Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has already stated that she will not continue in that post when President Obama is re-elected. Jon Huntsman has said a few things in recent interviews that were rather negative of the Republican Party as a whole and the group of Presidential candidates in 2012 in particular. Because Mr. Huntsman’s tepid endorsement of Mitt Romney a number of bloggers took these comments to mean that he was leaving the Republican Party. Mr. Huntsman has denied that he is leaving the GOP of course.
Well, his association with the Obama administration wasn’t viewed as a plus by the fickle Republican base that were active in the primaries. But his time as ambassador apparently earned him high marks internationally.
So, will we see Jon Huntsman accept the role of Secretary of State on January 21, 2013?
He’d have a tough act of follow but I think he’s up to the task.
After eschewing campaigning in Iowa before the Iowa Caucuses, Huntsman focused his campaign’s time and resources in New Hampshire, where he finished an underwhelming third. According to some polling, Huntsman was trailing Stephen Colbert in the South Carolina Republican presidential primary, which is the epitome of adding insult to injury.
Word is that as he exits the Republican field, Huntsman will endorse Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign.
Asked, “Is there any situation in which you would run for president as an independent?” Huntsman told The Boston Globe, “I don’t think so.”
Told that anything but a flat denial could perpetuate speculation about the possibility, Huntsman replied: “I’m a lifelong Republican. I’m running as a Republican, and I fully anticipate that that’s where we’re going to be.”
To be honest, Huntsman’s the kind of rational, centrist Republican who could do well among independent voters while also managing to peel off the dwindling number of moderate Republicans who don’t wholeheartedly support the Koch brothers’ Tea Party movement.
Though I doubt he’ll actually buck the Republican Party to run as an independent or third-party candidate in 2012, Huntsman would certainly be an interesting candidate, and besides, I’d love to see more videos like this from his campaign:
Meanwhile back in the GOP mosh pit, Jon Huntsman attacks Mitt Romney (and Barack Obama) in this ad about their respective job creation records when these two Mormons were Governors of Utah and Massachusetts respectfully.