WTAS About Jon Huntsman's Momentum in NH

Valley News Endorsement Headline: “Jon Huntsman: The Better Choice” (Editorial, “Jon Huntsman: The Better Choice,” Valley News, 12/18/11)

  • Valley News: ”All this is not to say, however, that the Republican field does not contain an entirely plausible presidential candidate. His name is Jon Huntsman Jr., and we urge Republicans and independents in New Hampshire to take a second look at the 51-year-old former governor of Utah and former ambassador to China. What we see is a candidate whose views are solidly conservative, but not myopically so.” (Editorial, “Jon Huntsman: The Better Choice,” Valley News, 12/18/11)

Keene Sentinel Endorsement: “Most Americans look for pretty much the same basic attributes in their political leaders: intelligence, self-assurance, imagination, personal integrity, competency, independence from seen and unseen forces, and a listening ear. Some of the candidates for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012 have some of those qualities, but none more so than Jon Huntsman.” (Editorial, “Jon Huntsman,” Keene Sentinel, 12/18/11)

The Boston Globe Headline: “Jon Huntsman’s Long Hours In New Hampshire Begin To Pay Off” (Shira Schoenberg, “Jon Huntsman’s Long Hours In New Hampshire Begin To Pay Off,” The Boston Globe’s “Political Intelligence” Blog, 12/18/11)

  • The Boston Globe: “Former Utah governor Jon Huntsman is doing the same thing he’s been doing for six months – talking to New Hampshire voters a roomful at a time. … His state poll numbers are rising, he received two newspaper endorsements today, and many independent voters say they’re looking at Huntsman.” (Shira Schoenberg, “Jon Huntsman’s Long Hours In New Hampshire Begin To Pay Off,” The Boston Globe’s “Political Intelligence” Blog, 12/18/11)

The New Hampshire Union Leader: “Huntsman’s Tax Proposal Gets Think Tank’s Highest Grade” (Tim Buckland, “Huntsman’s Tax Proposal Gets Think Tank’s Highest Grade,” The [New Hampshire] Union Leader, 12/19/11)

  • The Union Leader: “Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman, who has focused his campaign strategy on the New Hampshire primary, received top marks in a scorecard rating the tax plans offered by each of the Republican candidates.” (Tim Buckland, “Huntsman’s Tax Proposal Gets Think Tank’s Highest Grade,” The [New Hampshire] Union Leader, 12/19/11)

Reuters: “Republican Jon Huntsman, who has based his 2012 campaign for the White House almost exclusively on a strong showing in New Hampshire, has been rewarded with endorsements from two newspapers in the state with an early primary election. … The endorsements were another snub to Mitt Romney, former governor of neighboring Massachusetts, who has dominated most opinion polls in New Hampshire this year, but whose lead has recently narrowed in the race for the Republican nomination.” (Ros Krasny, “Huntsman Gets New Hampshire Newspaper Endorsements,” Reuters, 12/18/11)

WBUR: “Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman has received the endorsement of two New Hampshire newspapers, the Keene Sentinel and the Valley News, of Lebanon. The endorsements capped off a week in which for the first time, Huntsman passed Texas Rep. Ron Paul for third place in a poll of likely voters in the New Hampshire Republican primary.” (Fred Thys, “In N.H., Huntsman Gathers A Smaller, But Hopeful Crowd,” WBUR, 12/19/11)

Nashua Telegraph Headline: “Poll: Romney Still Leads GOP Field, But Huntsman Making Headway” (Kevin Landrigan, “Poll: Romney Still Leads GOP Field, But Huntsman Making Headway,” Nashua Telegraph, 12/15/11)

The Christian Science Monitor Headline: “Jon Huntsman Leapfrogs Ron Paul In New Hampshire, Says Poll” (David Grant, “Jon Huntsman Leapfrogs Ron Paul In New Hampshire, Says Poll,” The Christian Science Monitor, 12/15/11)

Politico: “Jon Huntsman Rising To Eclipse Ron Paul In The Granite State…” “Mitt Romney is holding to a smaller double-digit lead with Newt Gingrich in second place in New Hampshire now, with Jon Huntsman rising to eclipse Ron Paul in the Granite State, a new Suffolk University poll released tonight showed.” (Maggie Haberman, “Romney 38, Gingrich 20, Huntsman 13 In New Hampshire,” Politico’s “On 2012” Blog, 12/14/11)

MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough: “Jon Huntsman jumping into double digits and seems to be taking off.” (MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” 12/15/11)

Former Romney Supporter And New Hampshire Conservative Voter Brian Smeltz: “You know, Romney says a lot of nice things, great things, but I just don’t trust that Romney would deliver the conservative cause that I believe Gov. Huntsman would.” (Fred Thys, “In N.H., Huntsman Gathers A Smaller, But Hopeful Crowd,” WBUR, 12/19/11)