December 30, 2011 |
The super PAC supporting Jon Huntsman's bid for the Republican nomination launched its first attack ad of the political season Friday - releasing a new spot that describes Huntsman as the consistent conservative in the Republican race and New Hampshire frontrunner Mitt Romney as “a chameleon.” The $300,000 buy aimed at New Hampshire voters, who will vote on Jan. 10, seeks to portray Romney as a political opportunist while elevating Huntsman, who...
December 28, 2011 |
Stepping back out on the campaign trail in New Hampshire after the Christmas break, GOP contender Jon Huntsman joined a chorus of his rivals Wednesday in criticizing Ron Paul - calling the Texas congressman "unelectable. " During a town hall style meeting in Pelham near the Massachusetts border Wednesday night, Huntsman urged voters to look beyond the polls and punditry to select their candidate. The former Utah governor called GOP frontunner Mitt Romney, who led his nearest rival by more than 25 points here in a new CNN poll, a product of "the establishment" and then moved on to Paul: "He's not electable at the end of the day," Huntsman told his audience.
December 14, 2011 |
Standing before a brick fireplace in the home of two New Hampshire independents who backed President Obama in 2008, Jon Huntsman Jr. made a pitch keyed to the politically nonaligned voters in his audience. The Republican presidential candidate railed against partisan gridlock in Washington, promised that as president he would slash the pay of members of Congress if they failed to balance the budget, and said he would travel around the country "like the Grateful Dead" until he persuaded lawmakers to adopt term limits.
December 12, 2011 |
Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney exchanged furious personal criticisms Monday, each accusing the other of gaining financially at the expense of Americans — criticisms usually leveled at the Republican presidential contenders by Democratic opponents. Bristling at Romney's suggestion during a Fox News interview Monday that Gingrich should return $1.6 million in payments that his firm received for advising mortgage giant Freddie Mac, Gingrich slammed Romney's experience heading Bain Capital, a leveraged-buyout firm, for 15 years before becoming governor of Massachusetts.
December 12, 2011 |
Republican presidential front-runner Newt Gingrich and rival Jon Huntsman Jr. squared off Monday afternoon at a Lincoln-Douglas-style debate on national security and foreign policy. The event, sponsored by the St. Anselm College Republicans and hosted by the New Hampshire Institute of Politics and Political Library, was modeled after a series of seven debates that took place between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas during their 1858 campaign for a U.S. Senate seat from Illinios, in which one candidate spoke for the first 60 minutes, the second candidate followed with a 90-minute rebuttal, and then the first speaker had 30 minutes to respond.
December 7, 2011 |
After delivering a vague response when asked Tuesday if he believed that humans are responsible for global warming, Republican presidential hopeful Jon Huntsman Jr. said Wednesday that he has “faith and trust in science.” “Let me be very clear on this: There is no change,” Huntsman told Politico's James Hohmann after delivering a speech to the Republican Jewish Coalition. “I put my faith and trust in science. So you have 99 of 100 climate scientists who have come out and talked about climate change in certain terms, what is responsible for it. I tend to say this is a discussion that should not be in the political lane but should be in the scientific lane.” Huntsman, who has struggled to gain traction in the months leading up to the GOP nominating contests, made headlines in August with this tweet: “I believe in evolution and trust scientists on global warming.
December 6, 2011 |
It wasn't that long ago that Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman turned the spotlight on his belief that global warming is real with a tweet aimed at differentiating himself within the crowded GOP primary field. “I believe in evolution and trust scientists on global warming,” Huntsman wrote on Twitter in late August. "Call me crazy.” But when the former ambassador to China and former governor of Utah faced a crowd of bloggers at the conservative Heritage Foundation on Tuesday, he seemed to have softened his stance on the issue.
December 2, 2011 |
Jon Huntsman became the first Republican candidate to snub a planned GOP candidates' debate moderated by Donald Trump, with his campaign saying Republicans deserve "a serious discussion of the issues. " With that jab at what is already being called "'The Apprentice' Debate," Huntsman continued an effort to present himself as a serious-minded alternative in the GOP race. To that end, Huntsman's campaign said in the same press release that the former Utah governor would accept an invitation from Newt Gingrich to participate in a Lincoln-Douglas-style debate in New Hampshire this month.
November 29, 2011 |
Jon Huntsman suggested Tuesday that Herman Cain's personal saga is hurting the entire field of Republican presidential hopefuls, and that the former restaurant executive is right to reconsider his candidacy. Speaking with the Boston Globe , the former Utah governor said he was again disappointed to see Monday night that a fresh report about Cain -- the latest alleges an extramarital affair; it follows accusations of sexual harassment earlier in the month -- was getting more attention than the major issues.
November 20, 2011 |
What do Jon Huntsman and Kermit the Frog have in common? Both, as it turns out, were featured performers on this weekend's episode of "Saturday Night Live," one pitching a new movie, and the other trying to break through in the Republican race for president (see video below). Huntsman, the former Utah governor and ambassador to China, poked fun at his second-tier status in the 2012 race and his New Hampshire-centric campaign strategy during the popular "Weekend Update" segment.