Eric McPike reports that Jon Huntsman is going to lay out a different foreign policy vision than Mitt Romney. Huntsman is rumored to not be a Romney fan. He has established himself as not being a fan of the foreign policy that has recently been GOP orthodoxy.
Huntsman, unlike Romney, is open and eager to find cuts in the defense budget. The difference could create a powerful point of debate between the two given the economic focus of the election and the interest in cutting waste from government spending. When they were considering presidential runs, both Haley Barbour and Mitch Daniels unapologetically favored thorough reviews of the defense budget and wanted to see cuts. Without the pair of fiscally conservative governors in the race, the primary has lacked much discussion of the issue. But with Huntsman’s and Romney’s differing visions, it could crop up on Tuesday.
Given their respective standing in the polls, Romney and Huntsman aren’t exactly competing on even terms (though Huntsman does have a foothold in New Hampshire). And by seeming open to preventive war in Iran, Huntsman may not be the ideal candidate for foreign policy restraint. But it is a debate worth having.