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.
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.