Huntsman Not Challenging Lee

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Lisa Hagen
Feb. 18, 2015, 4:19 a.m.

Former Gov. Jon Hunts­man (R) said he will not chal­lenge Sen. Mike Lee (R) in 2016, after CNN’s John King garnered spec­u­la­tion about the po­ten­tial match­up. Hunts­man, a 2012 pres­id­en­tial can­did­ate, said he’s been ap­proached to run against the tea-party sen­at­or.

“Bot­tom line, not likely,” Hunts­man said in a short email to the Salt Lake Tribune. “Maybe next time!!” he ad­ded.

His fath­er, Jon Hunts­man Sr., has been a vo­cal op­pon­ent of Lee, and re­cently call­ing the sen­at­or “an em­bar­rass­ment to the State of Utah.” (Salt Lake Tribune)

Hunts­man also sent a text mes­sage to the Deser­et News that said he won’t “run out an­oth­er run, but not against Mike,” adding that they “don’t al­ways agree “¦ but he’s very cap­able.” (Deser­et News)


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