GOP 2012 candidate Jon Hunstman to skip Iowa caucus

By Kase Wickman
Sunday, June 5, 2011 16:50 EDT
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Jon Huntsman, the former ambassador to China under President Barack Obama who resigned his post to present himself as a Republican presidential candidate, has announced that he will likely not participate in the lead-off caucuses in Iowa.

Huntsman, who served as the governor of Utah from 2005 until he was called by Obama to be ambassador in 2009, cited his anti-ethanol views as a reason to disinclude himself from the Iowa competition. The state benefits from the use of corn-based ethanol, so Huntsman’s ideas on the subject would not be well-received, Slate reported.

Huntsman is currently in New Hampshire, another early primary state, making his debut as a candidate.

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Kase Wickman
Kase Wickman
Kase Wickman is a reporter for Raw Story. She holds a journalism degree from Boston University and grew up in Eugene, OR. Her work has been featured in The Boston Globe, Village Voice Media, The Christian Science Monitor, The Houston Chronicle and on NPR, among others. She lives in New York City and tweets from @kasewickman.
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