News out late Sunday night indicating that Jon Huntsman will be ending his presidential run Monday morning and officially endorsing Mitt Romney for President.

Report from Fox News:

Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman will withdraw his bid for the Republican presidential nomination, Fox News confirmed Sunday.

Huntsman is set to announce his withdrawal from the race Monday at 11:00 a.m. at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center in South Carolina, at which time he will endorse GOP candidate Mitt Romney.

After several days of discussion with his family, friends and campaign advisers, the former Obama administration Ambassador to China told aides he is ending his presidential campaign.

“Governor Huntsman was encouraged in New Hampshire, but does not want to stand in the way of the best candidate to beat Barack Obama and will endorse Romney tomorrow,” an aide for Huntsman told Fox News.

South Carolina senior staffers for Huntsman say they are “stunned,” but partially relieved because they feel the state had been neglected by a lack of resources and attention.

“(The) Campaign never put serious resources … to promote his serious conservative record that would have beaten Obama,” Regional Southeast Political Director Adam Piper told Fox News.

Meanwhile, Romney’s campaign staffers were taken by surprise by the announcement of Huntsman’s withdrawal and planned endorsement, but are working to ensure their candidate attends the announcement Monday.

Huntsman’s departure will help Mitt Romney but I’m not sure by how much. He was polling in the low single digits but he might add another percent or two on to Romney’s total in South Carolina.

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  1. And then there were 5… I’ll take a guess and say that it’ll be Perry next. Then Santorum. Then Gingrich. Romney and Paul will go all the way to the Convention which may be a Brokered Convention.

    • Still the main media is doing a “black out” (near non-coverage) of Ron Paul — since his message of telling the Truth is the bane for the ones that want to control us. The only way the media can be forced to allot more time to the only Patriot running for the Presidency — Ron Paul — is for the bottom runners (Newt, Santorum and Perry) to end their petty selfishness of trying to be elected (since clearly they have no chance) and do what’s best for the country — drop out immediately after SC. Thus, Ron Paul’s message of Truth will have a near equal coverage NOW, and not later, when the inevitable one-on-one vs Mitt occurs.

      Also, Ron Paul should state the following (thus endearing himself even more to the American People): “Hey, I know I’m not a polished speaker — unlike my opponents, who sound like professional orators. But, I trust the people to decide for substance over fancy talk.”

      Worth remembering is that our Nation was designed to be the ideal Republic as described by Plato (the only fair government system that represents ALL the people — not most, or some — BUT ALL). And only Ron Paul stands for this.

      Seems newscasters need a refreshment course on Plato’s Republic. Over two eons later his tennents still hold true — but nearly all are ignorant as to why we are degrading further into a state of Government Tyranny!

      Plato paraphrased from Wiki to save space:

      Regimes that exist in reality and tend to degrade successively into each other: timocracy, oligarchy (also called plutocracy), democracy and tyranny (also called despotism).

      Timocracy:

      Socrates defines a timocracy as a government ruled by people who love honor and are selected according to the degree of honor they hold in society.

      Oligarchy:

      These temptations create a confusion between economic status and honor which is responsible for the emergence of oligarchy. In Book VIII, Socrates suggests that wealth will not help a pilot to navigate his ship. This injustice divides the rich and the poor, thus creating an environment for criminals and beggars to emerge. The rich are constantly plotting against the poor and vice versa.

      Democracy:

      As this socioeconomic divide grows, so do tensions between social classes. From the conflicts arising out of such tensions, democracy replaces the oligarchy preceding it. The poor overthrow the inexperienced oligarchs and soon grant liberties and freedoms to citizens. A VISUALLY APPEALING DEMAGOGUE is soon lifted up to protect the interests of the lower class. However, with too much freedom, the people become drunk, and tyranny takes over.

