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Entries Tagged as 'Jon Huntsman'

Romney and Huntsman vs. the Rest

David Frum November 26th, 2011 at 9:46 am 145 Comments

In my column for the National Post, I explain why Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman are the best contenders in the GOP presidential field:

I’m looking for two chief things in a candidate for 2012:

1) The temperament, judgment, deftness and largeness of spirit required in the presidential office; and

2) The creativity and intellect to respond to the global economic crisis – a crisis threatening to actually get worse if (or when) the euro implodes.

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Huntsman Makes His Jobs Pitch

David Frum November 4th, 2011 at 7:54 am 12 Comments

Here’s Jon Huntsman’s new jobs-focused ad:


Foreign Policy, Finally!

October 18th, 2011 at 2:00 pm 20 Comments

The Heritage Foundation has announced that it will co-host — with the American Enterprise Institute and CNN — a Republican presidential debate on foreign policy and national security.

Unfortunately, sales we’ll have to wait a month (the debate won’t happen until Tuesday, ed November 15), but such a focus is long overdue. Because if the past is prologue — and it is — then tonight’s GOP presidential primary debate will give short shrift to the most urgent questions of war and peace, which, typically, only the commander-in-chief himself can resolve.

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Huntsman’s Chance

David Frum September 23rd, 2011 at 9:37 am 101 Comments

The continuing deflation of Rick Perry after yet another fumbling debate performance has opened the most unexpected chapter yet in the GOP 2012 race: Jon Huntsman’s emerging challenge to Mitt Romney – from the right.

Sound incredible? Take a look at the opening of Jon Huntsman’s speech today to Florida’s regional CPAC conference, text courtesy of the Huntsman campaign:

Nothing long survives without advocates, and that includes those rights, penned by Thomas Jefferson, upon which our nation was founded: life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

How quickly those rights could be eroded – if not for this organization, and all of you. So thank you for your work.

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The Manchurian Campaign

David Frum September 14th, 2011 at 11:51 am 15 Comments

Mitt Romney’s tough-on-China talk has achieved one interesting real-world consequence: Nike chairman Phil Knight has just signed up as an economic adviser to Jon Huntsman.

From a Huntsman campaign press release:

Orlando – Jon Huntsman for President today announced that John Mack will serve as chairman of the campaign’s Business Advisory Council. Other members include Gary Loveman, Phil Knight and Tom Bell.

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Huntsman: The Truer Conservative

September 7th, 2011 at 1:02 am 31 Comments

Here’s a brief biography of two candidates:

One of them presided over arguably the best business climate in the nation, hospital so good that Forbes magazine ranked it as the best state for business and careers. As governor, treat he enacted free-market health care reforms, balanced the budget, and thus far is the most public advocate of the Ryan plan to reduce long-term entitlement spending.

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Huntsman Goes All in For Ryan

September 1st, 2011 at 12:50 am 15 Comments

While watching Jon Huntsman give his remarks on his jobs plan, I paid attention to how his speech described the existential threat of US debt.

Huntsman made clear he supports a Balanced Budget Amendment because “our debt is immoral and should be unconstitutional.” During a question-and-answer session, he added that the debt had to be controlled or it was going to “metastasize and kill this country.”

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More Conservative Than You Think

August 27th, 2011 at 11:20 pm 25 Comments

Ever since Jon Huntsman declared on Twitter that he thinks evolution and climate change are real, he has been identified as the “moderate” candidate in the GOP field, the candidate whose goal seems to be to antagonize the Republican base. Charles Krauthammer described him as “a liberal’s idea of what a Republican ought to be.”

But what if the real Jon Huntsman is actually a candidate with an incredibly conservative record? This is the argument in The American Conservative’s new piece on Huntsman by Michael Brendan Dougherty.

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Huntsman 2016?

David Frum August 22nd, 2011 at 12:23 pm 79 Comments

I was driving all day Sunday, returning to DC from Canada, so I missed the live broadcast of Jon Huntsman’s appearance on This Week, interviewed by Jake Tapper.

Huntsman said a lot of impressive and important things in that interview. He urged the GOP to retake the center ground. He slammed Republicans who flirted with default. He celebrated scientific knowledge as a basis for decision making. All good.

But here was the big disappointment – and one more reason for thinking Huntsman a 2016 candidate, not 2012.

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Call These Scientists Crazy

August 19th, 2011 at 11:47 am 42 Comments

On August 18, a few days after Rick Perry went off on climate scientists as money-grubbing carbon cultists, Jon Huntsman had some craziness of his own to share.

“To be clear, I believe in evolution and trust scientists on global warming. Call me crazy,” the presidential candidate and former Utah governor Tweeted on Thursday afternoon.

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