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Jon Huntsman Likely to Base Presidential Campaign In Orlando

LIU JIN/AFP/Getty Images(ORLANDO, Fla.) -- Should he decide to run for president, former U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman is likely to make his campaign headquarters Orlando, Fla., ABC News has learned.

The importance of the Sunshine State in the Republican nominating process -- as well as in the general election -- is clear, but Florida also has personal appeal for Huntsman. His wife, Mary Kaye, is from there and still has family in the area.

Aides to the former Utah governor were also said to be considering North Carolina as a possible base of operations, before settling on Florida.

Huntsman opens a five-day tour of another critical state -- New Hampshire -- on Thursday.

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Donald Trump Not Running for President

Matthew Cavanaugh/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Donald Trump will not challenge President Obama in 2012.

"After considerable deliberation and reflection, I have decided not to pursue the office of the Presidency," Trump said in a statement Monday. "This decision does not come easily or without regret; especially when my potential candidacy continues to be validated by ranking at the top of the Republican contenders in polls across the country," the real estate mogul and reality show star continued.

"I maintain the strong conviction that if I were to run, I would be able to win the primary and ultimately, the general election. I have spent the past several months unofficially campaigning and recognize that running for public office cannot be done halfheartedly. Ultimately, however, business is my greatest passion and I am not ready to leave the private sector."

Trump's latest flirtation with America's highest office saw the outspoken mogul publicly demand to see President Obama's birth certificate and his still-sealed college records. The Obama administration provided the former, but refused to reveal the latter.

NBC said over the weekend that if Trump ran for president, he would be replaced on The Celebrity Apprentice.

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Newt Gingrich: Announcement Coming on Presidential Intentions?

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Newt Gingrich was widely criticized for bungling the initial announcement that he was contemplating a run for president, but now he’s making sure there’s no confusion.

On Monday, Gingrich urged supporters on Twitter and Facebook to tune into Fox News on Wednesday night, telling them he will “talk about my run for President of the United States” with host Sean Hannity.

“I have been humbled by all the encouragement you have given me to run,” Gingrich wrote in a message on his Facebook page. “Thank you for your support.”

Aides to the former House Speaker said that he plans to use social media platforms to officially enter the race for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination on Wednesday. Two days later, he is scheduled to deliver a speech at the Georgia Republican Party Convention in Macon, Ga. On Sunday, he is scheduled to appear on NBC’s Sunday news program, Meet The Press.

It’s all part of Gingrich’s attempt to re-insert himself into the presidential race after announcing in early March that he was beginning what his advisers called the “explore phase” of his campaign. Somewhere between testing-the-waters and a full-fledged exploratory committee, Gingrich launched a website,

A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll released late last week put Gingrich in fifth place -- tied with Rep. Ron Paul, R-Tex. -- among Republicans who were asked to rate the potential GOP candidates. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee was out in front with 16 percent, followed by real estate mogul Donald Trump (14 percent), former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (13 percent), and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (11 percent). Gingrich and Paul each received 10 percent support in the national poll.

In a head-to-head matchup among all adults, an April ABC News/Washington Post poll found President Obama leading Gingrich by 15 points.

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Iowa GOP Donors Court New Jersey Governor Chris Christie

ABC News(TRENTON, N.J.) -- This is the time of year when presidential candidates are traveling to Iowa, trying to drum up support for fledgling candidacies. But not Chris Christie. Iowa is coming to him.

The New Jersey governor has said repeatedly that he won't run for president this year, but a group of GOP fundraisers from Iowa is courting him anyway and plans to meet Christie in New Jersey later this month.

For Christie, it is flattering, politically, to be sought out. But for Republican donors in Iowa, it speaks to the frustration among thousands of their fellow Republicans who are looking at the presidential field and feel uninspired.

Christie has been clear that he's not running, but by welcoming this high-profile delegation of Iowans means his name will stay in the mix for at least the next few weeks.

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Mitch Daniels: Not ‘Too Late’ to Jump into Presidential Race

Michael Hickey/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels said on Wednesday that it is not too late for him to jump into the Republican presidential nominating contest, and even called the late start to the campaign “a blessing.”

“People far more sage than I about our political process and presidential process are very surprised that on May the fourth it’s not already far too late,” Daniels said during a speech in Washington, D.C. “But for whatever reason, it’s not.”

Daniels, who was answering a question from a reporter after a speech on education policy at the conservative American Enterprise Institute, said that from the “standpoint of the public” the plodding pace of the campaign for the GOP nomination is “a blessing.”

For months, Daniels has been coy about a presidential run, and he offered few insights into his decision-making process during his trip to the East Coast this week. He made it clear he would not announce his presidential plans until after the end of Indiana’s legislative session. That session ended last Friday.

“I really thought that it might become too late somewhere along the line,” Daniels said of his thinking about his timeline. “But for whatever reason it appears not to be, and again, I think it’s a happy surprise.”

When pressed by reporters to elaborate on his timeline for making an announcement -- one way or the other -- on a presidential bid, Daniels said, “We won’t take long.” He noted that “family considerations are always the most important” factor in that process.

The Indiana Republican, who has served as governor since 2005, touted his work to improve the education system in his state, including dismantling what he called “bookshelves full of regulations” hindering teacher performance and student achievement and removing “contractual handcuffs” for school administrators.

A Quinnipiac University poll released just hours before he spoke in Washington showed Daniels in fifth place among other likely GOP presidential contenders with five-percent support among Republicans, tied with Rep. Ron Paul of Texas and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney emerged on top with 18 percent, followed by former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who each got 15 percent. Billionaire real estate mogul Donald Trump stood at 12 percent.

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Huntsman Returns from China: Will He Challenge Obama?

LIU JIN/AFP/Getty Images(LONDON) -- U.S. Ambassador Jon Huntsman officially leaves his post Saturday as the country's top diplomat in China -- a move that clears the way for a likely bid to unseat his former boss, President Obama, during the presidential election in 2012.

Huntsman, a Republican, has been coy about his presidential ambitions, saying publicly that he is "loyal to our country and our president."

But friends and colleagues say the former two-term governor of Utah seriously is considering making a run, and already has the fundamentals of a campaign operation in place to prove it.

Huntsman, 51, will make a splash back into national politics Saturday night with his expected attendance at the annual White House Correspondents Association dinner in Washington, D.C.

He also has planned visits next month to early the campaign states of South Carolina and New Hampshire, where supporters have created the nuclei of campaign teams to begin raising funds and lining up supporters and endorsements for Huntsman's political action committee, Horizon PAC.

Huntsman would join a wide-open field of prospective Republican presidential nominees and his youth and unique political stripes could shake up the early race.

Upon entering the race, however, Huntsman would need to overcome virtual obscurity among the national Republican electorate, and ease likely concerns over his ties to President Obama.

In a personal letter to the president, obtained and published by the conservative website Daily Caller earlier this month, Huntsman praised Obama as a "remarkable leader -- and it has been a great honor getting to know you."

Whether Republican primary voters embrace Huntsman or not, Obama believes he could be a formidable candidate.

"I'm sure he will be very successful in whatever endeavors he chooses in the future," the president said when asked about a potential Huntsman candidacy earlier this year.

With a mischievous smile, the president added: "And I'm sure that him having worked so well with me will be a great asset in any Republican primary."

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