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Huntsman stays out of Hatch-Chaffetz fray

Published June 21, 2011 3:46 pm

This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2011, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

> Some 23,000 feet in the air, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. took a few questions from reporters traveling on his announcement tour plane but he deferred on answering one asked by a fellow journalist who wanted to know who he'd pick in a Senate primary between Sen. Orrin Hatch and Rep. Jason Chaffetz, his one-time gubernatorial chief of staff.

Huntsman first balked at the question, noting that Chaffetz hadn't officially jumped in.

"They're both terrific people," Huntsman added. "I know them very well. I'll leave it to the people of the great State of Utah to make that decision."

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