June 22, 2011
Jon Huntsman's Distinct Brand of Mormonism
Dan Gilgoff, CNN Belief
By Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com Religion Editor
How key is Jon Huntsman's Mormonism to understanding him and his rise as a politician?
His grandfather was an apostle in the Mormon church, his father is a lay leader in the church, and Huntsman himself was a Mormon missionary to Taiwan, which gave him¬†the language skills that helped land his last job, as President Barack Obama's ambassador to China.
On the other hand, Huntsman - who officially launched his presidential campaign Tuesday - has publicly distanced himself from his Mormon faith.
"I can't say I'm overly religious,"Ě he told Fortune magazine last year, when he was still ambassador. "I get satisfaction from many different types of religions and philosophies."Ě
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