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May 20th, 2011
08:57 PM ET

Could Huntsman challenge Obama in 2012?

John King talks to former ambassador to China, Jon Huntsman, about throwing his hat into the 2012 presidential race.

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May 20th, 2011
03:49 PM ET

Huntsman: 'There's always other alternatives'


(CNN) – Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman has yet to make a formal announcement that he might be running for president, but tells CNN's John King, if voters don't like him, "there's always other alternatives."

In an interview set to air on John King, USA at 7PM E.T., Huntsman asserts he's "for civil unions" and doesn't mind being criticized by some conservatives for his past record of supporting equal rights for gay couples. "I'm for traditional marriage but I comes to equality and fairness," and he challenged unconvinced conservatives to look at his "total record".

"Like every person who's been elected to office and tried to do things, some things you'll like and some things you won't."

In April, Huntsman came under harsh criticism from his opponents after a series of letters he wrote to Pres. Obama were leaked. The letters, written in August of 2009, refer to Pres. Obama as a "remarkable leader" and give praise for Pres. Clinton's "brilliant analysis of world events".

Asked whether Huntsman believes he can be the GOP's pick for a nominee in light of his revealing comments toward a Democratic president, Huntsman dismisses the criticism, asserting, "I believe in civility. I believe we ought to have a civil discourse in this country. You're not going to agree with people 100% of the time but when they succeed and do things that are good, you can compliment them."

To see the full interview, tune in tonight at 7PM ET.

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May 20th, 2011
01:37 PM ET

Be in the know: Today's political bullet points

Every day we ask influential politicos to send us their top three bullet points that are driving the day's conversation inside and outside Washington.

RedState.Com Editor Erick-Woods Erickson:

– Barack Obama's speech on the Middle East was drab, boring, and had nothing new. The call for moving Israel's borders is nothing new. Obama did the same in 2008. But to lay out Israel's negotiating points for them is something new and will make today's visit with Prime Minister Netanyahu interesting. I expect the Prime Minister will call on the United States to cede back all territory gained from the Mexican cession in 1848.

– Today is the day Barack Obama meets Richard Nixon in Libya. It is the 60th day of the Libyan operation, which under the War Powers Act (that has long been championed by the left), means Obama must either seek congressional permission or withdraw. I expect him to vote present.

– There is a lot of buzz over who Nikki Haley might endorse for President. I have no inside knowledge, but I know Nikki Haley is super smart and it would not surprise me if she took her time. Remember, Sarah Palin put Nikki Haley over the finish line and we still don't know what Palin is going to do. Blogger/Founder Jane Hamsher:

Obama's Middle East Speech Reflects Tension Between Words and Actions

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