Some pundits and Republican naysayers contend that former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. is too moderate to win the GOP presidential nomination.
And that's a claim he denies with vigor and a hint of anger.
During a recent interview with The Washington Times, Mr. Huntsman checked off his accomplishments as Utah governor from 2005 to 2009: making record tax cuts, signing into law the first school voucher program and overseeing the rise of his state's economy to first-in-the-nation status.
He is confident that the race won't turn on his religion and downplays whispers from evangelical Protestants who vow not to support a Mormon.
"These presidential nomination contests aren't about religion; they're about leadership," Mr. Huntsman told The Times in the kitchen of his home in Washington's tony Kalorama neighborhood.