By Don Loepp, on the Plastic News blog (a Crain publication)
Akron, Ohio -- Jon Huntsman Jr -- a former polyurethane company executive, governor of Utah and ambassador to China -- is officially in the 2012 race for the Republican nomination for president.
Huntsman made the announcement, 21 June, at Liberty Park. Pundits say Huntsman is doing his best to evoke the memory of Ronald Reagan, and I think they're right. Even the new commercials showing Huntsman riding a motorcycle through the desert remind me of the old shots of Reagan riding his horse around the ranch in California.
Huntsman isn't the front-runner, and the plastics industry's poor public image isn't his primary problem. But you have to believe he has a chance. The Daily Beast ran a story a few weeks ago, "How Jon Huntsman could win in 2010," that makes his case."