact that the GOP failed to nominate such an excellent American as Huntsman, and indeed destroyed him very early, is a clear signal of how un-American the GOP has become.

    April 23, 2012 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
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