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Huntsman Drops Out; Welcome Huntsman Supporters!

CNN is now reporting that Jon Huntsman will drop out of the race on Monday. Let's make the case why his supporters should join us. If you have any bright ideas, now's the time to share them.

CNN:
http://www.cnn.com/2012/01/15/politics/gop-campaign-wrap/ind...

The New York Times' Caucus Blog: http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/01/15/huntsman-says-...



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Should Huntsman supporters follow his "endorsement" pt. 2

Huntsman: "Romney would be a status quo," Jan. 4, 2012 in Manchester, NH

http://articles.latimes.com/2012/jan/04/news/la-pn-huntsman-...
Jon Huntsman says Mitt Romney would be 'status quo president'

Jon Huntsman speaks at a town hall meeting in Manchester, N.H., on Wednesday.
January 04, 2012|By Michael A. Memoli
Reporting from Manchester, N.H. —

Jon Huntsman branded Mitt Romney as the choice of the party establishment in an appeal to independent-minded New Hampshire voters Wednesday.

"You're going to have a choice this election cycle. The establishment is going to tee up Mitt Romney and they’re going to say there’s your guy," Huntsman said at a town hall meeting at Manchester's public service utility. "But you know what? This nation can’t afford a status quo president."

Hours after Romney appeared elsewhere in Manchester with 2008 GOP nominee and two-time New Hampshire primary winner John McCain, Huntsman said his rival's support from dozens of Washington lawmakers showed he was not the candidate of change.

"You got 47 or 50 members of Congress behind you, supporting you. You think you’re going to be able to do what needs to be done with respect to term limits and closing the revolving door and tackling trust? No way, no how," he said.

[snip]

"There's no more important event than the New Hampshire primary," he said. "You all get to go out and change the course of our nation’s history by a vote. I say do votes matter? Look at Iowa. Eight votes. It’s real. Take your vote and invest it wisely."

Huntsman was joined by former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge, who downplayed Romney's narrow victory in Tuesday's Iowa caucuses. ...

Welcome To All Huntsman

Welcome To All Huntsman Supporters.....From A Saint Paul Supporter From N. California.

Should Huntsman supporters follow his "endorsement" pt. 1

Two Weeks Ago Huntsman told ABC's Berman: He Did Not Trust Romney

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/01/does-jon-huntsm...
Does Jon Huntsman Trust Mitt Romney? The Answer Says It All. Three Times.
By John Berman Jan 3, 2012 6:44pm

...In an interview with ABC News, Huntsman refused to say that Mitt Romney is a person he trusts. He balked at the question, not once, not twice, but three times.

Do you trust him? Dodge number one: “I think he’s a good man. I think he’s been on three sides of every major issue of the day. And because of that it’s going to be very tough in the end … to be able to make that trust argument to the American people.”

But do you trust him? Dodge number two: “Do I like him? Do I admire him? Of course. On the issues that he flip flopped on … that’s where he’s going to have a press problem. Because he said one thing but then has found himself on the other side of those issues.”

So no answer on, Do you trust him? Dodge number three: “I’m saying the American people, the voters, are going to have a hard time finding, I think, a gut level trust when it comes to someone who has been on so many sides of major issues.” ...

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/01/huntsman-to-dro...
Huntsman to Drop Out of GOP Race; Will Endorse Romney
By Michael Falcone Jan 15, 2012 9:35pm

Jon Huntsman will drop out of the Republican presidential race on Monday, a campaign spokesman told ABC News.

A source close to the Huntsman campaign said the former ambassador to China and Utah governor was “proud of the race that he ran” but “did not want to stand in the way” of rival Mitt Romney, the current front-runner for the Republican nomination.

Huntsman plans to endorse Romney at an 11 a.m. press conference Monday in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

[snip]

While Huntsman will be throwing his support to Romney on Monday, it was only a week ago that he told ABC’s John Berman just the opposite.

When asked if he trusts Governor Romney, Huntsman replied, “He has not put forth reason to give us a reason for us to trust him.”

Earlier this month, he told another ABC reporter that Romney is “completely out of touch.” And as recently as Saturday, Huntsman was questioning Romney’s electability.

Reporters asked Huntsman if any of the Republican establishment had reached out to him and asked him to tone down his criticism of Romney and his work with Bain Capital.

Huntsman explained: “Nope. And listen. I have said what I have said. My problem is really a political issue. And that is, when you have a candidate that talks about enjoyment in firing people, talks about pink-slips, who makes a comment that seem to be so detached from the problems that Americans are facing today, that makes you pretty much unelectable. And I say, we want a nominee who can actually go on to win. That’s the issue … the bigger issue is one of electability.”

Welcome Former Huntsman Supporters!

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Welcome to the cause of Liberty! We are so excited to have you on board.

Hunstman to Paul

Alex. The fact that you posted such a welcoming message was a consideration for my move from Huntsman to Paul. It had been in the back of my mind the more I learned. The information here was helpful. So many of the posts here were informative and welcoming. I'm looking forward to being a part of the effort! Thank you all! You converted at least one Huntsman supporter.

Welcome

Welcome to the RP camp! We're glad to have you ^_^

"Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice." -- Thomas Paine

YouTube video explaining your decision?

It would be awesome to see, and the kids here would love it!

Jack Wagner

We are happy to have you with us!

Lots of info here, yes. But, don't be afraid to ask questions, if you have any. People here are like family and are happy to help.

“It is the food which you furnish to your mind that determines the whole character of your life.”
―Emmet Fox

Welcome to the DP as

Welcome to the DP as well!
Great source of info

It is hard to take anyone serious anymore

So last week he is slamming Romney HARD over his working for the Obama administration and Romney's comments about it. He rants about how Romney putting himself first and the country second is ALL that is wrong with America today. Now one week later - he is kissing the anointed one's ring.

