Jon Huntsman

Marriage Equality is a Conservative Cause

Jon Huntsman writes at The American Conservative about why Marriage Equality is actually a conservative cause:

If conservatives come to the table with solutions that put our communities first, it will go a long way toward winning elections.

But it?s difficult to get people even to consider your reform ideas if they think, with good reason, you don?t like or respect them. Building a winning coalition to tackle the looming fiscal and trust deficits will be impossible if we continue to alienate broad segments of the population. We must be happy warriors who refuse to tolerate those who want Hispanic votes but not Hispanic neighbors. We should applaud states that lead on reforming drug policy. And, consistent with the Republican Party?s origins, we must demand equality under the law for all Americans.

While serving as governor of Utah, I pushed for civil unions and expanded reciprocal benefits for gay citizens. I did so not because of political pressure?indeed, at the time 70 percent of Utahns were opposed?but because as governor my role was to work for everybody, even those who didn?t have access to a powerful lobby. Civil unions, I believed, were a practical step that would bring all citizens more fully into the fabric of a state they already were?and always had been?a part of.? Read more »

Negative campaigning working

Newt Gingrich got a boost in the polls. So his opponents started telling the truth about him in ads. Ads described as negative, although they told the truth. Now his campaign is in trouble.

Newt Gingrich’s campaign is rapidly imploding, and Ron Paul has now taken the lead in Iowa. He’s at 23% to 20% for Mitt Romney, 14% for Gingrich, 10% each for Rick Santorum, Michele Bachmann, and Rick Perry, 4% for Jon Huntsman, and 2% for Gary Johnson.

Gingrich has now seen a big drop in his Iowa standing two weeks in a row. His share of the vote has gone from 27% to 22% to 14%. And there’s been a large drop in his personal favorability numbers as well from +31 (62/31) to +12 (52/40) to now -1 (46/47). Negative ads over the last few weeks have really chipped away at Gingrich’s image as being a strong conservative- now only 36% of voters believe that he has ‘strong principles,’ while 43% think he does not.

Great Campaign Ads, Ctd

From Jon Huntsman again, attacking Mitt Romney. It is called “Mitting Image”

Deconstructing Mitt Romney

Jon Huntsman deconstructs Mitt Romney with this attack ad.

I wish David Shearer and David Cunliffe would make up some adds like this.

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