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    Katie McHughApr 9, 2011 at 10:34 am

    Trump’s questioning of the official Obama story is what led to his surge in the polls, but yep, you’re right, he won’t have a chance of being nominated by the GOP unless the birth certificate scandal blows up in Obama’s face. Which it might. The scandal grows more important by the day: It’s a great way to take down Obama legally, and the bigger the scandal, the more attractive it is to voters, since they’re always looking for some good entertainment a fun bandwagon to jump on.

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    Ian McInerneyApr 8, 2011 at 11:35 pm

    Elections in the United States, especially for President, show us that the people who vote in primary elections are not the people that are going to support a moderate Republican. Now of course I could very well be proven wrong, but I truly think Huntsman is to much of a “middle of the road” kind of guy to truly be considered for the nomination in the current political climate that has overtaken this country.

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    Ian McInerneyApr 8, 2011 at 11:32 pm

    Huntsman is interesting. While he has shown that he’s willing to compromise on several issues, such as civil unions and supporting obama’s stimulus. However, I do not believe he has enough serious name recognition to be considered. No doubt in his ability to run; his ability to win an election as a political moderate, that’s a completely different story. Its a shame candidates like Huntsman often get overlooked. As to what I think about this election cycle, he might run, but I don’t think he’ll be much of a factor, much for the same reasons you cite.

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      SteveApr 15, 2011 at 9:40 am

      I think also, despite the coy attack, Obama said recently that ‘he was sad to see Huntsman go to in order to run for President, but greatly enjoyed the two years they worked together’, which came off as a bit of a sound bite for the primary to quickly dismiss him.

      In my ‘dream the impossible dream’, Huntsman would replace Biden as Obama’s VP pick for 2012, igniting not only his popularity among fiscal conservatives, but moderate and undecided voters looking for a rivaled voice in the White House.

      He does however from the recent gallup poll have some ground. He has about 20% recognition among pollsters, which is about average recognition for most respondents when asked down the line of all the potential candidates in the public discourse.

      Interesting guy over all. Unfortunately yes, primaries get out the most extreme, but not always vote for the most popular or extreme candidate.

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    SteveApr 8, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    What are your thoughts on Jon Huntsman? I’m currently in Beijing (where he is the outgoing Ambassador) and my roommate Corey Shears is a die-hard fan of Mr. Huntsman’s intentions to run, and I’ve noticed his name getting a bit of brief pick-up from sites like The Economist, NPR’s weekly “Its All Politics” show, etc.

    I personally don’t see him getting the lead ticket, possibly VP. But he’s a fairly moderate republican like Romney (also Mormon), and is another Gov. looking to be Pres.

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    Ian McInerneyApr 8, 2011 at 10:08 am

    My comment does not change. Even if he does decide to run, he will not get the nomination.

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    JKRApr 8, 2011 at 9:23 am

    Actually, Ron Paul said he was just finalizing a last few personal things before deciding to run, and his son said he seems likely to run.

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