Jon Huntsman in Race for 'Long Haul'?
GOP candidate joins 'Special Report' All-Star panel
- Duration 7:14
- Date Oct 25, 2011
GOP candidate joins 'Special Report' All-Star panel
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Well welcome -- -- senator seat tonight Republican presidential candidate and former Utah governor.
Jon Huntsman governor thanks for being here thanks for a pleasure to be with you.
Governor first of all the path to the nomination the latest polls around a new CBS poll out of national poll.
Shows Herman Cain topping the list you're listed down at 1% in the national poll if you look at New Hampshire the latest.
The most recent poll the NBC news Marist poll.
You -- there at 5% what is the path for someone who looks at you it says you know what He looks presidential I like what He says.
But I don't see him gaining traction.
As -- yet -- to New Hampshire because New Hampshire is a very unique window.
Through which not only the people of New Hampshire but the people of the United States get to see and meet the candidates and get to see them.
In real time and real forum in front of town hall meetings and house parties.
So we've gone from zero in New Hampshire what was 1011% in a recent poll you get five and eight and other polls.
We're moving in the right direction we've done eighty events in New Hampshire.
We're proving the point that we're putting out that good old satellite -- shoe leather on the ground.
Matters people want to know your heart and soul they wanna see you work -- and they wanna see earn it and that's what we're -- we're doing.
Well you know your fund raising for the third quarter four point five million cash on hand 328000.
We have it three point one million in debt.
That's concerning to some supporters say are you when it for the long haul how long can you sustain us.
The numbers go up a New Hampshire Bret and fundraising goes up 250%.
So it's like the market places like a start -- company introduced into the marketplace of people start buying you'll get additional investors we go up in New Hampshire.
More money comes and governor wants to listen this sound -- it is you talking about.
Some issues before Charles starts is -- question him.
The minute -- the Republican Party becomes the party they -- the anti science party we have a huge problem.
When we take a position.
That isn't willing to embrace evolution.
When we take a position that basically runs counter to what 98 of 100 climate scientists have said what the national academy of science sciences has said.
About what is causing climate change and man's contribution to it I think we find ourselves on the wrong side of science and therefore in a losing position.
-- Governor I'm with you -- evolution.
Many -- -- global warming.
Does that make me anti science course.
That means you've gotta position and I respect that.
It when you have a body of scientists who have -- into the extent they have and I'm a little reminded of you know having been involved in building a cancer institute out west if He had.
98 out of a hundred on colleges who said we think we have some important breakthroughs on.
Breast colon and prostate cancers that is meaningful for people to understand in terms of procedures going forward we return and say.
Science or spoken it's important to respect that so.
All I'm saying is.
You raise your kids to go out and find a cure for cancer you raise your kids to get educated.
And to have solved the world's big problems and win the scientific community speaks.
I think you know we take a look get what they have to say and I think that.
When they speak out like I tend to respect that you say that the case is closed -- world -- don't know I'm not seeing the case does is closer -- I think it will continue to a -- and I think science has a responsibility.
When some of it has been called into question.
The scientific community has a responsibility to stand up and explain themselves.
-- as we -- -- evolution global warming.
Global warming has implications for the spending have trillions of dollars course of tax -- changing the way that America lives so it -- as it was an abstraction.
Are you willing to engage in those activities which would be.
Could be ruinous history -- -- On the basis of the theory that you say that case is not close.
I respect the science in terms of the tools I would use to address it.
I say if we're reading one body of science here in the Chinese are reading a different body of science there and the Indians -- -- yet again reading something different the largest emitter as -- in the world.
Are going from different benchmarks and how can we unilaterally disarm in this country.
And impose something in the way of cost for the job creators when the largest -- is in the world -- -- from a different scientific text.
Maybe well you might not be -- -- to legislate any changes that would cost a lot of money but you are known for your comments about.
The fear that the Republican Party will turn into will turn anti science He -- that way -- swing voters and ultimately lose in this election.
Or in the wants to comment you are -- also for supporting -- used for gay couples.
And also you have articulated a vision for -- -- foreign policy that some in your party like senator Lindsey Graham might characterize as leaving from behind.
And these views and make -- make you a moderate in in your party.
Are your views mainstream.
Or are the views other apartment Republican primary voters out of step.
With the rest of the country.
I'm pro life.
I always have and I'm pro Second Amendment.
And I say with a name like comes when you really have no choice.
I deliver the largest tax cut in the history of my state I put forward the second -- piece of legislation.
-- and or in our nation's history.
I brought about Health Care Reform without a mandate.
Idea tripled the rainy day fund we had the best managed state in America based on what the Pew Center had to say about it.
We deliver for people and all I can say is look at how -- govern.
You can -- civil unions will run to the right of Dick Cheney and I got a right -- George Bush is right -- William Buckley was when He wrote about it before He passed on.
I -- -- are all legitimate issues to be discussing.
Has as members of the Republican Party.
But you look at how white governed.
In Utah I'm my problem solving conservative governor.
-- and the results speak for themselves.
As you've no doubt heard Mitt Romney's they've declined to endorse.
The issue to decline to support government -- -- decision on issue to an Ohio.
Which would restrict -- collective bargaining rights public employees.
Where are you on the issue and what do you think -- what Mitt Romney said today.
We like I think it once again represents a sense of ambivalence in terms of where He wants to find themselves on some of the most important issues of the day.
On on a mandate.
We did Health Care Reform without a mandate and our state we made the marketplace come to life.
Through recognizing the need to broaden and expand options for consumers.
On collective bargaining I think Kasich is absolutely right.
You know I think you've got 3151000.
Members of the public employee union there.
Contributing more for health care contributing more for benefits.
He is you know gonna go along way in getting the numbers balance and that's that's what must be done this is still allow them together and collectively for a gallon import of course it does.
But I think it's right on in terms of where this nation needs to go in getting our numbers right this is a structural issue.
It's a structural problem like taxes and regulation that has to be addressed.
More with governor Huntsman and the panel after.