Huntsman says U.S. needs more than 'hope' 

Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman called the American economy "totally unacceptable" on Tuesday and said that while he respects President Obama, the country needs stronger leadership.

Huntsman made the comments in a speech announcing his candidacy for the Republican presidential contest from Jersey City. 

"What we need now is leadership that trusts in our strength," Huntsman said from Liberty Park, with the Statue of Liberty as his backdrop. "Leadership that doesn't promise Washington has all the solutions to our problems, but rather looks to local solutions in our cities, towns and states."

Huntsman, who was Obama's ambassador to China until two months ago, said he and Obama have "a difference of opinion on how to help the country we both love."

He said he plans to conduct his campaign on the "high road" and will not "run down someone's reputation to run for president." He also tapped into a theme from Obama's 2008 presidential campaign, saying the country needs "leadership that knows we need more than hope, leadership that knows we need answers."

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