Huntsman Officially Bows Out

    Republican presidential candidate former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman finishes speaking during a campaign stop Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012, in North Charleston, S.C. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

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    Jon Huntsman gathered with his family in South Carolina Monday to announce his departure from the Republican primary presidential race. "This race has degenerated into an onslaught of negative and personal attacks not worthy of the American people and not worthy of this critical time in this nation's history," the former Utah governor said at a press conference. "This is the most important election of our lifetime." He implored his fellow candidates to reject this "toxic form of political discourse" as they continue along the race to the election. Huntsman also confirmed earlier suspicions that he would endorse Mitt Romney for the GOP nomination, calling him the candidate "best equipped" to beat President Obama, despite their differences. 

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