With 17% of the vote, former US ambassador to China and GOP presidential hopeful Jon Huntsman came in third place in the New Hampshire primary, after Mitt Romney and Ron Paul. Taking the stage Tuesday evening after the results came in, Huntsman told an enthusiastic crowd that he was staying in the race. “I’d say a third-place finish is a ticket to ride, ladies and gentlemen!” he said. “Hello, South Carolina!”
He also made an oblique reference to China in his victory speech: “Afghanistan is not our nation’s future; and Iraq is not this nation’s future. Our nation’s future is how prepared we are to rise up as the American people and hit head on the challenges of the 21st Century… you know what I’m talking about? This is about economics and this is about education. And this going to play out over the Pacific Ocean, in countries I have lived in… If we don’t get our act together, we are going to see the end of the American Century by 2050; and we aren’t going to let that happen are we?”
Full speech here. More on Jon Huntsman here.