Huntsman endorsed Romney. I

Huntsman endorsed Romney. I wonder if his supporter in Iowa will listen to him. Still wondering if he or she got that phone call.

what supporters?

what supporters?

Huntsman and Ron Paul commonalities

Huntsman was the most anti-war of the status quo, and was against torture. He also insisted on people judging him according to his record. He also had the sense of dignity to immediately reject the Trump debate. Also, Huntsman, like Paul, used local security to protect him around the country, instead of using big national protectors. Huntsman supporters also insisted that their candidate was an honest man, with a great deal of integrity. I'm sure his supporting Romney would feel like a stab in the back for them.

Where can we go to talk to these Huntsman supporters. I feel like we have a lot in common with them, if only we can talk to them.

"Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice." -- Thomas Paine

Why so much praise here for Huntsman?

- pro bailout
- comfortable with individual health mandates
- pro cap and trade
- supported instate tuition for illegal immigrants
- said stimulus not big enough
- called Ron Paul "unelectable" and "isolationist"
http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-pn-huntsman-paul-une...

- said he'd have a “very, very tough time” voting for Paul if he was GOP nominee http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/202933-hunt...

- very likely was behind the "Manchurian Candidate" ad that tried to pin Ron Paul and his supporters as racists

While I agree...

You will always get more flies with honey. Being respectful and kind will go a long way in converting support for Paul.
: )

Another term for preventive war is aggressive war- starting wars because someday somebody might do something to us. That is not part of the American tradition.
-Ron Paul

Huntsman was a NH plant

The guy was put there to prevent a RP strong showing. I remember the night of the primary at least one caller called into CSPAN after hearing RP speak to say he voted for Huntsman and regretted it saying he should have voted for RP. If one called into CSPAN, you know he probably represents hundreds of other voters who feel the same way. I still don't understand how a state where perhaps the biggest primary is held, with the most influence on who will become the next president, can sit up there and not pay attention to politics and know everything about every single candidate on the ballot. Its the most important decision you are going to make and it influences politics nationally and you come home from voting and regret your vote immediately after casting it. Its a damn shame.

He was not a plant. Such talk

He was not a plant. Such talk should be beneath us by now.

Well he didn't make sure he

Well he didn't make sure he was properly on the ballot in all states...so I think that says a lot about what his motives were...he was probably in it to be a possible choice for VP and/or some other cabinet position.

I liked Jon Huntsman for the

I liked Jon Huntsman for the most part. My hope is that he breeds a new brand of conservative that replaces Romney's so-called "business Republican" wing. Less war and more trade is a good thing.

Huntsman

He sounded more like R.Paul than any of the main stream candidates.

I am surprised that he would throw in with Mr Mitt Romney.

Must be a blood** is thicker than truth thing?

I keep forgetting.. it's a two horse/house race.. right?

Seems like it will be the "Ron Paul's" against the Banks/Wall-street.

Romney and Obama both seem to have banker backing
which if you were to ask me seems like the the 1% team.
Not the people team.

OV

**Its the Governor of Utah thing maybe.

Just want what seems to be missing, Truth and Justice for ALL
What is fraud except creating “value” from nothing and passing it off as something?

purpose

Huntsmans pnly purpose was to disrupt the RP campaign, by taking some of his positions in the debate he was probably able to siphon few supporters away.....That was his only purpose, he was not a serious candidate, and this entire election with the chess and strategy, tactics employed has been to try and keep RP from gaining any momentum, to try and fracture us as a movement, and keep him away from 1st place finishes as much as possible. Welcome to the establishment, this is how they play, they have more money, they are more clever, and they have "everything" to lose.

Huntsman and Ron Paul were the only two anti-war candidates

Of course Dr. Paul's anti war stance is a bit stronger than Huntsmans in that Dr. Paul advocates closing all bases and bringing all troops home.

But every person I know of who supported Jon Huntsman included his anti-war policies as part of the reason.

We should be able to atract some of his small following for that reason alone.

In my opinion, Huntsman

In my opinion, Huntsman sounded closer to Dr. Paul's views than the rest of the establishment candidates. Read on Drudge that he is endorsing Romney. Just baffling.

looks like we're now down to

looks like we're now down to only 1 GOP candidate that opposes torture.

“Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it’s realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy.”
― Ron Paul

I know Huntsman's supporters

I know Huntsman's supporters will be smarter than he in their choice of candidate.

If you walk blindly through life, you will run into a lot of walls.

I'm not so sure,

but I hope you're right! :)

Tweet from ppppolls

Tweet from ppppolls PublicPolicyPolling

"2nd choice of Huntsman supporters in South Carolina: Romney 38, Paul 19, Perry/Gingrich 8"

People looking for a moderate candidate

People looking to Huntsman for a moderate candidate will like what they see here.

Ron Paul is the refreshing voice in a crowd of extremists in Washington have lost touch with the people (~10% approval rating).

On the left-right paradigm, he takes the best of the left and the best of the right and puts them together. He understands personal and economic freedom are one and the same - that's what liberty is and that's what the founding fathers were all about. This puts him dead-centre in the political spectrum, and this is why he is winning the groups that swing from left to right every election (youth and independents).

It also makes him the true conservative. Not in the ugly "I hate gays and I love war" kind of way, but in a true traditional sense with the roots of the nation's core values.

At one of the early Republican debates

Jon Huntsman said he could consider Ron Paul as his theoretical Vice President running mate.

That was an endorsement.

I tried to find the video clip, no luck so far. Could persuade some Huntsman supporters to support Ron.

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RON PAUL 2012

Think you may have got that

Think you may have got that muddled up with Gary Johnson on one of his rare debate appearances.