      Tyranny:

      The excessive freedoms granted to the citizens of a democracy ultimately leads to a tyranny, the furthest regressed type of government. These freedoms divide the people into three socioeconomic classes: the dominating class, the elites and the commoners. Tensions between the dominating class and the elites cause the commoners to seek out protection of their democratic liberties. They invest all their power in their democratic demagogue, who, in turn, becomes corrupted by the power and becomes a tyrant with a small entourage of his supporters for protection and absolute control of his people.

    • Another blatant attempt by the main media in last debate — CNN this time — to act as if Ron Paul does not exist. Took the booing of the audience to “alert” the “mediator” that Ron Paul was ignored in answering the abortion question.

      Afterwards, the main media devoted about 90% of their time covering the dog-and-pony show btw Romney and Newt, allotting another 9% on Santorum’s dares. Only 1% of airtime was given as: “Ron Paul did participate in the debate….”

      The transparency of this “black-out” by the main media (that can only be initiated by those controlling their respective news media networks, instructing their underling reporters NOT to mention Ron Paul’s name in any way) — has to have been noticed by now by the American people (since it has been in effect since day one)!

      Americans should be outraged by this inequity in media coverage — and ask these purveyors of partial coverage by sending tons of e-mails and millions of phone calls, asking them : “Give us the names of the people in charge that send you memos telling you NOT to mention Ron Paul in any way,…or look for another job!” So we know who actually controls the media in this country.

      One positive thing can be taken from this enforced main media “black-out”. Ron Paul’s Message of obeying the US Constitution and Bill of Rights, not the silky demagoguery offered by the rest — must be scaring the hell out of the puppet-masters — God forbid that the American People hear the Truth!

      Then, they may actually do something about it!

    • The Controlled Media is making a mockery of these debates — doing their best to ignore or minimize Ron Paul by directing idiotic questions for him alone!

      Tonight’s debate is a great example of this perfidy! The dog-and-pony show of Mitt & Newt, and the little mutt snapping at their Achilles’s heels — inconsequential Santorum — all these three little mice got to respond on a VERY CRUCIAL QUESTION that has been eroding our Nation for decades: Illegal Immigration! But not Ron Paul — he was asked an idiotic question instead: If he’d agree to some kind of Swamp Protection Law in FL Everglades!?!?!?

      What arrogance the main media has, that they can SLAP the American People on the face by saying this was an equitable debate! Do they think us this stupid — not to see their agenda and thus resent them!?

      A TRUE debate is when a questions is asked, and ALL candidates are given equal time to respond to said question — THIS WAS NOT THE CASE in Florida tonight!

      Shame on the “mediators” — they’ve exposed themselves for what they are (marionettes who’s strings are pulled by those controlling the main media)!

    • Obama — the next new host of Family Feud (can anyone give a total count of the women he kissed after his Misstate of the Union)?

      Afterwards — Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels neutered in a very diplomatic way all the demagoguery Little Hussein parroted!

      Not strong enough for me — but still kudos to Mitch!

  2. Google Trends show only UTAH has more interest in
    Willard Mittens the Romney Robot and Jon Huntsman

    all the other States have Ronald Ernest Paul MD on top

  3. It’s hard to understand what the Republican Electorate “thinks” they have “in-common” with these RICH Elitists, like Romney and Huntsman. They show up in Blue Jeans at Town Hall Meetings and “talk” as though the REAL INTERESTS of we-the-people even matter to them.

    NEITHER ONE of these Elitists has SERVED in the Military. Romney has ZERO Experience in Foreign Policy. Romney has nearly ZERO “Grassroots” Support from the People. BIG MONEY on Wall Street is what’s funding his Campaign.

    I “reject” Huntsman’s assertion that Romney is “best equipped” to defeat Barack Obama. Moreover, I “reject” Huntsman’s plea that if we rally-around Mitt Romney, the Country and “average” Americans would be better off.

    The “PURPOSE” of Government is to “PROTECT” Our Freedoms and Liberties and NOT to “RULE” over us with BIG MONEY calling-the-shots.

