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Huntsman Adviser Takes On Opponents

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 03: Possible Republican presidential candidate and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman addresses the Faith and Freedom Coalition June 3, 2011 in Washington, DC. The Faith and Freedom Coalition is holding their second annual conference and strategy briefing over two days in the nation's capital. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)(Win McNamee/Getty Images)

June 15, 2011

Even though he wasn't at a much anticipated New Hampshire debate on Monday, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman hasn't had a problem finding his way into the news cycle this week.

He announced Tuesday that he is launching his presidential campaign next week, and he also recently spoke to Esquire, who will include a lengthy profile of the former ambassador to China in its August issue.

Esquire teased the piece Wednesday afternoon, including quotes from Huntsman on Afghanistan ("Should we stay and play traffic cop? I don't think that serves our strategic interests") and Libya (he does not think the U.S. should have intervened), as well as some scathing broadsides from one of his advisers directed at other Republicans in the field.

"Tim's a nice guy," said John Weaver, of former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, adding "and there's nothing worse than seeing a nice guy pretend that he's angry. Is that really what we want to be? Is that how we're going to define ourselves? When's the last time an angry man ever solved a problem without using a gun?" Weaver is heading up Huntsman's team and in the past has been a key member of Sen. John McCain's, R-Ariz., 2008 brain trust.

What about former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney? "What version are we on now?" Weaver asked. "Mitt 5.0? 6.0?"

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