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Jon Huntsman: No Criticism For Obama?

June 10, 2011 by  

Jon Huntsman: No Criticism For Obama?

Jon Huntsman, the former U.S. Ambassador to China, is different from other Republicans. The former Governor of Utah never criticizes President Barack Obama by name — an odd choice for someone considering a run against the incumbent President in the 2012 election.

“He’s not one to tear anyone down by name, whether that person is Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Gov. Mitt Romney or President Barack Obama,” Matt David, the likely choice for Huntsman’s communications director, told POLITICO. “I think he’ll make it clear where he disagrees when it comes to policy and where he wants to take this country, but for him this is a campaign based on substance and not names.”

Still, the no-name policy is unusual, and the fact that Huntsman was appointed to the Ambassadorship by Obama in 2009 calls the potential Republican candidate’s loyalties into question.

“Campaigns are inherently about drawing a contrast,” Republican strategist Brian Jones told the website. “And the way that you do that is by talking about yourself vis-a-vis your opponent. It’s an admirable goal (to avoid criticizing rivals) but how many Republicans or Democrats have captured the nomination of their party without at some point drawing contrasts. It seems like a noble but perhaps unrealistic goal.”

Thus far, Obama’s camp has repaid the favor. Often blasting Romney and Pawlenty, “the DNC is issuing few press releases and pushing little opposition research about the man who until the end of April served in the administration,” the article read.

Still, critics argue that Huntsman’s strategy won’t last once he officially enters the race.

“That approach will totally fail unless he changes it,” an unnamed GOP strategist told POLITICO. “The first debate he goes to he’s going to be challenged to repudiate Obama.”

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  • Dan az

    His choice for what ever reason would not get my vote.Merely on the fact that he was appointed by the anointed one.He apparently has not been in touch with the fact that he works for a marxist and dosen’t want to step on toes.Well that’s not the kind of people we need right now or ever.We already have a house full of them now.

    • Warrior

      I second that Danno!

      • Mike

        me three!

        • BigBen

          For Four!!!!

          • azwayne

            Don’t we recognize a plant to throw the election, he just want s to seal the deal to permanently suck off the taxpayer. He offers nothing, why would anybody waste a dime or pay any attention?

          • http://naver samurai

            It’s unanimous! FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

          • independant thinker

            His being appointed Ambassador to China by obamma in and of itself is no reason to oppose Huntsman but when you look at him in total there are too many questions to accept him.

    • phyl

      I would never vote for this “smooth” guy. He has the look and credentials of a Democrat. We have a lot more candidates that would beat Obama and make our country great again.

    • EddieW

      Dan…don’t forget,…China is the IDEAL!!! The people have no voice, no freedoms, and dare not even try to organize!!! Sorros and many others, including the UN say China is the IDEAL!! How far left did this guy lean to get to China???

      • Bus

        I think the question is “What did he do in China?” Did his work there improve our relations? The fact that he supports cap and trade and socialized health care disqualifies him for my vote.

        • John Woodbury

          While I can speeak for everyone in China I know what he did that affected me. A citizen of the USA at one time was able to walk in and get pages added to his or passport when needed for a reasonable amount. Now one must call for an appointment and be prepared to pay 80 dollars or RMB equlivent (I wish) for 10 (ten) pages. I would be willing to exchange all my dollars for the exchange rate they are giving. Also one must have a lazer printer and bring the document to the place with them or no deal. How they treat Chinese is about a good. IMHO he is a RHINO we can not afford.

    • art

      God help us if this is the best the Republican party can put up. This guy is so politically correct that he cannot deal with our nations problems. If we don’t get a candidate with a backbone a big pair to go with it, then our country and freedoms will simply be lost forever. WE need someone to remind the American public EVERY DAY that this president suggested that wounded soldiers buy their own insurance because they knew the dangers when they enlisted. In other words…TOUGH SHIP!!!!! EVERY single day Republicans need to remind the public of our “dear leaders” respect for the people who go out and put their lives on the line for the rest of us. This needs to never be forgotten !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Freedom

    He needs to join his true party the Party Of Treason, the DemoRats.

