Jon Huntsman says he won’t attend the Republican national convention “or future gatherings until the party starts to tackle the bigger issues,” the Salt Lake Tribune reports.
Said Huntsman: “I will not be attending this year’s convention, nor any Republican convention in the future, until the party focuses on a bigger, bolder, more confident future for the United States — a future based on problem solving, inclusiveness, and a willingness to address the trust deficit, which is every bit as corrosive as our fiscal and economic deficits.”
He added: “I encourage a return to the party we have been in the past, from Lincoln right on through to Reagan, that was always willing to put our country before politics.”
Meanwhile, Donald Trump hasn’t decided whether he’ll attend the Republican national convention, Politico reports.
Said a top aide: “He’s considering it. Many people want him to go, but he’s considering it. He’s got an extremely busy schedule and it all depends on other commitments that he has.”
Just two months ago Trump himself floated the idea of being the keynote speaker.