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Friday, June 24, 2011
Huntsman campaign causing conservative head scratching
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By GARY BAUMGARTEN
There are those in the Republican camp who are confused over why Jon Huntsman, the former Utah governor and former U.S. amabassador to China, entered the GOP presidential nomination race. Among them Alan Moore, aconservative blogger, who says in an interview with News Talk Online on the Paltalk News Network that many Republicans are looking for candidates with a more conservative appeal.
Huntsman, Moore says, is viewed with distrust by many in the Republican Party, simply because he was part of the Obama administration. And while he acknowledges that one must appear moderate in order to get elected, others, like Mitt Romney, who also have moderate credentials, are far more palatable to most of the party faithful. Accounting, Moore says, for the former Massachusetts governor’s lead in the polls.
But that all could be torpedoed if, as is expected, Texas Governor Rick Perry enters the race. A real challenge, Moore says, to Romney (although Moore says he’d love to see the two political heavyweights duke it out in a debate).
But the speculation is that Perry will toss his hat into the ring in August. These days, that’s late to get in. Perhaps too late, Moore suggests, for Perry to stand a chance.