Huntsman dines out with GOP senators
June 8th, 2011
08:38 PM ET
12 years ago

Huntsman dines out with GOP senators

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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Filed under: 2012 • Capitol Hill • GOP • Jon Huntsman
soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Aaron

    I'm sure they enjoyed themselves at the taxpayers' expense, as usual.

    June 8, 2011 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  2. T'sah from Virginia

    MITTens will get the nomination and then lose in 2012!!

    Obama/Biden 2012!!

    June 8, 2011 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  3. Marty, FL

    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.

    June 8, 2011 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  4. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Huntsman is dining with people who aren't in his league, they are simply empty suits.

    June 8, 2011 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  5. Former Republican, now an Independent

    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!

    June 8, 2011 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |