Liberty State Park comes with great views of the Statue of Liberty and Elis Island. It also comes with a great deal of political history as well. The significance of the location was not lost on former Republican Jon Huntsman who announced his candidacy for president yesterday in the New Jersey park.
Standing in the same location where Ronald Reagan first declared his run for the presidency in 1980, the former Utah governor told the media he was entering the 2012 race.
While Mitt Romney seems to have a lock as the GOP frontrunner, Hunstman’s entry into the field has shaken up the race. Huntsman recently served as President Obama’s ambassador to China, resigning earlier this year. Though he still has the shiny new candidate appeal, rumors that Huntsman may have been fundraising for his presidential run during his time as ambassador.
It remains to be seen how Huntsman’s moderate stance on social issues and history working with President Obama will play out as he enters the race. On the one hand it could alienate him from the right, but on the other it could position him as a believable GOP candidate with the potential to get results.
At his press conference today, Huntsman made note of his relationship with President Obama saying that they had “a difference of opinion on how to help the country [they] both love.”
Speaking to the press, Huntsman said:
“For the first time in our history, we are passing down to the next generation a country that is less powerful, less compassionate, less competitive and less confident than the one we got. This, ladies and gentlemen, is totally unacceptable and totally un-American.”
What do you think of Huntsman’s run for the White House? Could he pose an actual challenge to the Obama’s reelection or does President Obama have 2012 in the bag?
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