Jon Huntsman, a former U.S. ambassador to China, announced Tuesday his candidacy for the Republican nomination for the U.S. presidential election in November 2012, declaring that he would halt any decline of American power.
“For the first time in our history, we pass to the next generation a less powerful, less loving, less competitive and less confident than we inherited,” said Jon Huntsman, promising “tough decisions (.. .) to avoid the catastrophe. “”We will not only choose new leaders. We will choose whether we will do a story about yesterday or tomorrow.”
“I am a candidate for President of the United States of America,” he told supporters gathered near the Statue of Liberty, the very place where Ronald Reagan announced his candidacy, ( a successful one), for election of 1980. The former diplomat was part of the team of Ronald Reagan. But this choice is also interesting when you consider how much the Tea Party claims to the legacy of former U.S. President.
Is this a way for Jon Huntsman to send a signal to the more conservative of the Republican party, then it is considered as one of the more moderate? A 51-year-old former governor of Utah from 2005 to 2009 could easily seduce the public with its past records to create jobs. A similar pattern like Mitt Romney, leading in the polls for the Republican nomination for the moment.
He is one of the few Republican contenders whose candidacy worries the campaign team of the outgoing Democratic president, Barack Obama. He speaks fluent Mandarin and has displeased the White House in April by resigning from his post as ambassador to Beijing, he held since 2009 to try his luck in the presidential election.
In an email to his supporters, Jon Huntsman said his 20 months spent in China were convinced that American power was a fundamental. The former diplomat is considered by its supporters as the man best placed to get China to abandon business practices that prevent the U.S. economy to rebound. A campaign theme largely exploited during the mid-term elections in 2010.