Huntsman, Manchin to take leadership role with No Labels
January 3rd, 2013
04:01 PM ET
10 years ago

Huntsman, Manchin to take leadership role with No Labels

(CNN) - The bi-partisan group No Labels, which seeks to transform the nature of problem solving in Washington, is picking up two prominent moderates, the group announced.

Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman sought the 2012 Republican presidential nomination and, before that, was President Barack Obama's ambassador to China. Sen. Joe Manchin, a West Virginia Democrat and former governor of the state, was sworn in on Thursday to his second term in Washington.

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They will be the national faces and leadership team of the group, starting their public responsibilities at a mid-January meeting which will "feature the unveiling of a new group of congressional problem solvers featuring House and Senate members committed to meeting regularly to build trust across the aisle," the group announced.

No Labels bi-partisan co-founders includes former Democratic Sen. Evan Bayh and former U.S. Comptroller General Dave Walker.

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  1. Lynda/Minnesota

    "They will be the national faces and leadership team of the group, starting their public responsibilities at a mid-January meeting which will "feature the unveiling of a new group of congressional problem solvers featuring House and Senate members committed to meeting regularly to build trust across the aisle," the group announced."

    Well, if they plan on bringing moderates back into the Republican fold - which No Labels gears itself towards - there's going to have to be a whole lot of trust building between now and 2014. Frankly, I don't see much "trust" happening between now and then.

    January 3, 2013 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  2. Larry in Houston

    so – this is his 2nd term huh ? LOL – well, he's got a long way to go. Joe, your safe. All you have to do is spend some money putting up your picture on billboards, and bring in some earmark money, and those people won't know the difference, and as long as you keep your face & name up in lights, they will VOTE for you forever, believe me. Other than the doctors & lawyers, the majority have as much intelligence as a 2nd grader.

    January 3, 2013 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  3. Larry in Houston

    at least you didn't take up after your dad, when he was in politics back in the 1970's – with all his money laundering activities, and all of his corrupt politics. ( look it up on google ) " A. J. Manchin "
    With 1.7 million people in Your whole State, ( and still dwindling ) Maybe you & Huntsman can actually do something for this country. At least you're with an honest man. Whatever you do, Just don't take up after your dad, and you will be a Fine man.

    January 3, 2013 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Not to sound like a pessimist, I wish them success but I'm not holding my breathe. I'd expect the usual Tea Party ire to fall their way.

    January 3, 2013 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  5. Paco

    This is plain ridiculis. More opinions to cause more problems. get rid of half the sens and congress people, that would be a good start, for petes sake we dont need more, why doesnt the prez step in and offer some leadership????

    January 3, 2013 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  6. Marie MD

    These two seem to have half a clue but the others who are now tying to change horses in midstream . . . nah, won't work for me.
    Deep down inside these rethugs are horrible human beings and hate everything about women, gays, Blacks, Latnos, the poor, our veterans and pretty much anyone NOT them.
    Look at the Michigan governor. He lied to get elected and look what he has already done!! Even the probe governor of VA is now back at it again.

    January 3, 2013 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  7. Randy, San Francisco

    What a revolutionary idea based on trust, moderation, civility, common sense, and compromise! Too bad extremists in both parties won't be receptive.

    January 3, 2013 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  8. plain&simple

    It's a start and a good start. Two people with reason and consistency at their core. If the tea party can gain notoriety for themselves by being fringe.... let's go ahead and get fair and balanced with sensible mainstream pragmatism. This is the time our country needs independent thoughtful policies....enough of left wing/ right wing idealism!!!!

    January 3, 2013 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  9. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Manchin's degree is embellished, one says he has a degree in business management and the other says his profession is energy conservation. But I guess if you're a Governor of a "coal mine" State that automatically gives you a degree in energy conservation, I don't know.

    January 3, 2013 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  10. Jules

    At least it is two sane people – that's a start.

    January 3, 2013 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  11. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    P.S. Like I've said before, too many people running the Worlds largest economy and none have a degree in Economics.

    January 3, 2013 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  12. Harish

    I do not think rebranding is going to help. Those of us from other countries know America is on the decline.

    January 3, 2013 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  13. DR

    Huntsman is brilliant, and stands up to the Norquist brand in Washington. He would have made a darn good president. He will be a big name in Washington for years to come. He's right down the middle.

    January 3, 2013 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  14. Scott O' Canada

    Jon Huntsman should have, without doubt, been the Republican nominee, and onlt lost out because of the low common denominator threshold of the GOP. I mean, Rick Perry. Herman Cane. Seriously? Jon is an accredited statesman, former governor and fully bilingual (Manderin Chinese no less). Some of the opponents he faced were chronically monolingual with innuendo as a second language.

    January 3, 2013 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  15. Rick in OP

    Maybe they can explain to Obama the dangers of trillion dollar deficits.

    January 3, 2013 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  16. Anthony in California

    If (and I know its not likely) there were a Huntsman ? Hillary ticket.. they'd get my vote.

    January 3, 2013 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  17. Kelby in Houston, TX

    Good Luck and God Speed gentleman,,,godspeed!

    January 3, 2013 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  18. kayla

    yes rick, especially the 2 wars your boy bush got us into

    January 3, 2013 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  19. Marshall

    DR you are correct. Huntsman was by far the most viable of the republican candidates for president. But the party spurned him because he had hands on foreign policy experience, believes in science, does not advocate infusing religion into government agencies or into science classes, did not babble childishly and embarrassingly about being the "real conservative," was a conservative (George Will said so, can't argue with that). He was also a highly popular and successful governor...but they finished him off by calling him a RHINO!

    January 3, 2013 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  20. Boch


    yes rick, especially the 2 wars your boy bush got us into
    Obamantation is abandoning those wars and still doing a trillion a year. The day a liberal ever lets weak sister Obama stand on his own destructive record will never come. But thats funny. All we can do is laugh at the destruction because he is not going to fix it.

    January 3, 2013 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  21. Evergreen

    May be the beginning of a viable third party. I am a democrate who leans independent. During the republican primary I wanted to hear more from Huntsman regarding his vision for the country.

    January 3, 2013 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  22. CBP

    Another group in Washington is not what we need. WE need better leadership and we need members of Congress to value compromise and cooperation. Another group just complicates the whole thing.

    January 3, 2013 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  23. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    It would be good if there were more people who could be willing to understanding the issues rather than go on ideology like many of the teapublicans.

    January 3, 2013 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  24. No labels? No minorities?

    Leaderships roles given to Representatives from states with low population and minorities sound about right for a right wing group that want to tell everybody else what to do. No thanks!

    January 3, 2013 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  25. Gonzoinhouston

    One can only hope that there is still a glimmer of common sense out there. Good luck, guys.

    January 3, 2013 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |