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Is Jon Huntsman the most reasonable GOP candidate?

August 24, 2011

Jon Huntsman, former Utah Governor and a current contender for the Republican nomination, recently posted a tweet on his official account responding to Rick Perry’s asinine comments regarding evolution and climate change at a campaign stop in New Hampshire. Here is the full text straight from his Twitter page:

Normally, accepting the overwhelming scientific consensus on an issue isn’t particularly praiseworthy. However, in an election season where the field of GOP candidates is populated by obnoxiously conservative, ignorant, ideologues, I think this represents a sanity that we seem to have lost at some point. Governor Perry is a perfect example of this, being so stereotypically “Texan” that he borderlines on caricature.

On the other hand, this sort of rhetoric does seem to be part of Huntsman’s marketing strategy. After this particular tweet was posted, former Gov. Huntsman managed a few interviews from major news outlets despite his very low early polling numbers - usually guaranteeing that media appearances are rare. In one ABC interview in particular, he repeatedly pointed out that he was a “center-right politician” for what he believed was a “center-right country”. I think it’s only fair to take him at his campaign’s word (he doesn’t actually manage his Twitter account, of course) when he says that he accepts evolution and global warming, and I hope that it is more than just pandering to independent voters who are quickly growing tired of the Tea Party’s ridiculousness.

I do not agree with Huntsman on everything, I’m not sure that I would vote for him, and I’m pretty sure he will not get the nomination over more prominent GOP figures, but I do think his stance on these (and a few other) issues are enough for me to tentatively label him the most reasonable GOP candidate. And in times like these, that’s a major accomplishment.


This post originally appeared on the blog of the UNI Freethinkers & Inquirers




About the Author: Michael Dippold

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Michael Dippold is a junior at the University of Northern Iowa studying economics. He also serves as the Director of Finance for the University of Northern Iowa Freethinkers & Inquirers, and loves almost everything about the atheist movement.




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