Former Utah governor Jon Huntsman, who unsuccessfully sought the GOP presidential nomination in 2012, says he’s getting “a lot” of encouragement to launch another White House bid from Republicans concerned about the prospect of Donald Trump as the 2016 GOP nominee.
This time, to run as an independent.
“I always want to help my country where I can, but you don’t want to embark on a suicide mission,” he told Capital Download. “I’m not ready for a third-party run until we have a complete collapse of the Republican Party that I can still believe in.”
That said, unease about Trump and fractures over the GOP’s direction are a warning sign for the party, he says. A split in Republican ranks that prompted any significant third-party candidate almost certainly would rebound to the benefit of the Democratic nominee.