Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, a Republican who until the spring served as President Barack Obama’s ambassador to China, is running for president, officials said Tuesday.
The Republican planned to formally announce his intentions June 21 at Liberty State Park in New Jersey, with the Statue of Liberty in the background, these officials familiar with Huntsman’s thinking told The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity to avoid publically pre-empting Huntsman. He was set to suggest as much later Tuesday in an appearance in New York City.
To add, he’s launching in New Jersey as an ode to Ronald Reagan, with the Statue of Liberty as backdrop.