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Jon Huntsman: I could support Donald Trump if he’s nominated

Former Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman said Monday he could support Donald Trump if he is the eventual GOP nominee.

“If he’s the nominee, I’m a Republican and I tend to gravitate towards whomever the nominee is,” Huntsman told CNN senior political commentator David Axelrod on Axelrod’s podcast “The Axe Files.”

He said Trump’s right in his plans to wipe out the Washington establishment and “bring aboard a new generation of the best and the brightest.”

“I’d love to see someone stand up who’s a total outsider and see if that can be done because I think it would actually be a pretty healthy thing,” he said.

He also said Trump is strong in campaign finance reform, which he would embrace.

“I think it’s going to take an extraordinarily unique leader to stand up and say that the way that we’re doing this on the campaign finance side is broken and we need to fix it,” Huntsman said.

It looks like Trump has a good chance of becoming the nominee, he said, adding that the chances are higher than “50-50” that he makes it.

“I just happen to think that this go-round we have a very unusual possibility if he makes it that far,” he said.

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