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Jon Huntsman

September 12, 2011 by  

Jon Huntsman

Education: B.A. in international politics from University of Pennsylvania.

Professional: Executive the Huntsman Corporation and the Huntsman Cancer Foundation and CEO of the Huntsman Family Holdings Company.

Family: Married with seven children.

Political: White House staff assistant under President Ronald Reagan, deputy assistant Secretary of Commerce for trade development and U.S. Ambassador to Singapore under President George H.W. Bush, Deputy United States trade representative under George W. Bush, U.S. Ambassador to China under President Barack Obama. Governor of Utah 2005-2009.

Age: 51

State of residence: He owns a home in Washington, D.C., but remains registered to vote in Utah, where he hasn’t lived in more than two years.

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Huntsman was extremely popular as Governor of Utah, with his approval ratings hitting 90 percent at several points in his Administration, which was noted for its tax reform agenda. Those tax reforms included $110 million in income tax cuts, and a statewide flat income tax rate. His reforms slashed sales and food taxes and provided tax credits aimed at attracting new business development. The Cato Institute ranked Utah top in the nation for tax policy after Huntsman’s reforms kicked in.

He is staunchly pro-life, and may be the most accomplished executive of the pro-life cause, according to Michael Brendan Dougherty of The American Conservative.

“He signed bills banning second-trimester abortions, reclassifying third-trimester abortions as a third-degree felony, and requiring abortion providers to explain the pain unborn children can experience during abortion. He signed a trigger law that would ban abortion outright if Roe is overturned. He opposes embryonic stem-cell research. And by establishing a state legal fund to defend these laws, he showed willingness to uphold state prerogatives,” Dougherty writes.

He also eased restrictions on gun ownership by abolishing some concealed-carry restrictions and signed a bill that would grant small-game hunting licenses to children under 12.

But some of his other stances are anything but conservative, and he seems to be attempting to cast himself as a moderate.

He supports gay civil unions and, as Governor, supported cap and trade as a way of reducing so-called “greenhouse” emissions. He also claims to believe in evolution, yet says it’s part of God’s plan. “Call me crazy,” he said. OK, consider it done.

He has praised President Richard Nixon’s creation of the Environmental Protection Agency, and he supports amnesty for illegal aliens and the DREAM Act. He opposes border fences and opposed the efforts of Utah legislators to overturn State laws that allow illegal aliens to pay in-state tuition. Essentially, his stance on illegal immigration mirrors that of his former boss, Obama.

He calls himself a Republican, but then so does John McCain, and we know how that has turned out. In fact, Huntsman is trying the McCain campaign model, I guess because it worked so well the last time. He’s hired most of McCain’s former staff to conduct his campaign. He even vowed early on to take the “high road” and not be critical of his opponents, à la McCain style.

If the adage that you can tell who a man is by the company he keeps is true, then the fact that he’s surrounded himself with McCainites should tell you all you need to know about him.

He is also Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) favorite Mormon in the GOP race. That endorsement, coupled with his service as Obama’s Ambassador to China and the praise he has uttered for Obama as “a remarkable leader,” probably doomed his candidacy.

As his campaign has failed to gain traction, Huntsman has gone more on the offensive, criticizing Perry’s choice of words on Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke and mocking Bachmann over her promise to bring gas prices back below $2 per gallon. “But, like a light switch being flipped, his behavior over the next 24 hours suggested that being on the offensive doesn’t come entirely natural to him. On Monday, back to sounding genial and inclusive, he told CNN that he would be willing to serve as Bachmann’s running mate if she won the nomination,” according to an article in The Washington Post.

Huntsman has said he believes mankind is responsible for climate change. “I’m not a meteorologist,” Huntsman told Time magazine. “All I know is 90 percent of the scientists say climate change is occurring. If 90 percent of the oncological community said something was causing cancer we’d listen to them. I respect science and the professionals behind the science so I tend to think it’s better left to the science community – though we can debate what that means for the energy and transportation sectors.”

However, in an interview with Fox News in June, Huntsman seemed to be trying to back away from his past support of cap and trade.

So who is Jon Huntsman? It’s really tough to say.

Bob Livingston

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  • NancyJ

    If Mr. Huntsman wants to take a stand (global warming), he needs to do more homework. There is no such animal!

    I think his obvious ego is a huge stumbling block; however, he does have a great deal of experience where the country need it. Maybe he would be better at a supportive role.

  • Dan az

    I think his stand was a good thing,we now know that he is another idiot that has know clue!

  • Not Impressed

    This description does NOT make me think Huntsman is flexible. The word that come to mind is spineless, or perhaps wishy-washy. Science? He sure does NOT meet my expectations. We might as well keep Obama in the WH for a second term. I think I’ll just stay home if Huntsman gets the nomination.

    • Andee

      All I can say is: Utah has most usually had one of the most stable economies in the USA and that state seems to rely heavily on morals, values and ethics but understand that is changing too as others move there as is in WY.

  • Luther

    That he is Harry Reid’s favorite Mormon does not help him. The only man made climate change is called chemtrails. It could be why we have had such extreme weather lately. I would like to see which candidate has the guts to expose this well documented travesty. See

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      Read under HAARP and prepare to cry, to get angry, to want to hunt down those that are doing this and have a strong word with them…it is deep so be prepared to spend some time readying and researching. Join GOOOH…

  • sonata

    Jon Huntsman sounds like a right-wing Democrate to me!! I have read Wiki-Bio’s on ALL eight of the GOP’s Presidential Canidates and the one and only one that comes out on top is: RICK SANTORUM! He is Anti-Abortion, Anti-Illegals, Speak English only stance, Staunch Moral Issues Advocate, Woman/Man Marriage only,Anti-Homosexual,Gun Rights,Great on Military issues,Anti-UNION, FOR Prayer-in-Schools,
    YES on Drill for Oil and Coal use, PRO-Death Penalty,Anti-Drugs,
    Pro Freedom-of-Religion,Free Market!! Sounds like WE HAVE FOUND A WINNER!! Please, Read ALL GOP Canidates Bio’s! Search & Pray!!
    Remember: Divided we fall but United WE stand! The Core Principals of our Founding Fathers! The Foundation upon which AMERICA Stands are:
    Limited Federal Government, Individual Freedom, Personal Responsibilities, Free Market, Returning Political Power to the State and the PEOPLE!! VOTE Obama OUT in 2012!! GOD BLESS AMERICA!

  • s c

    Congress didn’t do its members any good when they made a tradition of being reluctant to criticize other members. Huntsman didn’t lace his Obummer remark with any explanation, and so he will be taken to task for doing it.
    I wouldn’t hesitate to call Obummer ‘a remarkable leader.” Of course, that can be taken many ways. As far as I’m concerned, we couldn’t have done any worse if someone tried to recruit volunteers from an insane asylum to run for ‘prez.’ I doubt if we could have done any worse.
    Our so-called leaders just don’t have what it takes to be able to communicate or (when necessary) call a spade a spade or an SOB an SOB. Compromise is for losers, and we have more than our fair share.
    I think we got better leaders back when opposing members used duels as solutions. If nothing else, there was no room for doubt as to what they thought of each other. Most of the airheads in Washington now are pc robots and are not fit to hold elected office. When you factor in the fact that some of them get filthy RICH while in office, that makes it even worse.

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