NPRA ’11: Huntsman doesn’t know if brother will run for US president

29 March 2011 16:38  [Source: ICIS news]

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (ICIS)--Peter Huntsman said on Tuesday he did not know whether his brother Jon Jr planned to make a run for US president in 2012, but added he thought he would be a strong candidate.

The chief executive of US-based chemicals manufacturer Huntsman gave a succinct answer regarding his brother’s political plans during the company’s annual breakfast for customers at the International Petrochemical Conference (IPC).

“I don’t know,” said Peter Huntsman, adding, “I think he’d make a strong candidate.

“You may be learning more” in the near future, he continued.

Currently President Barack Obama’s ambassador to China, Jon M Huntsman has been mentioned in political circles as a potential contender for the Republican presidential nomination.

Peter Huntsman said he knows his brother wants to finish his role as ambassador on a high note, adding that running for president can be tough, comparing it with a mosquito that is drawn to a bright light and ultimately gets burned.

Peter Huntsman noted earlier during the IPC that running for president does not come cheap, with an entry-level amount of $100m (€71m) needed to make a serious attempt. He said he hasn’t spoken with his brother for two months.

Sponsored by the National Petrochemical & Refiners Association (NPRA), the IPC runs through Tuesday.

($1 = €0.71)

By: Brian Ford
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