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Huntsman endorsed by Jeb Bush Jr.

Chris Moody
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Jeb Bush Jr., the son of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and the nephew of former President George W. Bush, has endorsed Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman. He will serve on the campaign as head of Huntsman's youth outreach program.

"To defeat the President in 2012, we need a candidate who will offer solutions. That man is Jon Huntsman," the younger Bush wrote this morning on Huntsman's campaign Web site. "Today at 11:15 a.m. at Scotty's Landing in Miami, I will join Gov. Huntsman to formally endorse his candidacy, and accept a role as National Chairman of GenH — the campaign's youth and young professionals outreach program."

Bush, who is 28, chairs the board of directors of SunPAC, a Florida-based political action committee that targets Hispanics.

The former Utah governor and ambassador to China is focusing much of his campaign on Florida. His campaign is skipping the straw poll in Iowa, where most of the other Republican candidates have spent the past several weeks.

The elder Jeb Bush, who served as Florida's governor from 1999 to 2007, has yet to make an official endorsement.

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