Jon Huntsman 2012

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In Slam, Huntsman Compares GOP to China

He pans own party for hardline attitudes

(Newser) - Are Jon Huntsman's days as a Republican numbered? The former presidential candidate and ambassador to China slammed his own party in an interview yesterday, comparing it to Communist China, Politico reports. Huntsman said he was disappointed by the GOP's decision to disinvite him from a fundraiser last month... More »

Worst Idea of the 2012 Election Is ...

Gail Collins: Americans Elect is deeply 'delusional'

(Newser) - If the worst new political trend isn't super PACs or Donald Trump robo-calls, what could it possibly be? "Since I still have some space here, let me throw in a plug for the terribleness of the idea of Americans Elect ," writes Gail Collins in the New York ... More »

Judge Denies Ron Paul's YouTube Lawsuit

Republican candidate wanted to sue over phony video

(Newser) - An imposter who claims to represent Ron Paul's campaign is beyond the reach of the law—at least for now. Last week a federal judge denied Paul's campaign the right to unmask “NHLiberty4Paul," a YouTube user who posted a video accusing former Republican candidate Jon Huntsman... More »

Colbert: I Blew Huntsman Out of GOP Race

Plus, host explains why God should endorse him

(Newser) - Sure, pundits came up with a million reasons Jon Huntsman exited the GOP presidential race yesterday, but Stephen Colbert knows the truth. After all, Huntsman dropped out right after Colbert announced he was forming an exploratory committee , the Comedy Central host pointed out last night. "Folks, do you see... More »

Departing Huntsman Scolds Rivals

Admits there's a 'gap' between him and Romney

(Newser) - Jon Huntsman ended his run for president the same way he began it : by decrying negative campaigning. In a speech announcing the suspension of his campaign today , Huntsman scolded his rivals for the tone of the race. "Our common goal is to restore bold and principled leadership to the... More »

No One Cares That Huntsman Is Quitting

Was his whole campaign just a run-up to 2016?

(Newser) - Jon Huntsman is dropping out of the presidential race today—but does anyone care? "The only people really depressed about Jon Huntsman’s exit from the race are people who wouldn’t in their wildest dreams have voted for him—or any Republican candidate, for that matter," writes... More »

Why Huntsman Is Dropping Out, Endorsing Romney

He doesn't want to get in Mitt's way in SC, officials explain

(Newser) - Jon Huntsman will officially drop out of the presidential race and endorse Mitt Romney at 11am today in South Carolina—but why? Just last Tuesday, Huntsman was suggesting that Romney was "pretty much unelectable" after his statement about liking to fire people . Politico explains:
  • Huntsman "didn’t want
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Jon Huntsman to Drop Out of GOP Race

Will make announcement tomorrow, endorse Mitt Romney: campaign officials

(Newser) - Jon Huntsman will withdraw from the race for the Republican presidential nomination tomorrow. Campaign officials tell the AP that Huntsman will endorse Mitt Romney at an event in South Carolina in the morning. The former Utah governor placed third in last week's New Hampshire primary despite devoting much of... More »

Judge Won't Let Perry, 3 Others on Virginia Ballot

He and Gingrich, Santorum, Huntsman Are Out of Luck

(Newser) - Rick Perry, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, and Jon Huntsman won't be on Virginia's primary ballot, a federal judge ruled today. The four had sued over the state's stringent rules on qualifying—specifically that state residents must collect the 10,000 necessary signatures—but the judge said no... More »

Blame These 3 Billionaires for Drawn-Out GOP Primary

They're contributing millions to candidates that aren't Romney

(Newser) - If you can't believe how many Republican presidential candidates are still in the race and you fear the possibility of a drawn-out primary that leads to a lower chance of unseating President Obama ... blame these guys. Politico reports on the three billionaires who are contributing millions to groups attacking... More »

Colbert: Maybe I'll Run for President

Poll putting him over Huntsman has him excited

(Newser) - Stephen Colbert is so elated that he's polling ahead of recent guest Jon Huntsman that he's contemplating jumping into the race for real, he told his audience on last night's Colbert Report . "I'm sorry, Governor Huntsman. I guess the Colbert bump reflected off of you... More »

Romney Wins Easily in NH; Paul, 2nd; Huntsman, 3rd

Huntsman staying in the race

(Newser) - Mitt Romney cruised to victory as expected in New Hampshire, with the race called by AP , CNN , and others immediately after the polls closed at 8. With 95% of returns in, he had 39.4%, followed by Ron Paul with 22.8, Jon Huntsman with 16.8, Newt Gingrich with... More »

In SC, Huntsman Trailing ... Colbert

Despite the fact that the comedian isn't actually running

(Newser) - We already knew Jon Huntsman was polling terribly in South Carolina , but here's some additional perspective for you: He's polling behind Stephen Colbert, who is neither a politician nor running for president. Colbert was unsuccessful in his attempt to get his name on the SC ballot , but Public... More »

Huntsman Fails to Make Arizona Ballot

Campaign says he will fight state's ruling

(Newser) - For the second time , Jon Huntsman has failed to make it onto a state's primary ballot. He missed yesterday's 5pm deadline for the Arizona ballot, according to the secretary of state's office, which says that a notarized signature was missing from the paperwork Huntsman filed. A spokesman... More »

Dixville Notch, Population 9, Casts First Ballots in NH

And according to this tiny village, Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman are tied

(Newser) - The village of Dixville Notch is notable not just for the fact that it only has nine registered voters, but for the fact that those voters also are the first in New Hampshire to state their choice in today's primary. Their nine ballots were cast one minute after midnight—... More »

Huntsman's NH Surge: Too Little, Too Late

Nate Silver expects him to grab 15.6% of the vote, but that's not enough

(Newser) - With a matter of hours to go before the New Hampshire primary, Jon Huntsman appears to finally be seeing a surge of his own—but it may be too little, too late, observes Nate Silver in the New York Times . Recent polls are looking good for the former Utah governor:... More »

Romney Braves Fresh Attack, But Fumbles

Republican candidates stage new assault on front-runner

(Newser) - A new day, a new Republican presidential debate. Mitt Romney's opponents took another whack at him this morning after letting him off easy last night. A few takeaways:
  • Most Romney attacks missed. Mitt held off assaults from Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum, rarely getting flustered, Politico reports.
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Newt Gingrich Leads Charge Vs. Romney

GOP hopefuls again face off in New Hampshire debate on 'Meet the Press'

(Newser) - A scant 12 hours after last night's debate in which Mitt Romney emerged largely unscathed , the Republicans who would be president are again facing off in New Hampshire, this time on Meet the Press with David Gregory moderating. Newt Gingrich answered the overriding question of whether the pack would... More »

Romney Shrugs Off Attacks

Rivals don't exactly hammer the frontrunner in GOP debate

(Newser) - Mitt Romney was supposed to be the prime target at tonight's ABC debate, but it didn't quite work out that way, writes Steve Peoples at AP . His rivals took some shots at him but squabbled among each other just as often. Romney, for his part, focused most of... More »

Things to Watch in Tonight's Debate

Among them: Will we see Good Newt or Bad Newt?

(Newser) - The post-Iowa Republican field debates tonight in New Hampshire and again 12 hours later tomorrow morning. Politico and the New York Times offer some things to look for:
  • Newt Gingrich: He seemed genuinely mad after Iowa, and he needs to score points. Will he go negative? Politico thinks the "
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