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But he's -- Former Utah governor Jon Huntsman firmly planting his flag in the granite state and there are campaigned tirelessly 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 -- and tore them tax them and I've gone about it.
Take a look at the real clear politics average right now -- the polls in New Hampshire currently he ranks fourth.
Just over 10%.
So can he make up that ground and knocked -- the folks that are in between him and the top in New Hampshire joining me now -- the Republican presidential candidate and former Utah governor Jon Huntsman.
Also the former US ambassador to China.
To President Obama could just see you again -- while.
Thanks Martha it's a pleasure to be with you.
So tell me you know what do you what do you think you're probably watching Iowa on TV like the rest of us last night -- participating in -- -- bank what you think 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's 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 problems -- all 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 their 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 -- up by the establishment we've got to have somebody who gets out there and out there the street and earns it like we're doing and and.
Here let's talk a little bit of the politics here it means Mitt Romney landed -- that New Hampshire just little while ago and the first in the capital -- -- John McCain stepped in and endorsed him.
Is that it an endorsement that you had thought had 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 another 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 wants 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 to close a revolving door the things that critically need to be done to boost our trust in our institutions of power I don't wanna be seen this is -- doing the same old thing.
-- let me ask you this that I did 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 answer those polls.
They -- that met Ronnie was the only person in that group.
Entire category handle think that eligibility issue -- the other big winner Rick Santorum.
Got the conservative but 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.
You have not -- you know are registered.
Perhaps on either one of those things on somebody who can beat President Obama or somebody is seen as a true conservatives to -- are -- gonna make up background.
-- I have to correct the -- on on both counts.
The rap on me and has -- 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 it that George will and Erick Ericsson and others are coming around and saying we didn't pay close enough attention -- Huntsman when we first looked at him 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 that.
You know the Ryan plan at all to all of those yeah absolutely and all of those people have written very -- favorable stories about -- And I guess the question is if if -- are those folks are supporting the Wall Street Journal has that great things about your record as governor.
It's a question why I have the fire sort of caught on why is that why is it that you have not and 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 isn't a caucus you have a much more broad based turn out and I think because of that broad based -- 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 we're 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 a -- 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 earn their vote.
Well Karl Rove clearly picture contender.
In Hampshire because last night -- that right here on -- that.
-- that he thinks this is going to be a one man on man -- and raise the between you and Mitt Romney 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.
My record most importantly which is to say number one state for job creation -- when I was governor the best place in which to do business.
Lived overseas four times three times is -- United States ambassador.
People want to know what I can do for this country -- 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.
Raise 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.
Polls well the governor has we thank you very much it's going to be fascinating six days to watch it to see if you can pull off the kind of thing that we thought.
Rick Santorum doing Rick Santorum of course going to be New Hampshire -- -- I think in telling them.
Out there as well you know I have.
Could I have high regards for Rick Santorum he worked -- -- exactly.
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