The Boston Globe endorsed Jon Huntsman for president. The endorsement may give Huntsman the boost he needs with independent voter who make up a sizeable chunk of New Hampshire’s primary electorate.
The Globe wrote that “while Romney proceeds cautiously, strategically, trying to appease enough constituencies to get himself the nomination, Huntsman has been bold. Rather than merely sketch out policies, he articulates goals and ideals. The priorities he would set for the country, from leading the world in renewable energy to retooling education and immigration policies to help American high-tech industries, are far-sighted. He has stood up far more forcefully than Romney against those in his party who reject evolution and the science behind global warming.”
Describing Huntsman as a David fighting Goliath, The Globe noted that Huntsman was the best-prepared to be president and has a clear conservative record.
“Huntsman governed Utah as a clear conservative who nonetheless put the interests of his state ahead of ideology,” The Globe wrote. “He delighted right-wing supporters by replacing a graduated state income tax with a flat tax. Strong economic growth put Utah in the top five in job creation during Huntsman’s tenure, while he gave tax credits to companies developing solar energy. He offered a sweeping school choice plan, and joined the Western Climate Initiative, which set goals for reducing greenhouse gases.”
The Globe’s endorsement gives more ammunition to those who think if the choice was between Romney and Huntsman, Huntsman would be the more electable and conservative alternative to Romney.