Former Obama Administration employee and current presidential candidate Jon Huntsman refuses to sign pledges to be a pro-life and anti-tax president, The Hill reports.
It’s an interesting start to a campaign Huntsman insists will be conservative and Reaganesque. (It should be noted that Reagan never jumped at the chance to work for the Carter Administration.)
Huntsman said that he would sign neither the “Taxpayer Protection Pledge,” the manifesto crafted by Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist pledge of no new taxes, nor the document crafted by the Susan B. Anthony List intended to limit abortion rights.
“First of all, I don’t sign pledges. I was asked to sign a pledge when I ran for governor in 2004, and I didn’t,” Huntsman said in a gaggle with reporters aboard his plane. “And I got attacked because I didn’t. And then we went around cutting and reforming taxes at record levels.”
“My take on all of this is your record should say everything about where you are and where you’re going. I don’t need to sign a pledge,” he added during the flight from New Hampshire to Newark, N.J.
Perhaps Huntsman doesn’t like signing pledges because he then has to go on record holding a position. And that’s an unpleasant situation for a man who has flip-flopped on cap-and-trade, the stimulus legislation, federal bureaucracy, and the Obama Administration.
A candidate shouldn’t have a problem signing pro-life and anti-tax pledges if he intends to govern from a pro-life and anti-tax standpoint. An issue only arises if the candidate intends to govern from a pro-abortion and pro-tax standpoint, because then he’ll have broken his pledges.
The refusal says quite a bit about Huntsman and how he intends to govern. Less Reaganesque and more Obamaesque.