Former Utah Governor John Huntsman acknowledges that he’s in an uphill fight to win the GOP presidential nomination, but says he’s in it for the long haul.
Huntsman picked up an endorsement Friday from Former Pennsylvania Governor and Congressman Tom Ridge. Ridge served as Homeland Security Chief under President George W. Bush. He was back in South Carolina Saturday, tailgating before the Clemson and USC games.
Huntsman contends that he can collect the coalition of voters in the numbers needed to take back the White House. He told COlumbia affiliate WVOC his experience as U.S. Ambassador to China makes him ideal for reviving America’s position in the world marketplace. Huntsman said, first, the U.S. must get its economic house in order.
A number of powerful of GOP conservatives, including Tea Party members, are wary of Huntsman because he recently served as U.S. Ambassador to China under President Obama and because he expressed support for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, also known as the “stimulus.”
Huntsman says, as president, job one for him would be getting the country on sound economic footing in order to create jobs and get the country back to work. A healthy economy, he contends, would give the U.S. the negotiating clout it needs to restore its place as a strong player in the international marketplace. Huntsman says efforts to jump-start the economy have to start with major adjustments to the tax code. He says has a plan to do it.