by Javier ManjarresThe 2012 GOP Presidential primary candidate field continues to expand as former Utah Governor and Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman has formally announced that he will seek the Republican Presidential nomination. Governor Huntsman made a stop at a local business in Miami, Florida where he was asked a variety of questions regarding his campaign and policy positions. The topic that he was most pressed on was the issue of illegal immigration. Governor Huntsman expressed that border security is paramount in combating illegal immigration, and would support ‘boots on the ground’ in securing the U.S. Border.
Huntsman has set up political shop in Orlando and stipulated that he was running a 3-state campaign- New Hampshire, South Carolina, and the all important swing state of Florida. Immigration is a huge issue in Florida in part because of the state’s diverse Latino community.
Governor Huntsman also addressed the chatter within Conservative circles that he is a ‘Moderate’ Republican and another John McCain-style candidate. Huntsman also stated that he would run a ‘civil’ campaign, a statement that will surely rub some Conservatives the wrong way since back in 2008, Senator McCain also said that he would also run a civil campaign against then candidate Obama. Does Huntsman’s statement mean that questioning Obama’s past and questionable associations during his formative years as a politician is off the table?
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