Huntsman Quits GOP Race

Republican Jon Huntsman has dropped out of the GOP presidential race and has endorsed Mitt Romney.

Huntsman said the former Massachusetts governor gives the Republican Party its best shot at defeating President Barack Obama in the November general election.

After staking his candidacy on New Hampshire, Huntsman finished third in the primary there last week. He faced a likely defeat in South Carolina's primary on Saturday.

Huntsman's resume had suggested he could be a major contender for the GOP presidential nomination. But the former Utah governor and diplomat found a poor reception for his brand of moderate civility, which he had hoped would draw support from independents as well as Republican moderates.

Huntsman announced his decision Monday in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

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  • by Frank Sinatra Location: Heaven on Jan 16, 2012 at 05:24 PM
    I liked Mr Huntsman and expect to see him in the cabinet of the next President of the US. Mr Obama your days of waste and spending will end in Nov when you are fired.
  • by John Location: Simpson on Jan 16, 2012 at 02:55 PM
    Republicans are great quitters.
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      by Frank Sinatra on Jan 16, 2012 at 08:31 PM in reply to John
      Did you mean Democrats as there are now 7 that have quit as in not running for re election. You do understand only 1 republican will have the honor of running against and defeating Mr Obama
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      by and... on Jan 18, 2012 at 03:55 AM in reply to John
      how many times will this be now for the dough boy?
  • by Anonymous on Jan 16, 2012 at 10:06 AM
    The entire GOP is not worthy of the American people.
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      by Ditto on Jan 16, 2012 at 10:56 AM in reply to
      There are many that would say the same for the Democrats!
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        by Anonymous on Jan 16, 2012 at 02:07 PM in reply to Ditto
        you are right
  • by m on Jan 16, 2012 at 10:04 AM
    Who is this guy? Never heard of him....
  • by a sickened gop on Jan 16, 2012 at 09:59 AM
    Jon Huntsman is a master of contradict­ion. A few months ago, he claimed that Romney could not beat Mr. Obama. Why endorse him? I wouldn't be surprised if this wasn't really Huntsman's decision or that it was based on threats. Oh well, I never really liked him anyway.
  • by Sandra S. on Jan 16, 2012 at 09:57 AM
    When he uttered the accusation toward Obama that he has divided the country using class warfare, I realized that Huntsman is just another party hack/soldi­er...and to endorse Romney who is doing everything to further divide, it was disgusting­!!
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      by LOL on Jan 16, 2012 at 10:56 AM in reply to Sandra S.
      You are definately in la-la land, go back to dreaming, the real world is much to scary for you!!
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      by Obama Snake Oil co on Jan 16, 2012 at 11:09 AM in reply to Sandra S.
      Well, what he said about Obama is 100% correct as the polls prove it. But it really doesn't matter what "you" think about who anyway, its anybody but Obama regardless of what you think, feel, wish or want...
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        by And... on Jan 16, 2012 at 11:49 AM in reply to Obama Snake Oil co
        Another klown gone, hold on tight to your magic tinfoil hat and arrange the pile of used klown shoes now sitting idle , might even be a set that matches your hat.
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          by Childish on Jan 16, 2012 at 01:09 PM in reply to And...
          Can you not act like an adult and stop the name calling and hatred? Are others not allowed their opinion without the childish replies? I must say OSOC and a few other right leaning posters resort to the same kind of nonsense but it is the largest majority of democrats that call names and post stupidity on this site. Then you turn around and say it is the republicans who "hate". Please people, grow up, allow others their opinions and stop this childish behavior. Every one of the politicians act like spoiled rotten children, it would be nice if american voters in general could behave like adults!!!!
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          by Obama Snake Oil Co on Jan 16, 2012 at 01:15 PM in reply to And...
          Why are you always so angry? Is it because of your futile attempt to attack those that don't agree with you or is it because of the fact you voted for the worst president in the history of America? That will be OK as soon as Obama is out of office heading home, we, the grown ups, will fix the damage he has done.
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          by And... on Jan 17, 2012 at 12:05 PM in reply to And...
          You fixed it by voting for George dubya two war bush . One of the reasons you and the rest of the revisionist history tea party gastapo will fall over all the klown shoes. enjoy ! A fractured party got you mitt , now go like sheep and vote for him, another twice looser candidate.
