Jon Huntsman (!) picks up S.C. endorsement

Let the avalanche begin. GOP presidential candidate Jon Huntsman, who nearly ran away with Saturday’s straw poll vote in Perry with .3 percent of the vote, has picked up a first major endorsement.

From the St. Andrews, S.C., Patch:

South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson endorsed former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman for the Republican presidential nomination on Monday, making Wilson the first major elected official [in S.C.] to publicly offer his support to a candidate.

Wilson said he supported Huntsman because of his strong economic record, his understanding of America’s relationship with China and his ability to sell the conservative message to the general populace.

“We need a fiscal conservative,” Wilson said. “Someone with strong conservative values who can take that message to the folks in the general election.

Alan Wilson is the son of U.S. Rep. Joe “You lie!” Wilson, R-Charleston.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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23 comments Add your comment


August 29th, 2011
3:25 pm

Jon Huntsman is the Marilyn in the GOP group of monsters.

Last Man Standing

August 29th, 2011
3:27 pm

I honestly don’t know how much good any endorsement does a candidate. I guess if the endorser was someone I respected greatly, I would look harder at the person receiving the endorsement.

Rafe Hollister

August 29th, 2011
3:44 pm

It is amazing to me that Huntsman gets all this favorable press, when he has about the same chance of being selected as Buddy Roemer. When is the last time an article was written about Roemer.

All of this attention in the press and his visit to Georgia got him three votes in the straw poll, whoooooooo!

Retired Solider

August 29th, 2011
3:59 pm


August 29th, 2011
4:07 pm

Joe Wilson does not represent Charleston; his district includes Lexington, parts of Columbia, and Beaufort — but not Charleston.


August 29th, 2011
4:10 pm

But you know, Huntsman is the only candidate that is talking reasonably about issues affecting all Americans. Republicans don’t need far right candidates if they expect to win 2012. If they keep up with their temper tantrums, gay bashing, yada yada, they they are going to fall flat on their asses.

Hard time spelling today, retired soldier? ;-D


August 29th, 2011
4:13 pm

What’s the matter? Brains and competence not sexy enough for the 21st-Century GOP? If he can’t pound a pulpit, refute science, and point out which ‘mericans aren’t “real” Americans, then his campaign will get no traction? Bless your hearts.


August 29th, 2011
4:15 pm

Hunstman’s chances of finishing second in the General Election are unlikely changed.

Retired Solider

August 29th, 2011
5:16 pm

I doubt you’ll vote republican under any circumstances. Temper tantrums and gay bashing? Where, when, by whom. Just another liberal hoax.

Retired Solider

August 29th, 2011
5:18 pm


If you want brains and competence then you must be talking about Newt Gingrich. He is the smartest person running, Dem or Rep.

Serious Robuck

August 29th, 2011
7:02 pm

Retired Soldier, Newt certainly has NOT run a smart campaign. Is it the big words that impress you? Or just the unbridled arrogance?

Serious Robuck

August 29th, 2011
7:04 pm

LMS, please tell us a public figure for whom you have great respect…one who might influence your vote.


August 29th, 2011
7:09 pm

LOL Nearly ran away with .3 percent of the vote. Good one, Jim.


August 29th, 2011
7:37 pm

RS, Einstein couldn’t find his way home; Newt’s no Einstein but he still lacks common sense


August 29th, 2011
8:07 pm

Jon Huntsman and Barack Obama have one thing in common. In February, 2013 neither will be president of the United States.

Moderate Republican

August 29th, 2011
8:13 pm

Jon Huntsman’s background makes him an excellent candidate. His moderate stance will appeal to the majority of Americans who are firmly in the “middle.’ I met him last week and was impressed. I hope that if people take the time to learn about his record that they will see he is our best hope of not only winning the White House but getting our country back on the right track. Check out his website.


August 29th, 2011
9:02 pm

Huntsman is far and away the best candidate in the field of Republicans. That’s probably why he has no chance of winning the nomination. (If he were the nominee, he’d EASILY beat Obama because he would appeal to the independent voters who are sorely disappointed with Obama.) But, he is well-spoken, has obvious intelligence, believes in diplomacy, and refuses to run a campaign from the gutter grabbing for sensationalism instead of real solutions. Yeah, easy to see why today’s GOP wants nothing to do with him. Hope you all are ready for 4 more years of Obama.


August 29th, 2011
9:11 pm

That ought to be enough to spell the end of politics for Wilson, unless he’s hoping that voters forget about it of course.


August 29th, 2011
9:33 pm

I agree with MikeyD.


August 29th, 2011
9:38 pm

Jon Huntsman does not pander like Mitt. He speaks Mandarin Chinese, is reasonable, polite, respectful of others, and appears to be a gentleman in every sense of the world. The rest of them are Newt clones, who have no basic honesty, civility or depth of character, and will say or do anything for face time. Most of the Republican candidates have made it frighteningly clear they are capable of whatever it takes to get them elected. And if they are elected they will happily take us backward to the 14th Century and the Inquisition, when political and religious doctrine were strictly enforced.

Buck Hayek

August 29th, 2011
9:49 pm

Huntsman is the only sane person in the GOP field of miscreants and rednecks.

Big Hat

August 29th, 2011
10:52 pm

I only vote for Christians; no Huntsman for me.


September 1st, 2011
5:27 pm

Well, Big Hat its a good thing that John Huntsman is a Christian then. I believe he is well educated and would make an excellent president, but as a GOP candidate he will never get elected. The old phrase goes “Run to the right, lead to the center” which is not what he is doing. If he could get GOP support, then he would, in my opinion, be one of the best Presidents we will ever have, however we as Republicans (especially here in the south) can’t stand it if someone actually stands for science, truth, and knowledge above any form of religion or superstition.