Yes, he's the front-runner
Probably will be stronger, but still doesn't have enough
No, not really
Jon Huntsman on the Issues
He has evolved on equal rights for gays he now supports them.
"All Americans should be treated equally by the law, whether they marry in a church, another religious institution, or a town hall. This does not mean that any religious group would be forced by the state to recognize relationships that run counter to their conscience. Civil equality is compatible with, and indeed promotes, freedom of conscience."
He supports the 2nd amendment
not so good on the antiabortion front to extreme
seems good on government reform, corporations and crime and some other issues
but my guess is with politics current scene like it is, "sterotypical" him supporting equal rights (some how this has become bad) will NEVER allow him to get the republican nomination and thats sad.
Watching the Republican debates last year, Huntsman was the only one who didn't come off as a complete clown. I simply do not know enough about him to say if I'd vote for him, but I would have at least been willing to give him an honest chance to win my vote. I assume my position on him would be the same in 4 years.
Of course, like others in this thread have noted, the fact he wasn't a clown in those debates are what kept him from having any real chance of winning and would likely prevent him from winning next round as well.
Huntsman is no doubt a capable man but conservatives are in no mood to run another candidate designed to placate the moderates and independents. In general people tend to respect and get motivated by a firm opinion, even if they disagree, rather than a man who is a reed that sways with the wind.
a) what are the policies of the candidate
b) what are the personal qualities of the candidate
I tend to worry about the a thing more than b.
you might come up with a really good person but if he's a gun banning tax hiking socialist I would vote for a woodchuck over him
So you being a "progressive" that means you want a far lefty and clinton is probably the best choice even though personally she's pretty scummy