Shouldn’t conservatives take a second look at GOP presidential hopeful Jon Huntsman, who is by far the most conservative candidate of the slate of presidential candidates and has the most foreign policy experience?

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Shouldn’t conservatives take a second look at GOP presidential hopeful former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman? After all, he is far more conservative than cheating Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney. In fact, he is the only candidate that is staunchly pro-life and has REAL foreign policy experience. I have long maintained that he is the Republican candidate with the best chance of beating President Barack Obama in the general election. The truth is, Jon Huntsman shouldn’t  be a lower tier candidate. That should be Mitt Romney, Michele Bachmann and Ron Paul. Jon Huntsman shouldn’t be pulling in single digit poll figures. He should be in double digits, that’s based on what he brings to the table. Above all, he appeals to centrists and independents.

Conservative pundit George Will is even making the case for Jon Huntsman. During an appearance on the “Laura Ingraham Show,” he said, “I think if you look at Jon Huntsman’s record, what he’s laid out, his proposals for taxes and the economy, his opposition to No Child Left Behind, you could make a case that he deserves a searching second look from conservatives. Huntsman’s position on foreign policy is the most conservative. That is, it is the most modest in assessing the need and ability of the United States to control distant events.”

Jon Huntsman’s record as governor is more conservative than anything Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney have ever done. While I don’t share his support of Paul Ryan’s deficit reduction plan, I will give him props for his jobs plan, which was touted by the Wall Street Journal: “Mr. Huntsman’s proposal is as impressive as any to date in the GOP Presidential field, and certainly better than what we’ve seen from the front-runners.” More to his credit, he went out on a limb and called for the end of the collusion and market distortion of the “too big to fail” mantra.

If I was a betting person, with $10,000 to spare like Mitt Romney, I would bet that on Jon Huntsman being a viable GOP presidential nominee. While I don’t care much for his Mormon faith, I do care more about the path on which this country is heading. I can’t blame President Obama for much of what is going on, but I can blame him for being so vacillating and not being more forceful or understanding the awesome power he wields as the leader of the most powerful country in the world. President Obama should have learned by now, that you can’t be everybody’s friend and that the buck truly stops with him. Not John Boehner, Eric Cantor, Sen. Mitch McConnell, Nancy Pelosi or Sen. Harry Reid. So, with that said, I would love to see Jon Huntsman as the GOP presidential nominee. God knows he doesn’t bring the baggage of Newt Gingrich or the flip-flopping history of Mitt Romney.

The article was cross-posted at The Moderate Voice.