Jon Huntsman on Presidential Run: Not ‘If’ But ‘When’

Jun 7, 2011 6:10pm

ABC News’ Sarah Kunin (@Sarah_Kunin) reports: Former Ambassador Jon Huntsman confirmed that he will deliver “a formal announcement” on his decision to run for president at the end of the month, according to National Review reporter Ramesh Ponnuru.

“We have basically decided as a family that we are very comfortable moving forward,” he told Ponnuru.

When Ponnuru responded that his remarks sounded like a “when,” not an “if”, Huntsman replied “when.”

Ponnuru notes that after his conversation with Huntsman, a spokesman called “to clarify that while all signs point to a run, no final decision has been made.”

While Huntsman still hasn’t declared his presidential candidacy, it isn’t stopping his political action committee, H PAC, from gearing up for a potential run. 

A spokesperson for Huntsman confirmed that H PAC will hold a fundraiser in Washington, D.C. on June 15th. The event, which is being hosted by over three dozen Republican strategists and lobbyists, will take place on a rooftop patio in Penn Quarter at 6 p.m.

According to an invitation obtained by Roll Call, the event is aimed towards “young professionals,” with donations ranging from a $50 general contribution to $1,000 to serve as a “co-chair.”

Huntsman will return to New Hampshire this weekend for the 3rd time in one month. He is expected to attend 8 events, including a stop at a motorcycle festival at Weirs Beach in Laconia, NH.

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