Jon Huntsman

PPP: Republican frontrunners lose ground; could Perry be the beneficiary?

Mar 28, 2011 By Paul Burka

From Tom Jensen on the Public Policy Polling Web site: Much has been written about the weakness of the 2012 Republican Presidential candidate field but what I think might be most remarkable about the leading quartet of Mike Huckabee, Sarah Palin, Mitt Romney, and Newt Gingrich  is that they've all become more unpopular and by quite a good bit since we started monthly national 2012 polling in April of 2009. The fact that the more Americans are exposed to them, the less they like them certainly does not bode well for their competitiveness next year. * In April 2009 Huckabee's favorability was +8 at 42/34. Now it's -7 at 35/42, for a 15 point drop over the last two years. His net drop has been 25 points with Democrats, 7 points with Republicans, and 19 points with independents. * In April 2009 Palin's favorability was -7 at 42/49. Now it's -22 at 35/57, for a 15 point drop over the last two years. Her net drop has been 19 points with Democrats, 18 points with Republicans, and 19 points with independents.

Perry: 8th most likely GOP governor to be president

Jun 28, 2009 By Paul Burka

So says Ken Rudin, who writes NPR's daily political blog, Political Junkie. Dismissing House and Senate Republicans, he focuses on governors as the future of the GOP. This narrowing of the list omits Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee, and Newt Gingrich, among others. Here is his list: 1. Tim Pawlenty (MN) 2. Jon Huntsman (UT) 3. Haley Barbour (MS) 4. Bobby Jindal (LA) 5. Charlie Crist (FL) 6. Mitch Daniels (IN) 7. Sarah Palin (AK) 8. Rick Perry (TX) 9. Mark Sanford (SC) 10. Jodi Rell (CT) 11. Bob Riley (AL) 12. Sonny Perdue (GA) 13. Mike Rounds (SD) 14. John Hoeven (ND) 15. Butch Otter (ID) 16. Dave Heineman (NE) 17. Jim Douglas (VT) 18. Don Carcieri (RI) 19. Linda Lingle (HI) 20. Jan Brewer (AZ) 21. Arnold Schwarzenegger (CA) 22. Jim Gibbons (NV) This is not exactly a list of giants. 1. Pawlenty is a solid governor who should have been McCain's pick for vice president. His recent announcement that he would not seek reelection in 2010 is attributed to (choose one) the possibility that he could be defeated by a Democrat in a liberal state; or that he has made up his mind to run for president in 2012. 2. Huntsman, who speaks fluent Mandarin, is Obama's nominee to be ambassador to China. He is a Mormon, a religious affiliation that was a disadvantage for Mitt Romney in 2008. Huntsman addressed the issue on Fox, in a 2006 interview with Neil Cavuto: "And people hear about Mormons, and they think, gosh, they are a different breed or culture. But, you know, we have five U.S. senators. We have 18 in the House of Representatives. We have some of the great CEOs in America. We are just normal people, like everybody else. And, for some reason or another, people mischaracterize us." 3. Barbour is a shrewd politician and political operative -- he's a former tobacco lobbyist who looks the part -- who knows his way around Washington. He has just inherited the chairmanship of the Republican Governors Association from the lovelorn Mark Sanford. Asked this morning by Face the Nation's Bob Schieffer about whether he might run in 2012, Barbour said, "I don't have any plan to. I don't have any intention to. Right now, I think every Republican who wants to rebuild our party needs to be focused on elections of 2009 and ‘10. I mentioned the New Jersey and the Virginia governors' races, both very competitive and very important. We have 37 governors' races next year, plus the entire House of Representatives, a third of the Senate. I'm not going to give any thought to running for anything until after the 2010 election. I’d be very surprised if I ended up running for president, but I can’t just say flatly no. But I would be very surprised. My wife would be even more surprised."