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Why is Jon Huntsman running to the political middle?

GOP presidential candidate Jon Huntsman is making statements that appeal to moderate Republicans. Is this a good idea during the primary season?

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Republican 2012 presidential hopeful and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman speaks at American Legion Post 3 in Nashua, N.H..

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Jon Huntsman is going GOP rogue - by being moderate.

The former Utah governor and US ambassador to China has used his Twitter feed, his appearance on ABC’s Sunday political talk show “This Week,” and a profile in Vogue magazine to take shots at the rest of the GOP presidential primary field.

That’s nothing new for the GOP primary field. What’s unique is that he’s hitting his opponents from the political middle.

It’s telling that the Democratic National Committee blasted out a sort of “greatest hits” e-mail of Huntsman’s ABC interview to supporters, including these nuggets:

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