To put it bluntly, he thinks he can defeat his former boss.
The relatively moderate Huntsman, whose good looks and polish position him as the GOP’s Obama, may be more electable than most of his more partisan contenders. He’s also a strategic politician who sees an opening in a weak field.
“He really feels he’s somebody who can help fix economic policies,” says Mr. O’Connell. “He sees this as an opportunity to really make a difference.”