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. Rudy NYC

    The Real Truth and Nothing But the Real Truth wrote:

    I guess you slept through the 2010 elections Rudy?!! You know, the slaughter of a record number of Democrats thanks to Obama, Reid and Pelosi?! Scott Brown, etc. hahahaha.... Tipping back a ilttle too early my friend! Give your liver a break.
    Psst. Republicans are *still* acting like sore losers. They whine and complain about this is wrong, that is wrong, everything is wrong, prepare for gloom, doom and destruction, etc. So, winning the 2010 elections should have snapped them out of it, right? Nope. They still whine, complain, and prophesize gloom, doom and destruction.

    April 23, 2012 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  2. Cindy

    Huntsman would know a Communist when he sees one. But I was thinking they were leaning a little more toward fascism.

    April 23, 2012 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  3. Another Day in the RW Idiot Mines

    "Nice try CNN, we all know te Communist are the Democrats! Just look at stamps up 70%"

    And this, ladies and gentleman, is the sort of voter the GOBP cult intends to go after in desperation. Yes, the GOBP has fallen so far it can safely rely only on angry white old men, ignorant people, bigots and gun nuts for support. These people have no sense of decency or logic, as can be seen by this ridiculous post suggesting (a) that providing food stamps to the needy is somehow evidence of "communism" while (b) ignoring it was the GOBP cult's mismanagement of our government and economy that CAUSED the increased need for food stamps.

    April 23, 2012 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  4. Mindie in Indie

    Gee imagine that – and all this time they've told us Obama was the communist.

    April 23, 2012 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  5. marcia

    Huntsman is a moron!

    April 23, 2012 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  6. cecilia

    too bad, The Republicans can't even recognize a leader of outstanding quality when they have it before them. If I ever have to live under Republican rule ( God forbid ) I hope it will be a Republican like Mr.Huntsman or Colin Powell

    April 23, 2012 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  7. Mindie in Indie

    ok speaking of the "Slaughtering" the Democratic party took in 2010 when the Tea Baggers said all they cared about was JOBS JOBS JOBS and you folls elected these clowns to congress and what have you received? Just bash Obama everyday. You support the party of No – the do nothing let the COuntry fail and then blame it on Obama Party. You support the failure of the USA. When did "Help the USA = Bad" and "Ruin the USA = Good"? It's a good thing the voting electorate is much smarter these days.

    April 23, 2012 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  8. livingston

    Huntsman sounds like he was the only hope the GOP had to win this election. Instead they choose to tear the party and the country apart. Talk about designed failure. It just goes to show that they don't care for the 'best' just the easiest to manipulate.

    April 23, 2012 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  9. Randy, San Francisco

    John Huntsman will be excommunicated from the GOP/Tea Party for being outspoken and holding to heretical views. He is welcome to join the big tent of the Democratic Party where he need not fear a purity test when voicing his opinions.

    April 23, 2012 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  10. Cindy

    At last, a Republican who lives in the real world and speaks the truth. No wonder the GOP didn't want him the race.

    April 23, 2012 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  11. Newmoon2

    Huntsman was the only guy in the GOP field who wasn't a certifiable loon or a chronic panderer! Wish he had stayed in.

    April 23, 2012 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  12. Tanner

    Ron Paul!

    April 23, 2012 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  13. Tom

    I think the GOP can be compared with fascism, communism and idiocy.

    April 23, 2012 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  14. Eric of Reseda

    Interesting how more Republicans are straying away from Party lines than Democrats. The GOP has turned rotten, stinks, and any GOP'er worth his or her salt knows it. the problem is, they've handed so much power over tot he Right Wing Jihadists, they're afraid to make loud and dramatic breaks with few exceptions.

    April 23, 2012 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  15. matt

    Did he clear this with ALEC – American Legislative Exchange Council?

    April 23, 2012 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  16. Catherine

    Huntsman is too sane for the Republican party. I don't believe for a second that the Republican party agrees with the far-right side of it's party, but they go along to keep getting voted in, much like Romney is doing now. Unfortunately for us, Huntsman will not pander so he won't get voted in. Unfortunately for the Republican party, many independents, including me won't vote for them because they appear to be the radical right from my centrist position. Whatever happened to the party of Lincoln. It used to be progressive, not regressive.

    April 23, 2012 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  17. Andrew

    He was the only field that acted like he had common sense, and look where that got him.
    and to the person who made the "Nice try CNN, we all know te Communist are the Democrats! Just look at stamps up 70%" comment.... Guess what? A majority of those are caucasians and quite a few in red states. So who's the communist? Those who give? or those who receive? or both? Either way, now I see why they call them 'red' states.....

    April 23, 2012 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  18. nolimits3333

    Obama is James Bond, and the Republican Party is SPECTRE.

    April 23, 2012 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  19. tv22

    Wow Huntsman, the definition of a sore loser. Sounds like something Gingrich would say.

    Now take your toys and go home Johnny.

    April 23, 2012 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  20. Rick Springfield

    I'm Republican and I believe in most of the ideas of Leon Trotsky. He was expelled from communist USSR because he proposed a new form of communism that was devoid of gulags, excesses of leadership, the KGB, and the death squads. Russia had a chance early on to be a world power into eternity. Once they started the death squads, gulags and all the bad things, they doomed their existence on Earth. Trotsky had some rather scary notions about making it possible for everybody to have a chance for a decent life. Sure there would be no Warren Buffets but there would be no homeless or unemployed either. It was too bad Trotsky was assassinated by KGB agents before he could enact any of this ideas upon a government. A true Republican is communist in nature but only to the extent of the good things it can bring.

    April 23, 2012 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  21. Jack V

    A number of people that say they are Republicans are communists! They want a dictator to boss them around.

    April 23, 2012 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  22. billy davis

    No one in the GOP said a word about Allen West calling Congressmen Communist. But, they and FoxNews will be attacking Huntsman relentlessly about this statement. Tune in...

    April 23, 2012 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  23. foxniose

    Huntsman was the only candidate running for the GOP nomination that had and still has a lick of sense. All the others have leaned so far to the right in order to please the tea baggers that they have become completely irrational.

    April 23, 2012 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  24. normajean @ verizon ,com

    MARCIA...... To say that "Huntsman is a moron" shows that you not only have no depth of perception but also no depth of vocabulary....!!

    April 23, 2012 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  25. normajean @ verizon ,com

    May I point out to the great "unread" .....Our president does NOT hand out the food stamps.!!!!!NOT HIS DEPARTMENT!!!!!!

    April 23, 2012 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
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