Jon Huntsman on FoxNews.com LIVE
Candidate on the importance of New Hampshire’s primary
- Duration 6:13
- Date Dec 5, 2011
Candidate on the importance of New Hampshire’s primary
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Well Herman Cain is not the only candidate -- former candidate now that is in -- news today lots of people are talking about.
Governor Jon Huntsman who joins me now live on -- so good to see -- to see if we really appreciate it.
What are the questions that a lot of people had certainly your qualifications.
Many people are familiar with who you are much talked about candidate.
But we did not see you Saturday night in the forum with Governor Huckabee and I'm very curious to ask you why you chose not to participate.
We had -- scheduling conflict that we knew weeks and weeks in advance.
Done all of the other debates we will do more than Xbox debate will be doing a debate with -- Newt Gingrich one on one in New Hampshire in just a few short days.
But it was a scheduling.
Issue for us.
I love Mike Huckabee I played in -- band keyboards and would have been.
In a person who -- what we have heard -- -- again -- that but couldn't make it.
Moving aside from that -- talking about your experience one of those issues that's on the minds of many voters right now -- the economy.
And you do bring to the table.
I -- credible knowledge of of the Asian markets.
On the economy there and and certainly the European crisis that we're witnessing right now.
Is to some extent here in our country domestically do you think that's one of the advantages you could bring to the office of president.
A real keen understanding of how to make the economy work and certainly help those in need of jobs and -- preserving their their futures were.
A couple of things.
And it is about creating jobs it's about bolstering this economy because we have a divide in this nation and the at the divide is driven by.
The high level of joblessness and we're not gonna get to the bottom.
Of solving the joblessness issue until we put the right policies in place so number one I draw from experiences governor where it took my state to the number one position is job creator the best.
State in America for business the best managed state in America according to the Pew Center.
I deliver the largest tax cut in history I delivered a flat tax.
I wanna bring the same kinds of skills to the national level I wanna do for this nation when I do for my state.
Second of all I understand the world I understand that China is go and down.
And we can go up.
As a manufacturing power is they go down I want to win the investment right here at home and I know in order to do that you've got a picture taxes you've got to create -- a more streamlined regulatory environment and take steps toward energy independence but I know how the pieces pieces fit together.
And I know how I can get it done this nation is so ready for manufacturing Renaissance.
And we would be crazy if we didn't take advantage of where the global economy is going there's a huge opening for us.
I didn't get in a position -- -- controls so much of our economy and does that concern.
We dug the hole for ourselves.
The debt didn't just come out of nowhere we get it to ourselves and it wasn't the Chinese it would be the Japanese are not the Japanese it would be the British if you just look at who holes are dead.
Now the question becomes not pointing fingers of blame -- who holds the debt.
But how we gonna get out.
Where's it going on to the Obama administration well and if Obama is reelected.
We will see no movement on debt and spending in any meaningful way we will see no movement in terms of firing the engines of growth that will expand our revenue -- you've got to expand the revenue base to pay the bills and that teacher debt down and that's what's not gonna happen.
So I would imagine if President Obama is reelected we will see a lost.
Decade of growth if you wanna know what happens -- country look at where Japan is done with debt that is 8090 a 100%.
-- GDP look at Italy and Greece 12070%.
Debt to GDP you're -- he can't grow any longer.
And that is too high a price for the most optimistic.
Can do people in the world we as Americans.
We know and I would patriots without a doubt but we we know that I was important.
In this race do you have the funds and the organization that she would need.
To get a bump in the polls in Iowa and how important would that be for you probably -- your focus has been more on New Hampshire that's New Hampshire life you have -- Well it is or is it it's about bandwidth it's about.
The troops -- you can deploy it's about resources you have available so you can you play the entire -- And so we end of the race late.
And you have this pick and choose at that point and say where can we get the best return on what we put into the marketplace and I say New Hampshire is the first primary state.
It always offense conventional wisdom always and it's a state that you can work at the grassroots level we've done a 115.
Public events no one is working New Hampshire.
As aggressively as we are.
And if you do well -- New Hampshire.
That lights up the map.
Down market and so that is where were placing our best we can't be everywhere right so we're not -- -- Giuliani spent a lot of time in Florida.
It well that was way too late in the game if he had spent at a time we're spending and New Hampshire I think history -- a -- that a little bit differently.
For those who don't know governor that you spend a time in four administrations including Ronald Reagan's right.
What did you learn about being commander in chief because I know that a lot of our military men and women I've been covering the military for fifteen years I know they're watching their families are watching.
What can you bring to the table to make sure that we do we need to do for a military.
Well I was commander in chief of our National Guard as governor.
And there was no responsibility as governor.
To me was was more awesome.
-- more inspiring because of the people I got to be with.
I have two boys in the US navy.
I don't think about these issues without coming right to -- home.
I think about it every day.
And it's something that for me.
Not only allows me to focus on where troops are deployed and what we're getting in terms of the hard work they're putting forward.
But what they're gonna do when they come back.
Because I don't want our folks going from the front lines to the unemployment lines.
Right if they do will have trouble recruiting him in the future that's for -- for sure that that's right thank you governor thank you so much I know you're on a tight schedule but we're grateful for the times is not coming at you -- to enjoy our troops -- -- all I'd love to have you back thank you we'll see you again.
Okay good -- you.