Jon Huntsman & 2012
June 21, 2011 by USA Post
Jon Huntsman & 2012, Jon Huntsman Jon Huntsman’m Announcement Transcript, and I am humble. I’ve been a governor of the great state of Utah. I’ve been a businessman. I’ve been a diplomat. I am the husband of the love of my life, the greatest man I ever met, Mary Kaye, 28. I am the father of seven amazing. I am a child of large parents, who are here with me today, celebrating an important anniversary, a birthday.
I am the American West, where the vision of America has no limits with lots of blue sky. I have lived abroad on four occasions, where the view of America from 10,000 miles away is an image of freedom, opportunity and justice. People secure their rights and love freely. People who have done more good for more people than any other nation on earth.
And today, I am a candidate for President of the United States of America.
Thank you. Thank you. My children I cannot believe I just said.
And what I am asking Americans greater privilege can grant a fellow citizen, and you are entitled to know the reasons why. You see Americans today are experiencing, through no fault of their own, something that is totally foreign to them – the feeling that forces completely beyond their control stack the deck against them. No matter how hard you work, save, and plan, the opportunities are not there for them that were present in previous generations.
Perhaps saddest of all, we have lost faith in ourselves. For the first time in history, we are transmitting to the next generation a country that is less powerful, less compassionate, less competitive and less confidence than we had.
This, ladies and gentlemen, is totally unacceptable and totally un-American. It is not necessary; it should not be the permanent condition. We will not be the first American generation that dropped the next generation.
We have the power; we have the means, which have the character to wow the world once again, making the adversity of a new and better country, this land of endless promise and opportunity.
You see, we have everything that a nation can expect. We have our freedom, we have rule of law, and the Constitution longer survival and our belief in personal responsibility remain. We have freedom of speech, religion and the press.
We produce a quarter of world GDP. And we are the most productive society on earth.
We have the best colleges and universities, and the most powerful armed forces trained and disinterested. And we have character, a character which made a new world from a desert, a character who made the desert bloom and the rise of cities to the heavens character that made the world safer, freer and more prosperous.
What we need now is leadership that is confident in our strength. Leadership does not promise that Washington has all the solutions to our problems, but rather seeks local solutions to our cities, towns and states.
Leadership knows we need more than hope, a leadership that knows that we need answers. We have to make difficult decisions that are necessary to avoid disaster. If we do, in less than a decade, each dollar of federal revenues used to cover the costs of Medicare, Social Security and interest payments on debt.
Meanwhile, we will sink deeper into debt for everything else – national security disaster relief.
Our country will lag behind productivity in other countries. Our influence in the world will vanish. Our security is becoming increasingly precarious. And the 21st century will become known as the end of the American Century. We cannot accept this, and we will not. But here’s the challenge. To proceed in a time of weak economic growth and very high unemployment. We desperately need jobs and opportunities they have. Therefore, we must use our strengths and give the most innovative company on Earth with the tools they need to succeed.
We have to make big bold changes to our tax code and regulatory policies, take the missed opportunity for energy independence and restore what it means to be a teacher in society.
We have to revive the work of creating powerful engines of our economy – industry, innovation, reliability and pioneering genius of Americans and their businesses – and restore confidence in our people. The future and we. Now, we’ve done a lot of these things in the great state of Utah when I was governor. Cut taxes. We crushed rates. We’ve balanced our budget. We have worked very hard to maintain our position as AAA bond rating, something that few states can claim. And when the economic crisis hit, we were prepared.
And by many accounts became the best state in the United States for business. He was also named the best-managed state in America.
You see, we have shown that the government has to choose between fiscal responsibility and economic growth. I learned something very important as governor. For most American families, there is nothing more important than a job.
Internationally, we lead the world in a way that speaks of prominence. And do not forget that we are a nation at war.
This came home to me while I spoke to the VFW Convention recently in the state of New Hampshire. There to meet with my good friend Paul Chevalier, a former Marine, and we look at the largest generation the United States.
All who were there with their suits and ribbons they earned during a period of conflict. I saw in their eyes the stories that you could make great movies. Greatest generation saw the United States.
They lived through the Depression, who lived through WWII and beyond, and brought to this country in order to protect and preserve our freedom and liberty, and I’m here to tell you that we have another great generation of U.S. about and are ready to rebuild America as well as previous generations.
We are at war, ladies and gentlemen, and we handle the end of these conflicts, without repeating the mistakes of the past which made our commitment and sacrifices over what should have been.
Not that you want to disconnect from the world not get me wrong, but we believe that the best long-term national security is to rebuild our base here at home.
Now, let me say something about civility. For the sake of the younger generation, I worry that civility; humanity and respect are sometimes lost in our interactions as Americans.
Our political debates today are corrosive and do not reflect the belief that Abe Lincoln embraced back in the day; we are a great country because we are a good country.
You know what I mean when I say that.
We will conduct this campaign on the road. I do not think you need to run someone’s reputation in order to run for President.
Of course we have our differences. That’s what campaigns are about.
But know that I respect my fellow Republican candidates.
And I respect the President of the United States.
He and I have a difference of opinion about how to help a country we both love.
But the question that each of us wants voters to answer is who will be the best president, not who is the best in America.
Now, behind me is our most famous symbol of the promise of America.
President Reagan launched the campaign of 1980 general elections in the same place. It was a time of distress, worry and difficulty.
He assured us that would “make America great again,” and through his leadership, he did.
Today, I am your shadow and the shadow of this magnificent memorial to our freedom.
For 125 years, through the triumphs and difficulties of all kinds, the lamp has been a beacon that reflects the highest aspirations of the United States and values. U.S. promises have been kept.
Each generation in turn has worked very hard to keep her on.
Now it’s our turn.
Our challenges are many and urgent. But our problems are bigger than our opportunities.
And they are not insurmountable for a people who have always used our freedom to make the future better than the past.
We are a clever, resourceful, determined problem solving people.
Do not settle for anything less than our character and talents to accomplish. We choose our destiny as a nation. We have always done and always will.
This is the time. Not only are we electing new leaders.
We choose whether we will be the story of yesterday or tomorrow. Everything is at stake.
This is when we decide our future.
I’m Jon Huntsman, and I’m running for President of the United States.
Thank you all.
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