Huntsman speaks the truth – he is only Romney alternative
How does Jon Huntsman score with Romney and Santorum?
The question that Republicans must ask, and it is very hard to do so, which of their candidates can attract Democratic voters? The more they know about Romney, the less there is to like.
Huntsman was an ambassador for President Obama, a governor, and a CEO like Romney. Posted below is the Huntsman Qualifications Profile as I published in How to Select an American President ©2011 James A. George, All Rights Reserved.
Huntsman Score: 47.5
Romney Score: 51
Santorum Score: 50
Obama Score: 54/65
The trouble with Huntsman is 1) he is the 1%, and 2) he may be more ideologically aligned with Democrats but that puts him way out of whack with Republicans.
“Huntsman says he's only viable alternative to Romney
By NBC's Jo Ling Kent
FRANKLIN, N.H. -- While the rest of the pack campaigns in Iowa, here in New Hampshire Jon Huntsman is playing the electability card aggressively, calling himself the only viable alternative to Mitt Romney. Today, the former Utah governor who is skipping Iowa said that while Iowa is key in "winnowing down" the Republican field, he believes the New Hampshire's first-in-the-nation primary will determine the candidates' electability in a race against an "establishment" candidate.
"Electability is not going to come out of Iowa, it is going to come out of New Hampshire," Huntsman told voters in Franklin, referring to his 6 rivals campaigning in Iowa this weekend. "Electability is what people are going to be looking for in South Carolina and in Florida."
"I think there's a natural winnowing out process that takes place in Iowa," he added earlier in Derry. "There will be an outcome and that outcome will be quickly forgotten and then you have New Hampshire."
Huntsman argues that New Hampshire "will set the standard going forward." As he tries to downplay his absence from the Iowa caucuses, he added that he believes the Jan. 3 results will be forgotten "within a day or two."
It is an ideal but unlikely scenario for Huntsman, regardless of which GOP candidate walks away with the Iowa win on Tuesday. Despite the fact he has invested everything in New Hampshire, he has trailed front-runner Mitt Romney by double digits in state-wide polls since he got into the race last spring.
However, the wide gap has not stopped Huntsman from painting the New Hampshire contest as a two-man race. The former ambassador to China has targeted the lion's share of his attacks on Romney, calling him a "serial flip flopper" and predicting he would be an "status quo" president."
"You want Romney? Everybody wants an alternative," Huntsman said. "Let's face it, they want competition in the marketplace. And they are still looking for that key alternative."
Huntsman took every opportunity to draw clear distinctions between himself and the former Massachusetts governor.
"We are two different people. How can you bring change to Congress and capitol hill when you have half of congress supporting you?" Huntsman said in Franklin today, referring to a long list of prominent endorsements Romney has received. "No way, no how."
Huntsman has received almost no national-level endorsements except for former Homeland Security secretary Tom Ridge.
Yet at the same time, the candidate's campaign staff also seem threatened by Ron Paul. Starting last week, the campaign have put out a series of direct attacks on Paul, who also tops Huntsman in the polls in New Hampshire. Huntsman has called the libertarian-minded Paul "unelectable" and his foreign policy untenable to audiences across New Hampshire. And last night shortly after midnight, the campaign unveiled a new Twilight Zone-themed web video that features controversial statements by the Texas representative.
When asked about the new spot today in Derry, Huntsman tried to play down Paul's role as his competition.
"You have to compare and contrast with the leading candidates in the race here in New Hampshire," he told reporters. "It's only natural and that's what people expect. That's how people can better understand you and your message."
He quickly pivoted back to the electability factor.
"But I don't believe Ron Paul can go on and win the general election," Huntsman said. "I don't believe he can put together enough mainstream support to be successful in the general election and that's increasingly the question people I think need to ask."”
All of my Huntsman Stories for this election season so far:
Here is how Jon Huntsman appears to me, using my presidential candidate qualification evaluation process that begins by constructing the candidate's resume.
Jon Meade Huntsman Jr
Born: March 26, 1960 (age 51) Palo Alto, California Education: University of Pennsylvania (B.A.)
Huntsman has been awarded six honorary doctorate degrees, including an Honorary Doctorate of Public Service from Snow College in 2005, an Honorary Doctorate of Science from Westminster College in 2008, an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the University of Utah in 2010, an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University of Pennsylvania in 2010, and an Honorary Doctorate of Law from Southern New Hampshire University in 2011. (Usually the degree is conferred as a way of honoring a distinguished visitor's contributions to a specific field, or to society in general. The university often derives benefits by association with the person in question.)
Profession, Occupation: Philanthropist and Executive Job History: Private Business: Huntsman served as an executive for the Huntsman Corporation, the Huntsman Cancer Foundation, and CEO of Huntsman Family Holdings Company.
Other organizations he has served include the Utah Opera, Envision Utah, and the Coalition for Utah's Future, and KSL-TV's Family Now campaign
Public Service: 9th Ambassador to China, August 11, 2009 – April 30, 2011
16th Governor of Utah, January 3, 2005 – August 11, 2009
Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency under the Bush administration
March 28th, 2001 Bush appointed Huntsman to be one of two Deputy United States Trade Representatives in his administration. He worked in the capacity until March 2003
11th United States Ambassador to Singapore, Augus2t 11, 1992 – June 15, 1993
Military: Wars and Battles: None
Political Party: Republican
Memberships: He has been recognized as a Significant Sig by Sigma Chi.
In 2007 he was awarded the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award by the BSA
Spouse: Mary Kaye Cooper (m. 1983–present) Children: Mary (b. 1985) Abigail (b. 1986) Elizabeth (b. 1989) Jon (b. 1991) William (b. 1993) Gracie Mei (b. 1999) Asha Bharati (b. 2006)
Religion: Mormon, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Jon Meade Huntsman Candidate Evaluation Criterion Qualifications
Required by Law Qualified
Home state or location from which the candidate is from 1
College Graduate BS/BA 2 GPA: H-3, M-2, L-0 3 Academic Honors and Distinctions 1
Post Graduate – Masters 0
PhD .5 (honorary)
Certifications: Bar, CPA, Cert. Engineer, MD Occupation/Vocation: Law/CPA/Professional, 2
CEO, 2 Other, 1 1 2
Health: Excellent, 2; Good, 1; Poor, 0 2
Affected Class: no
Continuing Education and Training Knowledge 3
Life History 0
Platform/Agenda 3 Relationships +1, -1, 0 1
Political Party 2
Military Experience: Veteran, 3; Officer, 2; None, 0 0
Vice President 0
Public Office: Judge 0
Department Secretary 0
U. S. Senator 0
U. S. Representative 0
State Legislator 0
Other Public Office 3 (Ambassador) (EPA)
Private Sector CEO/President 3
Private Sector VP 0 Private Sector Director 0 Manager 0
Religion: Matters, Irrelevant, Private 1
Incumbency: Acceptable-10, Unacceptable, 0 0
Pre-Presidential Candidate Score 47.5/92
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