Obama’s campaign manager: Huntsman was biggest threat

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To me that says they had the least dirt on Huntsman since the entire campaign was about how the other guy sucks more than Obama. With Ron Paul they would have just called him a racist for the news letter he didn't write.

By Thomas Burr
| The Salt Lake Tribune

First Published Nov 20 2012 11:45 am • Updated 2 hours ago

Washington • President Barack Obama’s campaign manager said Tuesday that he saw former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman as the biggest potential threat to the president’s re-election.
Jim Messina said Huntsman’s appeal to moderate voters could have dug into the Democratic president’s margin with that swath of Americans, whom Obama handily took to win a second term.

We were honest about our concerns about Huntsman," Messina said at an event sponsored by Politico. "I think Huntsman [as Republican nominee] would have been a tough general election campaign."
Senior Obama adviser David Plouffe had expressed such concern even before Utah’s former governor launched his failed presidential bid, with one journalist noting that a Huntsman candidacy made Plouffe a "wee bit queasy."

Huntsman suspended his White House bid after a disappointing third-place finish in the New Hampshire primary, where he had bet all his campaign hopes. He endorsed Mitt Romney, the eventual GOP nominee.

The ex-Utah governor played up his conservative credentials but refused to kowtow on other issues, embracing the idea of climate change and civil unions.
Such positions could have helped Huntsman had he claimed the nomination and faced Obama in November. Obama won voters who described themselves as moderates 56 percent to Romney’s 41 percent, a 15-point margin Messina said Huntsman could have eaten into.
Huntsman’s daughter Abby Huntsman Livingston said Tuesday it was great to hear "confirmation" from Democrats about her father’s appeal.

"My dad is a principled, thoughtful and experienced leader ready to tackle the challenges of the 21st century," Livingston said. "In fact, many of the ideas he spoke to during the primaries, Republicans now recognize as a message more in line with a majority of Americans."
Pressed by Politico’s Mike Allen whether Obama had nominated Huntsman as U.S. ambassador to China to take him out as a possible opponent, Messina earned a laugh from the audience with his answer.

"I thought he was a committed American who would serve our country well," Messina said, "and he did."
Huntsman has said in previous interviews that he is focused on his career in the private sector but hasn’t ruled out a future run for office. He currently sits on several corporate boards, including Ford Motor Co.
 

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In other news, Mary Carey showed her tits last weekend, and had a substantial impact on future voting of greater than 0.000004%.
 

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How odd.....a real moderate who appeals across the aisle to both sides and doesn't filp-flop his pandering at every stop might have had a chance to beat Obama. Color me shocked.

Hunstman is like Christie. He proved that he cares about people more than party. Therefore the GOP wolves would've never let him survive the primary.
 

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How odd.....a real moderate who appeals across the aisle to both sides and doesn't filp-flop his pandering at every stop might have had a chance to beat Obama. Color me shocked.

Hunstman is like Christie. He proved that he cares about people more than party. Therefore the GOP wolves would've never let him survive the primary.
Yeah, but I hear he takes shit from corporations. ;)

KRSOne said:
With Ron Paul they would have just called him a racist for the news letter he didn't write.
They had his name splashed all over it and Paul never said, "Hey, you're using my name to promote your anti-gay, racist ideology...get my name off there immediately!" That would be the downfall of all GOPer's and some white democrats.
 

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I very much care about threads kirk makes.

They had his name splashed all over it and Paul never said, "Hey, you're using my name to promote your anti-gay, racist ideology...get my name off there immediately!" That would be the downfall of all GOPer's and some white democrats.
But he didn't write any of it, they were just in his news letter. Hes not very good at delegation, we saw the same in his 2012 campaign with his poor choice of Jesse Benton.
 

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This is based in the false assumption that moderation wins elections. It doesn't. Obama isn't a fucking moderate, and he did quite well.
 

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Someone had to win. Are you claiming Romney was more moderate than Obama?
Romney was center left just like McCain. Their rhetoric may have been right but their actions were center left. Obama is extreme left.
 
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Doesn't matter how you think Obama is. Fact is he appealed more to the center than Romney did. I don't understand how you can argue that...
 

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Romney was center left just like McCain. Their rhetoric may have been right but their actions were center left. Obama is extreme left.
If this is true, then a majority of America thinks we should be an extreme Left country. Time to put those FEMA camps to good use.
 

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Weren't Republicans extremely motivated this election cycle to unseat Obama? Shouldn't they have seen near-100% participation of anyone not wanting to put up with 4 more years of Obama's socialist policies? Maybe the sad fact is that Right wingers are a dying breed and the only way to push your policies is to find someone to grab those that voted for Obama over Romney or who thought both candidates sucked and we are doomed either way.