Being from Utah he is predictably conservative on many social issues, but he has been known to be more centrist in other areas. The environment in particular has been an area that he has stressed. "We as Republicans can’t shy away from speaking the word 'environment,' and we shouldn’t shy away from speaking the words 'climate change,'" Huntsman told reporters at a press conference Thursday. "When you’ve got a body of science that already is rendering certain judgments about what is happening in our world, for us to shy away, say it doesn’t matter as an issue, I think is foolhardy, it’s short-sighted and it’s bound to do us damage in the longer-term." He has also talked of reform in the areas of education, health care and energy.
If the GOP is going to stay relevant it needs leaders who are looking to broaden the tent, and environmental issues appeal to many young and swing voters. Even if one thinks the science supporting global warming is suspect, the idea that we need to work to better our environment should not be a hard sell to the party that once lead the way in conservation.
In addition to a solid resume, a strong family and a centrist streak, Huntsman, a keyboard player, is also a self-proclaimed music fan. He even joined REO Speedwagon on stage for two songs during a concert at the Utah State Fair; and we all know what some jamming did for Mike Huckabee this past election cycle.