January 01, 2011

Huntsman Hints He Could Run for President

When President Obama appointed Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman (R) as ambassador to China, it seemed an elegant way to tie up a potential 2012 Republican rival.

Not so fast, reports Newsweek: "Asked whether he is prepared to rule out a run in 2012 (since it would require him to campaign against his current boss), he declines to comment. The winking response -- about as close to a hat-in-ring announcement as you'll get from a sitting member of the incumbent's administration -- could just be a hollow cry for attention. But sources close to Huntsman (who requested anonymity to speak freely without his permission) say that during his December trip to the U.S., he met with several former political advisers in Washington and Salt Lake City to discuss a potential campaign."

Said one supporter: "I'm not saying he's running. But we're a fire squad; if he says the word, we can get things going fast."


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