Jon Huntsman on Principles & Values

Republican UT Governor


No Labels--stop fighting, start fixing

Q: Our guests are the new chairs of the No Labels movement, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Jon Huntsman (R-UT). The motto of "No Labels--stop fighting, start fixing": How do you intend to get there?

MANCHIN: In two years in the Senate, I've yet to have a bipartisan meeting, where Republicans and Democrats sat down and worked through their problems. No Labels gives us that venue.

Q: On the issue of preventing gun violence one month after Newtown: there was no mention of that issue at all on the No Labels web site. Is that a punt?

HUNTSMAN: Well, this is not about finding the endpoint for a specific policy issue. This is about creating a pathway that speaks to problem solving. So the whole attempt here is to create a new attitude that speaks to problem solving. It's about extreme partisanship. You can't do anything about problem solving unless you get a group of people together on Capitol Hill who are dedicated to making decisions that are right for the country as opposed to the next election.

Source: ABC This Week 2013 interviews: 2016 presidential hopefuls , Jan 13, 2013

We need a unifying leader, not vilifying different groups

Q: What does our state motto, "Live free or die," mean to you personally?

HUNTSMAN: It is the fulfillment of a citizenry being able to live out the meaning of our founding documents--life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. In N.H., people take that very seriously. You know what else they take seriously? The idea of real leadership. I've heard a lot of obfuscating up here [on the debate stage], the blame game. You know what the people of this country are waiting for? They want a leader who is going to unify, who's going to bring us together. Because that's what leadership is all about. It's not about taking on different groups and vilifying them for whatever reason. It's about projecting a vision for a more hopeful tomorrow. That's why there is no trust in this country today, and that's why, as president, I'm going to attack that trust deficit just as aggressively as I attack that economic deficit.

Source: Meet the Press 2012 GOP New Hampshire debate , Jan 8, 2012

If you love your country, you serve her

Q: You supported a stimulus package in 2009. In fact, you said the Obama stimulus package was not big enough. As governor, you signed onto a regional cap-and-trade market. You endorsed civil unions for same-sex couples. And you served as President Obama's ambassador to China. Some people have suggested that maybe you're running for president in the wrong party.

A: Chris, let me just say, I'm proud of my service to this country. If you love your country, you serve her. During a time of war, during a time of economic hardship, when asked to serve your country in a sensitive position where you can actually bring a background to help your nation, I'm the kind of person who's going to stand up and do it, and I'll take that philosophy to my grave. 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.

Source: Iowa Straw Poll 2011 GOP debate in Ames Iowa , Aug 11, 2011

Reach beyond traditional political boundaries for solutions

We are beginning a new chapter for our nation and for our state. There is a sense of anxiety, pain, heartache and, yes, hope, on display almost everywhere. Today's economic conditions make it imperative that we ensure a level of trust between the people who call Utah home and their elected officials. In a time of financial distress, inadequate healthcare, a shaky housing market and apprehensiveness, we must reach beyond traditional political boundaries in seeking solutions that are uniquely our own.

Our first and most urgent priority must be to prudently and wisely balance our budget, as we always have. Let's not forget, unlike many other states, we have tools we can utilize, and with these options we have added flexibility in minimizing impacts to our most critical priorities. Our discussions should be conducted with civility, respect and a recognition of the challenging circumstances in which we find ourselves.

Source: Utah 2009 State of the State address , Jan 27, 2009

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