The foreign secretary pitched himself as the better negotiator, warning that "catastrophe awaits," if the wrong leader is sent to Brussels for talks with EU leaders.
The 52-year-old thanked the internet for being kind to him "for the first time in my life" as he kicked off his campaign.
He vowed a radical cut in corporation tax, a reform of the education system and to "abolish illiteracy".
Hunt also vowed not to provoke a general election until after we've left the EU, if he was successful in his bid to be PM.
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