Huntsman Holds On To Hope

The GOP candidate on whether he can gain traction in New Hampshire.
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Six candidates faced off in Des Moines last night but Jon Huntsman wasn't one of them. The former Utah governor who entered this campaign with -- enormous -- that has failed to qualify for a spot on the debate stage. Iowa isn't part of the Huntsman strategy though he's put all his five -- into New Hampshire and he joins us this morning from -- just. Governor thank you for joining us many quick kiosk you I'm sure he'll want to get into who won -- -- who do you think one on the stage last night. Well Christiane. Thank you for having me first and foremost. I think with respect to last night all I can say. With all due respect here terrific network was I was delighted to be here in New Hampshire having a town hall meeting we have -- town hall meetings today. We have a debate with Newt Gingrich on Monday and this is a state that is incredibly important for us. And -- on the debate stage last night I believed that the most important issue of all confronting the American people was not even touched upon. And that is a deficit of trust that we have in the United States affected -- a -- that played right into the trust deficit. That is nobody trusts congress anymore we -- term limits in congress we need to close the revolving door. That allows members of congress to move right on into the lobbying profession -- -- -- trust any more toward the executive branch. No one trusts Wall Street with banks that are too big to fail so that I would argue that the issues that are most salient in our political dialogue today -- not even touched upon last. So then how do you explain the phenomenal rise of Newt Gingrich -- do you say people don't have trust and yet he does seem to be speaking. These two Republican -- -- in a way that the -- long for instance. Well listen there have been so many ups and downs in this race and getting whiplash quite quite frankly we've had six front runners. In a span of about six months and all I can tell you having spent a whole lot of time here in New Hampshire we've had a 116 public events in the state. Is that the voters will Begin to coalesce around a candidate about a week to ten days out the marketplace is still open people are shopping there listening very very carefully. And all I can say Christiane is the two messages that we are delivering to the people here on the ground. The economic deficit which is the cancer metastasized thing in this country and one is that is a national security problem I would say. And the trust deficit are the two biggest issues we face today. And we're getting people. Showing up toward town hall meetings in numbers I never would have imagined. They're signing up afterwards -- taking lawn signs home I feel very good about their trajectory here in this great state. And this is always the state that up -- conventional wisdom so let's not fall back on the conventional wisdom that that never holds true in the end. All right that bitten people all trying to figure out how you going to really break out because you a lot of the moment in the bottom of the pack despite the fact. That some independence prisons in New Hampshire call you the -- this one running. -- George Will has said that -- -- a searching second look from conservative. Ross the thought of the -- times -- you the most electable conservative remaining in the race. And yet as I say. What you offering does not seem to be resonating it appears that the Newt -- sort of bomb blast and brash in your face against Obama. Is what's resonating. Christiane we are doing better in New Hampshire than half the people on that stage last night when you look at the recent polls we -- going nowhere but up we started as a margin of their candidate. I'm no longer a margin of -- candidate because our messages are working. People want to know they gonna have a president who's gonna call for term limits for congress they want to know they're gonna have a president who will take on banks that are too big to fail. In -- -- matter whether we -- taxes or create a more streamlined regulatory environment or move toward energy independence -- respect -- banks that are too big to fail with this implied. I guarantee by the taxpayers we're setting ourselves up for disaster. So we've moved from zero to now double digits and in the weeks ahead. I do believe we are gonna move right up toward the top of the pack understanding full well that people simply don't make decisions until days out. From in this case January 10. I like our position they want an honest. Honorable trustworthy person in this race they want someone whose core they can trust going forward we're putting ourselves forward is that person. And I like our position. -- I just want to put up a graphic because. Again told you about New Hampshire -- you back in fourth place that so given how important New Hampshire is to you staying in the race Tommy. Honestly way you have to come in order to stay in the race. We have to beat market expectations Christian and I haven't exactly -- an -- expectations. Well I don't I don't know -- you to play the numbers game. I'm not gonna play the numbers game but we're -- -- be right up toward the top we've we've we've done nothing but climb in every poll since we entered this market. And our message is connecting with people I can feel it on the ground I have a very good visceral sense of where this campaign is going. And we're going to -- we're going to surprise. And up and conventional -- all I can tell you that rate. Then ask you about where this campaign is going I read -- a few comments from from from people before including one who cords used the same is one still running. But it -- that you -- reversing some of your -- eminently sensible positions -- on climate change. You in all was tweeted that to -- he had I believe in evolution and I trust scientists on global warming call me crazy. You've been tweeting about the sort of right -- swing -- been jabbing at the base. And yet in the last week you sort of -- that bit back on climate change he sort of said there isn't an -- -- is mean. When he doing. -- and not I'm not changing at all I've said all along that. I put my faith and trust in science when you have 99 -- -- hundred. Climate scientists you have members of the National Academy of Sciences who weighed in. -- on a body of research on the subject matter I say that's where I put -- my trust. Yes -- might be 1% of sciences to still. Or are or are questioning some of those assumptions -- that debate and discussion will continue but as for me. Let me make it crystal clear I'm on the side of science on this debate I don't know a whole lot of people on Capitol Hill who were who were physicist. Or or or or climate scientist I think this is a discussion that needs to be taken out of the political lane. And kept in the science line. One more question in -- you will endorse and support whoever's the nominee it is Newt Gingrich when he gets -- endorsement. Well listen I don't have to worry about that because we are moving up in this great state of New Hampshire. We're going to be the nominee I don't have to worry about anything beyond that. Jon Huntsman thank you very much indeed for joining us. Thanks Christiane.

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