ABC News' correspondent Jake Tapper has just interviewed Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman Jr. for a broadcast scheduled to be aired this Sunday.
Regarding environment, per the ABC Blog , Huntsman will discuss the need for reliance on science, a long standing Republican tradition, to gain the voter's trust for solving big problems (economy and climate change for example). There's a snippet after the jump.
This is a Republican candidate even a socialist tree-hugging liberal might be tempted to vote for. The man speaks Mandarin Chinese. His family owns a profitable, US-based specialty chemical company with global operations. Management takes sustainable development seriously, too.
And, candidate Jon Huntsman Jr. has the guts to stand up for what he believes in instead of pandering to whatever freak show mentality gets featured on Fox News.From coming ABC broadcast interview,
The minute that the Republican Party becomes the party - the anti-science party, we have a huge problem. We lose a whole lot of people who would otherwise allow us to win the election in 2012. When we take a position that isn't willing to embrace evolution, when we take a position that basically runs counter to what 98 of 100 climate scientists have said, what the National Academy of Science - Sciences has said about what is causing climate change and man's contribution to it, I think we find ourselves on the wrong side of science, and, therefore, in a losing position.
The Republican Party has to remember that we're drawing from traditions that go back as far as Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, President Eisenhower, Nixon, Reagan and Bush. And we've got a lot of traditions to draw upon.