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New Hampshire’s Keene Sentinel Endorses Huntsman for President

Intelligence, self-assurance, imagination, personal integrity, competency, independence from seen and unseen forces, and a listening ear.

Manchester - New Hampshire's Keene Sentinel today announced they have endorsed Governor Jon Huntsman for President in the Republican Primary. Established in 1799, the Sentinel's Sunday edition reaches over 12,000 households and nearly 34,000 readers.

The paper said, "Most Americans look for pretty much the same basic attributes in their political leaders: intelligence, self-assurance, imagination, personal integrity, competency, independence from seen and unseen forces, and a listening ear. Some of the candidates for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012 have some of those qualities, but none more so than Jon Huntsman."

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His principal qualifying distinctions include a boldness in economic policy that belies his temperate personal demeanor and a belief that the country’s divisions cannot be closed by bulldozers moving in only one direction. His appeal is enhanced by hands-on experience in international affairs, principally involving China, that’s entirely lacking in every other Republican whose name will be on the presidential primary ballot on Jan. 10.

For these and other reasons, the former Utah governor and ambassador merits support from Republicans and independents voting in the Republican primary — this in a state that is more libertarian than conservative, more open-minded than ideological and more tolerant than mean.

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By any measure, Huntsman is conservative, but he demonstrates a constructive capacity for flexibility and nuance. Unlike most other major candidates, he refuses to sign pledges that would rigidly commit himself to absolutist policy. His position on abortion — he’s against it, but would allow for exceptions in cases of rape, incest or the necessity to save the life of the mother — lines up with general public inclinations.

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In all this, Jon Huntsman stands above his competitors for the nod to face Barack Obama next November, and merits a good look by voters tired of the GOP’s campaign follies so far.