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2012: Huntsman's big day

BACHMANN: Bachmann’s campaign is advertising on the Des Moines Register’s Web site.

CHRISTIE: Christie’s approval is now just 44%-47% in the latest Quinnipiac poll, his lowest job approval yet. The reason: his approval among women is just 36%-54%.

GINGRICH: The campaign released excerpts of Gingrich’s Wednesday speech on the economy and the Federal Reserve. On Obama and the economy: “The jobs crisis is an historic national crisis and the Obama Administration has only made it worse by pursuing job-killing policy after job killing policy…We need to replace the ‘food stamp President’ with a ‘paycheck President.’”

On the Fed: "The Fed currently has a dual mandate: dollar stability and full employment. They are incompatible. As part of a thorough reappraisal of the role of the Federal Reserve System, Congress should immediately return the Fed to its original sole focus on dollar stability by repealing Humphrey-Hawkins."

Gingrich told Hugh Hewitt: "I must say that my book, 'A Nation Like No Other,' becomes dramatically more relevant after NBC’s decision that they will edit out 'Under God' in the Pledge of Allegiance.”

HUNTSMAN: “The former Utah governor and overseas ambassador for two presidents will launch his bid in New Jersey near the Statue of Liberty and then fly up to New Hampshire to do it again in the nation's first primary state,” the LA Times writes. “Wednesday Huntsman will do it a third time in South Carolina, apparently leaving Iowa to the homegrown Michele Bachmann and next-door neighbor Tim Pawlenty. It will be interesting to see how Huntsman, the only major GOP candidate with any real foreign policy experience, tries to differentiate himself from the possible candidates like Texas Gov. Rick Perry and the existing field, including fellow former governor and Mormon Mitt Romney.”

Mark McKinnon describes Huntsman as the “un-cola” GOP candidate.

Politico: “When Jon Huntsman announces his candidacy for president Tuesday at Liberty State Park in New Jersey, he’ll join a long list of politicians who have found the spot to be an exquisite backdrop for big campaign events. The park, located in Jersey City, offers a camera shot with dramatic views of the Manhattan skyline and, more important, a photo op with the iconic Statue of Liberty (located in nearby New York Harbor) in the background.”

The Democrats are trying to hit Huntsman for his shifting positions, and have created mock bumper stickers like this one: “Jon Huntsman: When one direction for America just isn’t enough.”

Anyone wanting to find out more about the Huntsman family fortune, their companies and their ties to China, should read these pieces from Bloomberg and Business Week.

Forbes in 2010 rated Huntsman’s father, who made a fortune for helping to create polystyrene egg cartons and the Styrofoam Big Mac container, the 937th richest billionaire in the world.

A decade ago, he was the 47th richest man in the world with a net worth of $6.6 billion, according to the Deseret News. And “in 2007, Huntsman gave $750 million in contributions and donations, placing him second on The Chronicle of Philanthropy's list of the nation's top 50 givers.”

By the way, today is Jon Huntsman Sr’s birthday.

PAWLENTY: Tim Pawlenty’s wife Mary was campaigning for her husband in New Hampshire yesterday. Did you know she’s a former district court judge from Minnesota (1994 to 2007). “She has since worked mediating civil disputes and helping Children’s HeartLink, a non-profit that works to prevent heart disease among children in developing countries,” the Boston Globe notes.

PERRY: Rich Lowry: “If Rick Perry thinks the 10th Amendment is going to have cachet with voters worried about their jobs, their wages, and the value of their homes, he’s been spending too much time at Federalist Society seminars.”

The Texas governor says you should follow him on “Tweeter.” Here’s the video.

ROMNEY: “Mitt Romney has long battled the perception that he has waffled on social policy issues crucial to Republican voters, such as abortion and gay rights,” the Boston Globe writes. “Now the former Massachusetts governor’s refusal to sign an antiabortion pledge that five other GOP contenders support has put him on the defensive again.” More: “Romney’s decision spurred a rebuke from the organization and quickly roiled the presidential waters. Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List, said she was disappointed in Romney, whom she considered an ally in the antiabortion movement. ‘I think there’s only one way of looking at it, and that is not signing it revealed a weakness in conviction,’ she said. ‘I don’t think there’s any other way of looking at it.’”

SANTORUM: Rick Santorum’s campaign is out with a video mocking Huntsman’s moto-cross videos, hitting Huntsman for not signing the Susan B. Anthony List pledge “just like Mitt Romney.” The rider in Santorum’s video wipes out after taking a leap.