Washington (CNN) – U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman is set to make his first public appearance since announcing plans to resign from the Obama administration last week amid chatter that he might seek the Republican presidential nomination in 2012.
UPDATE: A Huntsman adviser says the ambassador will be traveling in China next week and will not be attending the event, contrary to The Atlantic's announced lineup.
Huntsman, a former Utah governor, is slated to appear at a forum about jobs and the economy in Washington, D.C. next Wednesday alongside a clutch of government officials and foreign policy experts like Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and National Economic Council Director Gene Sperling.
The morning event – "Finding Work, Finding Our Way: Building the Economy and Jobs of the Future" - is sponsored by The Atlantic and Microsoft.
Huntsman has enlisted a team of political advisers to lay the groundwork for a presidential bid. He submitted a letter of resignation to the White House earlier this week and will leave his post on April 30.
Other political figures speaking at the event include Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, and Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell.
He is leaving his job way to soon .. he should wait until 2016 to run.
So the guy that the Democrats keep saying is going to run for President is attending a jobs forum with some Democrats???!! Now THAT is one way to RUIN your credibility! Obviously he is NOT going to run for President in 2012.
Sorry Mr. Huntsman. But in today's Teatard environment, you worked for the enemy President and are part of his socialist agenda. Sorry!
After which, billionaire Huntsman will thank the GOPers for continuing the tax cuts for the wealthiest 1%, of which he and so many of his friends are members of. Rather doubtful, though, that Huntsman, as an co-owner of the globally run Huntsman Chemical Corporation, will find much to discuss in a American job growth market - never having had any real employment history, other than his brief tenure as Governor of Utah, which was, of course, a goverment paid job.
The "jobs of the future" will never materialize. We need the jobs that went to China......not a pipe dream.
He's probably getting a lot of pressure from his little buddies to not play with Obama, so sad. He seems to be a good guy, it is just too bad the few good republicans don't have a mind of their own anymore and are being held politically captive by the conservative republicans and the pee party!
Mr. Huntsman! Mr.Huntsman!!
Don't quit your day job to run against President Obama in 2012.
Not that many good looking men in politics it'd be a terrible shame to have you go underground after your sound defeat.
It's interesting that Republicans who want to get elected talk Jobs Jobs Jobs... but when they get there.. it's not jobs, it's culture war.
Just like Palin, eye-candy, more brains than Palin, but not a viable contender.
Next contestant on the Price is Right....come on down!!
Not that it makes any difference but is he gay? If he is, and his brethren gets a hold of this info he can say goodnight Gracie now.
Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman 2012, get ready people.