This is only a Preview!

You must Publish this diary to make this visible to the public,
or click 'Edit Diary' to make further changes first.

Posting a Diary Entry

Daily Kos welcomes blog articles from readers, known as diaries. The Intro section to a diary should be about three paragraphs long, and is required. The body section is optional, as is the poll, which can have 1 to 15 choices. Descriptive tags are also required to help others find your diary by subject; please don't use "cute" tags.

When you're ready, scroll down below the tags and click Save & Preview. You can edit your diary after it's published by clicking Edit Diary. Polls cannot be edited once they are published.

If this is your first time creating a Diary since the Ajax upgrade, before you enter any text below, please press Ctrl-F5 and then hold down the Shift Key and press your browser's Reload button to refresh its cache with the new script files.


  1. One diary daily maximum.
  2. Substantive diaries only. If you don't have at least three solid, original paragraphs, you should probably post a comment in an Open Thread.
  3. No repetitive diaries. Take a moment to ensure your topic hasn't been blogged (you can search for Stories and Diaries that already cover this topic), though fresh original analysis is always welcome.
  4. Use the "Body" textbox if your diary entry is longer than three paragraphs.
  5. Any images in your posts must be hosted by an approved image hosting service (one of: imageshack.us, photobucket.com, flickr.com, smugmug.com, allyoucanupload.com, picturetrail.com, mac.com, webshots.com, editgrid.com).
  6. Copying and pasting entire copyrighted works is prohibited. If you do quote something, keep it brief, always provide a link to the original source, and use the <blockquote> tags to clearly identify the quoted material. Violating this rule is grounds for immediate banning.
  7. Be civil. Do not "call out" other users by name in diary titles. Do not use profanity in diary titles. Don't write diaries whose main purpose is to deliberately inflame.
For the complete list of DailyKos diary guidelines, please click here.

Please begin with an informative title:

Please can I be president? Pretty please?

Technically, according to the press, Jon Huntsman simply stood in front of reporters and told them that he will be announcing on June 21 that he's entering the GOP race:

MANCHESTER, N.H. – Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, a Republican who served as President Barack Obama's ambassador to China until this spring, is running for president in hopes of defeating Obama.

"I intend to announce my candidacy for the presidency of the United States of America a week from today," Huntsman said Tuesday during a discussion about China policy in New York with former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.

Indeed, Huntsman crossed a few stages off of Hunter's Many, Many Stages Of Announcing You're Running For President. The AP reports:
...his entrance into the race has been all but certain for weeks.

Since returning from China over a month ago, Huntsman has focused on laying the groundwork for a full-fledged candidacy. Last weekend, he made his third trip to New Hampshire, and he has been building a national campaign to be based in Orlando, Fla.

Huntsman's campaign is to begin in earnest next week at the northern New Jersey park where President Ronald Reagan began his 1980 White House run, the officials said, noting Huntsman worked as a staff assistant in the Reagan White House. From there, Huntsman plans to travel to New Hampshire, the first-in-the-nation primary state, and Florida, a perennial battleground and host of the 2012 GOP nominating convention. He also plans stops in his home state of Utah and in the early caucus state of Nevada.

So, let's recap. Huntsman:

1. Writes on Facebook yesterday that he's "getting in."
2. Tells reporters he going to "announce" that he's getting in the race.
3. Announces the date and location of that "announcement," and
4. Has his campaign leak his initial campaign schedule as a presidential candidate.

But all that doesn't constitute an "announcement" in today's political climate for candidates. It's a strange landscape where they can be invited to televised debates before they even "announce" they're running (see, i.e., Michele Bachmann) and where they can lay out entire campaign schedules but still claim that they have not "announced" their candidacy.

In any event, after yesterday's Republican primary debate, one of the biggest narratives to emerge was about Tim Pawlenty's reluctance to attack Mitt Romney. Is Huntsman better positioned to be the anti-Romney candidate Republican voters are looking for? And what will his strategy be to shake off the attacks based on his work in the Obama administration?

We'll see what the answers to those questions will be in the next few months. After Huntsman officially "announces" for the hundredth time, of course.


You must enter an Intro for your Diary Entry between 300 and 1150 characters long (that's approximately 50-175 words without any html or formatting markup).

Extended (Optional)

Your Email has been sent.