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GOP Presidential Hopeful Jon Huntsman Visits Indianapolis

Despite a lackluster showing in the Ames straw poll in Iowa, GOP presidential hopeful Jon Huntsman came to Indiana Monday night confident in his campaign.

Jon Huntsman

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Republican Presidential candidate Jon Huntsman (left) speaks to a crowd of party faithful as Indiana GOP chairman Eric Holcomb (right) looks on.

Although some critics have said Jon Huntsman is too moderate to win the Republican nomination, he said Monday he considers himself a mainstream conservative:

“All people have to do is look at my record.  I’m pro life.  I’m pro-Second Amendment.  We delivered in our state historic tax cuts.  We had health care reform without a costly, heavy-handed mandate, just to name a few things,” the former Utah governor said.

Huntsman said to meet what he calls unprecedented challenges in American history, the federal government must look to the states as examples.

“[The states] balanced their books.  They cut where they need to cut.  They reformed their spending programs within their states.  Why?  Because they have to, they have no choice.  They have balanced budget amendments.”

The next presidential candidate scheduled to speak to the Indiana GOP is Mitt Romney, who will visit in September.  Meanwhile, state Democratic Party chair Dan Parker issued a statement calling Huntsman “just another run-of-the-mill Republican” who wants to protect the wealthiest 2% of Americans at the expense of middle-class Hoosiers.

Brandon Smith, IPBS

Brandon Smith, IPBS has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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