Huntsman's bro: 2012 might not be the year
March 29th, 2011
09:05 AM ET
3 years ago

Huntsman's bro: 2012 might not be the year

(CNN) - Supporters of Republican Jon Huntsman have all but put together a presidential campaign-in-waiting for the U.S. Ambassador to China when he officially leaves his post next month, but Huntsman's younger brother says 2012 might not be the right year.

Speaking to Bloomberg News, Peter Huntsman confirmed his older brother is definitely interested in a White House bid. But whether that means a campaign later this year has not been decided.

"He is interested at some point," the younger Huntsman said of his brother's presidential ambitions. "That's not necessarily in 2012."

Peter Huntsman, who at 48 is three years younger than his brother, is CEO of Huntsman Corp., a chemical company founded by their father which has made both men significantly wealthy. The younger Huntsman said he voted for President Obama in 2008 but suggested his brother would prove to be a formidable opponent.

"There is a real need in this country for a politician who can have a focus on economic progress and economic development and deficit reduction," he said.

Huntsman has told the Obama administration he will resign his post on April 30, and his advisers say a decision about the presidential race will come sometime this summer. Huntsman was in his second term as Utah governor when he stepped down in 2009 to become U.S. ambassador to China.

A string of veteran political hands led by former John McCain adviser John Weaver is laying the groundwork for a presidential campaign if Huntsman decides to run. The groups political action committee, Horizon PAC, is registered to an address on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington and has hired communications staffers, a congressional liaison and a legal counsel.

– CNN's Peter Hamby contributed to this report


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soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Karma6338

    Who? Nobody knows Huntsman.

    March 29, 2011 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  2. ConservaFascists/FUBAR

    2012 isn't the right year because Mr. Huntsman has no chance of beating his boss. That means he'll have to pander to the loonies on the right who doesn't like anything the President does. Being the Ambassador to China in the Obama Administration is not something he should have on his resume if he wants to win a republican primary.

    March 29, 2011 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  3. GOP = Greed Over People

    Huntsman does not SEEM to be the rabid, frothing at the mouth right wing "chrisitain" crusader.

    It would be better to wait until 2016 and after 2012 when the GOP will be the laughing stock with the Bachmann/Trump ticket.

    That will be even funnier than the Geezer/Gidget comedy skit in 2008.

    March 29, 2011 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  4. Mr. Moderate

    He's probably holding off because he seems to be a reasonable person and does not want to be associated with the hot mess of crazy that constitutes the current crop of Republican candidates.

    March 29, 2011 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  5. GOP = Greed Over People

    "led by former John McCain adviser John Weaver is laying the groundwork for a presidential campaign if Huntsman decides to run."

    While I am not a paid strategist, I can recall reality, and using McCrypt's "adviser" may not be the way to go.

    Or you too will turn into the small, bitter, old man that McCrypt has become because he lost to "That One".

    March 29, 2011 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  6. PalmReader

    "There is a real need in this country for a politician who can have a focus on economic progress and economic development and deficit reduction," he said"

    What this country needs are less POLITCIANS, certainly, and more problem solvers. From BOTH sides of the aisle. Huntsman is just another career politician being trotted out for GOPer approval. He might need to brush up on his fancy walking pageant skills, because that's ALL he has going for him right now.

    March 29, 2011 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  7. Rick McDaniel

    The field will be very crowded, and unfortunately, most of the GOP candidates are going to undesirable because of religious ties, and the extremism that comes from religious fanaticism.

    March 29, 2011 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  8. elly

    Thats great news Mr.Huntsman. Now if you could call Trump,Palin,Bachmann,and other Gop Crazies,don,t waste American dollars on Gop campaigns, we don,t need another Repub administration,we are trying to improve our Image to the world? Let it happen,please? Thank God we have a President,that doesnt embarrass us! Good speech Mr.President!!!

    March 29, 2011 10:52 am at 10:52 am |