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Jon Huntsman drops out, endorses Mitt Romney

By Juana Summers

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — Jon Huntsman ended his presidential campaign Monday and immediately endorsed Mitt Romney.

“I believe it is now time for our party to unite around the candidate best equipped to defeat Barack Obama. Despite our differences and the space between us on some issues, I believe that candidate is Gov. Mitt Romney,” Huntsman told supporters at the convention center here Monday.

Huntsman also called on the other candidates to end negative campaigning ahead of Saturday’s primary.

“This race has degenerated into an onslaught of negative attacks not worthy of the American people and not worthy of this critical time,” Huntsman said. “At its core, the Republican Party is a party of ideas, but the current toxic form of our political discourse does not help our cause.”

Speaking of the need to fix the economy and achieve energy independence, Huntsman also criticized Obama for what he called “class warfare for political gain” and said he was exiting the race to help elect Romney — a candidate whose core Huntsman called into question just last week.

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