Jon Meade Huntsman, Jr.'s Political Positions

Biographical

Full Name: Jon Meade Huntsman, Jr.
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Mary Kaye; 7 Children: Mary Anne, Abigail, Elizabeth, Jon III, Will, Gracie Mei and Asha Bharati
Birth Date: 03/26/1960
Birth Place: Palo Alto, CA
Home City: Salt Lake City, UT
Religion: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
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Jon Huntsman, Jr. refused to tell citizens where he stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2012 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart, national media, and prominent political leaders.

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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

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  • Jon Huntsman. HB 85. 56th Utah Legislature. Abortion by a Minor - Parental Notification and Consent. Jon Huntsman signed HB 85 on 16 March 2006. Project Vote Smart Summary: (votesmart.org)
  • Jon Huntsman. The Washington Times: Huntsman to GOP: Judge my Record, not my Religion. 17 July 2011. “When you look at what we did on record tax cuts, being pro-life and pro-Second Amendment, passing the largest tax cuts in the history of our state. We went to the No. 1 position economically.” (votesmart.org)
  • Jon Huntsman. CNN "The Situation Room" – Transcript. 3 August 2011. “If you look at the legislation that I signed, which gives education to those who would seek an abortion, that puts in place a trigger -- if ever Roe v. Wade is overturned, which I hope is the case some day, that the state of Utah can immediately back out, those are the kinds of policies I'm interested in as it relates to life. But I have got a firm, solid, commitment to life. I have unwaveringly so from the very beginning.” (votesmart.org)
  • Jon Huntsman. The Wall Street Journal - A 'Conservative Problem-Solver'. 25 June 2011. "When people look at what we've done, they're going to say, 'He's a conservative problem solver.' I'm going to point people in the direction of what we've done as governor. I'm pro-life, strongly pro-Second Amendment. I think there are enough voters who will say, 'I may not like everything, but there's enough here to like.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Jon Huntsman. Deseret News - Jon Huntsman Jr.'s Response to Deseret Morning News Questionnaire- Transcript. 25 October 2004. Responded: "I support the objective of the law. I do not believe that tax dollars should be used to fund elective abortions except in the case of rape, incest, life of the mother or fatal fetal abnormalities. While the law was considered for two years and apparently passed without dissent from the medical community, the case cited above merits review of the law. The sponsor of the bill, Sen. Bramble, has proposed changes to include abortion for fatal fetal abnormalities, tighter definition on physical health and the involvement of a medical review panel in diagnosing the conditions triggering application of the statute. I believe the proposed amendments appropriately remedy the concerns raised by the current law," to the question: "As we saw recently, a family had to seek an abortion for a severely deformed fetus (which could not survive outside the womb from a clinic because her hospital refused to perform the late-term abortion. Local hospitals say they are reluctant to perform abortions, because a law passed by the 2004 Legislature restricts public funding for entities that perform abortions. The new law doesn't make allowances for the health of the fetus or the mother. In light of these problems, do you still favor or still oppose the new law? If oppose, how should the law be changed?" (votesmart.org)
  • Jon Huntsman. Jon Huntsman Speaks to the Faith and Freedom Coalition. 3 June 2011. "As Governor of Utah I supported and signed every pro-life bill that came to my desk. I signed the bill that made second tri-mester abortions illegal and increased the penalty for doing so. I signed the bill to allow women to know about the pain an abortion causes an unborn child. I signed the bill requiring parental permission for an abortion. I signed the bill that would trigger a ban on abortions in Utah if Roe v. Wade were overturned. You see, I do not believe the Republican party should focus only on our economic life to the neglect of our human life." (youtu.be)
  • Jon Huntsman. HB 90. 58th Utah Legislature. Increasing Illegal Abortion Penalty. Jon Huntsman signed HB 90 on 20 March 2009. Project Vote Smart Summary: (votesmart.org)

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  • Jon Huntsman. The Wall Street Journal - A 'Conservative Problem-Solver'. 25 June 2011. "If you're willing to look with a critical eye at every aspect of government, whether we're talking about entitlements or were talking about the defense department, we can't take one off the table and say you can't touch this. It's intellectually indefensible." (votesmart.org)
  • Jon Huntsman. CNN "CNN National Security Debate" – Transcript. 22 November 2011. “Well, let's face the economic reality. Let's face the deficit reality we have as a country. We have an economic deficit. And I'd argue that 70 percent debt-to-GDP is a national security problem because, at some point, you just don't grow any more, when your debt becomes that. […] As it relates to defense spending, let's be realistic about this. We can't have an intellectually honest conversation about where we go with debt and spending with sacred cows. Everything's got to be on the table. The Defense Department's got to be on the table, for haven't sake. But we need to have a Defense Department and a budget for the Defense Department. If we can't find some savings in the $650 billion budget, we're not looking closely enough. But we need spending for the Department of Defense that follows a strategy. And that strategy needs to follow how we best protect the American people now that we're in the second decade of the 21st century. And I believe our national security strategy and our foreign policy increasingly needs to follow, number one, economic policy.” (votesmart.org)
  • Jon Huntsman. Blog: Bring U.S. Military in Line With New Reality. 22 November 2011. “A president's most solemn duty is to protect America and her people -- a responsibility that, in a time of evolving security threats and unsustainable debt, will only grow harder for the next administration. In the aftermath of the failure of the super committee, we are facing cuts in defense. Yet there has still been little discussion about overall defense spending priorities and how we must transform our defense infrastructure for the 21st century. Some of my opponents suggest maintaining the status quo, thus avoiding the tough decisions. Others advocate retrenchment and isolationism through draconian across-the-board cuts, which brings greater instability and risks. Still others revert to the oft-repeated pledge to eliminate waste, fraud and abuse from the Pentagon -- a worthy cause yet one of minimal consequence. Cutting wasteful spending alone amounts to only pennies on the dollar and leaves in place the same archaic defense infrastructure. These approaches miss the target in two respects. First, they let resources drive strategy, rather than using strategy to drive force structure and capabilities. Second, they fail to fundamentally alter our defense posture -- so any short-term savings will be quickly erased.” (votesmart.org)
  • Jon Huntsman. AP Interview: Huntsman Mapping Out 2012 Strategy. 4 June 2011. "If we can't find cuts in the defense budget, we're not looking carefully enough." http://www.votesmart.org/speech_detail.php?sc_id=694327 . (votesmart.org)

