Jon Huntsman’s ‘Major Announcement’? Not So Much.

Aug 10, 2011 8:42am

ABC News' Sarah Kunin (@sarah_kunin) reports:

When Jon Huntsman returned from his post as Ambassador to China in the spring, he would barely stop to talk to reporters, let alone confirm that he was running for president. Even after declaring his candidacy, he waited a week to make his intentions official

These days, however, a campaign update is billed as a game changer, with a press release and countdown clock in tow.

On Tuesday, the campaign sent a media advisory about a mysterious event in Coral Gables, Fla., instantly setting the twittersphere abuzz with speculation on what exactly Huntsman would say.

The breaking news?  Jeb Bush Jr., the son of former Florida governor Jeb Bush Sr. and nephew to President George W. Bush, is now endorsing Huntsman.

Bush Jr.  took to Huntsman’s H-Blog before the Coral Gables event to reveal his new position as Nation Chairman of GenH, the campaign’s new youth and young professional outreach program. Huntsman is also gaining the support of Ana Navarro, a Florida GOP activist, who will become Huntsman’s National Hispanic Chairperson.

“In 2008, Florida and the presidency went to Barack Obama because he offered hope,” Bush wrote. “To defeat the President in 2012, we need a candidate who will offer solutions. That man is Jon Huntsman.”

“I am confident that Jon's vision will appeal to young voters, who are concerned about the trillions of dollars in debt being piled on their backs, and who desperately seek jobs and economic opportunity,” he continued.

The Bush name certainly carries some weight in the Sunshine State, and Jeb Jr. may help garner the important Latino vote as the chairman of Hispanic outreach group SunPAC, though it's unclear if the effects of his support will be major. 

This isn’t the first time the Huntsman campaign has rolled out a relatively dry endorsement as a top-secret revelation.

In July, the campaign listed a vague “South Carolina Announcement” on Huntsman’s upcountry itinerary. The much-anticipated event turned out to be an endorsement from the widow and two sons of late South Carolina Carroll Campbell. Son Mike Campbell had already announced his support for Huntsman in May, after Mike Huckabee decided not to run for president.

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