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Romney and Huntsman vs. the Rest

In my column for the National Post , I explain why Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman are the best contenders in the GOP presidential field: I'm looking for two chief things in a candidate for 2012: 1) The temperament, judgment, deftness and largeness of spirit required in the presidential …

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Written by David Frum on Saturday November 26, 2011

Foreign Policy, Finally!

The Heritage Foundation has  announced that it will co-host -- with the American Enterprise Institute and CNN -- a Republican presidential debate on foreign policy and national security. Unfortunately, we’ll have to wait a month (the debate won’t happen until Tuesday, November 15), but such …

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Written by John Guardiano on Tuesday October 18, 2011

Huntsman's Chance

The continuing deflation of Rick Perry after yet another fumbling debate performance has opened the most unexpected chapter yet in the GOP 2012 race: Jon Huntsman's emerging challenge to Mitt Romney - from the right. Sound incredible? Take a look at the opening of Jon Huntsman's speech …

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Written by David Frum on Friday September 23, 2011

Huntsman: The Truer Conservative

Here’s a brief biography of two candidates: One of them presided over arguably the best business climate in the nation, so good that Forbes magazine ranked it as the best state for business and careers. As governor, he enacted free-market health care reforms, balanced the budget, and thus …

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Written by J.D. Hamel on Wednesday September 7, 2011

Huntsman Goes All in For Ryan

While watching Jon Huntsman give his remarks on his jobs plan, I paid attention to how his speech described the existential threat of US debt. Huntsman made clear he supports a Balanced Budget Amendment because "our debt is immoral and should be unconstitutional." During a question-and-answer …

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Written by Noah Kristula-Green on Thursday September 1, 2011

More Conservative Than You Think

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Written by Noah Kristula-Green on Saturday August 27, 2011

Call These Scientists Crazy

On August 18, a few days after Rick Perry went off on climate scientists as money-grubbing carbon cultists, Jon Huntsman had some craziness of his own to share. "To be clear, I believe in evolution and trust scientists on global warming. Call me crazy," the presidential candidate and former Utah …

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Written by Jim DiPeso on Friday August 19, 2011

Ask About Evolution at the GOP Debate

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Written by Noah Kristula-Green on Thursday August 18, 2011

Where is Huntsman's Passion?

It seemed a weirdly fitting protest. A single truck pulled an electronic billboard around and around the block. The billboard denounced Republicans for Environmental Protection - and their guest speaker, Gov. Jon Huntsman - as a "RINO stampede." The truck promoted a group called JunkScience.com, …

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Written by David Frum on Friday July 29, 2011

GOP Goes Green for Huntsman

FrumForum attended the Republicans for Environmental Protection's Theodore Roosevelt Banquet on July 28, featuring a keynote address by presidential candidate, The Honorable Jon Huntsman, Jr., and a speech by Congressman Dave Reichert - who left the event early to join Congress in attempting to …

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Written by Nicole Glass on Friday July 29, 2011

Huntsman Can't Win Over the GOP in 2012

Huntsman may have the best of intentions; but if he aspires to be a reform-minded Republican, then he’s gonna need a lot more substantive public-policy ideas. David Frum wants to support Jon Huntsman, and I can understand why: In David’s view, Huntsman promises to be the reform-minded …

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Written by John Guardiano on Wednesday June 22, 2011

Jon Huntsman Takes Reagan's Stage

One-time rock musician-turned-politician Jon Huntsman has something most of his rivals in the GOP presidential pack lack -- a low-key but genuine star quality. Former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman officially launched his 2012 presidential bid this morning with an expertly stage-managed piece of …

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Written by Robert Lee on Tuesday June 21, 2011

Can Huntsman Strike Gold With Young Voters?

Jon Huntsman has an easier time connecting with the values of young voters like myself: he strikes a much more moderate tone when it comes to social issues. Tomorrow I’ll be getting on a bus in D.C. and heading to Liberty State Park to observe Jon Huntsman’s announcement of his Presidential …

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Written by Robert Lee on Tuesday June 21, 2011

Huntsman: Big GOP Man On Campus

College students searching for a Republican presidential candidate who speaks to their generation's hopes and concerns need look no further than Jon Huntsman. Today I described “College Republicanism” for Students For Liberty. Which Republican Party policies do college students (as a segment …

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Written by Stephen Richer on Monday June 20, 2011

What Huntsman Brings to the Table

Jon Huntsman's achievements as Utah's governor were very significant. Like Mitt Romney, he knows how to run a government. I was one of 36 people to cast a straw poll ballot for Jon Huntsman at this year’s Conservative Policy Action Conference and, like a lot of other reform-minded Republicans, I …

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Written by Eli Lehrer on Monday June 20, 2011

Huntsman Jumps In!

Former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman is the only Republican presidential candidate who makes Obama’s 2008 campaign manager David Plouffe feel “a wee bit queasy.” Jon Huntsman’s presidential candidacy will likely generate increased scrutiny due to both his imminent formal campaign announcement and his …

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Written by Clifton Yin on Monday June 20, 2011

Huntsman's Ryan Plan Mistake

Jon Huntsman is a responsible reform-minded Republican -- but by embracing the Ryan plan he may be setting himself up to follow in the footsteps of Rudy Giuliani. The entry of Jon Huntsman into the GOP races inspires great hope for governance-minded Republicanism. Here is a candidate who is …

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Written by David Frum on Monday June 20, 2011

Does Huntsman Face an Uphill Battle?

Huntsman strategist Jon Weaver has identified the core problem with the GOP brand. Jon Huntsman strategist Jon Weaver, speaking to Esquire magazine on the core GOP problem: "There's a simple reason our party is nowhere near being a national governing party .... No one wants to be around a …

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Written by David Frum on Wednesday June 15, 2011

The Huntsman-Pawlenty RINO War

Two slick new ads attacking Jon Huntsman and Tim Pawlenty as reasonable moderates show just how divorced from reality today's GOP is. Two slick new ads are out attacking Jon Huntsman and Tim Pawlenty as reasonable moderates. As I point out in my latest column for The Week , these ads show just …

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Written by David Frum on Wednesday June 1, 2011