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  • Jon Huntsman. Iowa Republican Debate. 11 August 2011. "We created a flat tax in the state of Utah, exactly what needs to happen in this country." (votesmart.org)
  • Jon Huntsman. Deseret News - Jon Huntsman Jr.'s Response to Deseret Morning News Questionnaire. 25 October 2004. “I am concerned that the numerous deductions and exemptions that have crept into our system have operated as tax loopholes in a system that should be fair and impartial. Tax loopholes are subsidized by other taxpayers who support such recipients through higher taxes. The primary objective of a tax system should be aimed at producing the revenue to support necessary government services rather than income redistribution. As we review our tax structure, thought should be given to revising our income tax brackets to reflect the inflation from the time such brackets were first set. Our current bracket structure tends to place a disproportionate burden on lower income taxpayers.” to the question: "Over the four years of your first term, how should Utah's tax structure be changed? What taxes cut? Should some be raised? What tax exemptions removed, changed or given? Is the overall tax structure fair, or is one segment — individuals, families with children, businesses — paying too much or too little?” (votesmart.org)
  • Jon Huntsman. Iowa Republican Debate. 11 August 2011. "BAIER: Well, I'm going to ask a question to everyone here on the stage. Say you had a deal, a real spending cuts deal, 10 to one, as -- as Byron said, spending cuts to tax increases. […] Can you raise your hand if you feel so strongly about not raising taxes, you'd walk away on the 10 to one deal? […] OK. Just making sure everyone at home and everyone here knows that they all raised their hands. They’re all saying that they feel so strongly about not raising taxes that a 10 to one deal, they would walk away from. Confirming that." (votesmart.org)
  • Jon Huntsman. Jon Huntsman's Statement on President Obama's Deficit Speech. 19 September 2011. "President Obama continues to demonstrate that he has no new ideas on how to create American jobs. For two and a half years he's been peddling a version of the Buffett Tax Hike as a key pillar of his failed attempt to tax and spend and regulate this country to prosperity. That simply hasn't worked and it won't work now. President Obama's veto threats and partisan demands are a poor attempt to camouflage a $1.5 trillion tax hike that is deeply misguided and the latest example of his ineffective leadership on the economy. The most important thing Congress and the super-committee can do is deal with the structural problems that are causing our debt and impeding job creation. Meaningful entitlement reform and revenue-neutral tax reform should be priority #1; tax increases should not make the list. I recently presented a jobs plan to the American people that dramatically reforms our country's tax and regulatory system --that's what we need as a country to create jobs and it's exactly why the Wall Street Journal endorsed my plan. I urge Congress to resoundingly reject the President's $1.5 trillion tax increase and work together on the structural reforms to entitlements and taxes that we so desperately need." (votesmart.org)
  • Jon Huntsman. CNN 'State of the Union with Candy Crowley' - Transcript. 12 June 2011. "CROWLEY: So he, Haley Barbour, could see supporting a candidate who said, fine, if I could get 80 percent of the spending cuts I wanted, I could see some tax increases. Can you say a similar thing? Could you see a deal as a President Huntsman where you would say, I'll give you this much in spending cuts, I can see a tax increase? HUNTSMAN: I don't think the nation is ready for that and I think it would be the worst possible thing we can do when our nation needs to begin to grow. That is not a pro-growth strategy. We found that in our own state of Utah. I mean, all around us we can see the carcasses from the last industrial revolution. We've been good at launching industrial revolutions in this country. You grow your way out of it, you create jobs, you expand revenue, and you pay your bills by doing that. I think tax increases would likely stand in the way of that kind of positive economic growth that we so desperately need now." (votesmart.org)

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  • Jon Huntsman. Transcript of Governor Huntsman's Unveiling of Plan to "Restore Trust' in Washington. 11 December 2011. “I will deal honestly with our mounting debt by cutting spending in every corner of government, leaving no sacred cow untouched.” (votesmart.org)
  • Jon Huntsman. State of the State Address. 18 January 2005. "Also, those of our friends and neighbors with some of the greatest health care needs, recently lost funding for dental and vision care. I support restoring and have budgeted 5 million dollars in funding for the Medicaid program that covers these costs. It's the right thing to do and we know that preventative care will save costly emergency care in the future." (votesmart.org)

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  • Jon Huntsman. The Wall Street Journal - Our Current Time for Choosing. 31 May 2011. "The debt ceiling must be raised this summer to cover the government's massive borrowing, and we must make reductions in government spending a condition for increasing the debt ceiling. This will provide responsible leaders the opportunity to reduce, reform, and in some cases end government programs — including some popular but unaffordable subsidies for agriculture and energy — in order to save the trillions, not billions, necessary to make possible a future as bright as our past. It also means reforming entitlement programs that won't deliver promised benefits to retirees without changes that take account of the inescapable reality that we have too few workers supporting too many retirees. I admire Congressman Paul Ryan's honest attempt to save Medicare. Those who disagree with his approach incur a moral responsibility to propose reforms that would ensure Medicare's ability to meet its responsibilities to retirees without imposing an unaffordable tax burden on future generations of Americans." (votesmart.org)
  • Jon Huntsman. Transcript of Governor Huntsman's Unveiling of Plan to "Restore Trust' in Washington. 11 December 2011. “I will deal honestly with our mounting debt by cutting spending in every corner of government, leaving no sacred cow untouched.” (votesmart.org)
  • Jon Huntsman. NHPR: Jon Huntsman: More Thoughts and Positions. 6 June 2011. "Huntsman: 'Medicare, Social Security. Are you willing to see everything put on the table?' Dalphonse: 'Yes, yes.' Huntsman: 'Reform. Maybe cuts.' Dalphonse: 'Yes.' Huntsman: 'And everyone accepting a new reality going forward.' Dalphonse: 'Right. That would be the better way, I believe.' Huntsman: 'I agree with you. We can’t keep doing the things the way we have been since 1935 with Social Security and 1965 with Medicare. The assumptions have changed.'" (votesmart.org)

