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Jon Huntsman latest casualty in GOP sweepstakes

By CAPITOL HILL BLUE Staff Reports
January 16, 2012

Huntsman campaigns in South Carolina (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Jon Huntsman, the former Utah governor whose campaign never caught on, plans to quit the GOP Presidential race today.

Close campaign aides tell Capitol Hill Blue that Huntsman told his staff Sunday night and will announce his departure from the race in a press conference where he will also endorse current GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney.

“It’s over,” a disheartened campaign aide said.  “We tried but we just couldn’t make it work.”

Huntsman’s announcement comes one day after he gained an major endorsement in South Carolina from The State newspaper.

“Too little, too late,” the aide said.  “It’s over.”

Some campaign watchers see Huntsman’s departure as a major blow to conservatives who hoped to wrest the nomination from the more moderate Romney.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry is expected to drop out following the South Carolina primary.

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2 Responses to Jon Huntsman latest casualty in GOP sweepstakes

  1. Sandy Price

    January 16, 2012 at 11:11 am

    I’m glad he dropped out. His being forced to mingle with those awful men calling themselves Conservatives made me feel dirty.

    The whole election is based on just how Christian Gov. Huntsman really is.

    What ever happened to a limited government? Those right wing nuts want more government with prohibitions to keep Americans under some kind of religious rule. What ever happened to free enterprise Capitalism? Banning gays from getting married? It that the start of free enterprise? Banning birth control? Keeping minorities from voting?

    We don’t need stronger candidates, we need a whole new political party based on free enterprise capitalism. If we’re going to lose, let’s lose with dignity and for a fighting chance at change.

    Separate church and state and let’s get back to work on the right track.

  2. woody188

    January 16, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    This isn’t all that surprising with how connected the families are to one another. Jon M. Huntsman (the candidates father) started Huntsman Gay Global Capital along with Robert C. Gay, the long-time Managing Director of Bain Capital.

    I’d sure like to see an article about Mitt selecting Robert Kagan, Eliot Cohen, Michael Hayden, Dov Zakheim, and Michael Chertoff as advisors. It’s Junior Bush all over again. The exact same players sans Richard Cheney.

    Or how about Mitt’s campaign staff connections to the MEK and hence the CIA?

    Who knows, maybe he’ll name Cheney as his Veep? :shock: