Washington (CNN) – Call it another sign that U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman may be gearing up for a bid for the Republican presidential nomination.
CNN has confirmed that Horizon PAC, which is serving as a presidential campaign-in-waiting for the former two-term Utah governor, has hired Whit Ayres, a leading GOP pollster.
In a statement, Ayres said that he thinks "the Republican nominating contest is more wide open than at any time in our lifetimes. Republican primary voters appear hungry for a fresh face and a new conservative voice. I hope Governor Huntsman will be that voice."
News of Ayres hire was first reported by Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post.
Ayres joins Republican strategist John Weaver and media consultant Fred Davis, as well as growing staff in such early primary states as New Hampshire and South Carolina, as part of the political action committee's staff.
Huntsman has said he will decide on a presidential bid later this spring, after he steps down as ambassador and returns from China. He is already scheduled to visit both South Carolina and New Hampshire next month.
I suppose anything is possible. People are definitely looking for a fresh face, but I can't imagine that his so-called "love letters" to Obama will do him any favors. I prefer Mike Pence, John Thune or Jim DeMint, but it's much too early to tell who will emerge as the front-runner.
Mr. Huntsman might be the only smart one of the GOP/TP with “Presidential ambitions”. However that is a real handicap right now. He should not mingle with the crowd that is “considering” running for 2012! That would only bring him “down” to a level that might cost him all options in the future! If he stays out he could develop into a real possibility 2016.
Gee Sarah that republican field is getting crowded:
Sarah Palin admitted there’s a possibility she will run for president in 2012 saying,
"if there's nobody else to do it, then of course I would believe that we should do this."
Had the GOP put as much energy into running the country during the Bush/Cheney years the country wouldn't have gone down the social and economic toilet. Still, this candidate might be able to fill a niche the others miss – that of someone who isn't nuttier than squirrel-droppings. Sadly, he's not crazy enough to get support from the radical Republicans, a huge block in that group of angry, fearful, old white people.
He may have a shot at some point, despite his Mormon religion, but it won't be in 2012. Obama's a pretty sure bet this time around. He'd be seen as a loser in a tough economy and that tag would stick with him. Better for him to be on the radar in some capacity, get his name and thoughts out there for a while, and try again in 2016.
Another economy busting,full of hot air, repubulican, steps out of his bounds. Im getting "Motion sickness" watching all these repubs,try to save their Party? You have so many Nuts in the arena now, just desparate? I just can,nt get over these right wing voters,"Want to begin another world financial "Disaster" I can see the Rich voting Gop,but the middleclass and poor voting Gop, " Unbelieveably Insane?
Hmmmm, Huntsman huh? He would definitely raise the IQ level of that ragtag bunch the GOP currently has vying for air space and headlines. Bear in mind,however, that one man can only do so much.
Mr. Huntsman appears to be intelligent, and running on a 'full tank'. My vote would go to the man that's taken us out of the ditch, Presiden Obama, but at least the President would have competition worthy of his stature, not the cow manure currently on the GOP tap.
very smart guy... need to find out more about where he stands... a fresh face .. and thats good...
Too bad he doesn't pass the far right sniff test. He has that liberal taint now. He'd better hook up with Crist.
I do not see how this man can run against his former boss (the current President).; unless he is on the same ticket with Donald the Trumpet and let him do the dirty campaigning.
Gee,Huntsman is almost as well known as Boss Hogg (Barbour). And neither of them have as much chance as a snowball in hell of becoming President.