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Candidate Jon Huntsman

Former Utah Governor, U.S. ambassador to China, now GOP presidential candidate makes case why he’s the one to take on President Obama.

Republican 2012 presidential hopeful, Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, left, listens to waiter Will Cossey of Merrimack, N.H., during a meet and greet at Joey's Diner in Amherst, N.H., Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011.  (AP)

Republican 2012 presidential hopeful, Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, left, listens to waiter Will Cossey of Merrimack, N.H., during a meet and greet at Joey's Diner in Amherst, N.H., Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011. (AP)

Jon Huntsman says Republicans shouldn’t bash science, and that makes him a moderate in this year’s line-up of contenders for the GOP presidential nomination. The former Utah governor and U.S. Ambassador to China — son of a famous Mormon billionaire — joins the GOP debate in New Hampshire tonight with everything on the line.

He needs a bump to make his own voice heard. The Huntsman voice that says get out of Afghanistan. Accept civil unions. But also drill baby drill and change the constitution on debt.

This hour On Point: we talk with Republican presidential contender Jon Huntsman.

-Tom Ashbrook

Guests

Jon Huntsman, former Utah Governor, U.S. ambassador to China, now GOP presidential candidate.

Roger Simon, chief political columnist for Politico.

Mark Silva, US Government Editor for Bloomberg News

From Tom’s Reading List

The New York Times “This was supposed to be the Tea Party’s time. The incumbent president the rebels despise so much seemed vulnerable. The Republican establishment was AWOL, leaderless or intimidated. So the angry, God-fearing, government-loathing populist insurgents rushed into the vacuum, fired up the town halls, helped put a halt to any compromising in Congress and basically commandeered the national debate.”

Real Clear Politics “Sandwiched between the foreign policy address Mitt Romney gave in South Carolina on Friday and the next Republican presidential debate at Dartmouth College on Tuesday, Jon Huntsman will lay out his own foreign policy vision Monday at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester.”

The American Conservative “Jon Huntsman walked out of the rear door of a Dartmouth auditorium. His head swiveled as he looked for the black SUV that will take him to his next stop. He had just given a speech emphasizing his claim that the future of America will not be decided on a battlefield in remotest Afghanistan but along the trade routes of the Pacific. The applause had barely died down in the hall as Huntsman exited into the quiet streets of Hanover. He took one second to sigh. He had just launched “Phase Two” of his campaign, and it was a success.”

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