Huntsman Discusses American Politics, Election as President’s Forum Speaker

Samuel Kessler
Staff Writer

Former presidential candidate Jon Huntsman spoke in the Hyman Forum on Monday, November 19. The name of his speech was, “Election 2012 and the Challenges Facing America Today;” however, the former Utah governor strayed from the prompt and simply summarized it, saying, “The Republicans lost.” Huntsman then went on to analyze the current political landscape. Noting the landmark polarization of the past election cycles, he was optimistic about the country’s ability to reconnect politically. Said the former ambassador; this process ought to be the primary concern for the nation, its citizens, and most importantly, its students.

Republican presidential candidate, former governor of Utah and ambassador to China Jon Huntsman spoke about the future of the United States’ political landscape in the college’s Hyman Forum on November 19. [Photo: Rachel Brustein.)

Republican presidential candidate, former governor of Utah and ambassador to China Jon Huntsman spoke about the future of the United States’ political landscape in the college’s Hyman Forum on November 19. [Photo: Rachel Brustein.)

According to Goucher President Sanford Ungar, the college scheduled Jon Huntsman—who was elected twice to the state office, but resigned to become ambassador to China, a position he then resigned in order to run for U.S. President– using an alumni grant which contributes to the scheduling of yearly prominent conservative speakers in the President’s Forum speaker series. This grant contributed to the payment of past conservative speakers such as Newt Gingrich and Karl Rove. The fund is used to create political diversity in the speaking schedule.

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Election Winners And Losers

Gabriel Stuart-Sikowitz
Contributor

Winners:

Democrats: Obama was reelected, the Democrats made gains in the House and Senate. The Democrats won with huge margins among Asians, Hispanics, youth and single women. The future of the party looks to be one of inclusivity.

Women: Women will be represented in the Senate with a total of twenty female senators, the most ever, representing almost forty percent of the country’s population.

Richard Mourdock of Indiana and Todd Akin of Missouri both lost their seats in Congress, as did their ‘definitions’ of rape.

Hawaii elected the first Asian-American women to the Senate with Mazie Hirono, who is also the first Buddhist, as well as the first person of Japanese decent elected to the Senate. Hawaii also elected another woman, Tulsi Gabbard, who will be the first Hindu in Congress.

LGBT Community: Wisconsin elected the first openly gay person to the Senate with Tammy Baldwin. Arizona elected Kyrsten Simena, the first bisexual person in Congress.

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