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Huntsman says he'll run for president

June 15, 2011 at 2:19 AM   |   Comments

NEW YORK, June 15 (UPI) -- Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman said Tuesday in New York he'll seek the Republican nomination for president but won't make it official until next week.

"I intend to announce that I will be a candidate for the presidency a week from today," Huntsman said at an event with former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.

Huntsman, who once worked in the Reagan administration, officially resigned from the Obama administration about a month ago, giving up his post as U.S. ambassador to China.

The Salt Lake Tribune reported he plans a multistate tour after his formal announcement next Tuesday at Liberty State Park in New Jersey where Ronald Reagan began his general election campaign after winning the GOP nomination. He will then visit four key primary states and Utah.

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