Huntsman to make decision on Senate run after Hatch decides

Huntsman to make decision on Senate run after Hatch decides (Photo: KUTV)

(KUTV) Former Utah governor Jon Huntsman says he will decide whether to run for the Senate in 2018 after Sen. Orrin Hatch decides whether to seek reelection.

Hatch seems to be considering seeking an eighth term.

“We have a sitting senator, and I think we owe it to him to let him make a decision,” Huntsman said.

He would not say whether he would run against Hatch.

“I don’t think there’s any use in speculating on that at this point.”

The former governor, ambassador to China and presidential candidate said he will have to think hard on whether to seek a Senate seat, and he won’t start serious consideration until after Hatch has made a decision.

If Huntsman does run, he would run as a healer more than as a fighter.

“The nation is hungry for healing,” he said. He said he would emphasize the issues that bring Americans together, rather than the issues that separate them.

Huntsman ran for president on a moderate Republican platform in 2012, but was beaten in the primaries by candidates who took stronger conservative positions.

In addition to Hatch and Huntsman, Rep. Chris Stewart has said he may well run, but only if Hatch doesn’t.

“I won’t run against Orrin,” he said.

And former independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin has said he might consider running for the senate in 2018.

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