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          by Obama Snake Oil Co on Jan 17, 2012 at 01:51 PM in reply to And...
          So you are really taking the loss by Obama badly this early. I read the polls this morning....he has no hope but you can help get the worst president in the history of this nation to get right on top. Only you can do it by dispelling bile and lies from mediamatters and moveon. If you don't do it, no one else will but we have faith in your libeterdialillogically belief doctrine. Anotherwords, be that guy on the beach, pounding sand screaming "why me"....get the visual?
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          by And.... on Jan 18, 2012 at 07:17 AM in reply to And...
          Dear childless, when you have tinfoil hatter that thinks George dubya two war bush was a good president I am simply obligated to respond. Kinda like how snake and the commies want stop protestors theat don't support their view , this isn't childless it's the facts . Sorry it isn't your view , just be an adult about it and don't read it .Now did you hear that Colbert has taken cain's name on the sc ticket ? So your dream of a Cain win may come true! What is really childless is newt crying to the other canidates to quit after He has quit public office almost as many times as he has gotten married. If you made this stuff up people would just laugh, oh people are laughing ?, maybe you should get some ear plugs too , would block some of the chatter that pains you to hear.
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        by Anonymous on Jan 16, 2012 at 03:40 PM in reply to Obama Snake Oil co
        What polls? Are you still referring to that GOP bias one?
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          by Obama Snake Oil co on Jan 17, 2012 at 07:05 AM in reply to
          Nope, referring the the polls that are 99% accurate all the time, Rasmussen. Sorry to bother you with facts as they don't fit
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          by and... on Jan 18, 2012 at 03:51 AM in reply to
          latest poll out, another klown is gone, sales of magic underwear has increased. Most people are asking for the kind that matches their revisionist history tinfoil hat.
  • by Bubba on Jan 16, 2012 at 09:54 AM
    Please let Santorum be the GOP nominee... I so want to hear more about the Gays going to hell... and how we each are individuals... living the way you want to live...with smaller gov... and others not getting in your business... the only caveat being that it be the Christian way... dough!
  • by Very disappoint­ed in this man on Jan 16, 2012 at 09:53 AM
    Romney offered him Secretary of State if he would drop out and endorse Romney; so he sold out. Typical Republican every one of them has a price tag on their core values. If Huntsman really believed that "this race has degenerate­d into an onslaught of negative and personal attacks not worthy of the American people," he would not have endorsed anyone, and especially not Romney.
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      by anonymous on Jan 16, 2012 at 11:29 AM in reply to Very disappoint­ed in this man
      I am very disappointed in people who make accusations with no facts to back them up. Care to prove your post? I didn't think so, can't prove false accusations. All you Obama supporters can do is throw around false accusations and hatred, Obama has no accomplishments or real platform to run on because he is such a huge failure. This is the reason he started all the class warfare and hatred that you spew.
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        by Anonymous on Jan 16, 2012 at 03:43 PM in reply to anonymous
        Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha, Obama started all the class warfare and hatred? Take your own advice...PROVE YOUR POST!
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          by Obama Snake Oil co on Jan 17, 2012 at 01:56 PM in reply to
          My god man, you really didn't post that? Do you not watch any news or not read? No one...better yet, don't vote, don't drive a car and don't use a microwave....geez, where have you been? You mean...gotta get this haven't seen the videos of Obama talking about the rich paying their fair share when they are the ones paying nearly half of the in America while 50% pay nothing? In fact....don't do anything, the ambulance will be there shortly. The orderlys will be gentle, just don't fight them.
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          by and... on Jan 18, 2012 at 03:52 AM in reply to
          snake is now looking through past shows of faux news, will get back to you soon....
  • by 40some on Jan 16, 2012 at 09:51 AM
  • by Lavon Location: Goldsboro on Jan 16, 2012 at 08:40 AM
    Well the first thing you have to do is find someone that can actually beat Obama. I know you don't really believe that Willard can beat Obama. Oh wait you probably do because you were the same one's that thought MCcain and his pet Palin could beat him. We all seen how that turned out for you. YOU BETCHYA!! LOL
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