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Strange But True: Jon Huntsman Dropped Out Of High School To Join A Band Called 'Wizard'


Strange But True: Jon Huntsman Dropped Out Of High School To Join A Band Called 'Wizard'


Running for President of the United States means thinking that you’re the one person best equipped to become the leader of the free world — which could be considered a personality tic, to say the least. “You’re probably fairly weird,” is how Newt Gingrich once put it. This is why The National Memo has launched “Strange But True,” a regular feature that will present old anecdotes, little-known facts, curious quotes and amusing videos showing a side of our politicians that they probably wish the public would ignore. (Here’s the archive.)

Please email your suggestions to avi@nationalmemo.com or use the Twitter hashtag #strangepolitics.

Henry Decker

Henry Decker was formerly the Managing Editor of The National Memo. He is currently an Online Associate at MRCampaigns.

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  1. calhar January 10, 2012

    It makes me shutter to think that clowns like him want to be President of the “United” States???????????????????No wonder the country is turning into a cesspool!!!!!!!!

  2. Honrey January 10, 2012

    Huntsman and Paul are the ONLY individuals with any spine and understanding. We are in a world of hurt as a nation, and we continue to ignore the basics. We’ve closed the shutters and won’t look at realities of debt and unemployment. And I shudder when I contemplate the depths of our ignorance, and the lack of logic in our thinking.

  3. GrowAPair January 10, 2012

    I am a Democrat and Obama supporter, but in all sincerity, Huntsman is no clown! He is a thoughtful, intelligent and wise man with the ability to be a good president. He is not your run-of-the-mill politician, but someone who would work hard to heal the political divisions in our country. I believe he would be the only candidate capable of giving the President a real challenge because he is consistent and the only true conservative in the pack. As for the rest, yes, I agree they are a sideshow, but I have a great deal of respect for Huntsman, even if he doesn’t stand a snowball’s chance in hell of getting the nomination. The Republicans are shooting themselves in the foot by dismissing him so easily. I hope he will continue to serve his country in some way after all is said and done. Huntsman really is a public servant.

  4. dpaano January 10, 2012

    If I were an INTELLIGENT Republican (and there are very few of those in America), I would seriously consider voting for Huntsman. He’s as close to a moderate as one can get. However, because I’m a Democrat (at least for now), I’m going to vote for President Obama, but it would be an interesting ticket if Huntsman was his VP nomination…..it just might work!!!

  5. MaryLongleyHalperin January 10, 2012

    Huntsman is the only Republican candidate who could be a creditable President. However, as a Democrat and supported of Obama, I’d still not vote for him. He’s a decent man who probably would do more for the US by returning to China as ambassador.

  6. merman January 11, 2012

    I am an independant who will be once again likely be voting for Obama come November 2012. Huntsman is the only Republican challenger with the integrity balance and “right stuff” to seriously give Obama a run for his money. Both Obama and Huntsman are capable of leading the country, reinstill us with confidence and steer us back to greatness. The others all seem to be corrupt, Washington lobbyist puppets bought and sold by big business, bigots or otherwise on the lunatic fringe. I would love to vote for both Obama and Huntsman on a single ticket. Perhaps that would stop the dysfunctional Congress in its tracks and get the elected elite in Washington working for the best for all Americans instead of their own personal bottom line.

  7. horselady January 13, 2012

    I agree that he is the only one whom I would choose other than Obama. We heard some Republican say a week or so ago that Obama was the best candidate that the Republicans had.
    : )
    However, I do think Huntsman is very smart and articulate and has more savvy by far than any of his party candidates. Believe it or not, I also think he is pretty honest unlike the Palin and the Perry types.


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