Intertitle: Which overlooked issue should the next President prioritize?
Jon Huntsman: The diminishing trust that people have in their institutions of governance. Toward their system generally. That is the issue that has to be addressed.
I would say to the next President, within thirty days of getting elected, or maybe fifty days, agree to a goal, a common goal. Is it entitlement reforms, energy, is it jobs…and promise even before you’re sworn in to get that issue on the front burner, articulated to the American people, a strategy determined with Congress, to then spend the first year getting it done. I think that alone would cause the American people to say, “Okay. Maybe it does work.”
Intertitle: What book should the next President read before taking office?
Huntsman: Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin. Because the next President, regardless of party, is going to have to integrate people from the other side. Even if you’ve read it, read it again, because it brings out that spirit of putting America first, before politics, that we should never forget.