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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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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 »

How Huntsman Could Actually Win

Thanks to Gingrich, he has a shot: Nate Silver

(Newser) - Back in June, Nate Silver didn't think Jon Huntsman had much of a shot at the Republican nomination—but a lot has changed since then. Thanks to Newt Gingrich, Silver can now see a "path to victory" for Huntsman, which he lays out in the New York Times... More »

Who Could Beat Obama? Huntsman

GOP, please reconsider him: John Avlon

(Newser) - Republicans have been frantically searching for the candidate who can beat Barack Obama, but as their favor has shifted from one "not-Romney" to another—Bachmann, then Perry, then Cain, now Gingrich—their best chance has been right here all along: Jon Huntsman. Huntsman has been overlooked and derided as... More »

Huntsman: Trump Debate 'a Joke'

And he's not the only one who thinks so

(Newser) - The saga continues: Donald Trump thinks Jon Huntsman is a "joke candidate." Huntsman thinks Trump's debate "is a joke." More from the candidate's comments, made today, plus other reactions to the controversial Dec. 27 debate:
  • Huntsman: "This is not about ratings for Donald
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Huntsman Girls Sing GOP Version of 'SexyBack'

Apologies to Justin Timberlake

(Newser) - There really are no words for this, but we'll try: Jon Huntsman's daughters are back, with another foray into the world of YouTube videos (this time sans mustaches ) spotted by Politico . This time they're singing, doing their best 2012-flavored rendition of Justin Timberlake's "SexyBack.... More »

Gingrich in Hot Seat at Tonight's Debate

Will new frontrunner keep his position?

(Newser) - Tonight’s GOP debate in Washington will focus on foreign policy—though, as Politico notes, “foreign policy isn’t going to decide the 2012 presidential race.” The topic just “isn’t where the interest has been for voters or the media,” a strategist tells the Economic ... More »

Huntsman Gets the 'Colbert Bump'

Colbert promises he'll go from 2% to 'whole milk'

(Newser) - Jon Huntsman and Stephen Colbert had some fun last night over their respective religions (both of which have been called cults) and income levels (the 1%), spoke some Mandarin, and discussed plans for Colbert to be Huntsman’s running mate. But arguably the most important part of the Colbert Report... More »

WSJ: Huntsman Tax Plan Shows the Way

His proposal is best of any GOP candidate, says editorial

(Newser) - Jon Huntsman may be languishing in the polls, but his newly released plan to overhaul the tax code and shrink the government is winning high praise from an influential voice—the editorial page of the Wall Street Journal . His "proposal is as impressive as any to date in the... More »

McCain: Gadhafi Has 'Days or Hours'

And Jon Huntsman isn't sure Michele Bachmann's ideas originate on planet Earth

(Newser) - Moammar Gadhafi's gig is up, according to John McCain , who today told Face the Nation that Libyan rebels' victory is "a matter of hours, if not days." "I believe that it's nearing the end," McCain said, who cautioned about the difficulties in transitioning to... More »

2012 Rivals Pounce on AAA Downgrade

GOP contenders pummel Obama's handling of economy

(Newser) - Last night's downgrade of the US' triple-A credit rating was the political equivalent of blood in the water for Republican presidential candidates, who immediately pounced on President Obama's handling of the economy, reports Politico. A taste of the blood-letting:
  • Michele Bachmann: “The United States has had a
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Who Exactly Is Jon Huntsman?

'New York Times' delves into the latest 2012 candidate

(Newser) - Jon Huntsman announced today that he’s running for the presidency, but the former Utah governor and ambassador to China is far from a household name. In fact, when his campaign first began, even his aides knew little about him. “I just met him this morning,” Huntsman’s... More »

Huntsman Makes It Official, Enters 2012 Race

Calls our economy 'totally unacceptable and totally un-American'

(Newser) - And another Republican is officially in: Former US ambassador to China/Utah governor Jon Huntsman today announced that he is running for president. Huntsman joined the race "with a campaign premised on a somewhat radical idea: being nice," write Chris Cillizza and Aaron Blake for the Washington Post in... More »

Huntsman Joining 2012 Race Next Week

Former China ambassador will make it official, sources say

(Newser) - Jon Huntsman is making the rumors official: He’ll throw his hat into the 2012 ring next Tuesday, officials tell the AP . Huntsman left his post as US ambassador to China in the spring and started putting his campaign organization together. The former governor of Utah is seen as a... More »

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