JERSEY CITY, NJ — Jon Huntsman formally launched his presidential campaign on Tuesday in a speech emphasizing his foreign policy and global economic credentials, and echoing with the themes of Ronald Reagan.Flashback: "We will be respecful, I admire Obama and his accomplishments and I will respect him".."You don't have to be scared of Obama as President of the United States"
With the Statue of Liberty as a backdrop, the former ambassador to China introduced himself as “a governor of the great state of Utah, a businessman, and a diplomat” and outlined a campaign that will steer clear of attacks of the other seven GOP contenders and his former boss, Barack Obama.
“ I don’t think you need to run down anyone’s reputation to run for president,” Huntsman told the crowd of 100 gathered at a pavilion jutting out into the Hudson River. “I respect my fellow Republican candidates. And I respect the president. He and I have a difference of opinion on how to help the country we both love.”
“But the question each of us wants the voters to answer is who will be the better president, not who’s the better American,” Huntsman said.
Never using Obama’s name, Huntsman offered only oblique criticism of the president. The country, Huntsman said, needs “leadership that knows we need more than hope. Leadership that knows we need answers.”