Huntsman makes stop in Georgia; takes swipe at Perry

Aug 24 2011 - 9:49am

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Republican 2012 presidential hopeful and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman speaks at a breakfast at American Legion Post 3 in Nashua, N.H., Saturday, August 13, 2011. (AP Photo/Cheryl Senter)
Michael Ewing, left, of Nashua, shakes hands with Republican 2012 presidential hopeful, Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, right, at a breakfast at American Legion Post 3 in Nashua, N.H., Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011. (AP Photo/Cheryl Senter)
Mary Kaye, wife of Republican 2012 presidential hopeful and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, speaks at a breakfast at American Legion Post 3 in Nashua, N.H., Saturday,Aug. 13, 2011. (AP Photo/Cheryl Senter)
Republican 2012 presidential hopeful and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman speaks at a breakfast at American Legion Post 3 in Nashua, N.H., Saturday, August 13, 2011. (AP Photo/Cheryl Senter)
Michael Ewing, left, of Nashua, shakes hands with Republican 2012 presidential hopeful, Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, right, at a breakfast at American Legion Post 3 in Nashua, N.H., Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011. (AP Photo/Cheryl Senter)
Mary Kaye, wife of Republican 2012 presidential hopeful and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, speaks at a breakfast at American Legion Post 3 in Nashua, N.H., Saturday,Aug. 13, 2011. (AP Photo/Cheryl Senter)

ATLANTA -- Republican Jon Huntsman paid a visit to Georgia's Capitol as he works to line up support for his presidential bid.

Huntsman made a brief trip to the podium of the Georgia House on Wednesday, praising America's "blue sky optimism."

The former Utah governor said serious presidential candidates should come to the Georgia Capitol.

"You shouldn't have to go to them," Huntsman said, in an apparent swipe at a recent trip by a delegation of Georgia Republicans to Austin to meet with Texas Gov. Rick Perry, another Republican contender.

Huntsman headlined a fundraiser in Atlanta Tuesday night.

The former ambassador to China has been trailing in the polls and performed poorly in the recent Iowa straw poll.

 

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