  • http://none Floyd Hardee

    I third that Warrior! You have to draw contrasts, or at least make your positions on the various issues cystal clear. He is just another ripple in the pond!

    • DanB

      I can have a lot of respect for a man who does not criticize or tear down their opponent.

      Unfortunately, I want to be able to 1) respect the person I vote for and 2) know what their policies are. For a third of heaven fell with Lucifer. He was very respectable once it seems…. I have yet to learn what Huntsman’s stand is on the issues. What little I learned leaves me with more questions than answers.

  • http://Nome. Davis Stevens

    What else can you expect from A RINO. He is a disgrace to the Republican Party. Smoosing with a Known Traitor in the Presidency is Outrageous to say the least!

  • Colleen

    The simple fact that the liberal press is fond of this RINO, makes me want to vote against him no matter what! He’s worse than Romney, McCain or Lindsey Gramnesty put together!
    We do NOT need this man in OUR HOUSE!

  • Don

    He looks to much Jimmy Carter to me !!

  • Cabby – AZ

    Huntsman is very suspect, imo. When it was first rumored that he was running, I was opposed to him, simply because we don’t need to replace Obama with someone that was appointed by Obama to a high ambassadorial office. Where is Huntsman’s loyalty, for pity sakes?

    • eddie47d

      Maybe he is more Presidential and level headed than the others and doesn’t have to resort to vicious attacks to score points. Wouldn’t that be novel?

      • http://PersonalLibertyDigest vieteravet

        Looking back at Ronnie Reagan, I don’t believe he personally attacked Carter or mondale. He was gracious to Mondale (killed him in the election),

        • http://naver samurai

          Good response! Keep up the good fight, fellow patriot! FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

          • eddie47d

            (comment removed)

          • http://naver samurai

            Seesh edduh, first you don’t want me to be name calling, so I’ve been trying to watch myself. Second, now you don’t want me to compliment others? I wish you libs would learn to make up your little minds. I’m not no stupid yo-yo you know. Oh, so if I thought you made a good point and said so, what would you say then? Would you be like coal dungger and rob “baby killer” smith and call me a liar? Geesh edduh, get a grip. I’m trying to keep the promise I made to Sook Young, but I sware you libs push it. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

          • Dan az

            You can tell sook that she did her job well.I can only imagine what she is holding over you. :)
            Eddiee get a life will ya.The fact that you would even consider that this clown would be good says it all.Begone pest and report back to your leader that this guy is not going to work either.Better luck next time troll.

          • http://naver samurai

            You know how it is Dan az. Wives have certain ways of making their husbands promise to do things. I honored her request, because Sook Young has been a great wife, mother, and person, so it was easy to promise. It is also sometimes hard to keep. Keep up the good fight, fellow patriot! FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

          • http://?? Joe H.

            you better be good dude, or I’ll post it to Sook Young!!! He He He!!
            give ‘em heck Sook!!!

          • http://naver samurai

            No problem, fellow patriot! BTW, I’m surprised they removed edduh’s post. It wasn’t that bad. I don’t mind him thinking of me as a patriotic cheerleader. Rah! Rah! Rah! FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

  • M

    Huntsman is just another fraud. The liberals have captured the ear of the gullible, deceived the ignorant, and harnessed the power of the stupid. They have rewritten history, abolished the Constitution, banned God and the Bible, established an alliance with the Nation of Islam, made the American flag and patriotism look ridiculous, redefined numerous words (e.g., racism, hate, fairness, etc.), and implemented their own verbal dictations (i.e., political correctness.) They are coming out of the woodwork, and infiltrating the opposition’s groups, parties, camps, etc. in an attempt, in part, to erase the odds and gain total control. People must become wiser, and be far more so this time around. Because, if the vote goes as badly as the last one there will be no more elections. We will not get another chance; we will lose it all.

