Jon Huntsman

  • Aired:  10/24/11
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Jon Huntsman addresses the controversy surrounding his faith and talks about serving as the U.S. Ambassador to China during Barack Obama's presidency. (6:38)

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

>> WELCOME BACK, EVERYBODY.

MY GUEST TONIGHT IS A

REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL

CANDIDATE AND FORMER

AMBASSADOR TO CHINA.

I'LL ASK HIM IF THE

ARTIFICIALLY DEPRESSED

CURRENCY AFFECTS OUR TRADE

DEFICIT-- DEFICIT IN BED.

PLEASE WELCOME JON HUNTSMAN.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

THANK YOU.

HEY, GOVERNOR, THANK YOU SO

MUCH FOR COMING ON.

SIR, WHAT A PLEASURE.

I LOVE HAVING THE CANDIDATES

ON TO HASH OUT THE ISSUES.

>> THE HONOR IS MINE, THANK

YOU FOR HAVING ME.

>> Stephen: I KNOW.

NOW I SHOULD JUST WARN YOU I

HAVE A SUPERPAC SO LEGALLY

WE CANNOT COORDINATE OUR,

YOUR CAMPAIGN WITH MY

SUPERPAC'S MONEY SO DON'T

SAY ANYTHING THAT YOU MEAN.

YOU WERE OBAMA'S AMBASSADOR

TO CHINA LEGALLY I HAVE TO

DO THAT.

HOW CAN I TRUST YOU.

YOU WORK FOR O BOMBA.

>> LET ME TELL YOU THIS.

I WAS RAISED WITH THE BELIEF

IN MY FAMILY THAT YOU ALWAYS

PUT COUNTRY FIRST.

THAT WHEN YOUR PRESIDENT

ASKS YOU TO STAND UP AND

SERVE, PARTICULARLY DURING A

TIME OF AND ECONOMIC

HARDSHIP, YOU DO AS TOLD.

>> Stephen: ARE WE AT WAR

WITH CHINA

(LAUGHTER)

>> BASED ON THIS INTERVIEW

WE COULD END UP THERE AND I

HOPE WE DON'T.

BUT--

(APPLAUSE)

BUT LISTEN, I'M ONE WHO

BELIEFS IN PUTTING COUNTRY

FIRST.

I KNOW THERE ARE CERTAIN

MEMBERS OF MY OWN POLITICAL

PARTY WHO WILL SAY THAT

HUNTSMAN GUY, NO HOW, NO WAY,

NO WAY COULD I EVER VOTE FOR

HIM BECAUSE HE WORKED FOR A

DEMOCRAT.

AND I SAY GEE, I WORKED FOR

A LOT OF PRESIDENTS,

PRESIDENT REAGAN, PRESIDENT

BUSH, PRESIDENT BUSH, YOU

PUT COUNTRY FIRST.

AND I WILL TAKE THAT

PHILOSOPHY TO MY GRAVE.

I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT FOR

ALL AMERICANS TO BELIEVE IN

COUNTRY FIRST.

>> Stephen: OKAY.

BUT THAT IS--

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

>> Stephen: YEAH THAT IS

PRAISE WORTHY THAT IDEA.

BUT I THINK THAT THE DANGER

IS, IS THAT IT HAS GARNERED

YOU SOME, A LABEL THAT IF

YOU DON'T MIND ME USING

THERE'S NO WAY TO MAKE THIS

SOUND NICE, YOU'RE A

MODERATE.

(LAUGHTER)

HOW CAN YOU BE A MODERATE IN

TODAY'S REPUBLICAN PARTY?

ARE YOU EXTREME ABOUT

ANYTHING.

SAY SOMETHING THAT IS GOING

TO ALIENATE SOME PEOPLE

RIGHT NOW!

>> HERE'S THE DEAL.

(LAUGHTER)

>> I RAN FOR RE-ELECTION AS

GOVERNOR.

IN 2008.

I WON REPUBLICANS, I WON

INDEPENDENTS, I WON A WHOLE

LOT OF DEMOCRATS, MORE THAN

MY DEMOCRATIC OPPONENT THAT

IS NOT CARRYING A LABEL,

THAT IS BEING A LEADER.

YOU TELL THE PEOPLE WHAT ARE

YOU GOING TO DO AND DELIVER

FOR THE CITIZENS, THEY JUST

WANT STRAIGHT TALK.

>> Stephen: WHY NOT RUN AS A

DEMOCRAT.

IF YOU GOT MORE DEMOCRATIC

VOTES SHOULDN'T YOU RUN AS A

DEMOCRAT.

>> I THINK THAT IS RARE IN

THE STATE OF UTAH SO I LIKE

TO FLY THAT FLAG.

>> Stephen: NOW LET'S TALK

ABOUT, A LOT OF UGLY TALK IN

THE CAMPAIGN LATELY, ABOUT

THE FAITH THAT YOU AND MITT

ROMNEY SHARE.

OKAY, MORMONISM.

WHAT DO YOU MAKE OF PEOPLE

CALLING MORMONISM A CULT.

AND BY THE WAY I'M A

CATHOLIC.

YOU'RE A MORMON.

LET'S NOT ARGUE OVER WHO'S

RIGHT AND WHO IS NOT A

CATHOLIC.

