As Jon Huntsman stories continue to trickle into the news stream, presidential speculation is still swirling, as a possible campaign film is in production Reuters reports:
As a former executive with the family chemical business, which has operations in China, Huntsman mixes easily with U.S. executives who pass through Beijing to explore opportunities in the world’s second-largest economy.
“I’ve always found him very engaged and committed to working with U.S. companies to address commercial issues we have abroad,” said Myron Brilliant, a senior vice president at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Huntsman’s relatively high profile in China has a cinematic dimension. He has allowed a video crew to follow him in a range of settings over the past year, a person familiar with the video production told Reuters. The privately funded project ostensibly plans to make a documentary about Huntsman, although it would undoubtedly come in handy in any political campaign.
Huntsman and the embassy declined to confirm or comment about the video crew.
The piece has this analysis too:
“My own perception,” says [Tim] Chambless [political scientist at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City] , “is that he’s really sending signals out for 2016 rather than 2012.”
I’m not so sure about that considering Huntsman has a new twitter account and a registered domain named Huntsman for America. It seems a bit early for such a move if 2016 is what he’s trying to convey to his supporters. Top that off with a documentary, and I think a Huntsman 2012 announcement is much less far fetched.