    There is no common sense at hand – no practicality, no logic, no moral measurement. We are lost, and will remain so if, good does not prevail.

    • Francis Benson

      Here is someone who is ABSOLUTELY in tune with what’s going on! Listen to him.

  • Elena J

    I don’t know this candidate or his policies. However, I personally agree with hitting issues and not naming names. Talk about what you believe, what programs you would back if elected. It’s one thing if you have to refer to a specific quote made by whomever, another just empty bashing the opponent. It tends to turn into a “you said this” “no I didn’t” “yes you did” “no I didn’t”. Leads no where.

  • sandcasstle

    I would be very suspect of anyone slithering away from the BO camp and claiming to be a Republican. By not saying, he has already said everything I need to hear!

  • Tom Anderson

    Like Elena, I don’t know Huntsman well and I agree with Elena that people who use name-calling as political discussion have IQs smaller than their shoe size.

    There are some KEY facts about Huntsman:

    1) He speaks fluent Mandarin and has adopted a Chinese daughter? Does that mean he is a pinko-commie?

    2) He presided over Utah – arguably the MOST conservative state in the Union – THE ONLY state where they REALLY believe in the 2nd amendment – Utahns pack on ALL state colleges/universities – WHO invented the 50 Caliber BROWNING and the BAR??? Yes! You guessed it, a Utahn, not some rino Texan who say that they believe in the 2nd amendment BUT WILL NOT ALLOW CITIZENS TO protect themselves on campuses

    3) I am not sure but he seems to be a competent industrialist – a la Hewlett&Packard, Tom Watson, etc. The guy knows business – has run business profitably.

    4) And despite all of the above comments, it USED to be considered a CONVERSATIVE VIRTUE to heed the call of your prez – irrespective of his party. Go ON! Criticize him for serving his country! And criticize him for not calling Obama dirty names! Forgive me for name calling, but only ninnies would do that. Lincoln surrounded himself with enemies on his cabinet – many from the opposing party.

    There is ONLY one true conservative in this race who has proven year after year that he LOVES the CONSTITUTION – Ron Paul!

    • Jay Star

      ” Lincoln surrounded himself with enemies on his cabinet – many from the opposing party.” Yes, and look what happened to him!

  • GRusling

    Huntsman is a practicing Christian. That alone makes it difficult for him to engage in a name-calling, mud-slinging political campaign. He served as a missionary for two years in Taiwan and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in international politics.

    Huntsman worked as a White House staff assistant for Ronald Reagan, and he was appointed by George H.W. Bush as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce and later as United States Ambassador to Singapore from 1992-1993. Huntsman served as Deputy United States Trade Representative under George W. Bush, launching global trade negotiations in Doha, Qatar in 2001.

    Huntsman was elected Governor of Utah in 2005 and won re-election in 2008 with nearly 78% of the vote. During his tenure, Huntsman cut taxes by more than $400 million—the largest tax cut in the state’s history—and Utah was named the “Best Managed State in America” by Pew Research Center. While governor, he also served as chairman of the Western Governors Association and on the Executive Committee of the National Governors Association. On August 11, 2009, he resigned as governor to accept appointment by Barack Obama as the United States Ambassador to China.

    Huntsman is married to Mary Kaye Huntsman, and they are the parents of seven children, including two adopted girls from China and India.

    Perhaps everyone needs to look again at who he is and what he’s done in life, before they start to condemn him…

  • chuckb

    so far the republicans stepping up for the nomination are all a bunch of losers that will never be elected, is this a charade or trickery by the gop. could it be that we are in such a hurry to remove barry from his throne we opened the starting gate a litlle early.
    the only people capable of beating barry is palin, trump and possibly perry. regardless of what the media says about palin they fear her the most, even oreilly on fox is starting to bad mouth her, oreilly is a closet lover for barry in his subtle way. huntsman should join the democrat party, he’s nothing but a diversion, and take romney with him.

