POLITICS
07/06/2012 11:59 am ET Updated Jul 06, 2012

Jon Huntsman Will Skip Republican National Convention

Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman has announced that he is skipping this August's Republican National Convention after attending every one of the GOP spectacles since 1984.

"I will not be attending this year's convention, nor any Republican convention in the future, until the party focuses on a bigger, bolder, more confident future for the United States -- a future based on problem solving, inclusiveness, and a willingness to address the trust deficit, which is every bit as corrosive as our fiscal and economic deficits," the one-time presidential hopeful said in a statement to the Salt Lake Tribune.

Huntsman bowed out of the Republican primary in January, endorsing Mitt Romney and releasing his delegates to the now-presumptive nominee. The two national delegates whom Huntsman earned with his third-place finish in New Hampshire would have been sufficient to land a convention speaking slot, according to the Tribune.

The convention snub is not the first time this year Huntsman has been at odds with the GOP establishment. In March, Buzzfeed reported that Huntsman was dropped from a Republican National Committee event after calling for a third party in American politics.

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