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  • Jon Huntsman. Iowa Republican Debate. 11 August 2011. “We are 25 percent of the world's GDP. We are the largest financial services sector by far in this entire world. And the thought that people would just let this nation default when we could have a deal that at least gets things going on cuts, raising the ceiling, gets us toward entitlement reform, gets us toward a balanced budget amendment. I thought Speaker Boehner should be complimented for what he did. This nation should never default.” (votesmart.org)
  • Jon Huntsman. Jon Huntsman: Rebuilding Our Nation's Manufacturing Muscle. 9 November 2011. “Finally, we must deal honestly and frankly with our nation's cancerous debt. I support the Ryan Plan to cut spending, and reform and strengthen entitlement programs. I will also send to Congress a balanced budget amendment, because it's immoral to squander a nation's wealth, and it should be unconstitutional as well. In these tumultuous times, America cannot afford half-measures; we need bold reforms equal to the monumental challenges we face.” (votesmart.org)
  • Jon Huntsman. The Wall Street Journal - Our Current Time for Choosing. 31 May 2011. "We are over $14 trillion in debt, $4 trillion more than we owed just two years ago. In 2008, the ratio of public debt to gross domestic product was 40%. Today it's 68%, and we are fast approaching the critical 90% threshold economists warn is unsustainable, causing dramatic spikes in inflation and interest rates, and corresponding declines in GDP and jobs. Unless we make hard decisions now, in less than a decade every dollar of federal revenue will go to covering the costs of Medicare, Social Security and interest payments on our debt. We'll sink even deeper in debt to pay for everything else, from national security to disaster relief. American families will fall behind the economic security enjoyed by previous generations. Our country will fall behind the productivity of other countries. Our currency will be debased. Our influence in the world will wane. Our security will be more precarious. Some argue for half-measures, or for delaying the inevitable because the politics are too hard. But delay is a decision to let America decline. The longer we wait, the harder our choices become. The debt ceiling must be raised this summer to cover the government's massive borrowing, and we must make reductions in government spending a condition for increasing the debt ceiling. This will provide responsible leaders the opportunity to reduce, reform, and in some cases end government programs—including some popular but unaffordable subsidies for agriculture and energy—in order to save the trillions, not billions, necessary to make possible a future as bright as our past." (votesmart.org)
  • Jon Huntsman. ABC - Exclusive Interview With Jon Huntsman - Transcript. 20 May 2011. "George Stephanopoulos: How about Congressman Paul Ryan and (the) budget? Former Speaker Gingrich had some trouble talking about that this week. If you were in Congress, would you have voted for it? Jon Huntsman: I would've voted for it. George Stephanopoulos: Including the Medicare provisions? Jon Huntsman: Including the Medicare provisions. Because the only thing that scares me more than that is the trajectory that our debt is taking. And the trajectory that our debt is taking now beyond $14 trillion is going to have an impact on our currency. It goes south, and our currency's going to have an impact on our standard of living and affect every family in this country, and over time, our international competitiveness. So what is really scary I think to me and I think most Americans is our debt. And we've got to be bold, and we've got to have, I think, proposals on the table that perhaps in years past would've been laughed out of the room. And we've got to look seriously at them. We don't have a choice. We've hit the wall. George Stephanopoulos: Would you vote to increase the debt limit? Jon Huntsman: I would vote to increase the debt limit if there was a corresponding level of cuts. And if there was some serious talk about a balanced budget amendment, which we as governors always had to deal with. I know it sounds unlikely. It's been discussed before. But I'm guessing if you went out to most of the American people, you'd probably hear that that's something that they would see as totally rational." (votesmart.org)

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  • Jon Huntsman. Iowa Republican Debate. 11 August 2011. "In terms of the stimulus you talked about, it was failed. And let me tell you what I talked about with respect to the stimulus. I talked about the need for more tax cuts in the stimulus. We didn’t have enough of it." (votesmart.org)
  • Jon Huntsman. Politico Interview: Gov. John Huntsman. 24 February 2009. “Q: What is your take on the stimulus? Will you take all the money? A: It’s easy to criticize the bill and if you don’t like it, you don’t have to take the money. It’s pretty simple. I guess in hindsight we can all say that there were some fundamental flaws with it. It probably wasn’t large enough and, number two, there probably wasn’t enough stimulus effect. For example, a payroll tax exemption or maybe even a cut in the corporate tax. […] for small and medium-sized businesses for three years, for example. We will take the money. Q: How long before you see the stimulus money kick in? A: I’m not sure it’s the stimulus money that will necessarily allow the economy to recover […] It will help to fortify our budgets, frankly, to ensure that there isn’t as much backsliding in the areas of education and healthcare, for example. But economic recovery must be earned. And it will be earned by entrepreneurs and it will be earned by small businesses. Q: You said the stimulus wasn’t large enough. In addition to the tax cuts that you mentioned, are there other measures you would have liked to see included in the bill? A: Well, the size of about a trillion dollars was floated by Mark Zandi, who’s a very respected economist. I tend to believe what he is saying about the size of the package, which didn’t necessarily hit the mark in terms of size.” (votesmart.org)
  • Jon Huntsman. Governor Jon Huntsman Jr. on Utah's Future and the Federal Stimulus. 7 July 2009. "Q: Any one thing that you're hoping the stimulus money can give you that might not have happened without it? A: Building our core capacity to attract great power and to build our industries of tomorrow around innovation. Even when the times are bad, we've invested in engineering and our science and technology undertaking and our reaching out to name brand universities around the country to try to steal talent. [...] Stimulus, to be sure, that was needed. We needed to sort of kick start the economy and infuse it with some liquidity. It was sort of the targeted end points that I would question, and whether or not that was done in a way that longer-term will be meaningful for our citizens." (youtu.be)

