* On third visit to early voting state
* Won't be at Monday debate
By Ros Krasny
MANCHESTER, N.H., June 11 Former Utah
Republican Governor Jon Huntsman said on Saturday he would
announce a decision soon on running for president, after one
last discussion with his family.
All the major elements of a campaign -- fundraising,
organization and boots on the ground -- are in place for a
final decision, Huntsman said during a stop at a Manchester
Harley-Davidson dealership, his third visit in a month to the
early voting state of New Hampshire.
"We need to check the family 'box,' to sit down with the
family one last time," said Huntsman, 51, who resigned in April
as U.S. ambassador to China. "You will be hearing something
Huntsman will be absent on Monday from the first major
debate of the election cycle, when seven Republican White House
hopefuls square off in a nationally televised event from
The Republican said he did not originally qualify for the
debate by reaching a certain threshold of support.
New Hampshire will hold its primary election on Feb. 14,
2012, as part of the presidential nominating process.
One of Huntsman's challenges in the primary race is
expected to be explaining his service as ambassador in the
administration of Democrat Barack Obama, whom Republicans are
seeking to defeat in next year's election.
On Saturday, Huntsman framed his service in China in terms
of patriotism and touted his extensive experience in dealing
with a major U.S. trading partner.
Name recognition will be another challenge in Huntsman's
first run for national office.
As the Republican walked through the Harley dealership,
customer Richard Innie, 70, asked, "Does anyone know who that
(Reporting by Ros Krasny; Editing by Greg McCune and Peter