Huntsman for President - ICYMI: Foster's Daily Democrat Editorial - Huntsman Worth Your Time and Effort

Foster's Daily Democrat

Jon Huntsman is a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination that anyone intending to vote in the New Hampshire's first-in-the-nation primary should have a conversation with. This applies to Republicans, independents and Democrats, the latter of which can switch their party affiliation under state law to vote in the GOP primary.

During an editorial board meeting, our conversation with the former Utah governor and ambassador to China covered a wide range of topics — from the economy, to China, to Afghanistan and back to the economy.

For Huntsman, sound bites and debate clips do not begin to scratch the surface of what he offers voters.

During our meeting with Huntsman there were no questions that dead-ended. This is not to say, our editorial board was always in agreement with him on the issues. But it is to say, Huntsman has thought through his positions and how he would lead the nation should he earn the GOP nomination and be elected in 2012. He is anything but a Johnny-come-lately to the issues of the day.

For Huntsman, the core of his presidential philosophy is based on a strong economy. As he aptly noted, many of our international adversaries, such as Russia and China, respect strength. Without it — as is currently the case — the United States lacks leverage.

It is through this leverage — and with energy independence — that Huntsman's believes manufacturing jobs can be brought back to the United States and the unemployment rate significantly reduced.

In order to do this, Huntsman has offered a jobs plan designed to instill confidence in economic markets. This in turn, he believes, will enable businesses to start investing again and creating jobs, something pretty much abandoned under President Obama's administration.

During follow-up discussions among editorial board members after Huntsman's visit, it was easy to image Day One of his administration. There would be a bold, optimistic "Blue Sky Society" speech in which the new president announces an immediate legislative action plan to simplify the tax code, bring back business investments held overseas, and to clear the way for prompt and responsible energy independence that bridges the way to a greener economy.

The "Blue Sky Society" that Huntsman optimistically envisions for the United States is one in which both parties finally see the need to pull together after suffering under the worst economy since the Great Depression.

Some may argue that Huntsman is being overly optimistic in his ability to spawn such a revival of American faith should he be elected president. But this "Blue Sky" optimism is something Foster's finds enticing about his candidacy. Perhaps only by degrees when compared to other candidates, but Huntsman offers inspiration that could rally the country come inauguration day and bring about immediate economic change. This stands in sharp contrast to the deep divide between right and left which the country is experiencing today.

Put another way, Huntsman may finally offer the hope and change denied the country under President Obama's tenure.

As we have noted in writing about other presidential contenders, our words here are not to be taken as an endorsement, not just yet.

But we do urge voters to spend the time to understand who Huntsman is and what he would do if chosen to occupy the Oval Office. We assure you it will be time and effort well spent.