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Aug262011

Jon Huntsman Supports 'Sacrifice' from the Wealthy

LIU JIN/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Depending on where you stand, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman is either the gutsiest contender for the Republican presidential nomination or the nuttiest.

Huntsman told PBS' NewsHour Thursday that if he defeats President Obama in November 2012, he will "call on a sacrifice from all of our people, even those at the very highest end of the income spectrum."

That would put Huntsman more squarely in line with the incumbent who contends that "shared sacrifice" is the only way to get the nation's fiscal house in order.

While Huntsman, an ambassador to China in the Obama administration, did not repeat the president's demand to end Bush-era tax cuts for the rich, the implication was there.  That would certainly put him at odds with all the other contenders for the White House, who insist that any tax hike will hurt job creators, namely, the wealthy and corporations.

Huntsman has been moving decidedly to the center in an effort to get noticed.  However, he is barely showing up in the polls, generally finishing at the bottom.

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