There has been a lot of speculation going around about Jon Huntsman and if he will be running for the GOP presidential bid in the 2012 presidential election. I personally will not be voting for him if he makes it to the GOP ticket. I just hope that he does not make it past the GOP primary.
Let me explain why I am not going to vote for him. There are three main reasons I feel he is not a good match for my vote and the 2010 presidential election.
1- He has yet to of finished anything. Let me explain.
The State of Utah elected Jon to be their governor in November of 2004. He was then re-elected in November of 2008 to hold office until 2010. In July of 2009 he accepted a nomination by Barack Obama to become the United States Ambassador of China. On August 11, 2009 he gave up the governorship and was sworn in as Ambassador to China. He left his office a year prior to the end of his term. He committed to the people of Utah to be their governor, and then left be an ambassador.
After leaving the governorship to become the Ambassador to China in Aug, 2009 he then gave up on that position and resigned on April 30, 2011. Once again, he leaves an office that he was appointed to. This time it was rumored that he left to start a potential Republican bid.
Some people may see as minor, but I think they show the character of the man. He is always trying to position himself in higher positions, and in doing so he has disregarded any commitment he has made in the process.
2- He thinks the people who gave him his start will hinder him.
He may now be leaving Utah and moving to Florida because it will look better to be elected from Florida than from Utah if he does get the GOP nomination. “Should he run, Huntsman to base campaign in Florida.” – ksl.com
3- He is not proud of his religion. This is the one that pushed me over the edge.
Time magazine recently did an article entitled, “Jon Huntsman: The Potential Republican Presidential Candidate Democrats Most Fear.” In this article he deflects questions left and right. But the one that pushes me over the edge is this one:
And as for whether or not Huntsman still belongs to the Church of Latter-day Saints, I know less than I did before I asked him. (“I’m a very spiritual person,” as opposed to a religious one, he says, “and proud of my Mormon roots.” Roots? That makes it sound as if you’re not a member anymore. Are you? “That’s tough to define,” he says. “There are varying degrees. I come from a long line of saloon keepers and proselytizers, and I draw from both sides.”)
He also had this to say in a money.cnn.com article.
Indeed, unlike his more devout brothers, who are officials in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Jon Jr.’s Mormon credentials are soft. “I can’t say I am overly religious,” he says, noting that his children attend Catholic schools and that one of his adopted daughters was born into a Buddhist culture and another comes from the Hindu tradition. “I get satisfaction from many different types of religions and philosophies.”
Newsweek also notes that:
He took pains to prove his ecumenical credentials, as it were, by pointing to the “rich philosophical traditions” that led to his adoption of two daughters—one from India, and another from China. He also mentioned that when he was in office, “Utah’s governor’s mansion was probably the only one in the country” to celebrate the Hindu holiday of Diwali.
Anyone who is afraid of telling us what Religion he is a member of and practices, and that thinks that Utah will be a black mark on his election bid, does not get my vote.
I doubt he would give up the presidency, but what if something did come up that he thought was better? And if he is having a hard time defining and defending his religion now, can his moral character be trusted when the presidency gets rough?
On a side note…. I think it is kinda funny that for a country where religion is suppose to have not baring on politics, people sure make a BIG deal about if the president goes to church or not. Personally, I think it is a really big deal what religion the president is, and how well he practices the religion he picks. Religion is suppose to be your moral compass. I think you should find that compass, let everyone know you have chosen it, and then stick by it and follow it.