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Jon Huntsman Drops Out: The Best Of His Brief, Unlucky Campaign (VIDEO)

First Posted: 01/16/2012 12:09 pm Updated: 01/30/2012 1:30 pm

Today is a sad, sad day, for the most reasonable (by far) of the Republican candidates for president has dropped out of the race, just days before the South Carolina primary.

Jon Huntsman, the former Utah governor and ambassador to China, wasn't exactly what you'd call a progressive--he was pro-life, anti-gay marriage, and against raising taxes on the 1%. At the same time, Huntsman was known for being a relatively rational GOP candidate for president: he worked with (and respected) President Obama, supported civil unions for gay couples, and believed in evolution and climate change (unlike SOME people, who will remain nameless).

But perhaps because of his moderate views, the Republican establishment would never accept Huntsman as "a real conservative." His campaign was beset with problems from the start, from name-recognition issues to a lack of funding. And while he enjoyed some good moments, including when he told off Mitt Romney in fluent Mandarin Chinese, the motorcycle-riding, leather-jacket-wearing Mormon politician didn't quite have what it takes to win the GOP nomination.

Watch the video above for a brief recap of Huntsman's brief, unlucky presidential campaign.

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