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  • Jon Huntsman. Huffington Post: Jon Huntsman's Record Has Pros And Cons For Conservatives. 28 May 2011. "During his tenure, the governor put together a conservative economic record, the heart of which was a mostly successful effort to overhaul Utah's tax code to make it more modern and encourage business investment. 'This can truly serve as an economic development tool to encourage entrepreneurs to keep their businesses located in our state and reinvest their capital time and time again,' Huntsman said in 2005 during his first State of the State speech. Two years later, he accomplished those reforms. They included a new flat state income tax of about 5 percent, a reduction of the sales tax on unprocessed food from 4.75 percent to 1.75 percent, and nearly $30 million in tax credits for industries such as renewable energy development and mining." (votesmart.org)
  • Jon Huntsman. Transcript of Governor Huntsman's Unveiling of Plan to "Restore Trust' in Washington. 11 December 2011. “I will begin with reform of our 17,000 page tax code. I will eliminate every last loophole, subsidy and carve-out. I will use that revenue to lower rates across the board, for individuals and businesses. I will create a tax code that is flatter and simpler; one that opens up economic opportunities for all our citizens, makes us more competitive, and ends corporate welfare and crony capitalism, once and for all.” (votesmart.org)
  • Jon Huntsman. The Wall Street Journal - Our Current Time for Choosing. 31 May 2011. "These aren't easy choices, and we must make them at a time of anemic economic growth and very high unemployment. That's why we must also make sweeping reforms of our tax code, regulatory policies and other government policies to improve our productivity, competitiveness and job creation. The United States has the second-highest corporate tax rate in the world. We are losing out to countries that make it more attractive for businesses to invest there. Our tax code should encourage American businesses to invest and add new jobs here. We need a tax code that substitutes flatter and lower rates for the bewildering and often counterproductive array of deductions and loopholes, and that provides incentives to encourage savings, investment and growth." (votesmart.org)
  • Jon Huntsman. Jon Huntsman Announcement Transcript. 21 June 2011. "We desperately need jobs and the opportunities they carry. So, we must play to our strengths, and give the most innovative society on Earth the tools they need to succeed. We must make broad and bold changes to our tax code and regulatory policies; seize the lost opportunity of energy independence and reestablish what it means to be a teacher in society. We must reignite the powerful job creating engine of our economy - the industry, innovation, reliability, and trailblazing genius of Americans and their enterprises -- and restore confidence in our people. We can and will own the future. Now, we did many of these things in the great state of Utah when I was governor. We cut taxes. We flattened rates. We balanced our budget. We worked very hard to maintain our AAA bond rating status, something few states can claim. And when the economic crisis hit, we were prepared. And by many accounts we became the best state in America for business. We also were named the best managed state in America." (votesmart.org)
  • Jon Huntsman. Governor Jon Huntsman. 25 July 2011. 0:31-1:18. "We knew something needed to be done to improve our relative competitive position relative among the various states in the west and ours was a little bit high. So we came up with a 10 point plan for economic revitalization. We sat members of the business community around the table, small businesses, medium size businesses, and even some large businesses. Said what do we need to do to in order to make this state the most competitive state in America, to really knock the cover off the ball. We came up with a simple 10 point plan, started with tax reform. Flatten and simplify the tax, take out the deduction on the income tax side. It took us a couple of years but we ended up lowering the income tax by about 30 percent." (www.jon2012.com)

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  • Jon Huntsman. Governor Jon Huntsman Jr. on Utah's Future and the Federal Stimulus. 7 July 2009. "Too little focus on meaningful and relevant infrastructure that would have enhanced our entire nation and our ability to compete. Whether delivering products or getting people from point A to point B. In other words the overall enhancement of needed infrastructure in our country which is desperately needed. So you had maybe 25 percent infrastructure, 75 percent all other categories. That should have been reversed in my mind." (www.youtube.com)
  • Jon Huntsman. 2006 State of the State Address. 17 January 2006. “Building intellectual infrastructure by way of brainpower -- whether at the elementary, secondary, or higher education level -- is as crucial to our State's success as building roads, bridges, and dams." (votesmart.org)
  • Jon Huntsman. Public Works Online - Making the Grade: Data-driven Decision-making Drives Top Performers. 1 May 2008. "Investment in our infrastructure is critical to continuing the economic success and quality of life we enjoy. This proactive approach maximizes cost savings from preventive maintenance rather than reconstruction." (votesmart.org)

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  • Jon Huntsman. 2008 State of the State Address - Aspire to Reach Higher. 22 January 2008. "Today, we are continuing a firm commitment to make historic investments in education. But investment must be coupled with new ideas and reform." (votesmart.org)
  • Jon Huntsman. Fox News-Google GOP Debate. 22 September 2011. “QUESTION: Hi, I'm Stella Lohmann from Atlanta, Georgia. I've taught in both public and private schools, and now as a substitute teacher I see administrators more focused on satisfying federal mandates, retaining funding, trying not to get sued, while the teachers are jumping through hoops trying to serve up a one-size-fits-all education for their students. What as president would you seriously do about what I consider a massive overreach of big government into the classroom? Thank you. […] HUNTSMAN: This is a key question, because it has so much to do with our nation's competitiveness. I feel like I've run my own clinical trial in my home, raising seven kids. We've seen every option. We've experienced everything out there. But as governor I learned some important things. I signed the first -- or the second voucher bill in the United States, Carson-Smith. I've actually done something about this. We actually worked on early childhood literacy. If you can lock in the pillars of cognitive development around reading and math before age six, you are giving those kids the best gift possible as they then proceed through education. Finally, you've got to say no to unfunded mandates coming out of Washington. They are totally unacceptable. No one loves their schools more than parents and local school boards, and local elected officials. Localize, localize, localize.” (votesmart.org)
  • Jon Huntsman. CBS "CBS News/National Journal Debate" – Transcript. 12 November 2011. “My speech was a very short one on debt and spending. It's three words: The Ryan Plan. I think The Ryan Plan sets out a template that puts-- everything on the table. Medicaid-- like-- Governor Romney, I'd send back to the states. Education, I wanna move closer to the states. You move education closer to the decision makers, the school boards, the families, you're a whole lot better off.” (votesmart.org)
  • Jon Huntsman. 2006 State of the State Address. 17 January 2006. "Good teachers are critical to turning this goal into a reality. In recognition of that fact, I am seeking funding to enhance teacher training and incentives in the areas of math and science during the fourth, fifth and sixth grades. Just as students in early grades need to master reading, children who are preparing to enter junior high school need to master the basic fundamentals of math and science. This is not all. We must carefully expand on the success of our many public charter schools. All parents and educators must be willing to challenge our students with a more robust and rigorous curriculum. Building intellectual infrastructure by way of brainpower -- whether at the elementary, secondary, or higher education level -- is as crucial to our State's success as building roads, bridges, and dams." (votesmart.org)

