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Jon Huntsman: Gunning for the Oval Office?

February 4, 2011, 9:54 PM UTC

Amid news that the U.S. ambassador to China and former governor will be leaving his post, speculation is swirling over whether he has presidential ambitions for 2012. Here’s a look back at Fortune’s coverage on Huntsman.

Will he or won’t he? Run for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, that is. U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman Jr. (also Utah’s

former governor) has political tongues wagging since his announcement that he will be leaving his post — and the Obama administration — this spring.

With that in mind, we offer this 2011 Fortune flashback to senior editor Nina Easton’s wide-ranging feature on the dynastic Huntsman family, along with excerpts from her interviews with the Ambassador. Easton spent hours with Huntsman at the Beijing Embassy, and accompanied him on a trip to Zhengzhou in China’s industrial heartland.

Obama’s (Republican) man in Beijing
As ambassador to China, Jon Huntsman Jr. uses charm and political savvy to advance U.S. interests abroad.

Q&A with Jon Huntsman Jr.
Nina Easton sits down with the U.S. ambassador to China to get his take on the ever-evolving relationship between the two countries.

The Huntsmans: Inside an American dynasty
Jon Meade Huntsman Sr. has built two empires: an eponymous chemical company and an enormous family that spans three continents. But can the sons live up to the patriarch’s swashbuckling legend?