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Jon Huntsman: Stephen Colbert, Will You Be My Running Mate? (VIDEO)

First Posted: 10/25/2011 9:37 am Updated: 12/25/2011 4:12 am

Former Utah governor and Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman appeared on Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report" Monday night and asked host Stephen Colbert -- in Mandarin -- to be his running mate.

Colbert took the request in stride, saying that it raised concerns because the fact that he has a SuperPAC prohibits him from "coordinating" with any presidential candidate.

Huntsman also discussed his time as Obama's ambassador to China and explained that his service to a Democratic administration shouldn't raise any questions about his conservative credentials.

"When your president asks you to stand up and serve, particularly during a time of war and economic hardship, you do as told," Huntsman said.

Colbert then asked if he was implying that the United States was "at war with China."

"Based on this interview, we could end up here," Huntsman replied.

Huntsman was also pressed on the issue of Mormonism, a faith he shares with rival presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Huntsman said it was generally a bad idea to discuss religion during elections, but that Mormonism was becoming more mainstream, and that attempts to paint the religion as "a cult" were disheartening signs of a divided America.

At the end of the interview, Colbert promised to give Huntsman his patented "Colbert bump," which he said would raise the candidate's anemic performance in primary polling.

"You may be at two percent -- we're gonna get you up to whole milk," Colbert said.

Watch the entire interview above.

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