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Jon Huntsman Tries to Get Traction with His Foreign Affairs Credentials

Bookmark and Share   Ahead of his giving a major foreign policy address in New Hampshire today, former Utah Governor and Ambassador to China, Jon Huntsman released the following web ad.

Huntsman will draw contrasts between himself and the rest of the G.O.P. presidential field by making the case that his representation of the United States as Ambassador to China and Singapore and once as Deputy United States Trade Representative, give him the type of foreign affairs experience and knowledge that few others running for President in 2012, including President Obama, have.  His case is a good one.  However few seem to be concerned with that experience and even fewer seem to think Huntsman’s experience will equate to superior handling of foreign affairs as Commander-in-Chief.

But for Huntsman, foreign affairs is probably his greatest weapon in the race for the Republican presidential nomination.  His knowledge of China is unsurpassed and at a time when the greatest to threat to America’s economic survival and strength as a superpower comes from China, such knowhow should be quite valuable.  Yet Huntsman has not been able to get voters to draw that connection.   Nor has he seemed to try to do so with any great intensity.

In his remarks today, Huntsman is instead going to try to appeal to Republicans by tapping into the weariness of the War in Afghanistan, the longest war in our nation’s history.   In excerpts released in advance of his speech, the former Utah Governor will  call for a pull back from the war in Afghanistan and the need to  “right-size our current foreign entanglements.”  But while trying to sound dove-like on Afghanistan, Huntsman will be quite hawk-like concerning Iran when he states;

“I cannot live with a nuclear-armed Iran. If you want an example of when I would use American force, it would be that,” Huntsman will say in his remarks today.

The speech also includes an uncharacteristically hawkish note from Huntsman, who says he would be willing to use U.S. military tools to stop Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.

The bulk of the Huntsman foreign affairs and defense speech will outline a path to a policy that is designed to utilize  “more agility, more intelligence, and more economic engagement” in U.S. foreign policy, rather than “simply advocating more ships, more troops, and more weapons.”  That last part is a swipe at Mitt Romney who last week, set foreign affairs up to be the main topic in the Republican over the next few days, when he delivered his own foreign policy speech.  Tomorrow, Texas Governor Rick Perry is expected to deliver his own major remarks on the issue.Bookmark and Share

For Huntsman, Any Bush is Better Than No Bush at All

George P. (Jeb Bush, Jr.)

Bookmark and Share   In what was rolled at by Jon Huntsman’s campaign as a “major” announcement in Florida, George Prescott Gallo Bush, today announced that he was formally endorsing Jon Huntsman for President and joining the campaign as it’s GenH Chairman. If you’re wondering which Bush is George Prescott Gallo Bush, you are also probably wondering why Huntsman considered this to be a major announcement.

The Bush we are talking about is commonly referred to as George P.  or Jeb Bush, Jr. and he already unofficially endorsed Huntsman..

Jeb P. is the oldest son of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush. and Columba Garnica Gallo, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Mexico. He is one of the grandchildren that former President George H. W. Bush once infamously referred to as one of the “brown ones”.

If all of this has confused you as to which George and which Jeb is who, great!. That is exactly what Jon Huntsman is hoping for. All he really wants is for Republicans to know that a Bush endorsed him and hopefully when they connect the Florida announcement to a Bush, they assume it is the former Governor that endorsed him, not necessarily the son of the former Governor.

While Jeb, jr, is an admirable and more than respectable young man, his endorsement really does not carry much weight. But from Huntsman’s perspective, any Bush is better than no Bush. It is also the most notable, positive endorsement that Huntsman can get out of Florida. The popular rising star from the state, newly elected Senator Marco Rubio, has maintained that he is remaining neutral in the G.O.P. nomination contest. JGeorge P’s father, former Governor Jeb Bush, probably one of the most celebrated Bush’s of all in Republican circles at the moment, is unlikely to put his neck out for anyone right now, and Florida’s incumbent Governor, Rick Scott, is not the most popular figure in the Sunshine State at the moment. So Jeb P, Jr. is as close to major as Huntsman can get.

Still, if used right, the endorsement can get some mileage. Some.

If Jeb, Jr. is used specifically to get through to Florida’s youth vote and the conservative Hispanic population, of which there is a substantial one, then Huntsman’s campaign could at least play a factor in the Florida presidential primary. In any early realease of his announcement, in addition to endorsing Huntsman for President, Jeb P. declared:

“I will join Gov. Huntsman to formally endorse his candidacy, and accept a role as National Chairman of GenH – the campaign’s youth and young professionals outreach program. I will be joined by fellow Floridian Ana Navarro who will join the campaign as National Hispanic Chairperson.”

Currently Huntsman’s campaign is going nowhere. His numbers in Iowa and New Hampshire are dismal and stagnant. This does not mean that he can’t eventually get some traction but it does look like Huntsman is expecting not to get any traction any time soon. The focus on Jeb P. endorsement in Florida is probably a sign that Huntsman is prepared to surrender Iowa to Michele Bachmann, New Hampshire to Mitt Romney, South Carolina to either one of them and then to finally claim some ground in Florida.

That was the same strategy tried by former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and today, he is still former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani. So I do not expect much to be different for Jon Huntsman but I guess any strategy is better than no strate.

See here  for the complete text of Jeb P’s announcemnt.

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