Potential GOP Candidate Huntsman Makes Florida Swing

Wednesday, 11 May 2011 04:17 PM

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Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman made his inaugural campaign visit Tuesday to the Sunshine State, a key state for any Republican in the race for the White House. The former ambassador to China spoke to Republicans in the Tampa area, the St. Petersburg Times reported.

Huntsman, GOP, FloridaThe potential Republican presidential candidate talked about how American remains a country others look up to, something that he has seen up close while in a far-off land.

"I had the trade minister in China sit down as we were preparing for trade negotiations,” Huntsman told several dozen Tampa Bay Republican leaders and fundraisers. “He said, 'Please don't let people in the United States lose their confidence because when you lose your confidence, the rest of the world suffers.

"The reality, sitting 10,000 miles away, is that we remain the country that inspires. We remain that shining city on a hill."

Huntsman talked about his experience not only overseas but also as Utah’s chief executive. "Practically every candidate in the race has a similar history if they served as governor," he told the newspaper. "That's what governors do, they wrestle with the issues, they find solutions and they move the agenda forward.

“At the appropriate time we'll talk about all of these issues, while remembering that our party is a big tent party. We lose when we try to become exclusive to one particular set of issues."

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