Utah Gov. Huntsman Chosen as U.S. Ambassador to China

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I was intrigued by the choice of not only a Republican, but one that has been mentioned as a potential Republican candidate for 2012.  It seems like the Obama administration is trying to engage in positive reinforcement, as Huntsman has been cited as a person that seeks to moderate the Republicans.  He has taken fire from his own party for his pro-civil unions stance, having had a Michigan county fundraiser cancelled due to the view that he had abandoned Republican principles.

His approval ratings in Utah have ranged from 80-90%.

Fact Sheet

  • Son of a chemical company billionaire; made millions himself as chairman and CEO at Hunstman Corporation
  • Served as a Mormon missionary in Taiwan; fluent in Mandarin
  • Re-elected in 2008 to 2nd term as Utah governor
  • Staff assistant under Reagan
  • U.S. Ambassador to Singapore under George H.W. Bush
  • Deputy U.S. trade representative and U.S. trade ambassador under George W. Bush
  • Has seven children, including two adopted daughters, one from China and one from India
  • Dropped out of high school to play in a rock band

Interesting Political Stances

  • Pro-civil unions, anti-gay marriage.
  • Very involved in environmental issues, especially in regard to partnering with China to confront global climate change
  • Working on health care reform in Utah

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