Opening Closing Argument

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Utahan lays out his solutions for solving America’s economic and trust deficits — and politically indict the President — in noontime National Press Club speech in DC.

AND: Argues GOPers cannot trust Mitt Romney or Newt Gingrich to fix Washington.

Huntsman: “Governor Romney will say anything to earn the voters trust…. Newt Gingrich is a product of that same Washington, who participated in the excesses of our broken and polarized political system.”

Read excerpts from Huntsman’s “Restoring Trust” speech below.

America suffers from a deficit of dollars and jobs. We also suffer from a deficit of trust — trust in our institutions of power, from Washington to Wall Street.

The American people have lost trust, first and foremost, in the president.

A president who, rather than focusing like a laser on fixing our economic core, wasted an entire year jamming through a health care plan the American people didn’t ask for and can’t afford.

A president who brazenly ignored the bold and creative proposals put forth by his own bipartisan deficit commission – Simpson-Bowles – whose failure to deal honestly with our debt caused the first-ever downgrade in our nation’s credit rating.

A president who has employed the same crony politics he once decried; who has used public dollars to pay off campaign contributors like Solyndra; and who has been willing, through his National Labor Relations Board, to sacrifice American jobs to appease union allies.

The people have lost trust in Congress, and their ability to come together for the common good – dysfunction evidenced by the super committee’s recent failure.

Rather than a limited, efficient government that serves the public’s interest, Washington has grown bloated and bureaucratic, captured and corrupted by swarms of lobbyists, influence-peddlers and crony capitalists.

We must save capitalism from crony capitalists, and return to our Founder’s vision of a limited government that protects free markets and provides a level playing field of opportunity.

The president came to office with a mandate to restore trust in Washington, yet his inexperience and failure to lead have left us worse off. He promised to change Washington, and then immediately succumbed to the partisanship, corporate handouts, bailouts, and spending that have made it so reviled.

My opponents offer no better.

Governor Romney will say anything to earn the voters trust. We are in this mess because there are already enough people in Washington who make a career out of telling people what they want to hear.

Newt Gingrich is a product of that same Washington, who participated in the excesses of our broken and polarized political system.

You may not agree with me on every single issue.

But you’ll always know exactly where I stand, and I will never waver from my conservative convictions.

Related Topics: Jon Huntsman, Mitt Romney, National Press Club, Newt Gingrich, Restoring Trust, 2012 Elections, News, Republican Party, The Page

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