WHAT THEY ARE SAYING: Huntsman’s “First-In-The-Nation” Town Hall

The New Hampshire Union Leader: “[Gov. Huntsman] told the crowd - to raucous applause - that he would continue to ardently support New Hampshire's place as the nation's first primary.” (Tim Buckland, “Huntsman Speaks In NH While Fellow GOP Candidates Debate In Nevada,” The New Hampshire Union Leader, 10/18/11)

  • Union Leader: “Standing-Room-Only Crowd Of About 250.” “Republican Presidential candidate Jon Huntsman - skipping a Nevada debate in a show of support for New Hampshire's first-in-the-nation Presidential Primary - told a standing-room-only crowd of about 250 that the United States needs long-term solutions to its economic woes.” (Tim Buckland, “Huntsman Speaks In NH While Fellow GOP Candidates Debate In Nevada,” The New Hampshire Union Leader, 10/18/11)

Concord Monitor Headline: “Huntsman Skips 'Game Show'” (Ben Leubsdorf, “Huntsman Skips 'Game Show',” Concord Monitor, 10/19/11)

CNN Headline: “Huntsman Throws Barbs From New Hampshire” (Rachel Streitfeld, “Huntsman Throws Barbs From New Hampshire,” CNN’s “Political Ticker” Blog, 10/18/11)

The Boston Globe Headline: “Huntsman Embraces N.H. Tradition, Plows Into Rivals” (Shira Schoenberg, “Huntsman Embraces N.H. Tradition, Plows Into Rivals,” The Boston Globe’s “Political Intelligence” Blog, 10/18/11)

Politico: “Seven candidates participated in the debate; Huntsman was the only major candidate to pass up the event. That move won him the respect of many in New Hampshire.” (Juana Summers, “In Boycott, Jon Huntsman Bets It All On N.H.,” Politico, 10/18/11)

NBC News: “[T]he former Utah governor had plenty to say about his rivals from a standing-room only town hall meeting across the country in New Hampshire.” (Jo Ling Kent, “Huntsman Jabs Opponents From Afar,” NBC News’ “First Read” Blog, 10/18/11)

CBS News Headline: “Huntsman Mocks 'Game Show' Debate In Vegas” (Lindsey Boerma, “Huntsman Mocks 'Game Show' Debate In Vegas,” CBS News’ “Political Hotsheet” Blog, 10/18/11)

Cornerstone Action Executive Director Kevin Smith: “The fact that Gov. Huntsman has chosen to not do the debate tonight, I think is going to speak very well here.” (Juana Summers, “In Boycott, Jon Huntsman Bets It All On N.H.,” Politico, 10/18/11)

“More Candidates Should Have Followed Through, As Huntsman Did, And Passed Up The Las Vegas Debate, Said Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas.” (Juana Summers, “In Boycott, Jon Huntsman Bets It All On N.H.,” Politico, 10/18/11)

New Hampshire House Speaker Bill O’Brien: “I think Gov. Romney, having put himself in a position of having convinced Nevada to challenge New Hampshire’s status in this manner, may find that voters are deserting him.” (Juana Summers, “In Boycott, Jon Huntsman Bets It All On N.H.,” Politico, 10/18/11)