Former Utah Governor John Huntsman has announced that he is running for the Republican nomination for President, reports Fox News.
The news source reports that Huntsman, who served as President Barack Obama’s Ambassador to China, is hoping to position himself as a unique choice among the crowded GOP field, which includes former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, Representative Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.).
“Our campaign is different. Our ideas are different. Our results will bring America back to the top,” he wrote to supporters in a recent email.
According to Fox News, Huntsman has a number of more moderate positions than his fellow candidates and his time working in the Obama Administration may hurt him in the primaries.
However, the news source points out that he was elected to the Governorship with 75 percent of the vote in 2008, showing his popularity.
Further complicating the matter may be Huntsman’s Mormon faith. According to a recent Gallup poll, 22 percent of respondents said they would not vote for their party’s nominee if he or she were Mormon. Romney is also a Mormon.