Jon Huntsman President 2012


Rather than focusing on nation-building abroad, we need to refocus on our fundamental strength here at home.


Rebuilding Our Core

The world needs American leadership now more than ever yet we are struggling to provide it. Too many Americans are out of work. We have a debt crisis affecting our national strength and we have an outdated tax and regulatory system that is strangling our economy.

It is time to compete. Rebuilding our core requires a sober-minded assessment of our global commitments. The great men and women of our armed forces should be proud of what has been accomplished in Iraq and Afghanistan. We still live in a dangerous world, and events may be thrust upon us where we must act to protect our vital national interests.

We also need a foreign policy based on expansion—the expansion of America's competitiveness and engagement in the world through partnerships and trade agreements.

Jon Huntsman Priorities:

Nation building at home: Rather than focusing on nation-building abroad, we need to rebuild our core here at home. Our nation's core is weak. And America cannot project power abroad, and inspire the world as a beacon of freedom, democracy and prosperity, until we strengthen our economy.

Economic Plan: The strength of our economy is every bit as important as the strength of our military if we are to remain a global leader in the 21st century. We need a modern tax system that incentivizes our creative class; we must pursue robust regulatory reform so entrepreneurs can take prudent risks; and we must reduce debt so that we have the resources to invest in our future, and not be dragged down by our profligate spending

Let's bring our troops home: After over a decade of war, it’s time for us to take measure of where we are and appreciate what we’ve achieved. We need an exit strategy that leaves us stronger, not weaker, more secure not less, and gives the Afghanis and the Iraqis a chance to make their own way

Expansion of free trade: Free trade supports nearly 18 million American jobs, and establishing new lines of trade with international partners represents an enormous well of untapped economic and political goodwill. 95 percent of the world's customers live outside our borders, yet the United States is party to only 17 of the more than 300 trade agreements worldwide.


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