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Can You Name This GOP Candidate?


I’m driven to run for president… because I can’t stand the thought that we’re about ready to hand down the greatest nation that ever was to your generation less good, less competitive, saddled with debt, less hopeful than the country I got.

His tax reforms included $110 million in income-tax cuts, and would mandate a state-wide flat income-tax rate. Sales and food taxes were slashed too. The deal included tax credits aimed at attracting new business development, including mining.

He signed bills banning second-trimester abortions, reclassifying third-trimester abortions as a third-degree felony, and requiring abortion providers to explain the pain unborn children can experience during abortion. He signed a trigger law that would ban abortion outright if Roe is overturned. He opposes embryonic stem-cell research. And by establishing a state legal fund to defend these laws, he showed willingness to uphold state prerogatives.

He expanded the rights of gun-owners, abolishing some concealed-carry restrictions and allowing for more transport of firearms on roads. He signed a bill that would grant small-game hunting licenses to children under 12.

His administration routinely fought alongside business interests against the Interior Department and environmental groups to develop an energy economy.

One of the odder accomplishments of his administration was the reform of the state’s liquor laws. Before the reform, restaurants and bars had to comply with an arcane series of regulations that labeled them “private clubs” and required customers to pay extra fees to become members. He held dozens of meetings with business members and ecclesiastical authorities, hammering the message that this was a lost economic opportunity. Eventually he got even the most conservative stakeholders in civil society to give on the issue.

His state healthcare reform achieved more insurance coverage for residents without resorting to an individual mandate.

The majority whip in the state’s House of Representatives and perhaps the most stoutly conservative member of the state’s overwhelmingly right-leaning legislature, summing up his feelings on him, says:

I have an easy rule of thumb. If someone walks into the room and you cut $400 million in taxes and do school reform with him, you vote for him for president.

Some of you can name this candidate, and for those who aren’t sure – his name is Jon Huntsman. He is the most moderate candidate of the eight candidates. I want to make it clear that I support Rick Perry, and I will vote for Rick Perry in my state’s primary. I chose the most moderate candidate in the field to make a point. The point of this piece is to refute the notion that the 2012 GOP candidates are all weak and not up to the task of defeating Obama. It’s likely that Huntsman will drop out of the race after the New Hampshire primary. I believe that in the unlikely chance he wins the nomination he will be a better nominee than the 2008 GOP nominee, and he can defeat Obama to become the 45th U.S.President.

The Democrats are going to do more negative attacks than in any previous election. They will make stuff up, and try to destroy the nominee with false accusations. I’m not worried about you getting depressed and dispirited by the other side. What worries me are those Republicans who want you to believe that our nominee is too weak and Obama is too powerful. I don’t know if they think they are earning some respect from the mainstream media by picking the nits, but they are wrong to depress and discourage Republican voters. I will be disappointed if my choice does not win the nomination, but I will not be depressed and discouraged and sit out the 2012 election. It’s just too important for our nation that Obama must be voted out of office in 2012.

pilgrim
I am retired after 36 years of being a state of Indiana employee. I enjoy writing and reading conservative blogs.

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    • I think I know what you mean. On a checkoff on the issues Romney scores more conservative than Huntsman. The problem I have with that is I think Romney is saying what he thinks you want to hear him say so that you think he is conservative. Huntsman says what he believes instead of what he believes you want to hear, and so he is scored as more moderate.

  1. I actually saw this one coming 🙂 It is a great point. Not at all a weak field. I believe heartily that everybody in the race not named Paul would beat Obama. Santorum and Huntsman would have a time of it, but each of them would still do it.

    The media have done a wonderful job of majoring on the minor details. The fact remains: Obamacare, 9% (actually 11%) unemployment, escessive regulation, Fast&Furious and a whole pile of other corruption, holding the coats of militant Islamists as they take over new and greater territory, bowing to dictators, killing the oil industry and causing prices on everything to go up, and on and on and on.

    Obama will lose huge. We should pick the best president from among the candidates (yes, that’s Perry), but any of them will do.

    • I kind of figured that you would see this one coming. I cross-posted over at the cemetery, and one of the newer folks added this bit of information

      Huntsmans and Perrys are good friends, since the time when both Jon and Rick were sitting governors. Mary Kaye and Anita have deepened their friendship ever since (the words of Anita Perry, and now they have gotten close with Callista).

      If true, then it tells me a Perry administration has Gingrich and Huntsman as part of it. Romney and the other four…not so much.

    • I think I know what you mean. On a checkoff on the issues Romney scores more conservative than Huntsman. The problem I have with that is I think Romney is saying what he thinks you want to hear him say so that you think he is conservative. Huntsman says what he believes instead of what he believes you want to hear, and so he is scored as more moderate.

  1. I actually saw this one coming 🙂 It is a great point. Not at all a weak field. I believe heartily that everybody in the race not named Paul would beat Obama. Santorum and Huntsman would have a time of it, but each of them would still do it.

    The media have done a wonderful job of majoring on the minor details. The fact remains: Obamacare, 9% (actually 11%) unemployment, escessive regulation, Fast&Furious and a whole pile of other corruption, holding the coats of militant Islamists as they take over new and greater territory, bowing to dictators, killing the oil industry and causing prices on everything to go up, and on and on and on.

    Obama will lose huge. We should pick the best president from among the candidates (yes, that’s Perry), but any of them will do.

    • I kind of figured that you would see this one coming. I cross-posted over at the cemetery, and one of the newer folks added this bit of information

      Huntsmans and Perrys are good friends, since the time when both Jon and Rick were sitting governors. Mary Kaye and Anita have deepened their friendship ever since (the words of Anita Perry, and now they have gotten close with Callista).

      If true, then it tells me a Perry administration has Gingrich and Huntsman as part of it. Romney and the other four…not so much.

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