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Huntsman for President

The time is again near for us to select a president, and—like every four years—this is both a privilege and a responsibility. This cycle, we have no lack of options since fourteen candidates—President Obama and thirteen Republicans—have entered the race. In such a large field, each candidate will make mistakes, and most will display admirable qualities. Unfortunately, however, we cannot blend their virtues together in an a la carte fashion. We must choose one.
I have settled on Jon Huntsman, a man with a truly impressive personal story. As the son and namesake of noted philanthropist Jon Huntsman, Sr., his son learned firsthand the value of both economic knowhow and community service. He worked in the family business and also led one of his father’s key public benefit enterprises, the Huntsman Cancer Institute, a major medical research charity. Huntsman also became a specialist in trade with East Asia and fluently speaks both Mandarin Chinese and a major Taiwanese dialect. This experience earned him posts as U.S. ambassador to Singapore in the early 1990s and later as deputy U.S. trade representative.
He then ran for office in 2004, winning election as governor of Utah. His campaign was refreshingly positive, issues based, and civil. During the October 1 general election debate, he said this of the other candidatewords that are all too rare in politics these days:
He is someone for whom I have great respect. I think when you’re running a race, you can show respect for your opponent and keep it on a high plane, and I honor him as my opponent and for the high road that we’ve maintained in this campaign. I do think that is noteworthy and something that is setting a trend, I hope, for other campaigns.

Huntsman won and as governor led a growing state while maintaining the people’s overwhelming support, winning reelection in 2008 with 78% of the vote.

The next year, President Obama offered appointments to several Republicans in his new administration, and Huntsman was one of the top choices. He accepted nomination as U.S. ambassador to China, one of the most important offices in the State Department. His unusually strong blend of economic, diplomatic, and executive experience gave Huntsman enthusiastic bipartisan support, and the U.S. Senate confirmed him unanimously. He served until this April when he stepped down to explore a presidential campaign.
He and his wife, Mary Kaye Huntsman, have been married for twenty-seven years, and among their children are two whom they adopted (one from China and one from India).
Perhaps most importantly, throughout his diverse career, Ambassador Huntsman has impressed those around him, and one can easily see why by watching his engaging speaking style and grasp of numerous, complex policy issues. Just take a glance at these videos:
Also, for more videos of Ambassador Huntsman addressing a host of different issues, go to his website here.
I want to repeat what I said at the beginning: in almost any race with fourteen candidates, there will be several with impressive credentials and laudable virtues. Thankfully, we do not have to vote against anyone, but we do have to vote for someone. We should all take a look at each of the candidates, but I am more than happy to choose Ambassador Huntsman.

This article underwent slight typographical alterations on 9/14/11.