Gotta Watch: Huntsman's presidential campaign
Republican presidential candidate and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman campaigns at Keene State College on January 08, 2012
January 16th, 2012
12:38 PM ET

Gotta Watch: Huntsman's presidential campaign

On June 21, 2011, former Utah Governor and U.S.ambassador to China Jon Hunstman announced his candidacy for president. He began his campaign in Liberty State Park, the same place where Ronald Reagan announced his bid for president in 1980. Over the past several months, the moderate conservative traveled across the country to tout his tax plan and foreign policy views. However, his campaign never really got the momentum he needed.  Huntsman finished last in the Iowa caucus and third in the New Hampshire primary. Despite the endorsement by South Carolina's largest newspaper, Huntsman decided it was time to end his campaign and back one of his rivals. Today's Gotta Watch features a look back at Huntsman's campaign, his feisty exchanges with Mitt Romney and the end of his bid for the White House.

Bad-mouthing Mitt - During his campaign, Huntsman attacked Romney on everything from tax policy to health care to his views on China.

A message for Mitt - During his campaign, Huntsman sent a message to Romney, the winner of the Iowa caucuses. "Welcome to New Hampshire. Nobody cares." That, and a nod to the Grateful Dead, were some of the more memorable highlights from his run for the GOP nomination.

To quit and endorse Mitt -  In the end, Huntsman decided he shouldn't continue on, and suspended his campaign. And, despite their "differences," Huntsman gave Romney his endorsement.

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  1. Emitr

    Sorry to see Huntsman go. He's the only candidate in whose hands I would feel the country would be in good ones. I hope he runs again.

    January 16, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aaron

      This such waste of time for American's the outcome has already been planed Obama will stay on cause he is a very good puppet. People in real power like it so.

      January 16, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  2. saywhat

    Romney carries his momentum to S.C and may perhaps get a marginal boost with Huntsman's endorsement. Those who listen to what Ron Paul has to say ,inspite of the mainstream media, can easily see him for the lone voice of rationality that he is and that he is certainly not a phoney like say Romney or Newt.
    Romney comes across as self serving, detached from us 'commoners', the general public and both he & Newt seem to have no clue to the changing realities in the world beyond our borders.
    President Obama's chances of a second term are strong.

    January 16, 2012 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry

      I keep looking for evidence that the "mainstream media" is somehow interfering with Ron Paul's campaign, as so many of his supporters seem to claim. He came in second in the New Hampshire primary, which speaks loudly already. Still, it seems that backers of Ron Paul won't be satisfied until every news outlet is publishing glowing endorsements about Ron Paul around the clock. If Ron Paul can't get enough Republicans and independents excited enough to vote for him, that's a problem with his campaign, not the media or anyone else.

      January 16, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • JWI

      Oh enough, the media gives him enough attention. His economic views would destroy the nation.

      January 16, 2012 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Gayle Brink

    The only one for whom I would have returned to the Republican Party.

    January 16, 2012 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Emitr

      Same here, Gayle. I still haven't voted for a Democratic president yet, but 2000 was the last time I voted for a Republican one. Huntsman was the only Republican this time I would have supported.

      January 16, 2012 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Vorsanss

    NOOOOOOO the one guy i liked for president. Well i guess i will have to crawl back to Ron Paul. :/

    January 16, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Vorsanss

      Just Kidding i would never support Ron Paul. back the the gold standard?

      January 16, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • JWI

      Haha Ron Paul. The Gold Standard, ending paper money and bringing back gold coins. I'd rather write in Batman for president

      January 16, 2012 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  5. R. Smith

    Huntsman is like the rest of the country, Anybody but Obama.

    January 16, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Kandi

    @ clarissa, that was just an insult to mentally challenged people everywhere on both levels! And im still waiting to hear the *unorthodox endorsment* that Herman Caine will be making! Whats MORE unorthodox than him??

    January 16, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  7. nondescript

    Hasn't terrorism risen significantly in places after foreign presence there.

    Do you think if US seizes to be the watch dog of the world then the world will end in 2012? US isn't the only country
    concerned about possible future conflict in this world. There are other countries too. If situations really get worse requiring foreign intervention, all countries will act together.

    January 16, 2012 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jackson Baer

    Ron Paul is consistent & honest and has my vote. I'm hoping for a strong finish in South Carolina and polls seem to show him surging somewhat.

    January 16, 2012 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Kandi

    @ nondescript you are on the wrong thread dude! And @ Mickey, very good post, i couldnt agree more!

    January 16, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  10. sense

    I do not think being a watch dog of the world will last forever. It might only invite enemies. Being a watch dog gives that feeling of superiority among nations which is dangerous. At somepoint in future, some other country might rise as super power because of their its economic growth, take the position of US and US might think that country to be a threat to the world since it posses nuclear weapons.

    January 16, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  11. goodwill

    like Ron paul said, we should seek cooperation through good will , not by being a watch dog and telling other countries what is good and what is not.

    January 16, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  12. winstonsmith

    Right-wingers, hope you're happy. Obama just got a 2nd term. You do realize by going so extreme and SO FAR to the right, you just ruin your own chances. You need to come back to the center. Huntsman was the only non-extremist in the running, and then there's Ron Paul. And personally I think Ron Paul is a good thing, this country needs to be more than a 2 party system because the world is far more complex than just the "liberal" and "conservative" views on things.

    Obama will win 2012, and hopefully in 2016 the country will not be so extreme to the right and we'll be ready for more than the usual this or that. Obama will also win regardless if Paul runs after not getting the nom, but I do hope Paul runs anyways as an independent then. He could easily get 15% of the vote simply because he's NOT just this or that, despite the fact that for me some of his views (especially regarding religion and the idea that state governments can't get corrupted) are irreconcilable.

    January 16, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Kandi

    Also @ Frederick im not so sure Romney bought out Huntsman, its probably more like the Republican party *bought* him out, and most likely not with cash, but promises! Which in all likelihood will NOT be fullfilled!

    January 16, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Daniel

    Anybody but Obama huh? are really really brainwashed. The GOP is a failed lot and has been for years...started with Reagan....your trickle down ideas dont work. With any one of these loons you will see a drastic reduction on the taxes on the rich, no jobs, and the U.S. will become the modern day middle ages before we are so deep in debt our infrastructure will be sold to overseas businesses. You dont think that will happen? You are completely and irrevocably ignorant.....this is really getting scary.....i'll be moving to India.....

    January 16, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Geronimo

    South Carolina, prove you are sane, vote for Ron Paul!

    January 16, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
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