Huntsman addresses his Obama role in S.C. speech

May 8, 2011

By Philip Elliott-Associated Press, The Washington Times

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Republican Jon Huntsman, weighing a White House bid, used his first formal event after stepping down as President Barack Obama’s ambassador to China to confront the line on his resume that conservatives were most likely to declare a deal-breaker.

In a high-profile speech to the University of South Carolina, the former Utah governor said patriotism should trump partisanship and defended his two years in Beijing as the Democratic administration’s top diplomat.

“Work to keep America great. Serve her if asked. I was — by a president of a different political party,” Huntsman said, directly addressing the job that his rivals and critics hope to make disqualifier among the conservatives who hold great sway in the nominating process.

“But in the end, while we might not all be of one party, we are all part of one nation — a nation that needs your generational gift, energy and confidence,” he told graduates, pitching himself as an above-politics figure and appealing to voters who have grown weary of political bickering.

Obama named Huntsman, a Mandarin speaker and former Mormon missionary to Taiwan, his representative in Beijing two years ago. Many believed Obama was sending a rising star in Republican politics — and a potential challenger in 2012 — to China to neutralize the threat.

If that was the goal, it didn’t work.

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2 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • Jacob says:

    2nd Supporter: Former Govenror Huntsman is not guilty of what you are condemning him as.

    Yes, Huntsman served as an ambassador to China for 2 years. But an ambassador cannot be responsible for such a great feat. I understand that Huntsman must have been actively engaged in the recent years loans from china to our government, but he is not the one that requested the loans, only the messenger. Obama and his overspending financial genocidists are the one who required the requests for loans from China be had. Huntsman was just one of many who helped oversee that this happened and happened smoothly.

    Huntsman is one of many true politicians. Not the lying scumbags that the secret orders allow to have all the tv air time. He is a honest person, not a man as part of the evil system of corruption and forced enslavement. Learn the truth before you attempt to speak things to others. Otherwise, your just dumbing them down like yourself.

  • 2nd Supporter says:

    This is the man that facilitated China’s rise to power in taking over our industrial base… And a “most favored nation” status. He should be banished from politics.

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