Newly minted presidential candidate Jon Huntsman said Tuesday President Barack Obama has failed the nation economically and internationally.
Huntsman also told Fox News’ Sean Hannity he no longer believes Obama is a remarkable leader, a claim he made in a letter after he was made ambassador to China.
“I think he has failed in a number of ways. Both in terms of economic governance and stewardship and also internationally. I wrote that after I was appointed. I thought he was a remarkable leader for appointing a Republican to a position as important and sensitive as a U.S. ambassadorship to China,” Huntsman said. “And listen, during a time of war, and economic hardship, I'm the kind of person that is going to stand up and serve my country. I'm going to take that philosophy to my grave. And I hope my sons do the same thing. It's something I've always believed in and where you can get in a unique and in a sensitive position, make your country a little bit better.”
Huntsman said his comments were made early in the Obama administration and he now cares about how America is viewed.
“The rest of the world cares about how we conduct our affairs, because they then take that lead. We are the only leader in the world today. Some are wishing us well — others think that we are down and are not going to get back up again,” he said. “But they are all watching with great interest to see how we conduct our business over the next couple of years.”
Hannity asked how Huntsman would grade Obama on the economy.
“It has failed. You have, as governor or as president about two to two-and-a-half years to do what you can do in order to fix the economy or to do what the American people elected you to do,” he said. “We are now roughly at the two-and-a-half year mark. Look at the indicators. Look at unemployment. Look at the debt which is gone from 10 trillion to 14.2, 14.4 trillion with no relief in sight. It isn't even as if that level of confidence is moving up. It's not as if the private sector is saying, we have belief in our overall direction, they don't. And that is perhaps the most dangerous thing of all.”
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