A Moment From Jon Huntsman's Time On The Stump
ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:
All this week, we've brought you excerpts from the stump speeches of the Republican presidential candidates. Today, the last of the bunch: Jon Huntsman. In Manchester, New Hampshire last week, he spoke at a local country club's Christmas party. It was just one of more than 100 public events he's attended in the state.
Huntsman spoke about the nation's economic deficit and what he calls a trust deficit.
JON HUNTSMAN: Because we, as people, no longer have trust in our institutions of power. We look at Congress. No trust. Eight percent approval. These are people who need term limits, for heaven's sake, and nobody wants to talk about it.
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HUNTSMAN: We got to shut closed the revolving door that allows people to file right on out to become lobbyists and it just adds to the cynicism among we, the American people. And I say dock their pay until they can balance the darn budget. There ought to be minimal requirements for members of Congress, but there's no trust. And I say toward the executive branch: no trust. A president who is not leading during a time when this nation so desperately needs leadership. We get Obamacare dropped on us, a trillion bucks over 10 years when we didn't want it and we can't afford it. No trust.
I look at our tax code. No trust. Loopholes for everybody who can afford a lobbyist or a lawyer on Capitol Hill and I say that's not fair. We're going to change that as soon as I am elected president.
SIEGEL: Jon Huntsman on the campaign trail in Manchester, New Hampshire.
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