MIAMI (CBS4) – Jeb Bush, Jr., the youngest son of Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, has endorsed former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman in his quest for the Republican presidential nomination.
The younger Bush said he supports Huntsman’s focus on turning around the faltering economy and creating jobs.READ MORE: Florida lawmakers sign off on condo safety requirements
“Jon Huntsman is the best-prepared candidate to defeat President Obama in Florida and across the country,” said Jeb Bush, Jr. “I am confident that his vision will appeal to young voters, who are alarmed at the trillions of dollars in debt being passed to our generation and who desperately seek jobs and economic opportunity. Washington needs a conservative problem-solver with Jon Huntsman’s record of results.”
Bush also cited Huntsman’s foreign policy experience. Huntsman most recently served as President Barack Obama’s ambassador to China.
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Huntsman also named Miami resident Ana Navarro to chair his efforts to reach Hispanic voters and was named National Hispanic Chairperson. Navarro had a similar role in John McCain’s 2008 presidential bid.
“Jon Huntsman’s broad appeal to young voters and Hispanic voters clearly separates him from the rest of the Republican primary field,” said Ana Navarro. “He is uniquely qualified to win the primary election in Florida and also put Florida back into play for Republicans in the 2012 general election. I am extremely proud to endorse his candidacy and look forward to working tirelessly on his behalf in the great state of Florida.”
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“I am very proud to add these two great leaders to our team of supporters, and I look forward to working with them every step of the way as we campaign throughout Florida,” said Jon Huntsman. “Florida is a key state in the fight to win the Republican nomination, and I’m confident my record of leading the nation in job creation, balancing budgets and governing as a conservative problem-solver will appeal to voters.”