Jon Huntsman, the former governor of Utah and Obama’s former ambassador to China, had a lengthy interview with RedState’s Leon Wolf. A key nugget from that: their discussion of China’s one-child policy, which is much loathed by American pro-lifers. Huntsman claimed that by adopting a Chinese daughter, he had “probably done more than anybody” to help convince China to overturn that policy. See the text below.
Q. What, if anything, and let me break this up into two questions. What, if anything should be done by the United States to encourage China to change its “one child” policy?
A. Well, uh, I probably did more than anybody. Uh, because my daughter Gracie was known by 1.3 billion people in China. Everybody heard her story. They knew that we had adopted her and given her life. Uh, they knew that she got to seek a great educational opportunity – a young, pretty, brilliant girl who was, I mean, it was all the time in China. I dare to say that our one act of adopting a girl, as United States Ambassador to China, in many minds – and this would be impossible to quantify – but I tell you, may have had more of an impact in that country, one thing, than all the speeches combined of U.S. government officials over the years.