The Washington Times - June 11, 2011, 02:01PM

MANCHESTER, N.H. — Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman promised Saturday that if he’s ever elected president, there will be a Harley Davidson motorcycle parked at the White House.

Speaking to a reporter at a Harley Davidson dealership here in Manchester, Huntsman said he would “absolutely” park his bike at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.


No question about it, the 51-year-old said.

Huntsman, who resigned from his post as Ambassador of China earlier this year, appears to moving closer to his expected entrance the presidential contest. He continued to tease out the idea Saturday, saying he’s checked off a lot of the boxes that need to be check before he jumps into the race.

“One more sit down with the family this week, and I think we will check that box,” Huntsman said, alluding to his expected entrance into the GOP field.

Mr. Huntsman is making the rounds this weekend here with his wife and a few of his children, but will not take part in the second GOP debate at St. Anselm College on Monday. He says he is not taking part because he is not an official candidate.

Mr. Huntsman, who has ridden motorcycles for about four decades, is being cast as a possible alternative to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the perceived front-runner, and former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty.