Daily Beast: Is New Hampshire Jon Huntsman’s Last Hurrah?

On January 5, 2012, The Daily Beast reported:

Indeed, one of the enduring mysteries of the 2012 presidential race is why Jon Huntsman’s candidacy turned out to be a dud. Was it the candidate or the ideological environment? Was it his message or his delivery?


“He’s plenty conservative, but his unwillingness to give the base red meat and his penchant for relying on logic and common sense doomed him from the start. Also, his rollout was horrible,” says Democratic operative Rodell Mollineau, president of American Bridge to the 21st Century.

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Mediaite: Oppo Tracking Video Shows Just How Epic Jon Huntsman’s Climate Change Flip Is

On December 7, 2011, Mediaite reported:

Republican bubble candidate Jon Huntsman nullified two of the things that set him apart from frontrunners Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney yesterday when he told a group at the Heritage Foundation that “the scientific community owes us more” on climate change, and that “there’s not enough information right now to be able to formulate policies.”

He staked out the “sane candidate” territory in August, and as a tracking video shot by American Bridge PAC in late October shows, Huntsman has no wiggle room on this flip.

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Huntsman Won’t Rule Out Impeaching Obama

In this video, Jon Huntsman discusses the constitutionality of the U.S. involvement in Libya. “Last I looked, the U.N. was not our Constitution,” he says. “We ought to recognize who’s responsible for declaring war and giving the approval for these kinds of things.”

When asked by a member of the audience whether he thought Obama could be impeached for sending U.S. troops to Libya, Huntsman gave a noncommittal answer: “I’ll let Congress make that decision.”

This footage was captured by an American Bridge tracker in New Hampshire on August 1, 2011.

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Hatch: Ben Nelson is the Senate’s Only Moderate Democrat

In this clip, Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) tells the audience at the Western Republican Leadership Conference that his colleague Ben Nelson of Nebraska is the only moderate Democrat in the Senate.

“Ben is a moderate,” he says. “But you saw what he did on ObamaCare. He became the 60th vote that caused the passage of ObamaCare. But he is a moderate. The others are moderates only when their votes aren’t needed by the Democrats… or when it is a parochial issue in their state. Otherwise, they are with them on all spending issues. That’s how they keep themselves in power and we are so doggone dumb in this country that we think they are actually doing something for us when they are really throwing a wet blanket over the whole economy.”

This footage was captured by an American Bridge tracker in Las Vegas, NV, on October 21, 2011.

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Orrin Hatch on Obama’s Approach to Immigration

In this video, Senator Orrin Hatch responds to a question about immigration policy at the Western Republican Leadership Conference.

“I think that the administration has done everything they can to make sure there’s nothing done about immigration,” Hatch says. “Do you realize we can’t stop them right now doing marijuana growing in our national parks? ‘Cause they won’t let us go in and protect the border. That’s how ridiculous this administration is.”

This footage was captured by an American Bridge tracker in Las Vegas, NV, on October 21, 2011.

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Orrin Hatch on Occupy Wall Street

In this clip, Senator Orrin Hatch tells his audience at the Western Republican Leadership Conference to take comfort in the fact that Washington, DC, is home to a lot of great people working on their behalf. “Some of whom are Democrats, but I’ve got to say they’re not as abundant as Republicans are,” he says.

Hatch goes on to take a swipe at the Occupy Wall Street protesters. “They want the federal government to control our lives,” he says. “These young people are really misguided and they don’t understand what made America the greatest country in the world, but I do and so do you.”

This footage was captured by an American Bridge tracker in Las Vegas, NV, on October 21, 2011.

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Huntsman: “We’re A Little Fat, Dumb and Lazy”

Jon Huntsman put his foot in his mouth again at a town hall in Marlow, NH, on October 12 — and one of our trackers was there to capture the moment.

Here’s what Huntsman had to say on the subject of America’s competitiveness on the global stage:

“I’ve lived in the countries that we consider to be our primary competitors. I’ve seen what they have done economically and educationally, and I see what they continue to do. And I say we’re a little fat, dumb and lazy.

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Huntsman: “How Stupid Are We?”

In this clip, Jon Huntsman muses on our country’s progress toward being energy independent.

“We have more natural gas in this country than Saudi Arabia has crude oil, and I say how stupid are we?” he asks a crowd in Marlow, NH. “When are we gonna get with the picture, folks? I mean, start converting our transportation fleet to natural gas. I did it as governor!”

This footage was captured by an American Bridge tracker at a town hall meeting on October 12, 2011.

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Salt Lake Tribune: Huntsman pitches wholesale tax overhaul

“Democrats also pointed to the former Utah governor’s family-owned Huntsman Corp., which now has a majority of employees overseas. Of the company’s 12,000 employees, BusinessWeek recently reported, only 2,174 are in the United States while some 1,100 are in China.

“Desperately flailing to gain any type of traction in the race, Jon Huntsman is out today pushing ‘Made In America.’ But with him, it is ‘Made in China’ that has made him millions,” says Ty Matsdorf, a spokesman for the liberal group, American Bridge 21st Century. “This appears to be just one more desperate attempt to breathe some much needed life into a floundering campaign.”

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MEMO: Unanswered Questions From The GOP Debate / Rick Perry Joins The Race

Thursday night, the Republican candidates for President took the stage for a debate in Iowa.

Though the proceedings were overshadowed by Rick Perry, who is following in Fred Thompson's footsteps as the GOP's "next big thing," there was a moment in the debate which provided perhaps the most important insight into the current state of the Republican Party. Each of the candidates raised their hand to indicate that they would walk away from any compromise legislation that included revenue, even at a 10:1 ratio in favor of spending cuts. This should not be considered a surprise considering the brinksmanship of Republican candidates who have used extreme rhetoric advocating default or dangerous economic policies to push our economy over the edge.

With that said, here are the questions that we’re still waiting for Republican candidates to answer, after the jump.

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