Jon Huntsman Enters 2012 Presidential Race
Jon Huntsman Joins 2012 White House Race
Jon Huntsman Jr., former Utah governor and Obama's former ambassador to China, is entering the race for the White House. Huntsman has virtually no name recognition among the general public. (Jon Huntsman wiki)
During his tenure as ambassador to China, Huntsman did not criticize Obama's performance; in fact, he described Obama as "a remarkable leader", which his opponents will start using against him immediately.
While he may be a threat to the Democrats should he win the primary, Huntsman is not within striking range quite yet, with a support rate of roughly 2%.
Jon Huntsman said, "For the first time in our history, we are about to pass down to the next generation a country that is less powerful, less compassionate, less competitive and less confident than the one we got. This is totally unacceptable, and it is totally un-American."
Jon Huntsman announced his candidacy at Liberty Park in New Jersey, the same spot where Ronald Reagan announced his White House bid in 1980.
Jon Huntsman was governor of Utah from 2005-2009, and served as ambassador to China from 2009 through February 2011. He was filmed walking into a Jasmine Revolution protest in Beijing, which caused the Chinese censorship machine to scrub his name from web search results.
Jon Huntsman has quite a different image than his fellow conservatives: a motorcycle-riding high school dropout known for his moderate positions. With the GOP drifting ever rightward, Huntsman will have to decide whether he wants to run as a candidate for intra-party change, or to try and match the tenor of his opponents.
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