THE RE­DIS­COV­ERY OF JON HUNTS­MAN

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

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

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

For­mer Utah Gov. Jon Hunts­man Jr. is the co-au­thor of a new e-book, “A Shared Vi­sion for a Stronger Amer­ica.”

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