Huntsman: Obama shouldn't have intervened in Libya

May 20, 2011 - 7:30 AM
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Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, Jr., facing center, is seen during a Meet and Greet in Lebanon, N.H., Thursday, May 19, 2011. Huntsman, who is exploring a presidential bid, has not decided to make his run official, but has made trips to Florida and South Carolina recently in addition to New Hampshire. (AP Photo/Cheryl Senter)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Utah governor Jon Huntsman, weighing a run for the Republican presidential nomination, says U.S. military forces are spread too thin around the world and he thinks President Barack Obama erred in intervening in Libya.

Traveling in New Hampshire, Huntsman tells ABC News that Libya "is not core to our national security interest." He also says he's close to a decision on whether to get into the GOP presidential sweepstakes and that only his wife, Mary Kaye, could stop him if he chose to run.

Huntsman backed away from previous statements supporting a "cap and trade" policy aimed at expediting corporate efforts to curb harmful emissions, saying the global economic slump has dramatized the need to put a heavier focus on business growth, at least for a while.