November 6, 2011

How sincere was Jon Huntsman when he gave the speech nominating Sarah Palin at the 2008 GOP convention?

He was confronted today on "Meet the Press, for saying "We are looking for a beacon of light to show us the way.... We are looking for Sarah!"
MR. HUNTSMAN: Well, listen, I was asked to introduce her and nominate her because I think I was about the only person who actually knew her after John McCain had, had picked her as a running mate. I was chair of the Western Governors Association, I had worked to a limited extent with Sarah Palin. So when you're looking for somebody who can actually go up and nominate her, I was asked to do it, and I did as told.
I did as told!
[DAVID] GREGORY: So you mean you pumped up the case there? You didn't really believe... that the country was waiting for Sarah Palin?

MR. HUNTSMAN: I, I wanted to help my good friend John McCain. I wanted to help his ticket. I wanted to move the Republicans toward victory, and I stepped up and I did what I thought was right.

MR. GREGORY: You think she was capable of being vice president of the United States?

MR. HUNTSMAN: Oh, I think she would--I think absolutely she was capable of being vice president. She was elected as governor. She served a couple of years well, and I think she would have learned a lot on the job.
That was a good recovery. His first instinct was to disown her, but he remembered which party he is asking to nominate him.

24 comments:

Love said...

MR. HUNTSMAN: "Oh, I think she would--I think absolutely she was capable of being vice president. She was elected as governor. She served a couple of years well, and I think she would have learned a lot on the job."

Bullshit.

Maguro said...

If Joe Biden is capable of being vice president, anybody is.

Michael said...

Love: Palin is both more accomplished than you and less bitter.

ndspinelli said...

Howdy Doody is sure tough on Republicans. If I didn't know better I would think he was a sycophant White House puppet.

Maguro said...

Another thing - How sincere are any of these political speeches? My guess is not very.

Rose said...

He just proved himself unfit to hold office.

Exactly the kind of schmuck she has stood up to her for entire career.

What a f*cked up country we have become. We almost deserve what we're getting and what is coming. Some of us don't - but my sympathy for the rest is gone. Top politicians (all the way to the WH) secretly championing anarchists torching our streets and anyone has any doubt Sarah Palin would be a better leader? WTF is wrong with people.

wv: daingeor funny how the words sometimes fit the post.

BTW - did you notice the anarchists are now showing their face? Who had enough power to keep them in the background and on the sidelines? you know the answer.

Shouting Thomas said...

I don't think I was ever under the impression that nominating speeches at conventions were to be taken literally.

Maybe when I was less than 16 years old, but after that... ?

Sorun said...

I was asked to do it, and I did as told.

Go back from where you came, loser.

robinintn said...

Who is this guy?

Jason (the commenter) said...

I would think someone with poll numbers like Huntsman's would love to get even a smidgen of positive attention from Palin supporters. I guess not.

Hagar said...

I do not know why Jon Huntsman is running for President.

However, I think Gregory's question is worse. This guy really is appalling.

LarsPorsena said...

'I was asked to do it, and I did as told.'

I think he is doing someone else's bidding now. I wonder who?

edutcher said...

Huntsman is not only a lousy Republican, he's a pretty miserable Democrat.

And the Nuremburg defense isn't exactly a world-beater when you all need to do is explain why you made a speech.

PS Love is just mad because Miss Sarah is still a thorn in the demos' side.

JAL said...

Sarah Palin was not running for President. Who makes a big deal about VPs? (Anyone remember the choice of Spiro ... Spiro WHO?)

But the fact is Sarah Palin would have been a more competent POTUS than Barack Obama.

And the US economy would not be in the tank. We would seriously have been recovering.

And does anyone know why Huntsman is running?

Robin said...

What's Gregory's problem in the first place? Palin is not running.

Cedarford said...

Maguro said...
If Joe Biden is capable of being vice president, anybody is.
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And if Charlie Sheen is capable of being a megamillionaire star...
And if Barack is capable of being President along with the likes of Jimmy Carter...

Whats you point?
Other than any idiot like Biden, Palin...heck any douchebag in America who is over 35 and a natural citizen - can be VP.

F4GIB said...

Palin might be President. John Huntsman never will be.

Just how much DO Republican's hate powerful women?

Holmes said...

Who isn't capable of being Vice-President?

MadisonMan said...

What Maguro said: Why would anyone ever think anything a politician said was sincere?

edwardroyce said...

So basically a summary of his explanation would be:

"I am a tool."

Impressive.

J said...

I did as told


the official motto of the GOP pretty boy. Or mormon for that matter. They follow orders.

themightypuck said...

I have no problems with Huntsman. This is all barrack room lawyer hair splitting. You win. But you're wrong.

Curious George said...

"Robin said...
What's Gregory's problem in the first place? Palin is not running."

Palin is going to be a player in this election...either from the sideline or maybe, just maybe as a late entry candidate.

Think people.

AprilApple said...

MR. GREGORY: You think she was capable of being vice president of the United States?


Mr. Gregory. Democrat hack.

Can Obama and Biden govern? Oh look - they can't. Not that facts matter to hacks.