  • Elevenarrows

    I completely understand everyone not wanting to vote for this man because they feel he is “guilty by association”. However, some of the reasons aren’t logical. If NO good patriots worked for the Obama Administration, there would be NO ONE to try to resist the tide of EVIL. I have no clue about who I will vote for yet,and I most likely won’t seriously consider this man, but we need to be careful to realize it will take brave patriots infiltrating all levels of gov’t to preserve our Constitutional Republic. If we all say, “We don’t want anything to do with you or your administration” then the opposition will have smooth sailing because we won’t have a clue what is going on in the White House! Just a thought…

  • Bob Marshall

    If Jon Huntsman is afraid to critize OBama then he won’t stand up for us.

  • M

    I am not advocating that Huntsman (or any other candidate) criticize anyone personally. Certainly, that would not indicate grace or rational thought, and would therefore not demonstrate an intelligent approach. However, one does need to come out and discuss the value points and lack thereof, of current policies and positions, particularly policies and positions that are failing Americans, and under which, America is failing.

    As an aside, the fact that this individual has adopted children from a foreign country, be it China or wherever, is irrelevant. Being multilingual however is always a good thing. Nonetheless, just because you can order off the menu without assistance, does not mean you can necessarily negotiate with the Chinese effectively.

  • Santi

    Don’t you guy’s get it? He’s been pre-elected by the electoral vote. Watch this dip s–t win. He reminds me of some scripture, that says there will be an anti-christ, then from there will rise the 666. He will come and save us all of obummers anti bussiness and the world of starvation. After that he will rule with an iron fist.

  • Terry Crane

    This Nation is at a crossroads. Truth is what is needed to be told, not an explanation of being nice to enemies. It he wants to get even a bit consideration in a presidential race, he has to stand up and be counted. If he can’t bring huimself to directly criticize a would be dictator, he is, by default, not taking a position on continuing our precious democracy. By that same default, he is leaving open the possibility for acceptance of a totalitarian state.

  • chuckb

    we need to defy the main street media, abc (the most dangerous), cnn, nbc and cbs. these are the people really responsible for electing barry and consequently the conditions of the country. they are in the process of picking the republican nominee and as usual the wimpy republicans will fall in line. we need a change, people from outside the party hierarchy. we also need someone who will stand up to the bolsheviks, not cower and run like most of the present repubs. boehner being a prime example. it’s time for the revolution. if the repubs can’t handle it i’m sure the tea party can.

  • Michael

    Since the all knowing media is pushing Mr. Huntsman as a real ‘threat’ to the Marxist in Chief that’s enough for me not to vote for him.

  • Earl, QUEENS, NY

    In plain language, this guy sounds like a joke. Let’s just remember 2008, when John McLame was a complete wimp in facing BHO. Never mind how hot-headed he’d get with his more conservative GOP colleagues!! The fact is that we must watch the 2012 primary season diligently. What we need to do is defeat as many RINOs (Mitt nitwit Romney, et al) and all the other GOP wimps as possible. Simply put, we CANNOT afford to repeat the errors of the 2008 campaign.

  • art

    God help us if this is the best the Republican party can put up. This guy is so politically correct that he cannot deal with our nations problems. If we don’t get a candidate with a backbone a big pair to go with it, then our country and freedoms will simply be lost forever. WE need someone to remind the American public EVERY DAY that this president suggested that wounded soldiers buy their own insurance because they knew the dangers when they enlisted. In other words…TOUGH SHIP!!!!! EVERY single day Republicans need to remind the public of our “dear leaders” respect for the people who go out and put their lives on the line for the rest of us. This needs to never be forgotten !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • i41

