In his scheduled speech at Liberty State Park in New Jersey, Huntsman is to remind voters that President Reagan launched his general election campaign in 1980 from the same spot, “in an earlier time of trouble and worry.”
-“Jon Huntsman to tie himself to Ronald Reagan in presidential kickoff,” Los Angeles Times, June 21, 2011
Sorry, Jon, but being Reaganesque is not about where you announce your candidacy. It’s about core principles and the willingness to fight for them. Or, to put it another way:
*UPDATE: Another Las Vegas-related distinction between Reagan and Huntsman is that Reagan supported Republican candidates. By contrast, Huntsman’s family gave $25,000 to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) last year, and Huntsman himself, as Governor of Utah, appointed Reid’s son to the state’s Board of Regents. It’s no surprise that Reid has expressed a preference for Huntsman for the Republican nomination.