In SC, Huntsman says Obama needed in union fight

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — GOP presidential candidate Jon Huntsman says President Barack Obama must intervene in a national labor dispute over a Boeing plant being built in South Carolina.

The former Utah governor said during a stop Wednesday in Columbia that the National Labor Relation Board lawsuit against the airplane maker could scare businesses away from the state.

The NLRB says Boeing decided to build its new 787 jet assembly line in South Carolina to retaliate against union workers in Washington state who went on strike in 2008.

Huntsman announced his candidacy Tuesday in New Jersey, and came to South Carolina a day later to file to run in the state’s first-in-the-South presidential primary.

Huntsman says he will focus on New Hampshire and South Carolina because he thinks he can win in those early-voting states.

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