2012 Watch: Huntsman's shout out to Obama
June 21st, 2011
10:46 AM ET

2012 Watch: Huntsman's shout out to Obama

Jon Huntsman, who was a part of the Obama administration until April, couldn't ignore the elephant in the room when announcing his bid to beat his old boss Tuesday. The former governor said he "respect[s] the president" and will not "run down anyone's reputation":

I don’t think you need to run down anyone’s reputation to run for President. Of course we'll have our disagreements. 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. But the question each of us wants the voters to answer is who will be the better President; not who’s the better American.

More from Huntsman's announcement HERE

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  1. Pravaa

    Huntsman vs Obama will be a contest for the ages. Free of bombastic nonsense and full of debate. Huntsman is the one candidate from the GOP who would keep the dignity of the office of the President ad indulge in a meaningful debate with Americans. Really sad that Romney will be the nominee.

    June 21, 2011 at 11:39 am |
  2. John

    Just what this country needs – another progressive. We know Dems won't vote for him and conservatives won't vote for him – what chance does this guy have?

    June 21, 2011 at 12:46 pm |
  3. jean2009

    Absolutely not what the country needs....he won't be the Repug candidate until they fit him in that narrow-minded little box that contains all their silly philosophies and talking points.

    June 21, 2011 at 1:53 pm |

    Any Republican would be better then President Obama. Voting for Barack Obama in 2008 was a mistake, voting for him in 2012 is voter malpractice.

    June 21, 2011 at 2:48 pm |
  5. July

    this more than once, enought to make me angry at him. Let us not frgeot how the same talking heads told us that McCain was the guy for 2008 although McCain was clearly running a disasterous campaign. The NYSlime sang McCain's praises until he took the nomination and then they turned on McCain like a snake waiting in the high grass. Do not be fooled by the pundits that are, once again, pushing someone who is not really a conservative but a left leaning moderate.2nd) being a Texan I have been following the articles on Rick Perry for the last week (plenty to choose from). It is obvious that he poses a threat to the left. On almost every article there are reponses that seem to be cut and pasted from the same talking points memo. Of course, these people claim to be Texans who don't like Rick Perry and think he is an absolute disaster for my state. Oddly though, they all use the same rhetoric.Now, I understand there are Texans who don't like Perry (mostly in deep blue Austin/Travis County) and make no mistake, these liberals are radical. Austin seems to be the San Francisco of the Southwest, and the socialist aspect of that city is out in full force to denounce Perry. A friend, who gets emails from OFA (you have to know what is going on in the enemy camp) says she was told to bash Perry at every opportunity. Why would that be? He has not even announced he is running.The upcoming presidental election is going to be all about jobs and increasing the economy to health status. And the ability to release Americans from the grasp of the current administration to take over our entire liberties as the DoJ and other agencies continue to violate the Constitution and the rights of states to govern themselves as outlined in the Constitution.I am not going to tell people who to support, but I do think you should look at Romney's record, which is less than stellar as a governor. Pawlenty is right; Obamacare was designed around Romney care. So for me, a political junkie, Romney is out of the question. He is just another McCain and a last time loser who thinks he is due the nomination simply because this is not his first go-round.Reply

    November 9, 2012 at 4:22 am |