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Huntsman endorses National Defense Authorization Act

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In a CBS Boston interview (WBZ Newsradio), Presidential candidate Jon Huntsman endorsed the National Defense Authorization Act, the Patriot Act on steroids. “I would have signed it,” said Huntsman, but “in practice” he would work to ensure Due Process.

When asked if he would close Guantanamo Bay, Huntsman said he would deal with it as quickly as possible, but added “You need a holding facility somewhere,” and, “I’d find one somewhere else.”

A younger-sounding caller asked Huntsman what he believed was the biggest problem with the Republican Party. The former Utah governor identified the “isolationist streak” among the Republican Party. Huntsman said he would be against withdrawing military, trade, or “values” — whatever the devil that means — from our present, international stance, in order to continue to “make the world a better place.”

Full Audio Interview

Written by Jonathan Mark

January 7, 2012 at 6:08 pm

Jon Huntsman: Act to set Congressional term limits

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Presidential candidate Jon Huntsman released a statement voicing his intent to propose a “Citizen’s Legislature Act.” The act would be a Constitutional amendment, imposing term limits on congress.

“Six, two-year terms in the house; six, two-year terms in the senate,” says Huntsman. Further, the act would bar former legislators and Cabinet officers from lobbying for four years after they left office, and a bar lobbying on issues where they had a “significant responsibility” for life. Finally, the Act would require former legislators and Cabinet members to “publicly release all income for four years following their service.”

Huntsman’s “Citizen Legislature Act” (Video)

Written by Jonathan Mark

January 7, 2012 at 4:20 pm

“Liberty” group attacks Huntsman for speaking Chinese: Good grief!

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This attack ad was posted on YouTube on January 4th, depicting Jon Huntsman speaking Mandarin and taking personal stabs at his adopted, Chinese children. The ad depicts Huntsman as Chairman-Mao and questions his American “values.” To make matters worse, the group calls themselves “New Hampshire Liberty 4 Paul,” as in Ron Paul.

Having lived in Japan for nearly two years myself, and speaking a fair amount of Japanese, should my values be questioned, too? Is my face to be superimposed on the shoulders of Emperor Showa, in full military regalia, sounding the charge on Pearl Harbor?

Several articles in the press have commented on Paul fan’s enthusiastic nature, but this is extreme, and inexcusable. The fact that Huntsman knows Chinese, has adopted Chinese daughters, should be a reason to vote for the man in this new era of internationalism. After all, China isn’t going anywhere. And while Huntsman backs many similar positions as Ron Paul, it is a shame that Paul supporters are taking it upon himself to make such shallow criticisms of the former Utah governor.

In a personal attempt to compensate for this childish tactic of some ambiguous Ron Paul group, here is Jon Huntsman’s campaign site. Donate today. And kindly remove your cranium from your posterior the next time you try to help the Ron Paul campaign.

Notably, the YouTube video has received an avalanche of negative feedback from the community, and, with all due respect, there are too many of them to all be Huntsman supporters.

Written by Jonathan Mark

January 7, 2012 at 3:23 pm

Ron Paul comes in Third for Iowa Caucus

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The Iowa Caucuses had a record-breaking turnout, topping their current record set in 2008. Many of these were first time Caucus goers. If Paul can continue to bring in new voters, he will maintain his major lifeline. Ron Paul gave an encouraging speech to supporters when it became clear he would have to settle for third in Iowa, tonight. The most surprising success, however, goes to Rick Santorum.

Santorum has some problems, though. Politico.com reported that Santorum made visits to four different Caucuses and did not alert the media because — get this — his staff didn’t know cameras were allowed inside the Caucus. This is the kind of “rookie mistake” that shows the caliber of the Santorum campaign. Until recently, Santorum has been shaking hands from his pickup truck. Can we expect a significant change? Probably. Santorum will likely rein in donations as a result of his success in Iowa that will help him put gas in his new bus — and hire some competent PR staff. However, now sights will be set on Santorum, and his past voting record and any old dirt will be dredged up that, until recently, had been ignored because of his obscurity in the polls.

