(KCPW News) Governor Jon Huntsman is getting ready to take the stage at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota. When he speaks Tuesday night, the theme of the convention will be reform, which he plans to focus on.
"Reform of politics as usual, and that means stressing ethics, it means stressing campaign finance reform, which I think is an important thing to be done, and John McCain has done his level-headed best, although he's taken a lot of flak for it, and it's still something I'd like to see done in this state," said Huntsman.
The governor also might talk about tax and education reform during his turn in the spotlight, two topics in which he believes Utah has led by example.
Huntsman believes the party needs to return to his roots. In a news conference Thursday, he cited Abraham Lincoln as an example of historical Republicans the party doesn't remember often enough.
"He stood for a principle called equality, which I think is pretty darn important. That ought to be at the heart and soul of everything we do. Theodore Roosevelt came along in 1901," said Hunstman. "What did he stand for? He stood for respect for the land, the environment, which, I would argue, is among the most important legacies that we're handing down to the next generation."
Huntsman may not get much face time on the major networks Tuesday evening. He's speaking the same night as former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.