Waving off his low poll numbers, GOP presidential candidate Jon Huntsman insisted Monday that he is a mainstream conservative who can win South Carolinas Republican primary.
On his fourth campaign visit to the state, Huntsman touted his experience as a businessman, two-term Utah governor and ambassador to China. Im going to remind people that weve been there and done that.
Huntsman a 51-year-old, motorcycle-riding, gun-owning father of seven is positioning himself as a moderate who can win voters in South Carolinas first-in-the-South primary in February and, more importantly, independents in the general election.
Huntsman said his Republican presidential rivals are all good people, but added that comments about being able to reduce gas prices to $2 a gallon (by U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota) and criticism of Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke (by Texas Gov. Rick Perry) are off base. Youre moving into areas that probably dont serve us well in terms of finding the mainstream conservative leadership this country is looking for.
Monday, he also reiterated his stance that evolution was divinely ordained part of Gods plan a statement that sets him apart from Perry, who has questioned evolution.