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The American Independent - Huntsman First Candidate to Support S.C. Conservative Group's Family Challenge

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Former Utah governor and U.S. ambassador to China Jon Hunstman is the first contender in the 2012 presidential race to respond to a recent challenge from South Carolina's influential Focus on the Family affiliate, Palmetto Family Council.

As The American Independent recently reported, the Palmetto Family Council is using its state's influential primary status to communicate its top issues to the presidential hopefuls. These are issues - among them marriage, abortion and religion in public life - that Palmetto has lobbied over in the past while receiving federal money for faith-based programs. And Huntsman is the first to show his allegiance to Palmetto's causes.

Anticipating its first-in-the-South GOP presidential primary, the Columbia-based Palmetto Family Council (PFC) recently sent out a Family '12 challenge to all the presidential contenders asking them "to make family a centerpiece of their campaigns." The challenge was accompanied by an indicators report showing that South Carolina

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