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. rika33

    He will probably be sent bythe party faithful to a re-education camp(maybe run by Allen West). After that I'm sure he will learn to chant the party line and be more respectful of his comrades.

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

    Huntsman is the only GOP member I would vote. Although I disagree with his policy to dissolve the mortgage interest tax credit, he is a pragmatic leader with sensible poilicies. I'm glad he is running outside of the clown car...

    April 23, 2012 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  3. normajean @ verizon ,com

    I'm sorry we didn't get to see and hear more about this man. The truth is that he seems intellegent and wasn't trying to destroy either party. The Repubs have accomplished NOTHING but destruction while our president has been fighting to get past a mess without any second party help and being dishonored by people who don't know what they are talking about!! Plain and simple, Recovery was not possible when the Repubs made it clear from the very start that they wouldn't be a part of it. That's the bottom line whether YOU like it or not!!!!!

    April 23, 2012 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  4. The World

    WHo is John Huntsman?

    April 23, 2012 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  5. MeMelvin

    Again and again the GOP shoots itself in the foot. Huntsman is right though about the exclusivity of the GOP. It really is an old rich conservative white man's club. Any person of a different paint job or plumbing need not apply. Lincoln would be so ashamed.

    April 23, 2012 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  6. mandarax

    Huntsman was the only GOP candidate I could have imagined voting for. The fact that he was ignored while Bachman, Perry, and Santorum were fawned over tells me all I need to know about the Republican electorate.

    April 23, 2012 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  7. Taran

    Huntsman would have been a better candidate than Romney, but Romney will be better than Obama. Regardless of how statists choose to promote Democratic Socialism, like National Socialism it is nothing more than Marxist Socialism repackaged. Ultimately, it likewise seeks a centrally planned economy directed by a dominant-party state that controls economic production by way of taxation, regulation and income redistribution.

    April 23, 2012 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  8. Ivan Bial

    the speaker of the house under republicans is exactly like a communist party chairman and the republican members are all like good communists.
    They all hold and talk the party line or the part turns against them

    April 23, 2012 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  9. ObamaJoe

    very interesting,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Repcommunist Party ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

    April 23, 2012 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  10. Taran

    Sooo, a choice of chinese communist or democratic socialist/marxist????? Hmmmmmm. Don't really care for either one. I prefer a democratic republic.

    April 23, 2012 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  11. The Real Truth and Nothing But the Real Truth

    Wire Palladin, S. F. - If the redistribution of tax payer money does not go for tax breaks to big oil, big insurance, Wall Street, and billionaires, the GOP calls it socialism.
    Interesting.... the lefty commies think all of these entities exist to earn money FOR THEM. You see, these entities worked for it and eraned it and it is THEIRS, not the governments or some looney leftist that thinks he's entitled to a cut of it without having done a thing to earn it. Just as they think YOUR paycheck is the governments and anything they are generous enough to let you keep is a "tax expenditure".

    Just more smoke, mirrors and lies from the left. So when they run out of others people money to steal, where will they get all their money to redistribute? As Margeret Thatcher famously said, and I am paraphrasing, "the problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other peoples money to spend".

    April 23, 2012 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  12. Harry

    I knew there was a reason I liked this guy and I'm a democrat. He is probably the only GOP candidate I could ever see myself voting for too. If the GOP don't like him he should go Indi and run on a third ticket. Or he could change party affiliations to Democrat and just be a middle road Dem. Nothing wrong with that IMHO. Middle of the road is where actual progress is made.

    April 23, 2012 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  13. Evil Hollywood Liberal

    He is a smart, calm, sane, reasonable and rational person. Ergo, there is no place for him in the GOP.

    April 23, 2012 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  14. Hugganoak

    Huntsman is welcome to see the error of his ways and join the other sane people in the Democratic party.

    April 23, 2012 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  15. Ivan Bial

    Allen West brought up the subject of communist in congress. He did get me thinking.

    There is definitely one political party that behaves exactly like the Kremlins political structure.

    They are the republicans. They all tow the party line, decent is not accepted or permitted. When someone dares to have a different politely view they are ostracized and money is withheld from the next election cycle. Recently Jon Huntsman was disinvited from a Florida fund raising party after he voiced views not in line with his party bosses.

    Thank you comrade West you are right there are communist in congress

    April 23, 2012 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  16. Brian, Nj

    Would have voted for this guy over Obama. But no way am I voting for Mitt.

    April 23, 2012 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |

    Huntsman is out of lockstep. He wouldn't sign the pledges that the GOBP are so fond of. Off with his head.

    April 23, 2012 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  18. Patrick

    It would be Great if Romney chose Huntsman as VP but I am sure the Republican Party will not allow that or accept two Mormons on their ticket..............the religious rightious would scream aloud in fear and loathing................this Party needs to die and another viable sane Party arise in it's ashes without the likes of the extremists who claim to want a 'big tent' but stands at the door, to keep anyone except the haters out................This is not Ronald Reagan's Party anymore.

    April 23, 2012 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  19. V in Chicago

    This guy was the only Republican I would have voted for. I agree with Mandarax, the clowns that the party put ahead of this guy was insane. He is the only one that would have made me think twice about my Obama vote. Now it is Obama all the way!

    Maybe someday the Right will wake up!! You missed a good one here!

    April 23, 2012 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  20. The Real Tom Paine

    Does anyone remember when Chris Wallace told Michelle Bachmann she was a flake, and how he was forced to post a online video 24 hours alter recanting his position? Huntsman is right about the GOP being no different than the Communists: blind to any truth but their own, even when everything and everyone around them tells them they are wrong. There is no discussion or dissent within the GOP: I remember when there was a moderate wing of the GOP, and saw them systematically driven out in the name of ideological purity. Purity may win a few elections, but its no way to govern.

    April 23, 2012 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  21. Andrew

    Has anyone actually looked at the budget Romney is proposing? It's the same as the Ryan Budget only it goes even further. Basically, the only things that get more funding in the Romney budget is the military (which already gets waaaaay too much) and tax breaks. Everything else from food stamps to Social Security, etc, get a massive cut. Despite this, it will still run a deficit that is larger than the one Obama is proposing. That budget will be the breaking point. Huntsman is right, currently the GOP is cutting virtually all of the social safety nets and protections and redirecting resources to our already swollen military and already top heavy wealth pyramid (America's Gini Coefficient is the worst out of all the developed nations). Actually, I think Huntsman's comparison doesn't go far enough, this is more like the behavior of North Korea.

    April 23, 2012 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  22. CdnJim

    There is no big, no bold and no visionary element in the GOP, unless it is big business and bold tax cuts for big money. There is no vision that will lead to a better America.

    April 23, 2012 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  23. Brational

    Obviously, JH was not accusing them of being economic communists but of being unable to have a deliberative and reasoned decision making process. However, the republican viewpoint is like that of the muslim countries: prayer in school, anti-choice, xenophobic, husband dominant over wife, anti-gay, creationism, belief in conspiracy theories, guns in the streets, capital punishment, drill, drill drill, sectarian hatred, nostalgia for past "greatness" etc.

    April 23, 2012 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  24. gg

    rove and the kock ,s will charge him with treason–

    April 23, 2012 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  25. indyreader

    It's funny because it's true. I knew there was something about Huntsman that I actually liked – and I knew that that something (his ability to use logic, his apparent intelligence, his ability to listen to actual information rather than blindly, deafly parrot the party dogma) would absolutely lose him any chance at the GOP nomination.

    April 23, 2012 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
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