huntsman announceJon Huntsman, the former Utah governor who recently left his job as President Obama's ambassador to China, will officially launch his bid for the 2012 GOP nomination today
Huntsman will declare his intentions at an announcement rally in Liberty State Park in New Jersey, overlooking the Statue of Liberty and the Manhattan skyline, before he takes his tour to New Hampshire, a state considered pivotal to his political fortunes.
According to speech excerpts released by his campaign, Huntsman will play up his foreign service and his time as governor. And he'll also vow to run a different kind of campaign—insisting he'll rise above the poisonous rhetoric that has come to dominate the political discourse.
"I don't think you need to run down anyone's reputation to run for president. Of course we'll have our disagreements," Huntsman will say, according to his campaign. "I respect my fellow Republican candidates. And I respect the president. 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."
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