His poll numbers are poor. But former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, who announced his bid for president Tuesday, may appeal to enough moderate Republicans, independents to make a splash.
Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. announced Tuesday that he’ll seek the 2012 Republican nomination for president. In a kickoff speech at Liberty State Park in New Jersey – with the Statue of Liberty towering in the background – he said the US is in danger of becoming a less powerful, less compassionate, less productive nation.
“We can’t accept this, and we won’t,” Mr. Huntsman said.
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“I don’t think you need to run down anyone’s reputation to run for president,” Huntsman said.
Does he have any chance to win? After all, Huntsman is a moderate in a party whose voters, especially in primaries, tilt farther to the right. He’s an ex-member of the Obama administration. He’s a Mormon from a Mountain West state with little national clout.