Haslam Meets With Huntsman

In a report from the National Governors Association meeting in Salt Lake City, CNN mentions that Gov. Bill Haslam was among seven Republican governors meeting over the weekend with Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman to discuss Huntsman’s bid for the GOP presidential nomination. CNN says the GOP governors would like a sitting or former governor to win the party nomination, but so far only three of the 29 governors have endorsed a candidate.
Haslam said recently that he “probably” will make an endorsement for president at some point and believes the field is wide open currently. He backed former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in 2008 and mentioned him, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlent and Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who is considering a run but hasn’t declared..He didn’t mention Huntsman then, but probably would now.
Excerpt from CNN:
While there are no plans to unite behind a single Republican, governors interviewed by CNN repeatedly said they are choosing between the candidates who have experience running a state, namely former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman.
“Of course when we get governors together we talk about 2012,” said Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell. “There is a general thought that a current or former governor will make the best candidate for the Republican Party.”
The prospect of a bid by Texas Gov. Rick Perry, which looks more realistic every day, has also piqued the interest of some GOP executives who admire his jobs record and potential to bridge the divide between establishment Republicans and grassroots elements of the party.

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