The field of Republican candidates for president in 2012 has been criticized by pundits for its weakness, and polling has shown that GOP voters haven't exactly been satisfied with their choices. But the paper of New Hampshire's state capitol, the Concord Monitor, thinks there's at least one candidate who could provide voters with a real choice without being a flawed nominee -- former Ambassador and Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman.
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Granted, the paper says it disagrees with Huntsman on some major issues -- health care reform, extending the Bush tax cuts, abortion, gay rights -- but the Monitor's basic argument comes down to the idea that a Huntsman nomination actually provides voters with two real possibilities for 2012. "Huntsman, a consistent but never doctrinaire conservative, would present the greatest challenge to Obama," the paper wrote, saying "If elected, he would provide mature, informed and steady leadership," and citing Huntsman's career as a public servent at various levels of government.