Jon Huntsman on the GOP

Former Presidential Candidate Jon Huntsman Says ‘GOP Has No Soul’

Former Utah Governor and 2012 presidential contender Jon Huntsman had some rather sour words for his party in a recent interview, criticizing their obstructionist stances and criticizing them of being “devoid of a soul.”

In the interview, published Sunday in the Daily Telegraph, Huntsman criticized the GOP for having no central vision or platform and keeping Congress in a holding pattern until they figure one out.

“The party right now is a holding company that’s devoid of a soul and it will be filled up with ideas over time and leaders will take their proper place,” he said. “We can’t be known as a party that’s fear-based and doesn’t believe in math,” he added. “In the end it will come down to a party that believes in opportunity for all our people, economic competitiveness and a strong dose of libertarianism.”

He also criticized the GOP in a recent interview with The Huffington Post.

“In my party, compromise cannot be seen as analogous to treason, which it has been recently,” he said.

Huntsman dropped out of the Republican race for president after coming in third in the New Hampshire primary. He was criticized by some on the right as being a “RINO” (Republican-In-Name-Only) but was considered by Obama aides to be a genuine threat to the incumbent president.

So will Huntsman run again in 2016?

“Life is full of serendipity. This is a total BS way of answering it, but I never would have guessed I’d be a governor. I never would have guessed I’d go to China as ambassador. I never would have guessed I’d run for president,” he remarked.