Huntsman worked as a White House staff assistant for Ronald Reagan, and he was appointed by George H.W. Bush as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce and later as United States Ambassador to Singapore from 1992-1993. Huntsman served as Deputy United States Trade Representative under George W. Bush, launching global trade negotiations in Doha, Qatar in 2001 and guiding the accession of China and Taiwan into the World Trade Organization.
Huntsman was elected Governor of Utah in 2004 and won re-election in 2008 with nearly 78% of the vote. During his tenure, Huntsman cut taxes by more than $400 million—the largest tax cut in the state’s history—and Utah was named the "Best Managed State in America" by Pew Research Center. While governor, he also served as chairman of the Western Governors Association and as a member of the Executive Committee of the National Governors Association. On August 11, 2009, he resigned as governor to accept appointment by Barack Obama as the United States Ambassador to China.
What makes Huntsman unique then is that there are two radically different storylines about him that will fight for dominance over the next two or three months.
One narrative is Huntsman as a new sort of leader, a man who has served abroad under Democratic and Republican presidents and, in so doing, has gained the sort of perspective to guide the country through these tough times.
The other narrative?
Huntsman as a wolf in sheep’s clothing, a man who spent the last two years of his life not just serving President Obama publicly but also praising him privately as a “remarkable leader”.
That Huntsman supported policies like civil unions and cap and trade that mark him as a moderate. That Huntsman has no political base beyond the media. That Huntsman is running to set himself up for a more serious bid in 2016.
He’s been described as the only GOP potential presidential nominee that worries the Democrats. Umm Nah……