It's Huntsman vs. Romney for wealthy Mormon donors
Huntsman for President. The showdown for Utah's wealthy donors. What WikiLeaks has to say about Utah's former governor.
Happy Tuesday and welcome to Political Cornflakes, Jon Huntsman Jr. is just hours away from officially announcing his presidential run, so how does he plan to win over the Republican primary electorate? He tells Thomas Burr it all comes down to authenticity. [Trib] [BizWeek] [CBS] [Beast]
Just about every major media outlet has a Huntsman story today. We narrowed the list to give you the best of the best. But before we get there, we thought you might like a taste of what he's expected to say in his speech:
"What we need now is leadership that trusts in our strength. Leadership that doesn't promise Washington has all the solutions to our problems, but rather looks to local solutions in our cities, towns and states. Leadership that knows we need more than hope, leadership that knows we need answers."
"We're not just choosing new leaders. We're choosing whether we are to become yesterday's story or tomorrow's. Everything is at stake. This is the hour when we choose our future."
2012 watch: The AP's Josh Loftin tries to answer the question: Who is Huntsman? [AP]
-> Utah State Democratic Chairman Wayne Holland takes a few shots at Huntsman on the eve of his big announcement. [ABCNews] [LaTimes] [DNews]
-> Huntsman's campaign released their last motocross web ad. [Huntsman] And the Utah Dems gave it their own spin. [UTDems] [DailyCaller] Also Conan O'Brien is a bit disturbed by this quirky Huntsman spot. [TeamCoco]
-> The campaign will unveil its new website jon2012.com and they gave CNN a sneak peak. [CNN] You can also follow his personal Twitter account. @jonhuntsman
-> Huntsman and Mitt Romney are expected to fight for the contributions from Utah's wealthy Mormons. [WaPost]
-> Huntsman's 2nd place straw poll finish was greatly helped by a New Orleans adviser and a bus full of supporters. [Politico]
-> One in five voters say they would not support a Mormon for president, a poll result that hasn't changed much at all in the past 44 years. [USAToday] [DNews]
-> Here is the Huntsman campaign's favorite story of the day. Hint: its about job growth in Utah. [NatReview]
-> WikiLeak docs show Huntsman was intimately involved in Obama's foreign policy. [WSJ]
-> Now as a presidential candidate, Huntsman's tenure as Utah's governor will be heavily scrutinized. [USAToday]
-> Former UN Ambassador John Bolton is considering his own run for the White House and takes a few jabs at Huntsman along the way. [NatReview]
-> Romney is on a western state tour hitting Idaho and Colorado, before going to Utah later this week. [DenPost] [IdahoLocal]
-> Romney has a 33 percent chance of winning the nomination, while Huntsman's chances hover around 10 percent. [UtahPolicy]
Happy Birthday: to Jon Huntsman Sr., whose family is having a rather big day.
Tweet of the day: From @sausagegrinder: "Obama vs. Huntsman would be the most passive-aggressive presidential campaign in history."
Also don't forget to follow @thomaswburr for all the updates from Huntsman's campaign launch and behind the scenes stuff like this photo.
Where are they?
Sen. Orrin Hatch talks about the balanced budget amendment with people associated with the National Tax Limitation Committee.
Sen. Mike Lee meets with uranium miners from Utah and hits a Joint Economic Committee meeting.
Rep. Jim Matheson has no public events.
Rep. Rob Bishop meets with Bountiful City leaders including Mayor Joe Johnson.
Rep. Jason Chaffetz attends the first regularly scheduled flight from Provo's airport. It's headed to Denver and you can read all about it. [Trib]
Gov. Gary Herbert attends the Provo Airport event.
AG Mark Shurtleff in Chicago for the National Association of Attorneys General gathering.
SLCounty Mayor Peter Corroon gives introductory remarks at the American Society for Quality Conference and then holds a press conference about the Millcreek Canyon-Forest Service partnership.
SLC Mayor Ralph Becker gives an interview to the Design Develop Construct Journal and then participates in the Partners for Livable Communities conference call.
WVC Mayor Mike Winder attends the league of cities board meeting and a ribbon cutting at Memorial Mortuaries.
President Barack Obama meets privately with his secretaries of state and defense.
In other news: Hatch is the No. 1 line of defense for dietary supplement makers. [NYTimes]
-> Utah lawmakers are about to use their new power over the liquor control board. [Trib]
-> Bagley runs right into the debt ceiling. [Trib]
-> The Obama administration shuts down uranium mining along the Arizona-Utah border and conservatives are not too happy about it. [Trib] [DNews]
-> Shurtleff's controversial friend is now a gluten-free baker and the AG touted his goods on Twitter. [CityWeekly]
-> With stimulus help, the Energy Department hopes to wrap up the Moab tailings cleanup in 2019. [Trib]
-> Herbert announces corporate expansion will bring Utah new jobs. [Trib] [KSL] [Herald]
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