An Unusual Candidate on the Republican Radar

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Real Estate Technology with Carmody and Associates LLC

With the announcement that Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels is not going to be a candidate in 2012 for President, I continue to search the bushes for a strong entry.  I use that phrase since it appears that Jeb Bush, outstanding former Governor of Florida whom I could easily support, still seems to view himself as a Bush too far and is not showing signs of entering the race in 2012.  

I like the idea of a state Governor as a candidate because the executive experience seems to translate better than a legislative history as a background for a President.  

So I am starting to take an interest in a candidate for the Oval Office.  He is a wealthy former Governor with excellent fiscal and business credentials, a model health care plan in his state and an inclusive list of moderate and conservative policies and beliefs.  Oh, by the way, while he is a member of the LDS Church (Mormon), his name is not Mitt Romney. 

photo credit: http://www.thewashingtonnote.com/archives/2009/05/obama_taps_jon/He is Jon Huntsman Jr, former Governor of Utah and he just completed a two year assignment with the Obama Administration as Ambassador to China.  

I recommend you take the time to read up on Mr Huntsman.  He is, in many ways, a remarkable man and he may soon become a serious candidate for President.  Although he is, perhaps, a more inclusive candidate than some of his Republican colleagues, some of his more moderate views may work against him in the primary election process.  By definition, the Republican primary voter is a very different animal than the general election voter.  They are more engaged politically and may be more caustic in their right wing views.  Mr Huntsman may find that his support for civil unions and his previous support for cap and trade (now not on his agenda) and views on climate change may be uncomfortable for the Republican primary voters.  

But do not stop there in your reading.  He was a successful Governor of a very conservative state (Utah).  He brought business efficiency to state government and reduced taxes while creating jobs and a strong Utah economy.  Huntsman's free-market policies helped his state grow economically while most of the nation suffered substantial job losses. He was re-elected for his second term as Utah Governor with 78% of the vote. He is pro-life and defends the Second Amendment.  His health care system in Utah relies more on consumer freedom of choice than Mr Romney's (and Mr Obama's) government control and individual mandate model. He served as John McCain's campaign co-chair in Utah in 2008.

And in the urgent and timely areas of commerce, trade and foreign relations, Jon Huntsman is eminently qualified and experienced.  He served in the Reagan White House and was appointed Ambassador to Singapore in the Bush (41) administration becoming one of the youngest ambassadors in the last century for the United States.  He also served as Deputy US Trade Representative in the Bush (43) administration working to enhance trade relations with African and Asian nations.  

Mr Huntsman speaks fluent Mandarin Chinese (and Taiwanese Hokkein).  He was asked by President Obama to serve in the vital post of US Ambassador to China in 2009.  He agreed to serve for two years and was unanamously confirmed by the Senate.  In the current global environment, I believe his foreign relations experience, personal relationships and understanding of China may be his most important qualification for the Office of President.  (by the way, President George H W Bush also served as Ambassador to China).

Jon, age 51, is married with seven children (two daughters adopted - one from China and one from India).

Jon is an unusual and sometimes unpredictable individual who is certainly in a position to shake up the Republican primary season.  And he may be a powerful candidate to take on President Obama in 2012.  He is not yet on everybody's radar so you should do your own research and form your own opinions.

Additional reading at The Washington Post,  Jon Huntsman's site,  ActiveRain member Karl Hess, Glenn Beck(Glenn's audio interview with Jon Huntsman Sr) and even the $300 million Huffington Post.   (I like some variety in my reading)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Broker Nick
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Oh - a bit pushy now dear Ted - I just stated my opinion based on my observations and study of candidates - and there was never a cadidate so unqualified as our present Mr. President - and the bar is set so low now for qualifications - 

About the Harry Potter books - I don't have to read the books I saw the movies.

I prefer the Lord of the Rings Trilogy myself - and I read the books to those - and The Hobbit - perhaps a movie will come of that book as well.

May 24, 2011 12:11 PM #8
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 Congratulations - This post is now featured in Silent Majority of The Active Rain Network!

May 24, 2011 12:12 PM #9
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Ted Baker
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Yolanda - no malice assumed or offense taken.  I took your question seriously and tried to answer it the best way I could.  I am frequently picking on Nick - but he is a good friend and I value his opinions.

A number of comments on my post and Karl's seemed to assume "facts not in evidence" and I do not want to accept a casual reaction from folks.  After people read about Jon Huntsman they may, in fact, decide that he is is not the candidate for them - which is OK.  But I will have more fun hearing and responding to their informed disagreements - and I may learn something from the exchange.  I believe there are significant differences between Jon and Mitt - some of which I used in my response to you.

Yes I was and am a fan of Marco Rubio - with a number of posts on AR and other locations.  

I did not mean that you brought misinformation - only that I hoped you would take a look at the candidate and come back with your opinions - good or bad at a future date.  

I have not endorsed Jon Huntsman yet as he is not an announced candidate and I still don't know who else is running yet.  But I was disappointed that Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels did not enter the race.  I have, in the past, been very impressed with Newt Gingrich - but I was put off by his recent attacks on Paul Ryan and his financial program.  So I am still in search mode and I like what I see with Jon Huntsman.  

Thank you for your comments.  I will be interested to hear from you again after Jon gets more exposure.  You can certainly rely on the media to do a proper vetting of the Republicans - even if they don't do that very well with the liberals.  

May 24, 2011 12:29 PM #10
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Hi Nick - you posted your comment while I was responding to Yolanda.  Thank you for the Feature. 