    When I worked out in western Wyo. and Ut. there was a saying going around nevertrust a morman or a preachers with a boner. Any one who snuggles with and believes in this crossbred niggardly marxist muslim, we definitely don’t want in the WH. There is too many wimpy rinos all over in the America who have love in with all the marxist/communist dumborat traitors. When the Soros media starts promoting a rino, it is time to dump the dung headed puke! Herman Cain was a good choice until I found out he was on the the federal reserve board and doesn’t want them investigated. So we need some one who will tell the frat rats of the beltway to FO when things are given the KISS. KEEP IT SIMPLE STUPID, you beltway book trained feel good morons, and since all dumborats and soft headed demrinos wig out at their names,I’ll take them as our representives in the WH.

  • Wayne937

    I am reposting this in case some one may have missed it:

    Some people have the vocabulary to sum up things in a way you can understand them. This quote came from the Czech Republic . Someone over there has it figured out. We have a lot of work to do.

    “The danger to America is not Barack Obama but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the Presidency. It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their president. The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails America . Blaming the prince of the fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince. The Republic can survive a Barack Obama, who is, after all, merely a fool. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools such as those who made him their president.”

    • J A Jones

      Great analogy! Often there are more fools doing the bidding that gets a fool elected. Perhaps this is the case for the last 3 national elections? Thanks for the insight! hagd


    I get really surprised any professed Libertian run for any office because of professed beliefs of less government. This tells me liebertians are really for government only by their rules. Think this avenue will work, better look at order and rules we currently have in place all enjoy. Simply hate a canidate because that person has not run around crazy without any idea of how this country has been formed and has worked for 200 plus years. History can never be rewritten so as to make liebertian policies be what makes this country great. You can never get into the future by dragging the past with you everyday.

    • http://?? Joe H.

      Thinking About,
      you say history can’t be rewritten?!? Got a young son or daughter?? If not check out one of your young relatives history books and see if there’s anything you disagree with! Check out how they treat FDR or Lincoln! Never a bad word or disparaging thought!!! See if they mention that FDRs actions LENGTHENED the depression!

  • Wayne937

    I would never vote for Jon Huntsman since he is for the “Cap & Trade” bill that Obummer so desires. That bill, if passed, will jack up your energy bills between 50 and 75 percent. It seems as if they want to make the rich, richer, and the poor, more poor. Since Huntsman worked under Obummer that is another reason I could never vote for this man. He is certainly not like his father. Vote (NO) on Jon Huntsman.

  • Wayne937

    If you would like to know how much Obummer’s “Cap & Trade” would cost the average household, check out this website: It would cost $3128 dollars more per year.

    Now that you have had the chance to read it, do you still want it to pass????

  • J A Jones

    Wow, it’s obvious that Americans prefer division and political cat fights which remind me of Hong Kong Sporting Club pecking-order rivalries of the 1960′s and earlier. A return to genteelity and displays of intellectualism to empower are not enough, there has to be massive negativism. However, it should be obvious that with the elections of Bill Clinton and Obama that the smartest person wins some of the time with the occasional inputs of a “Dumbya”, a 9’0clock thespian, and a trickly Richard sort. We have a nice array of Republican cheerleaders with hatfuls of tricks and dreams, but, where is the candidate with true stature; yeah, where is the mole. Ain’t seen it yet. If it ain’t appeared by August 22, we must wait four more years!! hagd

  • Richard Popovich

    Romney is a good Latter-day Saint, but he is too liberal. From what he has said in regards to American public policy and his own Church, Huntsman is neither. Whether someone is LDS or not, there is something inherently untrustworthy about someone who talks down their heritage and a Church’s beliefs. That is true for any candidate of any religion. His father is a good, honest, pro-American, unfortunately Junior didn’t inheret the integrity of John Senior.
    I don’t want either nominated to run for President. If either make the top of the ticket, I don’t know who I would vote for and it certantly wouldn’t be Obama. Third party anyone?


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