January 16, 2012 |
Jon Huntsman's final chore as a presidential candidate will be to leave the 2012 race Monday with his reputation intact or, ideally, enhanced. For presidential contenders, the best days of their campaigns are often the first and last ones. But not everyone is up to the challenge. How many people remember what Rep. Michele Bachmann said in her concession speech after losing Iowa, less than two weeks ago? Huntsman's late-starting candidacy began inauspiciously, following his return from China last spring. Reporters attending the announcement event had their Huntsman press tags unceremoniously taken away before Huntsman and his attractive family arrived at the site. Embarrassingly, the candidate's first name was misspelled as “John” on the tags.
July 12, 2011 |
Another sign that we're entering a more rough-and-tumble period in the 2012 presidential race: Jon Huntsman, seeking a way to energize his campaign, is hitting Mitt Romney hard on his job-creation record while Romney was governor of Massachusetts. At a campaign event Monday evening in South Carolina, Huntsman, the former Utah governor, while not naming Romney directly, left no doubt whom he was talking about. "When you look at the absolute increases in job creation, Utah led the way in the United States in terms of job creation," Huntsman said, according to CNN . "That, compared and contrasted with certain other states like Massachusetts, which I will just pull out randomly, not first, but 47th.
June 30, 2011 |
Jon Huntsman Jr., the former ambassador to China who recently announced his candidacy for president, has raised $4.1 million, a campaign official says. An unspecified amount comes from funds that Huntsman contributed himself, the official said, adding only that Huntsman donated less than half of the total. Because Huntsman has filed his official notice of candidacy later than others in the race, the details will not be reported to the Federal Election Commission until after the FEC third-quarter reporting period ends Sept.
June 4, 2011 |
Prospective presidential candidate Jon Huntsman said Saturday that he won't try to compete in the Iowa caucuses early next year. Speaking at a Republican breakfast at a North Conway, N.H., hotel and sounding more and more like he's preparing a run at the GOP nomination, Huntsman tied his strategy to his opposition to federal agricultural and ethanol subsidies. "I'm not competing in Iowa for a reason," Huntsman said. "I don't believe in subsidies that prop up corn, soybeans and ethanol.
January 8, 2012 |
The beautiful part of holding two debates 10 hours apart -- beside the fact that the candidate are far more alert and energetic -- is that the wounds of the previous evening, still fresh, can be addressed. Yes, folks, we've got ourselves the equivalent of a debate do-over! Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman was still stinging from Saturday night's debate when moderator David Gregory asked him Sunday morning which programs Huntsman would cut that would cause pain in this "age of austerity.
January 6, 2012 |
In its endorsement of Jon Huntsman, the Boston Globe made largely the same case for the Utah governor's candidacy that the candidate himself has to New Hampshire voters -- that he is the rare GOP candidate prioritizing the national interest over ideology. The Globe, which has a reach into many southern New Hampshire homes, snubbed former home state Gov. Mitt Romney for the second time in its endorsement for the first-in-the-nation primary, after backing John McCain in the 2008 vote.
June 21, 2011 |
As Jon Huntsman launched his campaign for the presidency Tuesday, he gave only brief mention of one of the most curious aspects of his candidacy: service to the president he now hopes to run against in 2012. Huntsman talks of viewing America from "10,000 miles away," an allusion to his service as ambassador to China. And he told reporters traveling with him from New Hampshire on Tuesday that his foreign policy experience was something that differentiates him from the rest of the field.
October 28, 2011 |
If policy speeches and retail campaigning don't work, there are always fake mustaches and bubbles. Eager to find its way into any story line, the Jon Huntsman campaign is up with a new Web video parodying the viral Herman Cain spot featuring his smoke-blowing campaign manager. It features three of Huntsman's daughters -- the "Jon2012girls" -- wearing thick-rimmed eyeglasses and terrible, terrible fake mustaches in an attempt to mimic the bizarre Cain video. "We strongly believe that our dad has the experience and proven track record to revive America's economy and create jobs.
January 11, 2012 |
In a jammed, overheated room in the University of South Carolina's business school, Jon Huntsman Jr., who has joked that he is the “margin-of-error candidate,” touted his third-place finish in New Hampshire as a “ticket to ride” to this state's influential primary. “That was pretty cool, standing on that stage,” he said. Huntsman, a moderate Republican, said expectations were low for him in South Carolina and would not say what threshold he needed to reach to propel him to Florida.
July 7, 2011 |
Earlier this week, Mitt Romney announced a list of Utah supporters that included, among others, the former chief of staff to former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, a rival for the Republican presidential nomination. Thursday, Huntsman's campaign kicked back with an announcement of support from heavyweights in Massachusetts, where Romney served as governor from 2003 to 2007. Former Massachusetts state GOP Chairman Jim Rappaport will serve as Huntsman's Massachusetts chairman and Northeast regional co-chair, the campaign announced.