BUT--

(LAUGHTER)

LET JESUS DECIDE, THE LAST

JUDGEMENT.

WHY DO YOU THINK PEOPLE FEEL

LIKE IT'S OKAY TO ATTACK

MORMONS?

>> WELL, FIRST OF ALL, YOU

GET INTO A LOT OF TROUBLE

TALKING ABOUT RELIGION SO

YOU SHOULD NEVER GO THERE

PARTICULARLY WHEN ARE YOU

SEEKING VOTES AND RUBBING

FOR PUBLIC OFFICE BUT WHEN

JOHN F. KENNEDY RAN IN 1960,

WHAT WERE PEOPLE CALLING

CATHOLICISM, A CULT.

SO THEY COME OUT, THEY

BECOME MORE MAINSTREAM,

PEOPLE FIND OUT ABOUT THEM,

JOHN F. KENNEDY WINS.

RELIGION GOES MAINSTREAM.

PROBABLY THE SAME WITH

MORMONISM THERE SOMEBODY AN

IMPORTANT TIME UBS FOR US

ALL TO PULL TOGETHER AS

AMERICANS, YOU KNOW WHAT I

MEAN.

>> Stephen: I DON'T KNOW

WHAT YOU MEAN.

>> YOU KNOW, IT IS UNNARL

AND UNHEALTHY FOR THE MOST

BLUE SKY OPTIMISTIC PEOPLE

IN THE WORLD.

WE AS AMERICANS TO BE AS

DIVIDED AS WE ARE TODAY.

>> Stephen: DON'T WE HAVE TO

TAKE OUR COUNTRY BACK.

>> WE HAVE TO FIX IT.

>> Stephen: WE HAVE TO TAKE

IT BACK FIRST BEFORE WE CAN

FIX IT.

HAVEN'T YOU HEARD THOSE

CHANTS.

TAKE OUR COUNTRY BACK.

>> WE HAVE TO FIX IT I LIVED

IN CHINA.

>> Stephen: I HEARD.

>> WE COVERED THAT EARLIER.

AND HERE'S THE DEAL-- .

>> Stephen: I'M SORRY.

BUT LEGALLY WE HAVE TO DO

THAT.

BY THE WAY, I FIND AS I, AS

YOU HAVE SEEN, I'M SCARED OF

CHINESE PEOPLE AND NOT

CHINESE AMERICANS, GREATEST

PEOPLE IN THE WORLD BUT

CHINESE PEOPLE.

YOU SPEAK MANDARIN.

DO YOU NOT.

>> I DO.

>> Stephen: OKAY.

SAY THE MOST NONSCARY THING

IN-- IF YOU DON'T MIND,

WOULD YOU SAY THE MOST

NONSCARY NICEST THING IN

MANDARIN PLEASE.

>> (SPEAKING MANDARIN).

>> Stephen: TERRIFYING.

WHAT DID YOU JUST SAY, WHAT

DID YOU JUST SAY.

>> I JUST SAID I THINK THAT

YOU OUGHT TO CONSIDER BEING

MY RUNNING MATE FOR VICE

PRESIDENT.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

>> Stephen: I THINK THAT

MIGHT BE, THAT MIGHT BE

CONSIDERED COORDINATION.

>> WHERE IS THAT CODE OF

SILENCE WHEN YOU NEED.

>> Stephen: I'M PART OF THE

1%.

YOU'RE PART OF THE 1%.

>> HOW DID YOU KNOW.

>> Stephen: I READ YOUR

BIOSOMEONE HAS A CHEMICAL

COMPANY.

AND IT'S NOT MY.

WHAT CAN WE DO AS MEMBERS OF

THE 1% WHAT CAN WE DO TO

BUILD, THERE'S A WEALTH GAP

IN THE UNITED STATES.

YOU MAY HAVE HEARD CANTOR'S

SPEECH THAT HE DIDN'T GIVE

ABOUT IT.

IT WAS FANTASTIC.

A WEALTH GAB IN THE-- GAP IN

THIS UNITED STATES OF 1

PERCENTERS OR 1/10 OF 1%ERS

AND THE 99%, CAN WE BUILD A

BRIDGE TO THEM?

THAT THEN WE CAN DRAW UP AT

NIGHT?

HOW DO WE COMMUNICATE, HOW

DO WE COMMUNICATE TO THE

LOWER 99% TO NOT BE MAD AT

US 1%ERS.

>> I DON'T KNOW ABOUT THE

DRAWBRIDGE, STEVEN-- STEPHEN.

>> Stephen: IT'S A HANDY

THING.

>> WE CAN BUILD A LEVEL

PLAYING-- PLAYING FIELD.

WE NEED A LEVEL PLAYING

FIELD FOR EDUCATION, WE NEED

EVERYONE REGARDLESS OF YOUR

SOCIOECONOMIC STATUS AN

OPPORTUNITY TO SUCCEED.

>> Stephen: RECENT POLLS YOU

WERE AT 2%, ARE YOU READY

FOR THE COLBERT BUMP.

>> I AM SO READY FOR THE

COLBERT BUMP.

>> Stephen: WE'RE GOING TO

GET YOU, GOVERNOR, YOU MAY

BE AT 2%, WE'RE GOING TO GET

YOU UP TO WHOLE MILK, ALL

RIGHT.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR

JOINING US.

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