Former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman has not yet solidified his candidacy for the 2012 GOP Presidential nomination, but he has begun criticizing his former boss.
During a recent interview on ABC’s Good Morning America, he said that President Barack Obama made a mistake when he intervened in Libya. Huntsman, who most recently served as United States ambassador to China, claimed that sending military troops to Libya “is not core to our national security interest.”
“We probably don’t need to be in certain parts of the Middle East where there are domestic revolutions playing out, where we probably just ought to let them play out,” said Huntsman.
The 51-year-old Mormon, who officially relinquished his ambassadorship last month, has also pledged his support for a repeal of Obama’s healthcare law. Many pundits agree that Huntsman’s ties to the Obama administration may hurt him in the Republican primaries. According to media reports, he called the President a “remarkable leader” not long after the 208 election.
Meanwhile, Huntsman has decided to set up his campaign headquarters in Orlando, Fla., the Orlando Sentinel reported. He has also hired Nikki Jerger, a longtime aide to former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, to direct his political operations in the Sunshine State.