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MR. CAVUTO: First the swearing in, then the stimulus. And man, o, man, a lot of hands are out. But this is surprising when this guys hands are out, I'm talking about the Republican Governor Jon Huntsman Jr. of Utah. He has a $14 billion wish list. But he was sworn in, in what, minus-8-degree weather.
GOV. HUNTSMAN: Nine. (Laughs.)
MR. CAVUTO: Oh, my God. All right. And you survived that.
GOV. HUNTSMAN: Survived.
MR. CAVUTO: Last time I talked to you, you were in the middle of a major cold -- you still didn't have that at the time, did you?
GOV. HUNTSMAN: No, recovered. We actually spent zero on the inauguration, too. That's the good news -- zero to the taxpayers.
MR. CAVUTO: People were too frozen to sign a check. Let me ask you. It just surprised me when I read about this, Governor. I respect you a great deal, as I do the senator. But for you to look at some of the stimulus, even though you and your state don't need it.
GOV. HUNTSMAN: Well, if stimulus money is going to be invested in the U.S. economy, why don't those dollars follow projects that are ready to go? Our state has more shovel-ready projects than any state in America right now. And you got to remember, we're now the fastest- growing state in America, which surprises a lot of people, a lot of infrastructure projects that take people right through the West which is growing very, very rapidly.
MR. CAVUTO: So you're intrinsically answering, you're saying, look, if the money is going to be out there, we want dibs on this, too.
GOV. HUNTSMAN: We want to electrify. We need to move toward renewable opportunities. We need highways. We need everything that the rest of the country is talking about, but we need it sooner because of the way in which we're growing demographically and economically.
MR. CAVUTO: You know, I knew I was going to have you here, Governor, and I don't mean to throw a grenade at you here. But Tom Hanks made some news, criticizing Mormons. Obviously, you and your family are very big in the Church of Latter-day Saints. And he was criticizing the passage of Proposition 8 which banned homosexual marriages and blaming it essentially on Mormons, that a lot of Mormons gave a lot of money to the church to make Prop 8 happen, and there are a lot of people who feel that is un-American and "I'm one of them." What did you think of that?
GOV. HUNTSMAN: Well, it was a campaign in California that became a very passionate campaign. And people are going to get involved on both sides. And I think you have to realize what it is. We still believe in free speech. We still believe in organizing around issues.
MR. CAVUTO: But that was like an out-of-the-blue slap at Mormons.
GOV. HUNTSMAN: Well, sometimes there are cheap shots taken. And you know, you live with that. But it was a very passionate issue, and it will continue to be a passionate issue. We are America. We believe in free speech. We believe in organizing around those issues that are important to all of us, and may it always be that way that we can actually speak out without, you know, taking to the streets with guns and rioting like in a lot of other countries. There are difficult issues, no doubt about it.
MR. CAVUTO: And we should point out that a majority of voters in the state voted against gay marriage. So whether that's a funding issue or whatever it was an issue. You're here for the inauguration, obviously. But apparently, rooms are so tight that even you with the Huntsman name, governor of a big state, you can't get a room.
GOV. HUNTSMAN: (Laughs.) I've got the premier room in town. I've got my daughter Abby's apartment sofa which does just the job in a time of need.
MR. CAVUTO: So you and your wife are on the sofa.
GOV. HUNTSMAN: Yeah, that's right.
MR. CAVUTO: Maybe Senator Nelson could have done something for you. He has connections. This is not right.
SEN. BEN NELSON (D-NE): We have a sofa. (Laughs.)
MR. CAVUTO: Oh, okay. We could broker a deal here. (Laughs.)
GOV. HUNTSMAN: Sure, absolutely.
MR. CAVUTO: Well, enjoy the whole thing tomorrow, Governor. Best to your family.
GOV. HUNTSMAN: Thank you, Neil. It was a pleasure being with you.
MR. CAVUTO: Thank you very much, Governor Huntsman.