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Huntsman quits? Thoughts?

Posted by on Jan. 15, 2012 at 9:30 PM
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January 15, 2012, 9:18 PM
Huntsman Says He’s Quitting G.O.P. Race
By JEFF ZELENY
CHARLESTON, S.C. — Jon M. Huntsman Jr. informed his advisers on Sunday that he intends to drop out of the Republican presidential race, ending his candidacy a week before he had hoped to revive his campaign in the South Carolina primary.

Mr. Huntsman, who had struggled to live up to the soaring expectations of his candidacy, made plans to make an announcement as early as Monday. He had been set to participate in an evening debate in Myrtle Beach.

A third-place finish in the New Hampshire primary last week failed to jump start his flagging candidacy, aides said, and his campaign limped into South Carolina with little money. Mr. Huntsman has spent days pondering his future in the race, but aides said that he concluded he was unlikely to topple Mitt Romney or match the momentum of his Republican rivals in the conservative Southern primary.

Mr. Huntsman will endorse Mr. Romney’s bid for the Republican nomination this week, according to several people who spoke on condition of anonymity.

The decision from Mr. Huntsman came on the same day that he received the endorsement from The State, the newspaper in the capital of Columbia. He had campaigned in South Carolina over the weekend, not giving any indication that the end was near.

Mr. Huntsman first signaled his presidential ambitions here in South Carolina in May, days after returning from Beijing, where he had been the United States ambassador to China. He surrounded himself with a veteran roster of advisers who positioned Mr. Huntsman as a new brand of Republican.

He made the decision not to compete in the Iowa caucuses to focus on the New Hampshire primary. For months, he struggled to gain attention, and the race largely moved along without him.

http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/01/15/huntsman-says-hes-quitting-g-o-p-race/
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romalove
by Roma on Jan. 15, 2012 at 9:32 PM
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 Republicans are going to be stuck with Romney, and voters will have the choice of Romney or Obama. 

 

punky3175
by on Jan. 15, 2012 at 9:33 PM
:-( so sad. But not surprising.
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xo.MommyW.xo
by Silver Member on Jan. 15, 2012 at 9:34 PM
That's three crazies down.
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muslimahpj
by Ruby Member on Jan. 15, 2012 at 9:35 PM

Im disappointed.

Huntsman is far from the  "crazies" in the repub party.

_Bama_
by on Jan. 15, 2012 at 9:36 PM

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RissyLee
by Rissy on Jan. 15, 2012 at 9:36 PM
It is kinda sad... I had been researching him today, and I wasn't disgusted. Not 100% on board with him, but better than the other republican candidates. I was just reading an article on him when I got that update from NY Times.
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RissyLee
by Rissy on Jan. 15, 2012 at 9:37 PM
Why did you think he was a crazy?

Quoting xo.MommyW.xo:

That's three crazies down.
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jessilin0113
by Ruby Member on Jan. 15, 2012 at 9:43 PM
He lasted a lot longer thant I would have anticipated. Romney would be smart to bring him on as VP. Maybe 2016?
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UpSheRises
by Platinum Member on Jan. 15, 2012 at 9:43 PM
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Huntsman's not crazy...he's reasonable, informed, and intelligent (which is why he could never win a republican primary).

Quoting xo.MommyW.xo:

That's three crazies down.


Sisteract
by Whoopie on Jan. 15, 2012 at 9:46 PM

 Hope to see him in the future. He is only 50 years old (Newt is 68, RP is 75+ and Romney is 64). There's plenty of time for him to be President.

 

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