SARASOTA -- Republican presidential hopeful Jon Huntsman made an appearance in Sarasota Saturday afternoon with his wife and one of his daughters.
Huntsman, who formerly served as governor of Utah and U.S. ambassador to China, spoke to an audience of about 200 at the Knights of Columbus Hall.
“I appreciate being in Florida,” Huntsman said. "This is going to be a critically important state for us. We’re going to be spending a lot of time on the ground getting to know people.”
He started off his speech joking with the audience about his family ties to the state. His wife Mary Kay Huntsman is from Orlando and their new son-in-law is from Tampa.
“So they say if you own the I-4 corridor you get it, you own Florida,” he said to smiles and cheers. “If you own Florida you own the nomination, you get the nomination in 2012 and you are going to win the presidency. So it all starts here.”