Huntsman heads to New Hampshire
April 5th, 2011
05:48 PM ET
4 years ago

Huntsman heads to New Hampshire

Washington (CNN) – U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman will travel to New Hampshire in May, further evidence the former Republican Utah governor is considering a run for the White House in 2012.

Huntsman will be the commencement speaker at Southern New Hampshire University May 21st, a University spokesman confirmed to CNN.

"Finishing up the most important ambassadorship for the U.S. State Department, Jon was incredibly successful as governor of Utah and has been an outstanding businessman. In short, he is truly deserving of this honor," SNHU President Paul LeBlanc said in a statement. "At a time of dysfunctional state government and uncivil discourse, Jon's track record as governor stands as a model of putting the welfare of citizens first."

The speech will be Huntsman's first in the Granite State after he steps down as ambassador at the end of April.


Filed under: 2012 • Jon Huntsman • New Hampshire
soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    ""Instead of focusing on putting unemployed Americans back to work, they have raised taxes,"

    I'm sorry, Mittens, but that is a verifiable lie. Obama and the Dems actually gave everyone tax cuts...hefk, they even caved on extending tax cuts for the wealthiest 2% of America who doesn't even need it and whose tax cuts were not only one of the single biggest contributing factors to the deficit, but also entirely inequitable with respect to the proportionality in relation to the cuts the middle-class reecived. Just because CNN and the rest of the "news" media doesn't call you out on it, doesn't mean you're not lying.

    April 5, 2011 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  2. PalmReader

    Other than being a member of the Obama Administration, Huntsman has very little to recommend himself to what has now become a hodgepodge of GOPer contenders. Keep mulling, GOPers. Eventually someone will have to come forward to lead the pack. Or maybe not.

    April 5, 2011 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  3. fayse

    nope, not you either, next.

    April 5, 2011 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  4. Michael

    Huntsman should have the NRA base covered on his name alone.

    April 5, 2011 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  5. Mike Hawthorne

    Huntsman would make a great president – very moderate – but has no chance to win the primary (he's not into feeding red meat to the ignorant masses).

    April 5, 2011 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  6. T'sah from Virginia

    A speech at a university in NH means that a person is running for president???? My oh my – the prerequisites fo the Republicans to run for president is getting more and more ridiculous as the days goes by!! Unless this is just CNN spinning something they have NO IDEA is true!!! BRING IT ON!!!

    April 5, 2011 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  7. Russ

    As he holds his hands apart in front of him and says: I promise to only tell lies this big. Nothing like the rest of my party who just lie about everything.

    April 5, 2011 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  8. Bill R in Oakland

    Jon who?

    Good luck on the name recognition front next to The Donald, Caribou Barbie, Newter, and the Huckster.

    April 5, 2011 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  9. Whoosh

    Let me guess the platform; Grow jobs, make the bush tax cuts permanent, reform/cut corporate tax rates, reduce government spending. What will really happen: Attempt to make the Bush tax cuts permanent for the wealthy. Big Business Tax cuts, Bust the federal employee unions, cut jobs, cut social security, end health care for the poor and the elderly (at a time when there are more baby booming elderly) then again, that is good. They, the baby booming old folks, are the primary backers of these cuts, so they offering up their their throats for a little slicing is par for the course.

    April 5, 2011 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  10. Marie MD

    WHO ARE THESE PEOPLE?????
    Whatever happened to integrity, ethics, morals for even thinking of being president of our nation???
    The world is really going to end in 2012 because we can't continue with stupid being the number one choice for all we do.

    April 5, 2011 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |