THE REDISCOVERY OF JON HUNTSMAN
It was inevitable. Curious observers have placed Jon Huntsman Jr. on the ever-expanding list of potential White House contenders, citing his previous presidential campaign-trail experience, foreign-policy credentials and crossover appeal that could possibly counter Hillary Clinton in 2016. Oh, the speculation. Let the squawking begin.
But consider that Mr. Huntsman, 54, never left the public stage and continues his work with No Labels, a four-year-old grass-roots group “devoted to the politics of problem solving and consensus building” that he cochairs with Sen. Joe Manchin III, West Virginia Democrat. The pair, in fact, have just authored a new book titled “A Shared Vision for a Stronger America.”
There are other factors: feel-good consensus talk is very popular with disenchanted voters. And oddly enough, Mr. Manchin has hinted he was tiring of Capitol Hill. Those with wild imaginations can picture this bumper sticker: “Huntsman/Manchin 2016.”
Moving right along, however, Mr. Huntsman already has alluded to the political arena himself, via “Politicking with Larry King,” broadcast on OraTV and RT America. The veteran broadcaster queried Mr. Huntsman on running once again for the White House.
“I’m a public servant, Larry, and as a public servant, I found that politics is a lot about serendipity, you know. It’s hard to be able to pre-plan where you might find yourself as a public servant. I never thought I would run for governor. I never thought I would be in China as the United States ambassador. Things happen,” Mr. Huntsman replied.
“I’m open, but here’s the deal,” he continued. “You have to be able to create a pathway from point A to point B. I can tell you how
Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. is the co-author of a new e-book, “A Shared Vision for a Stronger America.”