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Well right now back here in Sioux City, Iowa where of course we're ahead of the big -- a debate I'm honored to have my next guest with us we're gonna have -- -- -- tomorrow courses running.
Among the candidates.
Jon Huntsman courses his name with me now Jon Huntsman senior.
His -- joining us out of Hawaii.
Very good -- you John thank you for joining us.
What a pleasure -- and don't don't don't.
Put too much you have pressure on doughboy -- you know well this is unbelievable but health reasons the spirit that before deal.
The -- the -- sure sure but they did -- like -- warmer climate forming so.
-- I'm over here now and then thank you very much for the.
Melissa was an honor to have you.
John you know your son.
Is that at a double its -- in the polls and maybe feeling like odd man out and -- hog party where.
He stands out for not signing this no tax hike pledge you know we cannot envision a situation in which he would -- taxes.
But he -- said a lot of things that are moderate to some an anathema to others in this -- it.
And unless he does very well New Hampshire is not expected to do very well here in Iowa -- it's over for him what do you say to that.
Well I don't believe that's true at all -- -- here first of all wait wait have to -- remember was was.
Nominated and and and been elected as the best governor in America when he was governor.
As he had the greatest tax reduction program in the United States.
It was number one -- job creations Mitt Romney was number 47.
I'd like a program -- -- last thought it was Tom Ridge.
There was a -- division just under.
-- Homeland Security secretary and our -- it was a former governor of Vermont and chairman of the DMZ in and it have to be and a competing network -- with.
They ask both of them that's okay we'll -- -- step back.
Who do you think was you know would you think would represent the United States better duty thing -- best qualified of although -- in both of them said Jon Huntsman junior -- by far.
Has the experience Seattle like he's got a governor twice he's been an ambassador three times and you know like I think -- it took a while.
-- for the far right that Tea Party that took over the Republican Party is.
Had a little trouble getting over the fact that someone would actually serve for the Obama.
The Obama administration.
-- join -- -- has two sons herbal.
In the United States navy.
His father about me.
I was in the United States navy might autos in the United States -- in every case we served under a president who is not a member of our political party.
So we always put country ahead of party is what John junior did.
-- John I mean now believe me I mean no no no disrespect here and I I've interviewed is on many many times.
He speaks fluent Mandarin I mean I barely -- being blitzed out.
So I'm always impressive and does that.
But but my only issue I would raise and I -- it's come up a lot and I -- stick with.
With your son -- while -- it would give is that he couldn't get traction because he didn't have money.
His father has money but he didn't want to ask you for the money.
And it was like a Joseph Kennedy thing I I it.
General what the story is continue its -- Oh sure.
Other can put -- or any other relative or any other spread can put as much money -- they would likened to a put political action committee of back if you will -- super super -- but as far as the campaign itself.
One is strictly limited to.
What -- the FBC says on the campaign laws so.
Here you know John -- earlier can.
Who has -- -- network himself.
I don't think you want to use a 100% of like.
You know he he doesn't have quite the money that -- does but he's put millions of dollars himself into this program.
You have you I mean the argue that was that you were holding back at media was sort of like.
The rumors are that it was a tense -- coordinating all I don't know I don't know -- -- and our editors and a not don't know.
Nailed it that I have to follow the FBC's.
Regulations on the FEC regulations say that.
If you put money into a -- fact this super -- can only be utilized.
For advertising campaign.
And cannot be utilized that -- that.
Or for strategic planning -- four.
Anything else dealing with the campaign so it.
The FTC is -- bifurcated those very.
I understood so they're not do OK the -- -- -- notices they're finally.
There had been talk because your son was sort of odd -- -- -- that by the way it's way too early to say this -- I hope you'll indulge this final point that may be.
He would be a sort of a modern day John Anderson run as an independent.
As did a John Anderson in 1980.
-- and make some sort of a statement at any truth to that.
-- I don't think there's nature to it at all he of course -- been asked to do that because like Michael Bloomberg Condoleezza Rice or Colin well.
-- in that very very small group.
Individual -- Americans -- people would like.
That have run as an independent because there.
That they've achieved a great deal there well like a well respected most importantly -- all the issues better than anybody else.
But I don't think that that -- Republican through and through like his.
Father and grandmother.
And I think we're gonna leave that up to.
Johnston and Gary Johnson and a few others but god you're here is write down a lot of Republican -- so I think that's great thanks dress.
All right well and I -- -- bring and I don't think I don't get how people feel politically about your son or you would have -- a remarkable family I think.
You it's on to do that probably more your -- would -- regardless.
I'm very impressive John it's always a pleasure to join a why you might be the president he's -- he's doing there -- a couple of days.
-- yes I understand that have a and -- -- you take wonderful care of yourself you know my deep affection for you and then not always and I'm grateful that talked union earlier dear friend thank you.
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