Huntsman Hearts Hillary, Says He’s Open to Another White House Bid

Former Governor Jon Huntsman tells Larry King he thinks presumptive 2016 Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton is a great public servant, but he would be open to making another run at the White House.

The Daily Caller flags the conversation between King and Huntsman, noting the former Ambassador to China’s affection for Clinton.

“Well, at the risk of totally destroying my future of politics, I have to say [Hillary Clinton] is a very impressive public servant,” the former Republican Utah governor told Larry King during an appearance on ”PoliticKING” on something called that will air Thursday. ”You know, as a young Republican you are trained to go after the Clintons and Hillary Clinton of course was the nemesis during the Clinton years and then you have an opportunity to work with her as Secretary of State.”

“And I have to say I haven’t been around too many people as professional, as well briefed, as good with people at all levels of life,” he continued.  ”Whether, a head-of-state or the person holding open the door. I think that’s the measure of a leader. Someone who is gracious and kind to all people. And I found her to be a good listener too. All attributes of somebody who is — we might not agree with all the issues — but I have to say she is a very, very capable person.”

As for his future political prospects?

“I’m a public servant, Larry, and as a public servant I found that politics is a lot about serendipity, you know, it’s hard to be able to pre-plan where you might find yourself as a public servant. I never thought I would run for governor,” Huntsman, who served as ambassador to China during the Obama administration, said. “I never thought I would be in China as the United States ambassador. Things happen.”