The Salt Lake Tribune:
Huntsman, who says he has been at every convention since 1984 when he was a delegate for Ronald Reagan, told The Salt Lake Tribune in a statement that he’s been asked repeatedly whether he would attend the August convention in Tampa, Fla., but noted that he is skipping it.
"I will not be attending this year’s convention, nor any Republican convention in the future," Huntsman said, "until the party focuses on a bigger, bolder, more confident future for the United States — a future based on problem solving, inclusiveness, and a willingness to address the trust deficit, which is every bit as corrosive as our fiscal and economic deficits."
"I encourage a return to the party we have been in the past," he said, "from Lincoln right on through to Reagan, that was always willing to put our country before politics."
While I completely disagree with Huntsman that Reagan "put country before politics," I do give him mad props for having the integrity to publicly state that his party has essentially lost their minds, and that nothing they are doing is to help their constituents any more.
Apparently, even though he had thrown his support to Mitt Romney after bowing out of the primary, Huntsman has been so upset with the Republican party, and by extension his fellow Mormon, that he was "uninvited" back in March from attending this year's convention for daring to suggest that it is time for the introduction of a third party in this country.
Huntsman has ALWAYS been, it seems, the one GOP presidential candidate who flatly refused to pander to the paint chip eating mouth breathers who now essentially make up the base of the Republican party. Something that I have always found admirable by the way.