January 1, 2013 § Leave a comment
“We can’t be known as a party that’s fear-based. That doesn’t believe in math, in the sense that to win you got to be the party of addition, not subtraction and division.”
- John Huntsman, moderate Republican, December 30, 2012
- Source: Interview with The Telegraph (with audio)
- Context: During the interview, Huntsman was asked about his thoughts on the current state of the Republican Party and what it needed to do to be competitive. He was optimistic that the party would change over time and become more moderate, saying that “the party right now is a holding company that’s devoid of a soul and it will be filled up with ideas over time and leaders will take their proper place.”
November 29, 2012 § Leave a comment
“Some do it professionally. Some were entertainers. I looked down the debate stage, and half of them were probably on Fox contracts at one point in their career. You do that. You write some books. You go out and you sell some more. You get a radio gig or a TV gig out of it or something. And it’s like, you say to yourself, the barriers of entry to this game are pretty damn low.”
- Jon Huntsman, former Republican candidate for President, November 28, 2012
- Source: Interview with the Huffington Post
- Context: Recalling one debate, Huntsman, a moderate Republican, reflected on his fellow Republican presidential candidates during an interview with the Huffington Post. According to the Huffington Post, “Huntsman described the Republican primary process as corrosive, producing pledge-signing, cookie-cutter candidates more interested in money and publicity than policy.”
July 9, 2012 § Leave a comment
“The minute that the Republican Party becomes the party — the anti-science party, we have a huge problem. We lose a whole lot of people who would otherwise allow us to win the election in 2012. When we take a position that isn’t willing to embrace evolution, when we take a position that basically runs counter to what 98 of 100 climate scientists have said… about what is causing climate change and man’s contribution to it, I think we find ourselves on the wrong side of science, and, therefore, in a losing position.”
- Jon Huntsman, August 21, 2011. Huntsman was a former 2012 presidential candidate, ambassador to China (2009-2011), and Governor of Utah (2005-2009).
- Source: ABC’s This Week (includes video)
- Context: In this ABC interview, Jon Huntsman talks about the 2012 presidential campaign, his fellow candidates, and the current state of the Republican Party. Jon Huntsman describes the United States as a “center-right” country and describes himself as being a “center-right” politician. He is very critical of the extreme and anti-science stances that seem to be prevalent amongst many conservatives.
July 6, 2012 § Leave a comment
“I will not be attending this year’s convention, nor any Republican convention in the future until the party focuses on a bigger, bolder, more confident future for the United States — a future based on problem solving, inclusiveness, and a willingness to address the trust deficit, which is every bit as corrosive as our fiscal and economic deficits.”
- Jon Huntsman, July 6, 2012. Huntsman was a former 2012 presidential candidate, ambassador to China (2009-2011), and Governor of Utah (2005-2009).
- Source: The Salt Lake Tribune
- Context: Jon Huntsman describes his beliefs as “center-right”. During his campaign, he was unapologetic about his moderate views. His acceptance of evolution and global warming, along with his positions on immigration, cap-and-trade legislation, and gay rights turned off many in the Republican base. He has stated that the more radical Republican politicians become, the less electable they become, and that if the party stands against science and reason, it is putting itself in a losing position.