Jon Huntsman Announces 2012 Bid

by Ryan on June 22, 2011

in Election 2010,Election 2012,Politics

Former Utah Governor and Obama Administration ambassador to China, Jon Huntsman, announced his intentions to run for President yesterday.  Using the Statue of Liberty as his prop background, Huntsman invoked Reagan and contrasted his views with those of his former boss, President Obama.

However, all I needed to read was this bit from his speech:

“I don’t think you need to run down anyone’s reputation to run for president.  I respect my fellow Republican candidates.  And I respect the president.  He and I have a difference of opinion on how to help the country we both love.”

Sounds like that whole “new tone” establishment nonsense.  Also, sounds like Huntsman is trying to out-establishment Romney by playing a McCain-like high-road, which always ends badly for Republicans.  Why should he even have to mention “respect”?  Is someone being disrespectful?

Plus, if there’s anything Donald Trump’s flirtation with running taught us it is that many Republicans, the Tea Party, and swaths of others want tough talk and stark contrasts, not milquetoast platitudes and Crist-like RINOism.

In truth, I was more piqued listening to Gary Johnson in that anemic first debate a few months ago than by listening to Huntsman yesterday.

UPDATE:  Uh oh — while never giving “directly” to his campaigns, turns out Huntsman’s family donated nearly $25,000 to Harry Reid — in the 2010 cycle!  Helping defeat Sharron Angle might have been cool to the GOP establishment, but these kinds of revelations don’t help Huntsman’s chances in these primaries.

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