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  • Jon Huntsman. Utah Government and Firms Address Climate Change. 16 January 2008. "Governor Jon Huntsman is pleased to announce today that five Utah businesses and two government entities have joined the state to be among the first to sign up for The Climate Registry, a multi-state initiative that tracks greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions [...] Heres how it works: As business and government seek recognition for pollution reductions, TCR facilitates economic development and business certainty by providing an efficient state-based, nationally-recognized registry. In many cases, reductions in GHG emissions are the result of improvements in energy efficiency and cost-saving operations. 'Utah is proud to be among the first reporters to the Climate Registry,' Governor Huntsman said. 'I applaud Utah businesses and local governments for voluntarily committing to measure and report their GHG emissions. This shows tremendous leadership in addressing the challenge of climate change.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Jon Huntsman. Issue Position: Air Quality and Energy Security. 10 March 2008. "In May 2007, Utah joined the Climate Registry, an organization of States and Canadian Provinces, committed to develop a common greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory to facilitate proper recognition and management of greenhouse gas credits. In May 2007, Utah also joined the Western Climate Initiative, comprised of 6 States and 2 Canadian provinces committed to reducing greenhouse gases. [...] The BRAC report, presented to the Governor in September 2007 includes recommendations for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in four sectors: agriculture/forestry, energy sources, transportation, and cross-cutting issues. A separate report on a Renewable Energy Initiative was completed in October. Both will form the basis for implementing administrative and legislative strategies that reduce greenhouse gas consistent with the growth of Utah's economy. The Western Climate Initiative committed to reduce greenhouse gases by 15% below 2005 levels by 2020. As a member, Utah will work to balance this goal with maintaining Utah's high quality of life." (votesmart.org)
  • Jon Huntsman. Letter to Congressional Leaders on National Climate Policy Based on State Leadership. 14 June 2011. "We need strong national goals. To lessen the impacts of global warming, the world's leading climate scientists say we must take immediate action to reduce GHG emissions by 70-80 percent by 2050. In the US, this goal translates into a reduction by one third of projected US emissions levels by 2020. Twenty states, representing 150 million Americans, have developed or are developing GHG emissions reduction goals consistent with these needs. We urge Congress to set strong short and long term national goals to avoid catastrophic climate disruption." (votesmart.org)
  • Jon Huntsman. ABC News - Exclusive Interview With Jon Huntsman - Transcript. 20 May 2011. “Well, first of all, I don't change on my positions. The circumstances change, like on cap and trade, for example. You know, today our focus -- although we all care about the environment, today our number one priority's the economy -- and we should not be doing anything that stands in the way of economic growth. And that which is going to move us forward in terms of expanding our economic base and creating jobs, period. That's not to say that all the while, you won't have people who are creating and innovating new approaches to dealing with emissions. That's going to continue […] And we also have to remember, George, that this is an international challenge. If we come up with our own approach, and if the Chinese who are now the largest emitters in the world don't go up with their own, if the Indians don't come up with their own, we're all downstream. And if we unilaterally disarmed, we're disadvantaged economically. That point comes home loud and clear when you're living in Beijing, the most polluted city in the world. And you step outside and say this is a huge challenge. And all of this gunk, all of these emissions, they're going somewhere. And everyone's downstream these days. It's got to be an international fix." (votesmart.org)
  • Jon Huntsman. Climate Change Council and Governor Release Report. 9 October 2007. “For Utah to continue to enjoy vibrant economic development, a healthy environment and quality of life, we must take action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate the impacts of climate change. I appreciate the commitment of BRAC members and individuals participating in the Stakeholder Work Groups to evaluate options and identify proactive measures for meeting this challenge.” (votesmart.org)
  • Jon Huntsman. Time - Q&A: Jon Huntsman. 16 May 2011. "Cap-and-trade ideas aren’t working; it hasn’t worked, and our economy’s in a different place than five years ago. Much of this discussion happened before the bottom fell out of the economy, and until it comes back, this isn’t the moment. [...] If anyone knows about the need to clean up the planet, we do; we’ve been living somewhere [Beijing] where you feel like you’re killing your kids sending them out to school every day. But putting additional burdens on the pillars of growth right now is counter-productive. If we have a lost decade, then nothing else matters. Ask Japan about that." (votesmart.org)

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  • Jon Huntsman. Transcript and Video of Governor Huntsman's Energy Policy Speech. 1 November 2011. “Fifty years ago, President Eisenhower warned we should import no more than 20 percent of our oil. Today we import 60 percent. Energy security can no longer be a catchphrase; it will be a driving force behind my administration's agenda. Because this is an issue critical to solving two of America's most urgent challenges: putting people back to work, and ending our heroin-like addiction to foreign oil. […] So number one, we must increase domestic production. Oil is a plentiful resource across America. From the Gulf of Mexico to Alaska, our country has abundant untapped resources. Yes, there is a balancing act between utilizing our resources and maintaining the integrity of our oceans and forests. But there is no reason drilling cannot be safely conducted in the Gulf, across the states and in Alaska.” (votesmart.org)
  • Jon Huntsman. Issue Position: Producing Our Own Energy Future. 19 December 2011. “America can and should produce more oil right here at home. There is no reason drilling cannot be safely conducted in the Gulf, across the states and in Alaska. The current Administration is pursuing regulations that will hinder domestic energy development and cost thousands of jobs. Regulations and approvals for new wells and pipelines need to be streamlined and directed to "move at the speed of business." The federal government's commitment to safety and the environment must no longer be distorted into a prohibition against American energy security.” (votesmart.org)
  • Jon Huntsman. The Wall Street Journal - A 'Conservative Problem-Solver'. 25 June 2011. “Why not take advantage of something we control, when it's derived from our reserves, it employs our people and enhances our economic base? […] Look, we're never going to be totally energy independent. You can talk in those terms but we're always going to be accessing raw materials from elsewhere in the world. But we can do better than 60% of imported oil." (votesmart.org)

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  • Jon Huntsman. CNN "CNN-Tea Party Republican Debate" – Transcript. 12 September 2011. “We don't need 100,000 troops in Afghanistan nation- building at a time when this nation needs to be built. We are of no value to the rest of the world if our core is crumbling, which it is in this country. I like those days when Ronald Reagan -- you talked about -- when Ronald Reagan would ensure that the light of this country would shine brightly for liberty, democracy, human rights, and free markets. We're not shining like we used to shine. We need to shine again. And I'm here to tell you, Sahar, when we start shining again, it's going to help the women of Afghanistan, along with any other NGO work that can be done there and the collaborative efforts of great volunteer efforts here in the United States. We can get it done, but we have to make sure that the Afghan people increasingly take responsibility for their security going forward.” (votesmart.org)
  • Jon Huntsman. ABC News - Exclusive Interview With Jon Huntsman - Transcript. 20 May 2011. "Jon Huntsman: We’re fighting an enemy that is far different than any we have got before. It’s a nontraditional kind of war, and I think we need to step back, recalibrate how we go about protecting our borders and protecting our people, and resetting our position in the world. George Stephanopoulos: You also said, in the event, that a draw-down in Afghanistan is inevitable. So would you begin it today? Jon Huntsman: I would tell you that we have to evaluate very carefully our presence in Afghanistan. And my inclination would be to say that it is a heavy and very expensive presence we have on the ground. That at a point in time where we need to be looking at our asymmetrical threats, what we have in Afghanistan today is not consistent with how we ought to be responding." (votesmart.org)
  • Jon Huntsman. USA Today - Huntsman Calls for Major Troop Reductions in Afghanistan. 22 June 2011. "I think we can do better than 100,000 very expensive boots on the ground and there should be, I think, a fairly aggressive drawdown in the next year." (votesmart.org)
  • Jon Huntsman. USA Today - Jon Huntsman Weighs GOP Presidential Bid. 22 May 2011. "A drawdown is inevitable, and I think the sooner the better. I'm hard-pressed to see that on-going is a good use of taxpayers' dollars or, beyond what has been done, vital to our national security interests." (votesmart.org)
  • Jon Huntsman. Union Leader - Huntsman Says He's About "Solutions'. 4 August 2011. "I look at Afghanistan, we've been there for 10 years. It's time for us to come home. Only Afghanistan can save Afghanistan: America has to save America." (votesmart.org)
  • Jon Huntsman. The Connecticut Post - Huntsman Questions Obama's Afghanistan Policy. 12 June 2011. “If it isn't in our direct national security interest and if there isn't a logical exit strategy and if we don't know what the cost is going to be in terms of money and human lives, then I think you have to say it's probably time we re-evaluate this. […] My hunch is the American people want to be out of there as quickly as we can get it done. You're going to have to leave behind some presence, probably not 100,000 or 120,000 troops, but some presence.” (votesmart.org)
  • Jon Huntsman. Esquire - Romney Doesn't Scare Obama. This Guy Does. 22 June 2011. “If you can't define a winning exit strategy for the American people, where we somehow come out ahead, then we're wasting our money, and we're wasting our strategic resources. It's a tribal state, and it always will be. Whether we like it or not, whenever we withdraw from Afghanistan, whether it's now or years from now, we'll have an incendiary situation... Should we stay and play traffic cop? I don't think that serves our strategic interests.” (votesmart.org)

