“I’m Jon Huntsman, and I’m humbled.”
Former Utah Governor and United States Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman Jr. announced his bid for the 2012 Republican Presidential nod Tuesday morning with his characteristic mild manner.
“What we need now is… leadership that knows we need more than hope. Leadership that knows we need answers,” Huntsman said in his announcement.
“We must make hard decisions that are necessary to avert disaster. If we don’t, in less than a decade, every dollar of Federal revenue will go to covering the costs of Medicare, Social Security and interest payments on our debt,” Huntsman said.
“Meanwhile, we’ll sink deeper in debt to pay for everything else — from national security to disaster relief. Our country will fall behind the productivity of other countries. Our influence in the world will wane. Our security will grow ever more precarious. The 21st century then will be known as the end of the American century. We can’t accept this, and we won’t.”
Often labeled a “moderate,” Huntsman has been attacked for his openly genial relations with President Barack Obama and the Clinton family, and his decision to avoid condemning his competitors personally during his campaign. After Tuesday’s speech, it is clear that Huntsman will not abandon his “nice guy” strategy.
“We will conduct this campaign on the high road,” Huntsman said. “I respect my fellow Republican candidates. And I respect the President of the United States. He and I have a difference of opinion on how to help the country we both love. But the question each of us wants the voters to answer is who will be the better President, not who’s the better American.”