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So Republican contenders back -- the podium tonight for a Tea Party sponsored debate in Florida Jon Huntsman will be one on stage and for now though Jon Huntsman is my.
-- -- -- Tampa the former governor of Utah and former ambassador to China welcome -- and good morning here.
Thank you -- it's an honor to be -- that you are in this Tea Party debate later tonight.
And you're gonna have to sell yourself to these books.
And I'm wondering where you disagree with the -- part what differences you have with its message.
Well we have there's a lot to like and what I have done when I stand up -- they find that I am pro life.
Pro Second Amendment pro growth brought about historic tax cuts in the -- top -- the most business friendly environment best manage data in America.
Triple the rainy day fund.
Health Care Reform without a mandate there's a lot to like about our record and his people again do it and as we just now Begin to make that introduction to the American people.
I think there's a lot to like there do you have any disagreements than governor.
Well I don't look for disagreements -- -- where.
Where this country can come together.
As we sat yesterday bill reflecting on what happened ten years ago -- this country.
And and the emotional outpouring of so many Americans.
I think the message really does need to be we need unity once again in this country just as we had ten years ago we need unity around fixing the economy and creating jobs.
That's what matters we've got a human tragedy on our hands fourteen million unemployed millions beyond that who were so dispirited they've just given up.
Moms and dads and families who were suffering and instead of finding the points of disagreement.
I think we need to come together around some core themes were -- -- -- ideal there's a lot of accurately and -- that there let me jump to jobs in a moment averages just stay with the question for a moment could you talk about global warming.
And you've talked about evolution.
What you may be very appealing in a general election especially among independent voters.
What are you conservative enough to win a Republican primary.
Let's and I talked about respecting science.
I don't think this party can run from science and expect to win a general election.
I don't think you have to -- your hair on fire in order to be conservative.
I don't think we should be ceding any of these just issues to the Democrats they're -- -- approaches and conservative solutions on all of the major issues of the day.
And until such time -- were willing to stand up -- around these even controversial issues and put forth conservative solutions.
We see them to the Democrats and you lose elections by doing that I'm not gonna let that happen.
We have to be a mainstream Conservative Party we can't run from science we can't run for mainstream thinking.
We've got to win at the end of -- -- -- -- -- is not I think wins but who can lead also I apologize by the eruption here but I think you also understand the headwinds about those positions in the Republican primary now.
You mentioned jobs and about one hour we're gonna hear the president push again for his jobs plan which is about 447.
You wrote the Wall Street Journal just just about a week ago -- strong endorsement.
From the journal.
You said we need -- revenue neutral tax overhaul modeled after Ronald Reagan's 1986 tax reform package.
Which will require taking on sacred cows there -- an awful lot.
And that sentence alone.
-- you serve this president China would you back his jobs plan now.
Of course not we don't need another 500 billion dollars 450 billion dollars in spending.
These are half measures bill we can afford as a country with an economy that is sucking wind.
We can't have half measures and half steps here and there we've got to be big -- gotta be bold and we've got to be honest with the American people.
We're in a crisis situation and in order to get out of a crisis situation you -- expecting you need to take the tax code and you need to shake it upside down.
You need to phase out the deductions or loopholes and corporate welfare of the subsidies.
Lower the rate broaden the base why because we have no choice at this point in our economic history.
We've got to take regulatory reform and look at obamacare and look at dot break it's a this is hindering the marketplace it's inhibiting job growth is providing so much uncertainty that it.
Companies -- employing -- not deploy capital expenditures into the marketplace we've got to move toward energy independence we know -- to get -- to free trade area -- if you disagree with President Obama on the jobs plan.
Why did you choose to serve them as US ambassador in Beijing.
Well because I'm an American first and foremost and win -- -- a nation at war.
And when our economy is hurting I'm the kind of person who when asked by the president of the United States is gonna stand up answer.
That's a philosophy bill that I have always had -- -- President Reagan nicer President Bush -- President Bush.
And you know what that's a philosophy I've taken my grave.
It's my country before party right now you have to debates in Florida won tonight than one on the Fox News Channel in ten days -- -- two debates in Florida the next week and a half.
What you essentially taking your operation -- moved it up to New Hampshire.
And -- first town hall meeting after the debate tonight takes place tomorrow night New Hampshire but our polling shows you -- down the line.
And the right hand column third from the bomb and that 1% of the vote but I know what you said just a couple days He sits along race -- a long way to go but.
Is New Hampshire.
-- best chance of victory got.
New Hampshire is going to be critically important bill because it is the first real test.
Of retail politics and and -- and officials ability to connect with -- message with with real people.
Who want -- -- burn the vote.
But here in Florida were not -- anything I have our national campaign headquarters here.
My wife is from Orlando Florida for heaven's sake she kicked me out of the house -- we did anything to diminish your presence here Florida.
We're gonna play the -- here because I do believe in Florida this is where the Republican nominee is going to be chosen.
-- -- New Hampshire is going to be important South Carolina will be critically important and that head of steam that you get coming out of New Hampshire can't be denied you've seen it.
Election cycle after election cycle that the South Carolina and then here Florida where it's going to be wrapped up governor we will follow it every step of the way.
Beginning and our debate on the 22 of September.
Thank you for your time are we'll speak again down the road giants you Tampa Florida -- with the former governor.
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