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The Post and Courier - Huntsman Just Says no to Pledges

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Earlier this week, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman did something fairly extraordinary for a presidential candidate -- he refused to play along with campaign season silliness.

While in South Carolina, the Republican candidate said he would not sign Jim DeMint's "Cut, Cap and Balance" pledge, the senator's latest scheme in his quest to become the GOP kingmaker. The pledge basically says spending must be cut, the deficit capped and a constitutional amendment passed to require a balanced budget.

On Thursday, Huntsman said that he'd had a cordial conversation with the senator, told him that he was sympathetic to his goals and in full agreement with the sentiment -- but he doesn't sign pledges. "I got a lot of those as governor, and am getting a lot of them now," Huntsman said. "I think actions speak louder than words."

It's about time someone took a stand against the proliferation of these campaign gimmicks and had the guts, to borrow a phrase from the Reagan era, to just say no.

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