Huntsman close to announcing presidential run

Alec Jacobs Contributor
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Jon Huntsman will likely make an official announcement that he’s running for president in the next two weeks, he told CNN’s Candy Crowley on this mornings “State of the Union.”

In an interview taped on Friday, Huntsman said: “We’re right at the end point. And is your family supportive? Yes, you check that box. Do you think you can rally enough financial support to make it happen? Yes, you check that box. Do you think on the ground, in the key early states — New Hampshire and South Carolina and Florida — you can create the presence and the excitement and enthusiasm that will work? Yeah, you check that box. We basically checked all the boxes.”

Huntsman has been laying the groundwork for a presidential campaign for little more than a month, visiting about a dozen states and beginning to set-up a headquarters in Orlando, Florida.

He did say that before he makes any final decisions, he’ll sit down with his family one more time.

Huntsman, who served in the Obama administration as the United States’ ambassador to China, said that though holding the post was an honor, he and the president had “different world views.” He also said that Obama’s economic policies have shown “no signs of success.”