(CNN) - After formally announcing his candidacy for president next Tuesday at Liberty State Park in New Jersey (with the Statue of Liberty as his backdrop), Jon Huntsman will swing through some, but not all, of the states that vote near the top of the presidential primary and caucus calendar.
CNN has confirmed that the former Utah governor and former U.S. ambassador to China will head to New Hampshire next Tuesday, after declaring his candidacy, followed by stops in South Carolina Wednesday, Florida on Thursday, and Utah and Nevada on Friday.
New Hampshire holds the first primary on the road to the White House and South Carolina is the first southern state to vote. Florida's primary date is not set, but it's expected the state will vote early in the process. Florida is also a crucial battleground state in the general election and the Republican's nominating convention will be held in Tampa next summer. Nevada's caucus is scheduled to go third according to the Republican National Committee calendar. Utah is Huntsman's home state.
What's missing is Iowa, which kicks off the caucus and primary season.
Early this month, while campaigning in New Hampshire, Huntsman told reporters that he will not be competing in Iowa because of his opposition to subsides for corn-based ethanol, a stance that is very unpopular in a state that grows a lot of corn.
CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.
Hmmph. Sounds like Huntsman may havee taken a few pages out of the Guiliani 2008 campaign book.
The GOP/Tea Party Iowa caucus and primary is no longer relevant because it has been reduced to a contest between social conservative/Tea Party candidates. Smart move by moderate candidates like Huntsman to avoid unnecessary campaign expenditure and time in a state where they have no chance of winning.
2/3's of South Carolina will not vote for Huntsman. He might as well skip that state too.
All these extra guys are aspiring for VP job.....Mitt may be front runner....my guess...
YAAAHOO! Hold the presses! ... Another Republican trust fund baby nominates himself for President! This is truly news. Presidential announcement tour will include country clubs in New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Florida!
Whatever happened to actually doing something noble, courageous, or otherwise important for your country BEFORE running for President? Has this guy actually ever had a real job or served his country other than in a political job?