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  • Jon Huntsman. ABC News - Exclusive Interview With Jon Huntsman - Transcript. 20 May 2011. "We’re fighting an enemy that is far different than any we have got before. It’s a nontraditional kind of war, and I think we need to step back, recalibrate how we go about protecting our borders and protecting our people, and resetting our position in the world." (votesmart.org)
  • Jon Huntsman. CNN "CNN National Security Debate" – Transcript. 22 November 2011. “And we need to prepare for a world, not just in South Asia, but, indeed, in every corner of the world in which counter-terror -- counter-terrorism is going to be in front of us for as far as the eye can see into the 21st century. […] Professor Wolfowitz was just up here. I know he's done a lot of work on -- for as far as the eye can see, and that means not only in Afghanistan but every corner of the world. We've got to prepare for the reality that counterterrorism is here to stay. We need friends and allies who are in this fight with us. We need special forces response capability. We need defense spending that will match the realities of where we find ourselves.” (votesmart.org)
  • Jon Huntsman. CBS "CBS News/National Journal Debate" – Transcript. 12 November 2011. “We are fighting an asymmetric threat, a counterterror threat. Not only there, but in Waziristan and every other corner of the world. And we need to prepare for that as a reality of our 21st Century foreign policy.” (votesmart.org)
  • Jon Huntsman. War on Terror. 25 July 2011. 0:27-1:36. "Our traditional approach to war, all the way back to the beginning of last century , and we fought several wars thanks to great men and women who were willing to wear the uniform of the United States, they were land wars. They were against traditional nation states. Today it is an asymetrical war. You are against groups who are on the move and who don't necessarily call any nation state home. [...] It means that we need to be fast on our feet and ready to deploy on a moments notice where they are prepared to attack us." (www.jon2012.com)

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  • Jon Huntsman. Deseret News: Jon Huntsman Jr.'s Response to Deseret Morning News Questionnaire. 25 October 2004. Responded: "I am a strong supporter of the Second Amendment. I am a gun owner, I have a concealed carry permit, and I have even taught my children to shoot. I support the rights of concealed-carry permit holders, especially the right to protect themselves against criminals. The Utah Constitution gives even more clarification than the United States Constitution on gun ownership rights. It states, 'The individual right of the people to keep and bear arms for security and defense of self, family, others, property, or the state, as well as for other lawful purposes shall not be infringed; but nothing herein shall prevent the Legislature from defining the lawful use of arms.' I strongly support the Utah Constitution's stand on gun ownership, and will defend it fervently. In practice, I oppose taking guns into schools. It just seems out of harmony with what is meant to occur within the walls of our educational facilities. However, banning law abiding, carefully licensed citizens from carrying their guns in schools will do nothing to prevent criminals from taking weapons into schools. Those with concealed weapons permits have passed muster with the state's requirements to maintain the privilege of carrying a concealed firearm. My concern is not with legally licensed, concealed carriers, but with those who illegally obtain, conceal, and use weapons," to the question: "As it stands now, citizens with concealed weapons permits may legally take their guns into public schools. Do you favor or oppose the current practice?" (votesmart.org)
  • Jon Huntsman. Fox News "Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace" – Transcript. 27 November 2011. “When people look at my record as governor, they're going to find what may surprise some people when they begin to reflect on it. I am pro-life and I always have been. I am pro-Second Amendment and I always have been. I am pro-growth.” (votesmart.org)
  • Jon Huntsman. Iowa Republican Debate. 11 August 2011. “Listen, I'm -- I am a conservative problem-solver. I am pro-life, I'm pro-Second Amendment, I'm pro-growth on economics, and I'm here to tell you that, when elected president, the thing we need to do most on illegal immigration -- because there has been zero leadership in Washington. And with zero leadership in Washington, we've created this patchwork of solutions in all -- in a lot of the states, which makes for a very complex and confusing environment.” (votesmart.org)
  • Jon Huntsman. The Wall Street Journal - A 'Conservative Problem-Solver'. 25 June 2011. "When people look at what we've done, they're going to say, 'He's a conservative problem solver.' I'm going to point people in the direction of what we've done as governor. I'm pro-life, strongly pro-Second Amendment. I think there are enough voters who will say, 'I may not like everything, but there's enough here to like.'" (votesmart.org)

