Manchester, NH – Governor Jon Huntsman released the following statement concerning Nevada pushing back their caucus date:
"I applaud officials in Nevada for recognizing the importance of New Hampshire's first-in-the-nation primary. The fight to preserve New Hampshire’s critical role in vetting presidential candidates should not be dismissed as just another political process story. It is vital that New Hampshire’s primary be defended and the unique looking-glass it affords Americans be preserved.
“Ultimately, Granite Staters wouldn’t have had to struggle to keep their primary tradition intact if the Romney campaign, for its own advantage, did not attempt to game our democracy by lobbying states to move up their primary contests.
“This isn't a victory for one candidate or one state, but a victory for the democratic process which values substance, authenticity and qualifications over slogans and sideshow theatrics that have attempted to dominate modern politics.”