Posted in: Politics– August 25, 2011
Former U.S. ambassador to China Jon Huntsman said Monday night he “would be the first person to sign up” to be the running mate of a Tea Party candidate like Rep. Michele Bachmann if he was asked to serve.
Seems Huntsman believes serving his country doesn’t particularly rule out joining another party to do so, according to a recent USA Today article.
While discussing the issue on the CNN show Piers Morgan, Huntsman indicated a country-first attitude.
“If you love this country, you serve her,” Huntsman told CNN’s Piers Morgan when asked whether he would consider being Bachmann’s VP. “If you’re in a position to better the country, to bring whatever background you have to bear, whatever experiences to use in fine-tuning our future, I’ll be the first person to sign up.”
Country before party seems to be true to Huntsman’s character as he had no problem serving as Ambassador to China, when current Democratic President Barak Obama asked that he do so.
The former Utah governor has made several appearances lately indicating that he would be willing to look at the possibility of joining GOP contender Michelle Bachman on the Tea Party ticket. He has even gone as far as to criticize other GOP hopefuls as being too conservative. One of the first and biggest Tea Party upsets came two years ago, when the Tea Party was able to unseat Utah Senator Bob Bennett, who was seen as the most conservative member of the US Senate at the time.