Huntsman Shows Off Mandarin Skills

Throughout the presidential campaign, we'll bring you moments from the candidates. Monday night, Jon Huntsman showed off his often mentioned, but seldom demonstrated, knowledge of the Mandarin language on the Colbert Report.

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

Now barely registering in that same poll, not quite at 2 percent, are three other candidates: Rick Santorum, Michele Bachmann and former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman. Huntsman did win some points last night for fluency during his appearance on "The Colbert Report." We're going to be bringing you choice moments from the campaign, and here's one of them. Host Stephen Colbert, who, in character, told Huntsman he is terrified of Chinese people, asked the candidate, who was the Obama administration's ambassador to China, to demonstrate his language skills.

(SOUNDBITE OF TV SHOW, "THE COLBERT REPORT")

STEPHEN COLBERT: Say the most non-scary thing, if you don't mind. Would you say the most non-scary, nicest thing in Mandarin, please?

JON HUNTSMAN: (Foreign language spoken).

COLBERT: Terrifying.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

COLBERT: What did you just say? What did you just say?

HUNTSMAN: I just said, I think that you ought to consider being my running mate for vice president.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

BLOCK: Needless to say, Stephen Colbert did not accept, but that is a presidential ticket we'd love to see.

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