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Jon Huntsman Drops Out Of GOP Race, Slams ‘Toxic’ Political Discourse

Former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman announced that he was suspending his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination Monday morning, noting that, “this is the most important election of our lifetime,” and putting all his weight behind former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, the man he believes is best equipped to win this November’s election.

Huntsman cited two urgent deficits facing the American people today; one is economic, the other is trust. He suggested that President Obama’s administration was behind unprecedented levels of divisiveness in our country (“divisiveness is corrosive,” Huntsman remarked), and urged the remaining campaigns to “cease attacking each other,” and focus, instead, on putting their time and resources into building trust and uniting the country.

“This race has degenerated into an onslaught of negative and personal attacks not worthy of the American people and not worthy off this critical time in American history,” Huntsman said in a news conference in which he was flanked by his wife, children, father and South Carolina supporters.

“At its core, the Republican Party is a party of ideas. But the current toxic form of our political discourse does not help our cause,” Huntsman added. “Today I call on each campaign to cease attacking each other and instead talk directly to the American people.”

Watch Huntsman announce he is ending his campaign for the presidency:

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