Huntsman: Important issues not addressed

Dec. 11, 2011 at 1:01 PM
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WASHINGTON, Dec. 11 (UPI) -- Republican U.S. presidential candidate Jon Huntsman said Sunday he thinks none of his fellow GOP campaigners are addressing the issues important to voters.

The former governor of Utah was not invited to Saturday's debate in Iowa because of his low polling numbers, but he said he preferred being in New Hampshire talking about voters' lack of trust in Washington.

"On the debate stage last night, I believe that the most important issue of all confronting the American people wasn't even touched upon, and that is the deficit of trust that we have in the United States," Huntsman said in an interview on ABC's "This Week."

"Nobody trusts Congress anymore. We need term limits in Congress. We need to close the revolving door that allows members of Congress to move right on into the lobbying profession. No one has trust anymore toward the executive branch. No one trusts Wall Street, with banks that are too big to fail. I would argue that the issues that are most salient in our political dialogue today weren't even touched upon last night."

Huntsman has spent most of his time campaigning in New Hampshire, though the most recent polls show him in fourth place in the state. He said Sunday, however, he believes the race is still up in the air and will be until about a week to 10 days before the first primary.

"Well, listen, there have been so many ups and downs in this race, I'm getting whiplashed, quite frankly. We've had six front-runners in the span of about six months," Huntsman said in the interview. "People are shopping. They are listening very, very carefully."

"We have to beat market expectations ... . And I have every expectation that we're going to beat market expectations," he said of his chances to win the Republican nomination.

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