Lyons: Huntsman would be more comfortable in Democratic party

Right now it looks like the Republican Presidential race is between Texas Governor Rick Perry and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. But the chair of Utah State University’s Political Science department, Mike Lyons, says that situation could change at any time. On KVNU’s Crosstalk show Thursday, he was asked about the chances for former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman, Jr. Lyons said he has a lot of admiration for Huntsman but because of the bad economy he is considered by many people to be too moderate, even liberal. “When you are in the midst of a deep economic recession, even though officially it’s not a recession anymore, that overshadows everything else,” Lyons explained. “People become desperate. Moderation doesn’t have appeal, especially when the incumbent president is largely a moderate also. Huntsman, I think, would be more comfortable in the Democratic party.” Lyons said Huntsman may decide to re-evaluate his position or perhaps do something in the private sector. At any rate, Lyons said, Huntsman’s chances for 2012 are slim to none.

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