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  • Jon Huntsman. ABC News - Exclusive Interview With Jon Huntsman - Transcript. 20 May 2011. “George Stephanopoulos: [...] Would you repeal President Obama's health care? Jon Huntsman: If I had a chance to repeal it, I would. But then you have to say what goes in its place, and I think the answer to that is look at what all the states are doing. All the states that are incubators of democracy, are experimenting on their own. They're coming up with novel solutions. In our own state, we came up with, I think, what was a very novel approach to closing the gap on the uninsured. To harmonize medical records -- which was a major step in getting costs out of the system. So once the incubators of democracy do what they are best equipped to do, I think Washington then learns what works and what doesn't work." (votesmart.org)
  • Jon Huntsman. Jon Huntsman: Rebuilding Our Nation's Manufacturing Muscle. 9 November 2011. “We will repeal Obamacare -- which includes $1 trillion in new spending and an onslaught of mandates on small businesses -- as well as Dodd-Frank, which perpetuates too big to fail.” (votesmart.org)
  • Jon Huntsman. Obamacare. 26 June 2011. 0:00-0:33. "I would repeal Obamacare for the simple reason that it is top heavy, its government centric. Its going to run head on into the efforts that many other states are doing. You can't create fixes in an industry this large and this complex without taking some time to learn from the lessons done at the state level." (jon2012.com)
  • Jon Huntsman. In the Hunt? Jon Huntsman on Health Care, the Economy... and REO Speedwagon. 26 July 2011. "Interviewer: Would you repeal the President's health care plan if you got elected? Huntsman: I would because it introduces too much in the way of uncertainty going forward for small businesses and consumers and it is going to cost a whole lot of money that this country can ill afford." (youtu.be)

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  • McKay Coppins. Newsweek - Jon Huntsman's 2012 Campaign Conundrum. 1 February 2011. "As governor of Utah, Huntsman spent substantial time tinkering with health-care policy, but was careful to note: 'We didn’t end up going the individual-mandate route, like they did in Massachusetts.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Jon Huntsman. CNN 'State of the Union with Candy Crowley' - Transcript. 12 June 2011. "CROWLEY: A lot of people -- and I -- I know you'll interrupt me when I say these things, and I'll -- I'll let you explain. But a lot of people look and they say, OK, Jon Huntsman, at one point he looked favorably upon mandated healthcare insurance; at one point he favored cap-and-trade. He is for civil unions. He looks a heck of a lot like a Democrat. HUNTSMAN: Well, look at -- look at my record in the state of Utah. Healthcare reform without a mandate -- of course you've got to talk about all the options. Any --CROWLEY: Did you ever favor it? Because there have been stories out there that you did. That you wanted it-- HUNTSMAN: You'll -- you'll read in here everything. What is important is you look at what you put your signature to. We debated it enthusiastically as a state, private sector, public sector. We've looked at every conceivable option. We came up with a model that I think deserves some national recognition, I really do." (votesmart.org)
  • Jon Huntsman. Jon Huntsman on His Support for a Health Insurance Mandate. 28 September 2007. "ROSE: […] one of the recommendations in that proposal is that all Utahns be required to have health insurance. […] It's a mandate of health insurance. Is, are you comfortable with that, with requiring every Utahn to get health insurance? HUNTSMAN: I'm comfortable with a requirement. You can call it whatever you want, but at some point we're going to have to get serious about how we deal with this issue, and that means there will have to be a multitude of, of different policies that are available in the market place. It means that it will be incumbent upon citizens to look more at responsibility - their own responsibility in terms of health and the choices that are made. It likely will mean that we'll be in an environment with better prices, more options, more access and availability. There is a mandate today, let us not forget, and it's called the Emergency Room. And you show up at the Emergency Room and you get covered. And who pays the bills? You know, tax payers pay the bills, companies pay the bills. So, we're living today in an environment to be sure where there already is a mandate in place. It's whether you want to really make the system more efficient in a world where you've got to figure that 50%, maybe more than 50% of the procedures that are used today are maybe unnecessary or superfluous, which infuses a lot of unnecessary costs into the system. We have an opportunity to do something very unique and novel here in covering our population, in squeezing costs out of the system, in harmonizing patient data like has never been done before in the country, which I think serves the health interest of all of our citizens, and in doing something on the overall health responsibility side, which is taking some responsibility for the choices you make, and therefore the implications of the choices you make, and incentivizing people accordingly." (www.youtube.com)
  • Jon Huntsman. NBC "Meet the Press" – Transcript. 6 November 2011. “We had--well, you have to see what I delivered as governor of the state. What I signed my name to was a market-based healthcare reform package. We had a wide-ranging discussion with health care--this is enormously large and complicated as an issue. And we still need to find a way forward to close the gaps--that closes the gap on the uninsured, that gets us more in the way of affordable healthcare policies. We still don't have those today. But we, we looked at both sides of the issue. We spent months and months immersing ourselves in the data, in the policy implications of what a mandate would do vs. a market-based approach, then we opted for a market-based approach.” (votesmart.org)

