Huntsman: Foreign aid cuts 'political sound bite'

By the Associated Press | November 13, 2011 | 11:35 AM EST

Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman, speaks with his family after the debate at the Benjamin Johnson Arena, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011 in Spartanburg, S.C. (AP Photo/Richard Shiro)

WASHINGTON (AP) — GOP presidential hopeful Jon Huntsman is promoting U.S. foreign aid as a sound investment, arguing that his opponents are opting for "sound-bite campaigning" when they advocate eliminating it.

Appearing on CBS's "Face the Nation," Huntsman said there are areas that are critical to Washington, adding, in his words, "if they're in America's interest, we get some return on that invested dollar." He adds, "To wish it all away, I think, is a political sound bite."

The former Utah governor and President Barack Obama's first ambassador to China also supports a continued U.S. relationship with Pakistan, linking continuing financial assistance to reform, stability in the country and expanded markets. Huntsman also said in the Sunday interview that Pakistan risks becoming a failed nation and the U.S. must maintain ties with Islamabad.