Jon Huntsman on Technology

Republican UT Governor

Maintain a strong commitment to innovation & new products

Q: shouldn't the focus now be on trying to create the innovative jobs of tomorrow?

HUNTSMAN: There are two things that critically need to be done for us to stay ahead in this highly competitive world, and when we lose one or both of them, we lose out to the Chinese and the Indians. One is maintaining a strong commitment to innovation, entrepreneurship and freedom in the marketplace. We have the sense of innovation that no country has been able to replicate. Some have tried, and some will continue to try, but nobody does it like we do here. And that gives rise to high technology jobs and to regular manufacturing jobs across the board. It makes this economy hum when it's working well. The second part of this: You need a marketplace in which you can translate those innovations into products. We are losing our ability to maintain a competitive marketplace today. We've lost it to others. We've got to regain the magic of a strong marketplace, so that we have the complete package.

Source: 2011 GOP debate at Dartmouth College, NH , Oct 11, 2011

For GOP to win, we can't run from science

Q: You have said the party is in danger of becoming anti- science. Who on this stage is anti-science?

A: Listen, when you make comments that fly in the face of what 98 out of 100 climate scientists have said, when you call into question the science of evolution, all I'm saying is that, in order for the Republican Party to win, we can't run from science. We can't run from mainstream conservative philosophy. We've got to win voters; to reach out and bring in independents.

Source: 2011 GOP debate in Simi Valley CA at the Reagan Library , Sep 7, 2011

Cyber intrusion is the new battlefield, and an act of war

Q: Last week a top cyber security firm detailed new instances of cyber espionage, hacking into US computers, concluding, "All signs point to China". Would you as president consider cyber attacks acts of war?

A: Absolutely. This is the new war field, cyber intrusion is. What we need in this country is to use this issue as not only an economic development tool, but also a national security tool. We need early warning capabilities and we need safeguards and we need counter measures. Not only have government institutions been hacked into, but private individuals have been hacked too. Listen, this is also part of a dialogue that has not taken place with the Chinese. We need a strategic dialogue at the highest levels between the US and China. That is not happening. As far as you can see into the 21st century, we are going to have to deal with the Chinese. We better get it right. I think it would be great thing to have a president of the United States who knew something about China.

Source: Iowa Straw Poll 2011 GOP debate in Ames Iowa , Aug 11, 2011

Prevent Chinese manufacturers from selling patented products

By carefully stringing together various groups that aren't natural allies--including Chinese businesspeople, US entrepreneurs, and government officials from both countries--Huntsman is slowly convincing Beijing that it's in everyone's best interests to prevent local manufacturers from selling patented products like knockoff iPads. The question is far from resolved, but, the embassy insider says, "if we turn the corner on this, it will be because of the work Ambassador Huntsman has done."
Source: Newsweek profile, "The Manchurian Candidate" , Jan 4, 2011

Fund desperately needed road expansions

It is no secret that Utah's transportation needs continue to grow. Building roads, highways, and rail has long been a priority for Utahns. I am asking Legislators to support significant increases in funding for basic, but critically important projects, and act now to fund corridor preservation efforts so that we can plan for desperately needed road expansions. My budget proposals will allow us to do this without incurring any new debt.
Source: Utah 2007 State of the State address , Jan 16, 2007

Other governors on Technology: Jon Huntsman on other issues:
UT Gubernatorial:
Gary Herbert
UT Senatorial:
Mike Lee
Orrin Hatch

Newly seated 2010:
NJ Chris Christie
VA Bob McDonnell

Term-limited as of Jan. 2011:
AL Bob Riley
CA Arnold Schwarzenegger
GA Sonny Perdue
HI Linda Lingle
ME John Baldacci
MI Jennifer Granholm
NM Bill Richardson
OK Brad Henry
OR Ted Kulongoski
PA Ed Rendell
RI Donald Carcieri
SC Mark Sanford
SD Mike Rounds
TN Phil Bredesen
WY Dave Freudenthal
Newly Elected Nov. 2010:
AL: Robert Bentley (R)
CA: Jerry Brown (D)
CO: John Hickenlooper (D)
CT: Dan Malloy (D)
FL: Rick Scott (R)
GA: Nathan Deal (R)
HI: Neil Abercrombie (D)
IA: Terry Branstad (R)
KS: Sam Brownback (R)
ME: Paul LePage (R)
MI: Rick Snyder (R)
MN: Mark Dayton (D)
ND: Jack Dalrymple (R)
NM: Susana Martinez (R)
NV: Brian Sandoval (R)
NY: Andrew Cuomo (D)
OH: John Kasich (R)
OK: Mary Fallin (R)
PA: Tom Corbett (R)
RI: Lincoln Chafee (I)
SC: Nikki Haley (R)
SD: Dennis Daugaard (R)
TN: Bill Haslam (R)
VT: Peter Shumlin (D)
WI: Scott Walker (R)
WY: Matt Mead (R)
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