Huntsman: America Needs a New Leader
2012 candidate on his chances in New Hampshire primary
- Duration 7:27
- Date Jan 4, 2012
2012 candidate on his chances in New Hampshire primary
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Well let it was last night I'm Rick Santorum pulled up in nearly impossible feat in Iowa coming from the bottom of the field.
Surging at exactly the perfect time capturing a stunning 25% of the voting -- practices of virtual tie for first place with Mitt Romney.
Now another dark horse candidate may emerge ahead of next Tuesday's New Hampshire primary at least that's what he's hoping.
Former Utah governor Jon Huntsman firmly planting his flag in the granite state -- -- campaign tirelessly is gifted debater too.
To be in New Hampshire -- he's been there ever since similar sort of roots to what he hopes will be.
A good showing Addison tore -- Texan we've gone about it take a look at the real clear politics average right now for the polls in New Hampshire currently he ranks fourth.
Just over 10%.
So can he make up that ground and -- at the folks that are in between him in the top.
In New Hampshire joining me now -- the Republican presidential candidate and former Utah governor John husband.
Also the former US ambassador to China.
The president -- good to see you again governor has -- -- Thanks Martha it's a pleasure to be with you.
So tell me you wouldn't what did you think you're probably watching Iowa on TV like the rest of us last night are participating in questionable thing.
What did you think of what happened there.
Well I was struck by the fact that 75% of those who voted basically rejected the establishment's favorite Mitt Romney.
Which suggests to me that there -- -- a lot of open space in this election not only in Iowa not only here in New Hampshire but indeed throughout the United States.
And that means that people are still looking for a new generation of leader who's going to be able to problem -- around our economic deficit.
Which is killing this nation and will threaten the next generation.
And somebody who can tackle the trust deficit.
Because people in this country no longer trust there institutions of power.
Or those who were elected to lead them.
And I -- for the greatest nation that ever was to be in this kind of position.
Is is untenable longer term.
And we've got to have someone who isn't being teed up by the establishment we've got to have somebody who gets out there and out there -- -- and earns it like we're doing and New Hampshire.
Let's talk a little bit of the politics here it -- Mitt Romney landed in New Hampshire -- little while ago and the first and a capital as -- John McCain stepped in and endorsed him.
Is that it an endorsement that -- it's sot hat you asked John McCain to endorse you at New Hampshire.
I love John McCain John McCain's a war hero but you know what another dole another McCain and other establishment endorsement.
Martha nobody cares it will mean zero in terms of any poll improvement.
For Mitt Romney.
Because this nation is tired of the past it once something new it wants a new approach to problem solving not the same old thing.
So the last thing I want our 47 members of congress supporting me.
Not what I wanna go out and fight for term limits for congress and fight the closer revolving door of the things that critically need to be done to boost -- trust generous positions of power.
I don't want to be seen this is -- doing the same old thing.
-- let me ask you this decided entrance -- coverage last night we got a very interesting look at what was on people's minds okay.
And it basically broke down to two things among that the front runners last night which were Rick Santorum.
And Mitt Romney of course eligibility so the question of do you think this person could beat President Obama very important to a lot of the folks who -- those polls.
They felt that that Ronnie was the only person in that group he won that entire category handle seeing that eligibility issue than the other big winner Rick Santorum.
Got the conservative -- they said what do you think is the true conservative out there.
And why would you vote for him.
Rick Santorum got all of that so far in the polls it.
You have not you know -- registered perhaps on either one of those things I'm somebody who can beat President Obama.
Or somebody -- seen as a true conservative so how are you gonna make up background.
How I have to -- on on on both counts.
The -- -- -- and has been he can go on to win the general election.
As proven by a very lengthy analytical piece done by the New York Times a couple of months ago under every scenario they put forward.
I was the only candidate in the race who actually beat Barack Obama so the electability thing is very real and number two.
Why is that the George Will and Erick Erickson and others are coming around and saying.
We didn't pay close enough attention -- Huntsman when we first looked -- because on closer inspection.
He has the most consistent conservative record of anyone in the race pro life.
Pro Second Amendment the largest tax cut ever delivered in the history of this state along with a flat tax.
Health Care Reform without a mandate.
-- voucher the second voucher bill for education reform in the entire country.
That's that's the portrayal of the Ryan plan -- to all of those yeah I absolutely and all of those people have written very asked favorable stories about you.
It and I guess the question is if if there are those folks are supporting -- the Wall Street Journal has had great things about your record as governor.
It's a question why hasn't the fire sort of caught on why is that why is it that you have not that is why doing better in the polls.
And why did you decide not to compete in Iowa you know it why didn't you go impress all of those things on the people of Iowa.
It was our decision Martha from the very beginning we got into this race late.
To put our chips down in New Hampshire it's a primary here.
It is a caucus you have a much more broad based -- and I think because of that broad -- -- you're able to prove -- very important issue of electability.
So when we beat market expectations here in New Hampshire we will prove the point of electability.
As for doing with -- each passing day.
We've gone from.
Last place when we first started here New Hampshire.
To last night and today the polls now have -- overtaking Newt Gingrich for third place and I say I never would have imagined that and we keep rising.
And rising because of the 150.
Public events we have done here in this state.
Proving that people still want the candidate to -- their vote.
Karl Rove clearly picture contender.
In Hampshire because last night he said right here on our sat.
-- that he thinks this is going to be a one man on man a man race of between you and met Ronnie in New Hampshire so are you going to do.
Sort of what Mitt.
Is accused of doing to Newt Gingrich in terms of going after his record in the next six days.
Listen we are going after.
And -- my record most importantly which is to say.
Number one state for job creation what -- when I was governor the best place in which to do business lived overseas four times three times as the United States ambassador.
People want to know what I can do for this country and my vision going forward they've looked at Mitt Romney for years they've seen that instead of number one as a job greater.
He was number 47 in Massachusetts.
-- taxes 750.
Million dollars as opposed to cut them as I did.
Health Care Reform with the very government centric and costly mandate.
The the differences are are there for people to see and and they're beginning to understand and I think that's why we're we're pulling ahead the.
Rick Santorum do an -- -- course is going to be New -- Wellesley about the content with them out there as well I have.
Could I have high regards for Rick Santorum he worked or think exactly seraph nice to see again governor always a pleasure joining thank you them New Hampshire --