Jon Huntsman Reportedly Leaning Toward 2012 Presidential Run

Speculation that U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman could mount a Republican run for president in 2012 is heating up Thursday, with news that he’s assembling a crack team of political operatives that could potentially be implemented to he…

Speculation that U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman could mount a Republican run for president in 2012 is heating up Thursday, with news that he’s assembling a crack team of political operatives that could potentially be implemented to help coordinate fundraising and a ground game in anticipation of a campaign for the White House.

As HuffPost wrote earlier this month when the “Huntsman for president” whispers first started buzzing:

In May 2009 — prior to Huntsman’s appointment as ambassador — President Obama’s presidential campaign chief David Plouffe claimed that the Utah Republican was the one potential 2012 GOP presidential candidate who made him feel a “wee bit queasy…I think he’s really out there speaking a lot of truth about the direction of the party.” Indeed, when Obama selected Huntsman for the ambassadorial role, it was viewed as an effort to handicap Huntsman’s ability to throw his hat in the presidential ring.

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