Jon Huntsman explains China comment
By DARIUS DIXON | 4/23/12 8:04 AM EDT
Jon Huntsman on Monday attempted to explain comments comparing the Republican party to the Chinese communist party.
Huntsman, the former Utah governor, said on MSNBC on Monday that the night before he was “waxing philosophical” when he brought up Republicans and China. But then, he said, “you get these blogs out there, you know, Bottom-feeder, Buzzsaw, Buzzfeed, whatever they are, and they take a sentence out of context and it becomes a headline and pretty soon mainstream newspapers pick up on that.”
In an appearance at the 92nd Street Y in New York City Sunday, Huntsman, President Barack Obama’s former ambassador to China, told interview Jeff Greenfield that he was disappointed that he had been disinvited from a Republican fundraiser in March after he publicly called for third party.
“As we were talking about that last night,” Huntsman said on “Morning Joe” Monday, “I said, you know, if you’re not on-script and you get knocked out of an event like that – the parties are supposed to be big-tent, you’re supposed to bring in all ideas – and I said, I thought for a moment about what they do in China if you go off-script. The party, they knock you out. We shouldn’t be doing that here, we should be accommodating all voices.”
More at the link. Here’s the story on his original comments. Naturally, he had to quickly say that of course he’d vote for the almost certain nominee, former Governor Mitt Romney (R-MA). And then he combitched about why he didn’t win the nominationj:
Huntsman says praise from Moore, Carter, Clinton sank his GOP presidential ambitions
By Felicia Sonmez
Why did Jon Huntsman’s White House bid fail to gain traction?
To hear the former Utah governor and ambassador to China tell it, his campaign was given a “death hug” by prominent figures from across the aisle.
In an interview Monday morning on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Huntsman named a trio of Democrats — filmmaker Michael Moore and former presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton — whose praise he argued contributed to his campaign’s demise.
Via The Hill’s Christian Heinze:
A guy named Michael Moore who went on television and said ‘That Huntsman guy. He’s a Republican I think I could support’ to be followed up by Jimmy Carter who said ‘This Huntsman guy: I think he’s somebody I could support’ to be followed up by Bill Clinton, who went on television and said ‘He seems pretty un-hidebound. He’s a Republican I think I could’ — we were so toast in Iowa by then.
Ahead of the New Hampshire primary — on which Huntsman had hinged his presidential bid — the former Utah governor also pointed to Romney’s years as Massachusetts governor as a source of his strength in the Granite State, noting that Romney was a “homeboy” in the state.
It’s pretty simple: former Governor Huntsman didn’t win the Republican because he failed to persuade very many Republican voters to vote for him. That, in an election, is the bottom line. But, yes, being praised by the likes of Michael Moore, Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton isn’t the kind of thing which would gain you a lot of Republican votes.