    Wall Street and BIG Government has “screwed up” our Economy and Way-of-Life to the point where the “American Dream” has become “unattainable” for the “average American”.

    I say “Sorry Jon. Go back to your “Palatial Mansion” and leave us “average” Americans alone.”

    Ron Paul 2012

    • The only presidents in my lifetime that entered the office with foreign policy experience were George H. Bush (via the CIA) and Gerald Ford (via the Senate). That’s why presidents appoint a secretary of state.

    • Darryl— Spot on! Also, worth noting:

      40,000 New Laws for 2012 — was the heading the day before end of 2011.

      None of the Democrooks or the wannabe Republicons said a word of what this actually means!

      Only Ron Paul knew the meaning — 40,000 (forty thousand!) more new things the government prohibits you from having the freedom to do this year, and from now on!… (on top of the millions of other ones you are not allowed to do for the many decades such NEGATIVE Laws were passed in previous years)!

      Can anyone name a dozen notable Positive Laws passed in the last decade (meaning: Yes, we the US Government trust You, the US Citizen, to have the Freedom to do this….!) — I doubt it… but 40,000 MORE Negative FEDERAL Laws are in force this year — meaning NO — we, the Government will FORCE you, by penalty of Fines or Incarceration, YOU the US Citizen, in 40,000 new ways from exercising these particular freedoms!

      And these NEGATIVE Laws are a THOUSAND TIMES compounded on the State level, County, City, Burroughs, even neighborhoods!

      It is amazing that the supposedly erudite Media lack the education, or are simply told by their bosses, NOT to state what the Great Roman Cicero warned nearly 2000 years ago — The more Laws a Nation has, the less Justice the Citizens will have!(by inference — less Freedom)!

      That as of now we have lost most of our Liberty is obvious — since one can name Hundreds of Thousands of Negative Laws that The State tells us NOT TO DO upon penalty!
      And no-one can show Positive Laws passed that are even a minute fraction of this Travesty perpetrated by the Ones in Power against the American People!

      So, Ron Paul says: Respect the US Constitution! Which if anyone can remember is all about Positive Laws — You have the FREEDOM to do this, and this, and that….

      No one else is saying a word about his crucial issue!

  4. And just what is it that Dr. Paul has in common with the average American? He was a doctor, not exactly your average blue collar job. He’s been a Congressman my entire adult life, as if Capitol Hill is Main Street. He advocates fiscal and foreign policy that most Americans believe to be naive and unrealistic. Ron Paul is about as much in touch with us as any other rich politician. I respect Ron Paul, but do not feel he would get anything constructive done as POTUS.

    Newt Grinch I have absolutely no respect for. He is poison. Perry comes across as dull, pandering, but a decent guy. Santorum seems plausible to me.

    Romney is as much in touch as any other candidate. He worked his way through college (albeit Harvard) as a young husband and father which many of us can relate to. Romney served as a pastor for several years (without pay) and dealt with all the circumstances of human life and death up close. Romney and Huntsman are rich, but we shouldn’t hold it against them. I’d rather have someone successful and moral running than the dregs of humanity in charge as so often happens in dictatorships throughout history.

    • While I do tire of the Ron Paul fanaticism, calling Mitt Romney “moral” is a bit of a stretch. I’m not sure how one would quantify that. The only two things we know are what these candidates show us, and what we want to be true of them. Stating Romney is a moral person is just as baseless as all of the nutty left-wingers getting behind Ron Paul.

  5. I thought the little rat on stage was rather cute tonight.Granting him additional air time that many whined about was also great.Now if they would only allow the poor little fella some cheese to fiddle with!Now tell me,how much is that to ask?

  6. Dear Another Mike
    Candidates get to keep their warchest after they drop out…….as long as he is raising more than he is spending….why drop out !!

  7. If anybody reading this has any means and method for getting questions to debate participants how about try to get this one out there….First question of the debate: “Do you swear to solemly tell the truth tonight and to answer every question truthfully and directly ?

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