Speculation erupted Tuesday after Jon Huntsman's campaign sent out a mysterious alert that the candidate would make a "major announcement" Wednesday. Quickly reporters guessed it was an endorsement, and then wondered if it might be former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, a big deal that would help reinvigorate Huntsman's struggling campaign. It was not to be. Instead, Huntsman got the thumbs up from Bush's 28-year-old son, Jeb Jr., in a post on the campaign's website. ABC's Sarah Kunin headlined the news, "Jon Huntsman's 'Major Announcement'? Not So Much."
This isn't the first time the Huntsman campaign has rolled out a relatively dry endorsement as a top-secret revelation.In July, the campaign listed a vague "South Carolina Announcement" on Huntsman's upcountry itinerary. The much-anticipated event turned out to be an endorsement from the widow and two sons of late South Carolina Carroll Campbell. Son Mike Campbell had already announced his support for Huntsman in May, after Mike Huckabee decided not to run for president.