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Old 11-20-2012, 03:47 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Interesting article and I agree, Huntsman would have been a better candidate than Romney.

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I really wish he had a shot at the nomination.
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Old 11-20-2012, 05:15 PM
 
Location: Fort Worth, TX
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He was too sensible and moderate. He didn't stand a chance at getting the nomination, not with the type of base that the GOP primaries attract.
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Old 11-20-2012, 05:21 PM
 
Location: In the heights
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I thought Huntsman was an obvious viable candidate in the general election, but a terrible one for the primaries unless he shifted his positions substantially--which would have made him a terrible candidate for the general election. The same happened with McCain in the 2008 elections when I was a supporter for him up until the heat of the Republican primaries towards the end and he made drastic shifts to get the Republican nomination (which maybe didn't need to be so drastic to secure those nominations). A recognizable version of the veteran (in politics and war) McCain in the 2008 election would have gotten my vote over what was then an untested new candidate (Obama), but had so radically shifted his positions on so many issues that it was no longer reasonable for me to vote for him. What completely sealed the deal for me was when Palin was put on the ticket which made absolutely no sense at all.
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Old 11-20-2012, 05:25 PM
 
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Huntsman was nuetralized early when he took a job in the Obama administration. The ole community organizer aint no fool.
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Old 11-20-2012, 05:37 PM
 
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Interesting article and I agree, Huntsman would have been a better candidate than Romney.

Obama

I really wish he had a shot at the nomination.
I would have given Huntsman a serious look if he had won the GOP nomination. It was lucky for the Obama campaign that the crazies were in charge of the GOP.
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Old 11-20-2012, 05:38 PM
 
Location: Redondo Beach, CA
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I'm on record as having said repeatedly that Huntsman is the only one of the candidates who ran on the Republican side who could have potentially beaten Barack Obama, and not just because he's not utterly insane or insipid. He's pragmatic, practical, extraordinarily smart, and has foreign policy bona fides. And if the nuts who voted in the primaries (and kept alternately elevating Bachmann, Cain, Gingrich, and Perry into the lead) had actually bothered to pay attention, they'd've learned that Jon Huntsman is a deeply conservative man. For crying out loud, he was the governor of one of the most conservative states in the nation; Utah.

I thanked my lucky stars every day since he was forced out of the running that rightwingers weren't smart enough to have seen that.
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Old 11-20-2012, 05:48 PM
 
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I'm on record as having said repeatedly that Huntsman is the only one of the candidates who ran on the Republican side who could have potentially beaten Barack Obama, and not just because he's not utterly insane or insipid. He's pragmatic, practical, extraordinarily smart, and has foreign policy bona fides. And if the nuts who voted in the primaries (and kept alternately elevating Bachmann, Cain, Gingrich, and Perry into the lead) had actually bothered to pay attention, they'd've learned that Jon Huntsman is a deeply conservative man. For crying out loud, he was the governor of one of the most conservative states in the nation; Utah.

I thanked my lucky stars every day since he was forced out of the running that rightwingers weren't smart enough to have seen that.
I may have been one of those independents who would have voted for Huntsman. I'm not affiliated with either party, and if Huntsman had been the candidate, then it would have been a tough pick. But I also knew that given the narrative the GOP was putting out throughout the primaries that Huntsman was not a particularly likely pick because it felt like the primaries had a lot of the candidates jockeying for more extreme statements one after another for a while until someone was a big enough blank to embody a "maybe?" for all of those statements. Huntsman versus Obama could have been a real talking through of different policies.
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Old 11-20-2012, 06:44 PM
 
Location: Redondo Beach, CA
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Yup.
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Old 11-21-2012, 03:44 PM
 
Location: CHicago, United States
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Interesting article and I agree, Huntsman would have been a better candidate than Romney.

Obama

I really wish he had a shot at the nomination.
In discussions here during the GOP primaries, I offered the opinion that Huntsman would be the tougher of the opponents ... out of that field of possibilities. Now we learn that the Obama strategists were thinking the same thing. I wouldn't have voted for him but if he'd have won the contest, I could have supported his efforts because I believe he would be fair and a good administrator.
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Old 11-21-2012, 04:55 PM
 
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I'm on record as having said repeatedly that Huntsman is the only one of the candidates who ran on the Republican side who could have potentially beaten Barack Obama, and not just because he's not utterly insane or insipid. He's pragmatic, practical, extraordinarily smart, and has foreign policy bona fides. And if the nuts who voted in the primaries (and kept alternately elevating Bachmann, Cain, Gingrich, and Perry into the lead) had actually bothered to pay attention, they'd've learned that Jon Huntsman is a deeply conservative man. For crying out loud, he was the governor of one of the most conservative states in the nation; Utah.

I thanked my lucky stars every day since he was forced out of the running that rightwingers weren't smart enough to have seen that.

Why thank your lucky stars that he was not the nominee? Are we not looking for the best candidate to run our country?
The blind faith in Obama is just disturbing.
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