Skip Navigation

Close and don't show again.

Your browser is out of date.

You may not get the full experience here on National Journal.

Please upgrade your browser to any of the following supported browsers:

Huntsman Adviser Takes On Opponents Huntsman Adviser Takes On Opponents

This ad will end in seconds
Close X

Want access to this content? Learn More »

Forget Your Password?

Don't have an account? Register »

Reveal Navigation



Huntsman Adviser Takes On Opponents


WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 03: Possible Republican presidential candidate and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman addresses the Faith and Freedom Coalition June 3, 2011 in Washington, DC. The Faith and Freedom Coalition is holding their second annual conference and strategy briefing over two days in the nation's capital. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)(Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Even though he wasn't at a much anticipated New Hampshire debate on Monday, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman hasn't had a problem finding his way into the news cycle this week.

He announced Tuesday that he is launching his presidential campaign next week, and he also recently spoke to Esquire, who will include a lengthy profile of the former ambassador to China in its August issue.

Esquire teased the piece Wednesday afternoon, including quotes from Huntsman on Afghanistan ("Should we stay and play traffic cop? I don't think that serves our strategic interests") and Libya (he does not think the U.S. should have intervened), as well as some scathing broadsides from one of his advisers directed at other Republicans in the field.

"Tim's a nice guy," said John Weaver, of former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, adding "and there's nothing worse than seeing a nice guy pretend that he's angry. Is that really what we want to be? Is that how we're going to define ourselves? When's the last time an angry man ever solved a problem without using a gun?" Weaver is heading up Huntsman's team and in the past has been a key member of Sen. John McCain's, R-Ariz., 2008 brain trust.

What about former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney? "What version are we on now?" Weaver asked. "Mitt 5.0? 6.0?"

Don't Miss Today's Top Stories


Rick, Executive Director for Policy

Concise coverage of everything I wish I had hours to read about."

Chuck, Graduate Student

The day's action in one quick read."

Stacy, Director of Communications

I find them informative and appreciate the daily news updates and enjoy the humor as well."

Richard, VP of Government Affairs

Chock full of usable information on today's issues. "

Michael, Executive Director

Sign up form for the newsletter