Jon Huntsman is thinking running again.
Run Jon Run.
You remember him. He is the liberal Republican who ran earlier this year, got three votes in the primary before withdrawing and throwing his support to the other liberal in the Republican Primary, Mitt Romney.
From the Hill:
Jon Huntsman called for the rise of a third party on Thursday as he argued the remaining GOP presidential candidates lack big ideas.
The comments from the former Utah governor, who dropped out of the race in January after a disappointing showing in New Hampshire’s primary, were striking given his support for Mitt Romney, one of the four remaining GOP candidates for president.
"Gone are the days when the Republican Party used to put forward big, bold, visionary stuff," Huntsman said during an appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”
"I see zero evidence of people getting out there and addressing the economic deficit — which is a national-security problem, for heaven's sake," he said. “I think we're going to have problems politically until we get some sort of third-party movement or some alternative voice out there that can put forward new ideas."
Huntsman, who also bemoaned Wednesday's GOP debate as "wasting time," quickly added that he had no interest in running as a third-party candidate.
"That ain't gonna be me, by the way; I know the next question. I'm not interested in that," he said.
Huntsman and Romney both hail from Utah and are longtime rivals with a cool relationship. During his campaign, Huntsman frequently criticized and even mocked Romney.
Still, the comments on Wednesday, coming about a month after Huntsman decided to endorse Romney, were striking.
No one ever accused Jon Huntsman of being the sharpest knife in the drawer but go for it Jon.
This is one of the best things that could happen to the conservative movement, assuming of course we manage to get a conservative nominated to be the Republican candidate.
It would be great to see a third party that would pull votes away from the Party of Treason. We should encourage this early and often.
Does anyone remember 92 and 96, when Perot pulled away votes from George H.W. Bush and Bob Dole respectively? Unfortunately there were no conservatives in the race then but seeing this replayed, except the votes being pulled away from the left is simply rich!
A conservative running against not only Barack Obama but another left of center candidate who will pull some of the vote away is a guarantee of victory in November.
Run Jon Run!