Here Is What A Day Is Like On The Surging Jon Huntsman Campaign

Jon Huntsman

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According to a small batch of recent polls, Jon Huntsman is having a New Hampshire surge, contending with Ron Paul for second place behind Mitt Romney. We followed his campaign this weekend to see just how he was doing it. 

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title=”Huntsman began Saturday campaigning in North Haverhill, which is in what most New Hampshire residents call ‘The North Country’. The 100 or so spectators at the Senior centre were very grateful that any candidate came to them, especially so close to the primaries.”
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title=”Joel, a retired pilot who lives in the area, hoped that Huntsman could seal the deal for him that day.”
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title=”Mary Kaye Huntsman was the one who did the work introducing her husband. She cut quite a striking figure in North Haverhill. And she told a really emotional story about her husband returning the items of a National Guardsman killed in Iraq to his wife in Utah. It was moving.”
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title=”Jon leveled with everyone saying that he needed their votes and wasn’t ashamed to ask for them. He wanted New Hampshire to give the pundits (like me) a big surprise on Tuesday. He was solemn one minute and self-deprecating the next.”
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title=”There were some media in attendance, but mostly local. The dirty secret is that most of the big-time media is too lazy to trek up this far north. Instead they hang around anywhere between Nashua and Concord.”
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title=”Huntsman returned pretty quickly to his stump speech about restoring trust in the White House and in America. I kept watching Mary Kaye who has sat through these words about three or four hundred times. She could be doing many other things more comfortable than this but she is here. What a trooper!”
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title=”Huntsman has a pretty smooth touch. When asked who he might choose as his next Vice President, he just immediately invited the questioner up front, threw his arm around him and said, “What about this ticket?” He really does this better than most candidates up here.”
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title=”He tried to explain some pretty complicated concepts about ‘right-sizing’ banks so they don’t get bailouts. There is always a tension between appealing toward the crowd, and seeming distant.”
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title=”This local man stood up with great dignity to ask the last question: “How does your faith inform the way you make decisions everyday?””
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title=”Huntsman was quiet for a second, and said, “I was raised Mormon. My wife is Episcopalian. Our daughters attended Catholic school. I have one adopted daughter from China and another from India…” people started giggling as he finished, “We’re all screwed up.” Everyone laughed except the guy asking the question, who told me the answer was ‘lousy’. Huntsman said he tried to be good Christian and moved on.”
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title=”Our pilot Joel did work his way up front. He liked Huntsman’s “sane” approach.”
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title=”In the next room over a local citizen started discussing the Federal Reserve system with Huntsman’s policy director Mark McIntosh. You could tell the influence Ron Paul is having on making the Fed an issue.”
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title=”Next stop, a diner in Plymouth, interrupting Saturday brunch.”
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title=”Jon and Mary Kaye ended up behind the diner counter before long.”
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title=”The population of any diner a presidential candidate visits seems to double once the media comes in. It gets super crowded.”
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title=”Huntsman fielded questions on the death penalty and other topics but no one but the people immediately next to him could hear it. It’s no wonder they call these events “Photo-Op Only””
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title=”Huntsman finished his travelling that day by rallying his volunteers at his campaign headquarters in Manchester, before going into debate prep.”
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title=”Everyone is well-aware of the stakes, and the shrinking amount of time.”
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