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AP: ‘Too Civil’ Huntsman To Quit GOP Race

From a tear soaked Associated Press:

Campaign officials: Huntsman to quit GOP race

By KASIE HUNT and PHILIP ELLIOTT
January 16, 2012

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Jon Huntsman staked his presidential campaign on New Hampshire and his bid to become a legitimate competitor on distinguishing himself from front-runner Mitt Romney. But less than a week after a disappointing third-place finish in the Granite State’s GOP primary, Huntsman decided to quit the race and back Romney…

Huntsman’s resume had suggested he could be a major contender for the Republican presidential nomination: businessman, diplomat, governor, veteran of four presidential administrations, an expert on China and on foreign trade.

We heard no evidence of his expertise on foreign trade. In fact, we heard just the opposite.

But the former ambassador to China in the Obama administration found a poor reception for his brand of moderate civility that he had hoped would draw support from independents, as well as party moderates

You see? That’s why Huntsman was rejected. He was too civil for those firebrand Republican primary voters. And it had nothing to do with his stand on the issues of the day.

Word of the Huntsman withdrawal came on the same day that The State, South Carolina’s largest newspaper, endorsed him for president…

And even after the Boston Globe had endorsed him in New Hampshire.

To stand out in a crowded field, Huntsman positioned himself as a tax-cutting, budget-balancing chief executive and former business executive who could rise above partisan politics. That would prove to be a hard sell to the conservatives dominating the early voting contests, especially in an election cycle marked by bitter divisions between Republicans and Democrats and a boiling antipathy for Obama.

You get it? Huntsman wasn’t partisan enough for the haters in the Republican base, who vote in the early primaries.

Which is why Romney has been winning so far.

Huntsman also tried to offer a different tenor, promising a campaign marked by civility. "I don’t think you need to run down somebody’s reputation in order to run for the office of president," he said…

Huntsman jumped on the Romney line about ‘liking to fire people,’ even though it was obviously wrenched out of context. Also, as even the New York Times has noted, he has a history of writing "fawning letters" in praise of Obama’s leadership.

Huntsman was conservative in matters of taxes and the reach of the federal government, but he was out of step with most conservatives in his support of civil unions for gay couples. On matters of science, he poked fun at his skeptical rivals in a pre-debate tweet: "To be clear. I believe in evolution and trust scientists on global warming. Call me crazy."

But according to the AP and the rest of the ‘mainstream media’ Mr. Huntsman only lost because he was ‘too civil.’

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, January 16th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

9 Responses to “AP: ‘Too Civil’ Huntsman To Quit GOP Race”

  1. untrainable says:

    “To be clear. I believe in evolution and trust scientists on global warming. Call me crazy.”
    OK, you’re crazy.
    “I don’t think you need to run down somebody’s reputation in order to run for the office of president,”
    Yup, you’re pretty darned crazy.
    he has a history of writing “fawning letters” in praise of Obama’s leadership.
    OK. All doubt has been removed. You’re not just crazy. You’re delusional.
    With qualifications like that, you shouldn’t quit the race, you should run as a democrat,

  2. Mithrandir says:

    He has a history of writing “fawning letters” in praise of Obama’s leadership.….yeah, that lapdogism tends to happen when someone makes you an ambassador….

    Thank God he dropped out, and NOW WE KNOW why he is backing liberal RINO Romney. Nice Conservative credentials there buddy.

    HILLARY ACCUSES OBAMA OF CAUCUS CHEATING http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2010/01/hillary_accused_obama_of_cheat.html

    If they cheat against each other, now you can understand why the most liberal Republican candidate is always leading in the caucuses. If McRomney is chosen for us by democrats, it will be my first WRITE-IN voting of my entire life. Now way on God’s green Earth am I voting to get stabbed in the front by another liberal ruining a Conservative party.

  3. artboyusa says:

    He was too good for us…we didn’t deserve him. Sob.

  4. Reality Bytes says:

    Kinda like “If a tree falls in the woods & there’s no one there to hear it, does anybody care?’

  5. proreason says:

    he’s like a pretty girl who puts her lipstick on upside down and then complains she can’t get a date

  6. P. Aaron says:

    Jon who?

  7. GetBackJack says:

    I wish we could Follow The Money. Then we’d know who paid Huntsman to muck about in the business of the Republican primaries.

  8. yadayada says:

    pro choice
    pro gay marriage
    believes in evolution
    believes in global warming
    believes O.B.wan is good for USA
    where is he conservative ???

    I admit I have done no research on huntsman, but why would O.B.wan make him ambassador??
    presidents don’t appoint you as ambassador unless you’ve done something for them (especially a marxist pres).
    by the way – O.B. isn’t even 3 yrs into 1st term and this guy’s already out as ambassador ???

  9. Reality Bytes says:

    How do you say “Good Riddens” in Mandarin?


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