- Matt Bai, New York Times Magazine chief political correspondent
Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, who was until recently President Obama’s ambassador to China, entered the 2012 race for the Republican presidential nomination today. He announced his candidacy in shadow of the Statue of Liberty, the same spot where Ronald Reagan launched his campaign in 1980.
In his speech, Huntsman said he respects Pres. Obama, but added that he and the President have “a difference of opinion on how to help the country we both love.”