(CNN) - Jeb Bush, Jr. endorsed Jon Huntsman for president Wednesday at a press conference in Miami.
In addition to the formal endorsement, Bush, the son of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, said he will become National Chairman of GenH, the former Utah governor's youth and young professionals outreach program.
The grandson of former President George H.W. Bush and nephew of former President George W. Bush said Huntsman is the 2012 candidate "best equipped to defeat President Obama next November."
"In a time of such global upheaval and strife, America needs a serious, experienced leader to restore America's promise, and that leader is Jon Huntsman," Bush wrote on Huntsman's website.
Huntsman met with members of the Bush family earlier this year.
Bush, 28, who backed former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani for president in 2008, said the former U.S. ambassador to China is the "only candidate with a proven record of creating jobs, in business and as governor."
Some in the Huntsman campaign hyped an endorsement expected this week, leading some to speculate the announcement would come from the elder Jeb Bush.
Huntsman jumped into the race in June and has since registered in the low single digits in most polls of Republican presidential candidates. But Bush said the figures will change when more Americans become familiar with his record.
"Two years ago, I jumped on board Marco Rubio's campaign when he was polling at 3 percent, and we made history," Bush said referencing the freshman Florida senator. "With Jon, I can't wait to make history again."
I don't know much about what Jon Huntsman did prior to his being ambassador to China. That position was available after Clinton gave China "favored nation" status to ward off a cold war with them. Not sure what being ambassador to that country really entailed except a lot of breeze and butt kissing. China has a deplorable record regarding human and animal rights, they kill indescriminately, and have raped and pillaged Tibet. Huntsman does not have a glowing resume over that gig, and his playing of "Hit the Road, Jack" about Obama makes him a hypocrite.
Trust me citizens of the US, Obama does care, and is smart enough to lead this country out of strife, and he will if he has the right people in all three branches of government to help him. The 2012 election will not be about the Executive branch, it will be about the legislative branch. Keep Obama, and fire the others.
If a Bush would vote for him, he's worthless.
Mmmmm, not so much. Thanks anyway.
Good for you young Bush, I respect your choice but with me I will go for the devil I know and not the one I don't!
There may be a better reason not to vote for him, but I cannot think of one.
Thanks Jeb..Now I know who not to support...............Huntsman!!!!
"America needs a serious, experienced leaders to restore America's promise." Well, Obama got Osama!
I used to think Huntsman was the only "normal" republican running for president. After the "Hit The Road Jack" rudeness & being endorsed by a Bush, I've changed my mind. He may not be a teabag, but he's sneaky & false nevertheless, with "his mind on his money, his money on his mind" like all the rest of them! No thanks, Huntsman & No Thanks to your party! I'm not sure who excactly y'all work for, but I Am Sure it's not the American Working Class People!!
I guess if I was a Republican who couldn't think for himself, this would be important to know.
Jeb Bush, Jr., the SON of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, said he will become National Chairman of GenH, the campaign's youth and young professionals outreach program.
People, read the article. The person who endorsed Huntsman is the son of the former Florida governor.
Bush, 28, who backed former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani for president in 2008,
So he has a proven track record for picking losers.... Bad news for Huntsman! Honestly, who the heck cares who this son of a former governor "endorses"??? Huntsman is going nowhere fast.
"Jeb Bush, Jr., the son of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush." He shoulda been on the frontline in Afghanistan or Iraq then we wouldn't be reading this article.
Darn! I put a couple of dollars on the Huntsman run..., Oh, well.
More reason to STAY AWAY from Huntsman.
Why would anyone care about who Jeb Bush, Jr. backed for President, or for that matter, who anyone named Bush backed for President??
Huntsman could beat Obama. He will have a hard time getting through the primary because he is a moderate, but if he does, he could certainly beat Obama. If you think Obama made him ambassador to China or any other reason, you're naive. Obama had his shot and he failed, let's give this guy a try.
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I am actually pleased with Harry Reid's choice of Max Baucus. Baucus voted for the Bush tax cuts in 2001.
I agree with you. Huntsman will probably not get very far in the Republican primaries, which is too bad. Because Huntsman is the only current candidate that stands a chance of picking up any moderate support.
good reason enough not to vote for Huntsman....Obama 2012, Yes.
Who is Jeb Bush, Jr. in the grand scheme of things? Why do we care what he does...had enough of the Bush family for one decade.
Huntsman has about as much a chance as Rev. Al Charleton in this contest
There's a Jeb Bush, Jr.? Dear God. Will we never be rid of them?
Jeb Jr looks a lot like Mitt Romney. Let's see a DNA test.
*Yawn* And this is news, why?
John is the middle of the road type of politician and so is Romney, don't know much about Perry, will soon find out about him.
The rest are all right wingers and will have no chance of going anywhere. We need an effective president, Obama failed in that department. Can one of these three meet the challenge of effectiveness?
Lol, Huntsman's a joke, he's going nowhere. But I am certainly suspicious as to why CNN keeps on promoting him like he's some sort of frontrunner. Likely at Obama's direction.
I feel sorry for guys like Huntsman and Mittens. They really think they have a chance. Guys, your Party doesn't want to win and have to be the Party of No Ideas again. Wise up and go fishing.