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Jon Huntsman reflects on presidential campaign, future prospects

Published: Friday, Jan. 4 2013 2:30 p.m. MST

Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, Jr., an unsuccessful candidate for this year’s GOP presidential nomination, is being mentioned as a possible pick to replace Secretary of State Hillary Clinton when she steps down at the start of Obama’s second term. (Tom Smart, Deseret News) Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, Jr., an unsuccessful candidate for this year’s GOP presidential nomination, is being mentioned as a possible pick to replace Secretary of State Hillary Clinton when she steps down at the start of Obama’s second term. (Tom Smart, Deseret News)

Our take: Former Utah govenor Jon Huntsman interviews with New York Times reporter Andrew Goldman about his 2012 presidential bid and what future plans he has for his political career.

So if youíre running for president in 2016, you probably have to start laying the groundwork now, right?

Can you imagine weíre even talking about this? Itís mind-numbing that within 24 hours, people want to start talking about 2016.

I read that Ann Romney did not take the loss well. Obviously, your campaign didnít last as long, but was your family crushed?

They were down for a couple of days and a little angry for a while, but as they reflect on it, they loved every minute of it. Presidential campaigns result in one of two outcomes. It divides the family, sometimes irreparably or it makes you a whole lot closer. It made our family a whole lot closer.

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