Huntsman touts record on abortion, taxes 

One of the interesting aspects of flirting with a run for president is that the media is suddenly interested in politicians they otherwise wouldn't give a second thought. If former Utah Gov. and ambassador Jon Huntsman had given a speech in Washington as a non-presidential candidate, few reporters would have cared. Yet at right, you can see a photo of the mob of reporters that were waiting for Huntsman after his speech at the Faith and Freedom Coalition conference. (In the end, he didn't show anyway.)

 During his speech, Huntsman told attendees, "I came today not to give a political speech, but to introduce you to myself and my family."

But it was a political speech, and it gave us an idea of how Huntsman plans to court conservatives should he decide to run, given that he was considered too liberal to run for president – and that was before he joined the Obama administration.

Huntsman started off by telling the story of how he and his wife adopted their Chinese daughter, which he used to segue into a list of pro-life legislation he signed as governor.

He then touted his record of cutting taxes and improving the Utah economy.

He'll have a pretty high hurdle to the nomination should he decide to run, but given the wide openness of the GOP field, it seems he's eager to give it a whirl.

 

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