New Hampshire Debate: Jon Huntsman Defends Serving Obama Administration – The 2012 Presidential race is getting meaner by the day as Republican rivals battle out in states such as New Hampshire and South Carolina. Three GOP contenders have dropped out of the race due to low polling results and scandal. All eyes seem to be on Mitt Romney as he gains momentum among voters and picks up a major endorsement from Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.). who believe he is the best candidate for the White House.
A new a new ad 60-second called “Country First” features a clip from the Sunday NBC News debate in which the former Utah governor defended his work as ambassador to China for the Obama administration.
“I was criticized last night by Gov. Romney for putting my country first,” Hunstman said to applause. “He criticized me while he was out raising money for serving my country in China, yes under a Democrat. Like my two sons are doing in the U.S. Navy – they’re not asking what political affiliation the president is,” the Republican candidate said.
According to Huntsman spokesman Tim Miller, the campaign raised more than $100,000 in a fundraising drive to get the ad on the air in New Hampshire.
“Country First,” was a McCain campaign slogan in 2008; he went on to call his post-election political action committee by the same name.
It’s not surprising that Huntsman would take a page from the McCain playbook because many of his top advisers are McCain campaign veterans.
It’s Huntsman’s second ad buy in New Hampshire; his first was for $200,000.
Here are the latest poll numbers:
As you can see, Jon Huntsman is doing better after the New Hampshire Debate, even after the China Ambassador for the Obama Administration topic was brought up.