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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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August 31, 2011 | By Paul West, Washington Bureau
Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman is releasing an economic plan today that will include a call for lowering the top federal tax rate on income to 23% and eliminating all taxes on capital gains and dividends. Huntsman, who trails the rest of the GOP field, is attempting to grab attention by getting a jump on other 2012 candidates who will be announcing their own plans in coming days.  Mitt Romney will deliver his in a Las Vegas area speech next Tuesday; President Obama will announce his latest jobs and economic stimulus plan shortly after Labor Day. "Meeting our challenges will require serious solutions, but above all, it will require serious leadership - a quality in high demand in our nation's capital, and among my opponents on the campaign trail," said Huntsman, according to an excerpt from his prepared text released by his campaign.
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June 21, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli
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.
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November 20, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli
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.
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January 12, 2012 | By Alana Semuels
Jon Huntsman may not have high polling numbers in South Carolina, but he appears to have a lot of time to spend here, something evident Thursday morning as the Republican presidential candidate talked for an hour at a crowded restaurant -- so long that some people began to leave before he had finished speaking. Speaking at a breakfast at the Honeycomb Cafe on Daniel Island hosted by the Berkeley County GOP , Huntsman, dressed in jeans, a maroon button-down shirt and a blazer, called on opponents to end partisan politicking.
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August 1, 2011 | By Maeve Reston
Voicing his support for the debt-ceiling compromise as an imperfect but necessary step to avoid default, Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman chided his opponents during a campaign trip to New Hampshire - arguing that rival Mitt Romney had waited on the sidelines instead of taking a position during the negotiations, while candidates like Michele Bachmann had embraced a "crash and burn" approach to the debt-ceiling debate. Huntsman addressed the negotiations in Washington during a stop at FIRST, a nonprofit organization founded by Inventor Dean Kamen that tries to engages children and young adults in the fields of science, engineering, technology and math.
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October 28, 2011 | By Michael Muskal
Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. worked for President Obama as the U.S. ambassador to China before deciding to run against his former employer for president. On Friday, Huntsman and the Obama camp found that they agree on something else: that Mitt Romney changes his mind so much, no one can tell what he really believes. Huntsman, trailing in almost every national poll, called Romney “a perfectly lubricated weather vane,” echoing contentions by Democrats and GOP conservatives that the former governor of Massachusetts often changes his mind.
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January 6, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli
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.
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January 3, 2012 | By Maeve Reston
Enjoying his final moment in the New Hampshire spotlight before the other GOP candidates roll into the state from Iowa, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. urged several hundred Granite State voters to “upend convention wisdom” by granting him a win in the Jan. 10 primary. At a town hall in Peterborough on Tuesday night, Huntsman said he had a message for the winner of the Iowa caucuses: “Welcome to New Hampshire. Nobody cares.” Huntsman is facing long odds in New Hampshire, the state that he had hoped would serve as his launching pad to the Republican nomination.
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January 16, 2012 | By Paul West
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.
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