Former Utah governor Huntsman says he's a 'strong no' to 2016 run for president

  • Article by: Associated Press
  • Updated: September 4, 2014 - 1:30 PM

SALT LAKE CITY — Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman says he's ruling out another run for the White House in 2016.

Huntsman told reporters in Salt Lake City on Wednesday that he was replying with a "strong no" when asked if he would enter the upcoming presidential race.

Huntsman briefly ran for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012.

Earlier this year, Huntsman said he was open to another bid, but he later told the Deseret News he had no plans for a campaign.

The Deseret News reports (http://bit.ly/1lK7fuf) Huntsman on Wednesday declined to endorse any potential 2016 GOP contenders.

Huntsman, who was speaking at a school-donation event, also told reporters that he believes same-sex marriage will eventually be recognized across the country.

Huntsman publicly announced his support for same-sex marriage last year.

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