I may agree with your view of the President's qualifications and experience - but he won 2008 and he will be difficult to defeat in 2012.  I am concerned that the candidates who have actually entered the Republican race for the Oval Office lack depth and stand out qualifications.  I mentioned in my post that Huntsman has a few policies in his closet that will not play well in a Republican primary or with the tea party. But there a many policies of his that I do approve of and his record as Governor in Utah was, apparently, outstanding - and his health care plan seems much more in tune with the Conservatives.  I think he may be good for jobs, jump starting the economy and dealing with Asian nations like China.  Not a bad record for this election.  

Let know what you think as he becomes more exposed to the media and announces as a candidate.

 

May 24, 2011 12:39 PM #11
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Ted -

Ever the skeptic, here is what I said on Karl's post:

I know Jon (and his dad) pretty well from church, and have for 30 years or so. He is VERY pro amnesty for anybody at any time. That position is more devastating than most people consider.

And when the media picks a candidate, out of obscurity, and suddenly touts him as "the great opponent," it is a pretty good bet that he is not the guy we conservatives might think we want.

You have to look behind the curtain... remember Toto?

May 25, 2011 12:45 AM #12
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And by the Way Ted - Richard Harris was great as Albus Dumbledore in the first two of the Harry Potter films...

May 25, 2011 03:52 AM #13
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Nick - are you telling me that the movie "The Bible" tells you all you need to klnow about the book?

And Richard Harris was in that one too.

May 25, 2011 07:47 AM #14
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Jay - thank you for a personal perspective.  I am not personally aquainted with the man or the family.  I haven't seen a media concentration about Huntsman - in fact I am interested to hear them try to declare the nominations to be closed with the existing set in place. 

But I agree with you on amnesty and I would oppose any attempt to solve the immigration issue by means of a general amnesty for illegals.  We tried that under Reagan and, in my view, it was wrong then too.  That is why I am among those that recommend that we successfully secure the borders first before attempting any political solution.  I believe that our claim of believe in the rule of law becomes something of a joke these days.  

 

May 25, 2011 07:58 AM #15
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Jay Markanich
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Did you see what he did in Utah as regards "amnesty?"

May 25, 2011 08:15 AM #16
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Ted - I know, I know - I shall read the book to make you happy - that is why I read The Lord of the Rings Trilogy - I wanted to know how far the director strayed from the book - be nice.... 

May 25, 2011 09:37 AM #17
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It's official, I and Barack Hussein Obama support Jon Hunstman...lol...and for the record I think George H.W. Bush was a very good president. It was he that actually put the country back on track after the disastrous economic policies of Reagan.  It was he who broke the back of inflationary deficit spending of that previous administration that allowed Clinton to complete the job of economic expansion and the balanced budget.  I'd take H.W. any day of the week...but he'd never get past the primary season in today's Republican Party.

May 26, 2011 08:14 AM #18
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Yolanda Hoversten
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Nice segue for members in this group to bash Republican presidents at the behest of a lib.

 

May 26, 2011 08:48 AM #19
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I have yet to see a candidate who has a workable plan to deal with our ever increasing spending.  Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security are broken, and no one wants to have a grown up discussion about what must be done because that will bring the true meaning of austerity measures into focus. Our government has nearly ground to a halt arguing over a deficit limit that puts us on par with Greece.  On top of this, No One is even mentioning the fact that Fannie, and Freddie are basically insolvent, and their debts are not counted as part of the national deficit despite the fact they have been taken on as a conservatory of the government.

 The election will be won by whomever offers more to the FSA (Free Stuff Army) regardless of our inability to pay for it.  Anyone who shines a light on the MULTI TRILLION pound gorilla in the room is immediately dismissed.

May 26, 2011 11:06 AM #20
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Wow - George H.W. Bush the one term President who threw Israel under the bus as well as Obama has done even worse - this is the people liberals love?

Take your people and move to Afganistan please - leave freedom to those who stand by the truth...

May 26, 2011 01:54 PM #21
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IN one corner, Conservatives who believe that every right was wronged by those Liberals.  IN the other corner, Liberals who can blame the Conservatives Movement for the ills of most of our entire Nation.

Lib(s) & Far Right Wing Maniac(s) ... I only ask to downplay each's airtime.  They don't represent anything other than an extreme way of telling the other they have the shits.

 

May 26, 2011 05:40 PM #22
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Karl Hess
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Hey Nick, what do you mean by "Take your people and move to Afganistan please - leave freedom to those who stand by the truth..."

I'm not sure I understand your reasoning.

 

May 27, 2011 12:40 AM #23
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Ted Baker
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Nick and Karl - neutral corners please.  

Jason - smile... 

Ron - I hope we can do better this time, but the smart money will probably agree with you.

We are three days into this discussion - time for new posting... 

 

Thanks for stopping by.  To all, have a safe Memorial Day holiday weekend. 

May 27, 2011 01:36 PM #24
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You too, Ted!

May 27, 2011 03:26 PM #25
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Satar Naghshineh
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I would think that allowing the people to marry whom they wish, would be a conservative view point. Along the lines of keeping government off the backs of people, whether it be in our bedrooms or in our public affairs.

I personaly like Ron Paul. I agree with every stance he takes. His son is doing a great job as Senator as well.

In regards to Nick's stance on Israel, it is foolish of us to mettle in their policies. A great video that explains this is the following:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qrfo4Akww0I

 

May 29, 2011 03:10 PM #26
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I WANT a govenor as president and not  a legislator * senator or congressperson * so that they have an EXECUTIVE record to run on....Our current president had no RECORD and that should have been a CLUE!

May 30, 2011 11:26 PM #27
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