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  • Jon Huntsman. CNN Lou Dobbs Tonight – Transcript. 24 February 2005. “PILGRIM: This is a sort of driving card. Why do you think that this is a good solution to the millions of illegal aliens that are here in this country, or the ones that are in Utah? HUNTSMAN: Well, I don't see it as an all or nothing kind of debate here. Already our state, along with probably 11 other states, issues a traditional driver's license, which we have found is subject to abuse when it comes to identification card use, for example. What we're looking at doing instead is issuing a driving privilege card, which also states thereon that it is not good for identification. We have to, I think, recognize reality, Kitty, which is that we have many tens of thousands of-of itinerant workers here, or undocumented aliens who still require mobility. You simply can't wave a magic wand and expect everyone to go home. And it doesn't matter whether it's someone here working or it's somebody who is studying from another country. Anyone who is looking for a driving privilege would get this driving privilege card instead of a traditional driver's license, which has been the practice in the past. PILGRIM: Are you of the opinion that it would help secure the borders by making this distinction. HUNTSMAN: Well, I think it's going to help in our state maintain and manage our economic situation, which is something that I'm first and foremost interested in. The federal government has to deal with the border situation. All I know in this state is that we have undocumented aliens here. We have to work realistically and pragmatically with the issue." (votesmart.org)
  • Jon Huntsman. ABC News:Transcript: Exclusive Interview With Jon Huntsman. 20 May 2011. “And I don't believe in penalizing the younger generation coming across our borders who have no say whatsoever over their journey and destiny. They want to integrate into the American system. If they're willing what needs to do be done and work hard, then I think if we're giving them an in-house tuition break, that integrates them into the system, and makes them part of ultimately contributing to our country." (votesmart.org)
  • Jon Huntsman. CNN "The Situation Room" – Transcript. 15 September 2011. “BLITZER: Assuming the border is secure, what would you do for the 12 million illegal immigrants who are in the United States right now as far as a pathway towards citizenship is concerned? HUNTSMAN: Well, I would deal with it humanely and I would deal with it pragmatically. You can't round people up, you can't wish them away, but I think you can wish away those who are the violent criminals, those who are the drug dealers. I think you can wish them away. The others we need to somehow bring out of the shadows and we have to establish some sort of systemic approach with back taxes, English as our primary language, whatever fee or penalty or fine has to be paid, and we have to begin to make this system work because it is broken and it has resulted in a lot of very passionate conversations in our country dividing people and dividing families at a time where we just need solutions. We need a Department of Homeland Security that can fix the system. And beyond that, we need to remember that immigration and legal immigration has always served this nation extremely well. We are going to need to rely on that again in the future. The infusion of brain power, infusion of capital, the infusion of energy that we are able to assimilate and have from the very beginning is one of our nation's greatest attributes.” (votesmart.org)
  • Jon Huntsman. The Salt Lake Tribune: Huntsman Says Border Fence ‘Repulses’ Him, but May be Necessary. 23 May 2011. "I hate the thought of a fence on the border. I mean, for me, as an American, the thought of a fence to some extent repulses me, because it is not consistent with […] the image that we projected from the very beginning to the rest of the world. But the situation is such today that I don’t think we have a choice, and before we begin the conversation of processing 11 or 12 million undocumented workers, we’ve got to secure the border. There’s got to be an alternative rather than sending people back. That’s unrealistic." (votesmart.org)
  • Jon Huntsman. Governors Call on Congress for Immigration Reform. 28 February 2006. “'It is time to adopt a bipartisan framework to work through the problems of immigration and we, as governors, are willing to make the first move with this resolution, giving some direction on an issue we deal with every day.' The resolution includes: Comprehensive Reform: The overarching purpose of reform legislation should be to protect and preserve the safety and interests of the United States and its citizens while recognizing the needs of Western industries to have a stable and legal supply of workers where there are no willing U.S. workers otherwise available. Oppose Blanket Amnesty: While a complex issue, the governors do not support granting blanket amnesty to all undocumented persons and believe that appropriate sanctions should be part of any solution. […] Realistic steps, including measured and appropriate sanctions, should be taken to address the status of millions of undocumented individuals who already reside in this country. A new temporary guest worker visa program should reduce the need for illegal crossings, providing a safe way for workers to enter the country and return home to their families.” (votesmart.org)
  • Jon Huntsman. Deseret News - Huntsman Searches for Solutions on Immigration. 9 October 2005. “'I think it's economics. It's still supply and demand that drives it. Where there are opportunities, you will see a flow of traffic to meet those opportunities. So implicit in any new policy is going to be how you address 4 million to 5 million undocumented Mexican nationals who are in the United States today. The policy will have to include an earned right-to-work permit and some kind of reliable registration so officials know where they are living and working. Undocumented residents could then earn the right to hold a work permit for two or three years. The work permit then is passage to a green card, the green card is then passage to U.S. citizenship.' [Huntsman] also expressed empathy for children born to undocumented immigrants. Youngsters shouldn't be penalized because they were part of a family that was searching for a better opportunity. 'A lot of these kids were either born here or certainly were not in a position in their earlier lives to have any influence over the outcome of their journey. They were brought here. Does that mean we disregard them and we kind of cancel them out from achieving the American dream?'” (votesmart.org)

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  • Jon Huntsman. CNN "State of the Union with Candy Crowley" - Transcript. 12 June 2011. "Do I favor civil unions? Yeah, I favor civil unions. I don't think we have done enough in the name of equality in the area of -- or reciprocal beneficiary rights." (votesmart.org)
  • Jon Huntsman. Time: Q&A: Jon Huntsman. 16 May 2011. "I’ve always been in favor of traditional marriage and thinking that you open Pandora’s Box when you start to redefine it. But we’ve had friends who are gay and we’ve heard horror stories [about hospital visitation and legal rights], and I thought it was an appropriate time." (votesmart.org)
  • Jon Huntsman. CNN 'American Morning' - Transcript. 22 June 2011. "CHETRY: […] You have expressed in the past support for equal rights for same-sex couples and civil unions. Would you support same- sex marriage in America? HUNTSMAN: I'm not in favor of gay marriage. I don't think you can redefine marriage in the traditional sense. I think you get in trouble longer term. I think subordinate to that we have done an inadequate job in terms of equality, in terms of recognizing reciprocal beneficiary rights. CHETRY: Why can't marriage be extended to people who happen to be in love with somebody of their same gender? HUNTSMAN: Civil unions I'm OK with as it relates to gay marriage. That is when you speak in redefining marriage, and I think you have no end to that. And I'm for traditional marriage. I think it's been a super piece of society from the very beginning. Civil unions, I've come out and I've stated my piece there. Some people like it, some people don't. But it's what I feel inside and I have to be honest about that." (votesmart.org)
  • Jon Huntsman. Deseret News - Jon Huntsman Jr.'s Response to Deseret Morning News Questionnaire. 25 Octobe 2004. "I believe in the sanctity of marriage, and I believe in the traditional definition of marriage as between one man and one woman. However, activist judges in other jurisdictions have taken it upon themselves to redefine the meaning of marriage under the guise of constitutional interpretation. As a result of such judicial activism, it is no longer sufficient to rely solely on statutes to define marriage — a constitutional amendment is now necessary to protect marriage and the family.” (votesmart.org)
  • Jon Huntsman. Iowa Republican Debate. 11 August 2011. “I'm running on my record. I'm proud to run on my record. Some people run from their record, I'm running on my record. I believe in traditional marriage first and foremost. I've been married 28 years. I have seven terrific kids to show for it. But I also believe in civil unions. Because I think this nation can do a better job when it comes to equality. And I think this nation can do a better job when it comes to reciprocal beneficiary rights. And I believe that this is something that ought to be discussed among the various states. I don't have any problem with states having this discussion. But as for me, I support civil unions.” (votesmart.org)
  • Jon Huntsman. Esquire - Romney Doesn't Scare Obama. This Guy Does. 22 June 2011. "I'm for civil unions. I believe in traditional marriage, but I think subordinate to that, we don't do an adequate job when it comes to equality and fairness." (votesmart.org)
  • Jon Huntsman. ABC News - Exclusive Interview With Jon Huntsman -Transcript. 20 May 2011. "George Stephanopoulos: On civil unions and on immigration, no walking away from your past positions? Jon Huntsman: No. No. I think, in the case of civil unions, I think it's a fairness issue. I believe in traditional marriage. But subordinate to that, I think we probably can do a better job when it comes to fairness and equality." (votesmart.org)
  • Jon Huntsman. ABC 4 News - Huntsman Supports Same-sex Civil Unions. 10 February 2009. "I believe in traditional marriage. I always have. But I also believe there's more we can do in terms of enhancing those individual rights for others. [...] You try and do what's right." (votesmart.org)

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