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Jon Huntsman: I Don’t Sign Pledges…(Unless It’s a Pledge to Save the World from Global Warming)

Morgen on July 12, 2011 at 5:17 pm

I’ve already posted on this once or twice, but since Politico linked us on this today, I thought I’d mention it again. Here is Jon Huntsman commenting this week on his refusal to sign Jim DeMint’s spending limit pledge:

“I don’t sign pledges — other than the Pledge of Allegiance and a pledge to my wife.” Huntsman said.

He says he told [South Carolina Senator Jim] DeMint “You just have to understand that’s where I come down.”

I’m not a big fan of these sorts of formal pledges myself, so I generally don’t have a problem with his stance on this. HOWEVER, as first posted here on VS, this is not as principled of a stand as Huntsman would like you to believe. Back in November 2008, just months before joining the Obama Administration, Huntsman signed off on a “Global Climate Solutions Declaration” (pdf), which led off with this statement:

Based on conclusive scientific evidence, we recognize that global climate change is a grave threat to our people, our environment, and our respective ways of life. Therefore, we resolve to act quickly to stabilize the atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases to avoid the resulting catastrophic impacts to the world’s ecosystems, oceans, water supplies, infrastructure, food production, and human health. The magnitude and urgency of the challenges in stabilizing the climate will require an unprecedented level of collaboration and cooperation among all levels of government around the world.

“Resolve to act quickly”….that sounds an awful lot like a pledge to me. I’d love to hear Huntsman or someone from his campaign explain why he would sign off on something like this – but not an agreement to get federal spending under control?

His judgement in doing so looks particularly poor given who the other signatories were. With the exception of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Charlie Crist (lol), they were all Democrats including: Blagojevich (IL), Patrick (MA), Sebelius (KS), Granholm (MI), and Paterson (NY).

Something tells me we have not heard the last of this issue.

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