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August 30, 2011 | By Melanie Mason, Washington Bureau
GOP presidential hopeful Jon Huntsman is the latest candidate to get the backing of a tailor-made "super PAC" -- complete with top-tier talent formerly with his official campaign. Fred Davis, the GOP ad man whose off-kilter contributions to the political lexicon include " demon sheep ," has signed on to the newly formed "Our Destiny PAC," which filed papers with the Federal Election Commission last week and includes, among its officials, an executive from Huntsman Corp., a global chemical company owned by the candidate's father, Jon Huntsman Sr. Politico reported today that the corporation said it has no affiliation to the PAC. Davis, who was with the official Huntsman campaign until he resigned on July 27, will "be an important part of the PAC's team," according to the group's website . The move, first spotted by Real Clear Politics , gives Davis a bigger piggy bank to play with, as independent-expenditure groups are allowed to solicit unlimited contributions from individuals, corporations and unions.
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June 30, 2011 | By Tom Hamburger
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.
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September 16, 2011 | By Michael Muskal
Tom Ridge, the former governor of Pennsylvania who went on to become the nation's first secretary of Homeland Security, on Friday endorsed the  campaign of former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, who is running back in the pack for the GOP presidential nomination. Perhaps more significant than the endorsement itself, was where it was announced: at  St. Anselm College in New Hampshire. Huntsman has spent much of September campaigning in the nation's first primary state, where he needs a strong showing next year.
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November 29, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli, Washington Bureau
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.
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December 31, 2011 | By Michael Finnegan and Maeve Reston
While other Republican presidential hopefuls spend the weekend in a final frenzy of campaigning in Iowa, Jon Huntsman Jr. is carving a lonely path around New Hampshire, all but ignored. From one house party to another, the former Utah governor, his wife, Mary Kaye, and a black SUV full of Huntsman daughters are trying to spark some support for him in New Hampshire's Jan. 10 primary -- so far to little effect. At a New Year's Eve party in a supporter's colonial home in Concord, someone asked Huntsman the difference between himself and Mitt Romney, the New Hampshire front-runner.
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January 6, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli
Jon Huntsman on Friday condemned an Internet video that appears to be from supporters of Ron Paul that uses his time in China - and even his adopted daughters - to question his values. The video, posted to YouTube by the account "NHLiberty4Paul," first calls Huntsman the "Manchurian Candidate," asking: "What's he hiding?" It then shows footage of Huntsman speaking Mandarin, and photos and video of him and adopted daughter Gracie Mei. It goes on to ask if Huntsman "share[s]
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September 6, 2011 | By Michael Muskal
Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman on Tuesday illustrated one of the time-tested adages of politics: When you have nothing left to lose, it is time to take the low road and attack -- but always aim high. In separate videos, Paul, the darling of the libertarian movement, and Republican Huntsman, who is pitching himself as the thinking man's conservative, went after Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, respectively. Perry ranks at the top of most polls, having displaced Romney, who was formerly No. 1 in the race for the GOP nomination to face President Obama.
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September 29, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli
Jon Huntsman Jr., struggling to gain traction with voters and donors alike, is uprooting his White House campaign and shifting most of its resources to New Hampshire, a state that now becomes make-or-break for the former Utah governor. Huntsman launched his campaign in June with a headquarters in Orlando, Fla., where his wife had roots and which, more important, is centrally located in an early-voting state he had hopes of winning. According to the campaign, that national headquarters will shift to Manchester, N.H., though it will maintain offices in Miami and South Carolina.
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January 11, 2012 | By Kim Geiger
Jon Huntsman, who initially staked his presidential campaign on New Hampshire, now heads to South Carolina, where a recent poll shows him trailing even satirical television host Stephen Colbert. Colbert, who attempted unsuccessfully to buy naming rights for the first-in-the-South primary, is not a candidate in the race. But a new survey by the Democratic firm Public Policy Polling shows Colbert beating Huntsman if his name were to appear on the primary ballot on Jan. 21. It's not entirely surprising that Colbert would poll better than Huntsman.
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January 4, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli
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.
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