South Carolina: Then There Were Five … (UPDATED)

UPDATE:

As expected, Former Gov. Jon M. Huntsman Jr. of Utah formally announced that he is ending his Republican presidential run “with a call for party unity, asking the five candidates he leaves on the field to end their negative ads and chastising President Obama for engaging in ‘class warfare.’”

More from the New York Times:

“This race has degenerated into an onslaught of negative and personal attacks not worthy of the American people and not worthy of this critical time in our nation’s history,” he said in an address before a packed room of television cameras and reporters at the Convention Center here.

“I call on each campaign to cease attacking each other and instead talk directly to the American people about how our conservative ideas will create jobs, reduce our nation’s debt, stabilize energy prices and provide a brighter future for our children and our grandchildren.’’

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The New York Times reports that Jon M. Huntsman has informed his advisers that “he intends to drop out of the Republican presidential race, ending his candidacy a week before he had hoped to revive his campaign in the South Carolina primary.”

Huntsman plans to make an announcement as early as tomorrow, Monday.

The Times:

The impact of Mr. Huntsman’s departure is not clear. Polls have indicated that he has little support in South Carolina and his lack of money means that he had been unable to affect a campaign conversation that is dominated by television commercials now that it has moved out of the first two early primary states.

But his decision to leave at the start of the week means that the two debates this week — one on Monday and another on Thursday — will be less crowded.

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Personal Note: I am sorry to hear this development. Jon Hunstman was perhaps the only GOP presidential candidate who might have gotten my vote.

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Author: DORIAN DE WIND, Military Affairs Columnist

9 Comments

  1. See ya chump. No, you can’t have your old job back.

  2. That is too bad. He seemed to have positions that were in the middle of the three obvious political factions of the Republican party.

  3. Farewell to the sanest candidate in the 2012 race from any party.

  4. Sanity is a liability in modern Republican primaries. Notice how far to the right the formerly center right Romney has gone.

  5. “The impact of Mr. Huntsman’s departure is not clear. ”

    Let’s be honest. There is no “impact.” Huntsman dropping out of the race is like the quiet, nice girl quitting the “Real Housewives” show.

  6. The “current” GOP Machine has made Jon Huntsman, the Republican candidate that represents 99% of the Republican Party, a 1%’er when it comes to votes… Thereby guaranteeing the re-election of President Obama.

    Hell’s fire, if Huntsman got the nomination I’d have had to ponder which one to vote for!

  7. This is what happens when you poll behind a tv personality that is not even in the race.

    of course…I wonder how Oprah would poll? I bet she would give Obama a run for his money.

  8. All of the Republican candidates are television appealing, that is pretty*. They have the same taste in ties. They all seem to have the same hairdresser**.

    They all are campaigning on pretty much the same platform**. A platform that has been hammered into stone and carried down the mountain by Rush Limbaugh. A platform that mixes traditional conservative themes with newly found reactionary elements and maximum economic benefits for the wealthy.

    What separates the candidates in the minds of the Republican voters seems to be a tug of war between the fever with which each candidate embraces the cause and the desire that they have to nominate someone to conquer the evil, to defeat Obama.

    Huntsman didn’t seem to rate very high on either side.

    * obviously I am giving Dr. Paul the benefit of doubt here.

    ** with the obvious exception of Dr. Paul.

  9. Correction.

    What separates the candidates in the minds of the Republican voters seems to be a tug of war between the fever fervor with which each candidate embraces the cause and the desire that they have to nominate someone to conquer the evil, to defeat Obama.

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