The former Utah governor and former U.S. Ambassador to China, Jon Huntsman, dropped out of the GOP race this morning. Apparently, looking Presidential will not win state contests ;) He called on each campaign to “cease attacking each other,” stating that this in-fighting is destroying the GOP’s chances of defeating President Obama in November.
“I believe it is now time for our party to unite around the candidate best equipped to defeat Barack Obama. Despite our differences and the space between us on some of the issues, I believe that candidate is governor Mitt Romney.” Yes, you read that right. After all the bickering that Gov. Huntsman has done with Mitt Romney in the past few weeks, he endorsed him today in his withdrawal speech. The two are cousins, so it is not very surprising, even though a “family feud” has been going on between the two, dating back to before the 2008 election.
The field is now down to five: Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, Rick Perry, and Ron Paul. A new poll just released today shows that most people view Santorum as the true conservative. Why, then, are many choosing to rally behind the man who could not even defeat John McCain in the 2008 primaries? If the man who could not beat McCain is our nominee, and McCain could not beat Obama…you do the math. Huntsman’s endorsement won’t do much for Romney, as the 4-5% of the vote he garnered, largely moderates, would most likely have gone to Romney anyway.