Ron Paul moves on to New Hampshire, but should take caution. Jon Huntsman, who was a non-issue in Iowa when he retreated to New Hampshire, has standings similar to Paul, but without being as radical, and may steal votes from Paul if Huntsman can run a successful campaign in NH over the next week.

Written by Jonathan Mark

January 3, 2012 at 10:05 pm

Jon Huntsman: An moderate alternative to Ron Paul?

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Though Jon Huntsman has a weak start in the polls, and abandoned Iowa, Huntsman has been left virtually unscathed by the storm of attack ads the other candidates have waged against themselves. With Bachmann and Gingrich winding down their Iowa campaigns in a certain air of solemness, Huntsman has moved on to New Hampshire with some strong words for Mitt Romney, suggesting Huntsman is in it for at least one more round.

Who is Jon Huntsman? Ron Paul supporters should take note, as well as Blue Republicans and independents.

Tax Reform

Jon Huntsman reports on his website, that he is for simplifying the tax code substantially, making it, “flatter, fairer, simpler and more conducive to growth.” Huntsman is particularly interested in tax reform to help small business owners by eliminating the Alternative Minimum Tax. He also wants to eliminate Capital Gains tax, and all tax on dividends, to encourage more people to invest.

Deregulation

Huntsman wishes to “roll back” Obamacare, “rein in” regulations of the Environmental Protection Agency, and “improve the discipline” of existing regulatory entities like the National Labor Relations Board.

Demilitarization

Huntsman calls for Afghanistan withdraw, though does suggest “small, nimble” special forces remain in Afghanistan to prevent it from becoming “a base for Al-Qaeda.” Huntsman supports continuing to train the Afghan military and “rebuild” the Afghan government. As for Pakistan, Huntsman stands for a quid pro quo for future American assistance, provided that the Pakistanis take proactive counter-terrorism measures.

Economic Reform

Huntsman wants to end To-Big-To-Fail, to stop future bailouts. He wants to increase transparency in the derivatives market, and end Freddie Mae and Freddie Mac. Ron Paul fans take note: Though Huntsman does not stand for ending the FED, he does wish to appoint Federal Reserve Board Governors and a Chairman who believe in “sound money.”

Is Jon Huntsman “Ron Paul Lite?” Key differences seem to be Huntsman’s stance to not end the FED and to not order a withdraw from military bases around the world. At the same time, Huntsman probably doesn’t have to worry about coming under fire for issues that Ron Paul has: such as questioning the legitimacy of the Civil Rights Act. In fact, little controversy has surfaced at all surrounding Huntsman, which may help if he can continue to survive on a shoe-string campaign budget. Even better for Huntsman, if the establishment successfully tears down public opinion of Paul and his supporters, Huntsman might be the candidate to fill the gap and recapture libertarian-leaning voters. Uniquely, Jon Huntsman might be a step for what Libertarian-leaning voters are clamoring for, and what moderates could stomach.

A full list of Huntsman’s stances can be found on his Campaign Website.

UPDATE 1/7/12: Huntsman endorses National Defense Authorization Act

Written by Jonathan Mark

January 3, 2012 at 6:20 pm

Huntsman calls out Romney: He’s working for the Banks

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Jon Huntsman told Huffington Post that voters might think differently of the GOP poster-boy, Mitt Romney, when they find out how much money he is getting from the bank sector. Said Huntsman:

“It is the fact that he has raised so much money from the large banks, the banks that need to be right-sized. If you are the largest recipient of funds from Wall Street, and in particular the large banks, you are not going to be inclined to want to change that model.”

In addition to the banks known to have contributed to the Romney campaign, other major Romney donors have exploited a legal loophole in the new campaign-reform laws to keep their identity out of the mix until after the Florida Primary. This might very well be related to Huntsman’s observation.

“I want those banks to be down where they were in the 1990s, where if they screw up, if they get sick, they can fail. They won’t bring all of us down with them.” said Huntsman, who has turned his sights to New Hampshire in a last-ditched effort to become a competitive GOP candidate.

Huffington Post Article.

Written by Jonathan Mark

January 3, 2012 at 5:19 pm

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