Washington (CNN) – Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman had dinner Wednesday with five influential Republican senators in Washington as he puts the finishing touches on his near-certain presidential campaign.
Huntsman and wife Mary Kaye were seen entering The Monocle, a popular steakhouse and political watering hole on the Senate side of Capitol Hill, according to a GOP source.
The Huntsmans shared a meal with five GOP senators: Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, John Thune of South Dakota, Saxby Chambliss of Georgia, Richard Burr of North Carolina, and Tom Coburn of Oklahoma.
Huntsman is in Washington for a series of meetings and will depart for New Hampshire, a primary state critical to his presidential chances, on Thursday.
He is expected to formally announce his presidential bid in the next few weeks.
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I'm sure they enjoyed themselves at the taxpayers' expense, as usual.
MITTens will get the nomination and then lose in 2012!!
Huntsman unfortunately supports Paul Ryan's disastrous plan to privatize Medicare against seniors in order to pay for tax cuts for the rich. Sorry, no thanks.
Huntsman is dining with people who aren't in his league, they are simply empty suits.
As a citizen of the state of Tennessee I can assure you, if Lamar Alexander is an influential senator, then this country is in BAD SHAPE. He was a dishonest governor of Tennessee and has gone on to be a lousy excuse for a senator. His poor representation of our people is only exceeded by our other senator, Bob Corker. Whenever our two senators names are mentioned, I am embarrassed to admit that I am a citizen of this state!