Salem, New Hampshire (CNN) - The "dog days" of summer campaigning are over and the real race begins this Labor Day, said presidential candidate Jon Huntsman Monday.
The former Utah governor kicked off his fall campaign season in New Hampshire and will return to the state Sept. 15 for several days of events, according to the campaign.
Though he is struggling in national polls, Huntsman told reporters outside a Salem/Windham GOP picnic he will set a frenetic schedule of campaigning going into fall and sees himself well-positioned to surge ahead in the first-in-the-nation primary state.
"We are now staring down some very important fall months. And I like our position," he said. "I like the ground work that we have set. I like the grass-roots interest that is being expressed in our campaign, and I think that's going to translate into real support."
The former ambassador to China, who entered the race in late June, just completed a six-day swing through New Hampshire looking more at ease and aggressive than in past visits.
"I don't want anyone leaving this gathering here without signing onto my team," he told an audience at the Salem/Windham picnic.
Then Huntsman declared he couldn't see everyone in the room, so he climbed up on a picnic table and finished his speech from on high.
The candidate has enjoyed some increased buzz, including from the editorial board of the Wall Street Journal, since unveiling his jobs plan in Hudson, New Hampshire last week.
Really? A picture holding a baby? Have we not evolved enough as a species to go beyond the stereo-typical photo-op of politician holding/kissing babies? I am not sure which is worse – the politicians who keep holding babies or the news that keeps publishing the pics.
Its too bad that moderate Republicans won't win the Rep. nomination in the near future. He would probably would do better if he ran as an independent to get his moderate views out there... Even though I might not agree with everything Huntsman believes in like getting rid of the Wall St. and Enron inspired regulations... moderates and centrists from both parties need to be given a better chance... but unfortunately primaries attract the extremes... a viable third party would do.. something middle of the road, center left and center right...
The father of the baby looks like he is fighting to hold onto his child. Don't these idiots know that the old practice of kissing babies no longer counts.
If I were to vote for a GOP candidate, Huntsman would be it because he isn't advocating for the complete repeal of the federal goverment like the others are doing. He has thought more about how to get things done than the other candidate because their focus is on cutting social welfare programs and how to helping the rich get richer (so it seems).
Great article. We. Need more coverage on the guy that looks and speaks more presidential than the so-called top contenders. Give him more media coverage and the other guys will not look so good. I like his ideas so far and he is going to need the independent vote.
I think the real race began in 2008 when Republicans could not stand the fact that an African American was President and had the capabilities of "succeeding"!!! While you were working for the Commander in Chief your cohorts were planning to make President Obama a "one-term" President.
Yes Huntsman, you are LATE and you will NOT catch up – no matter how fast you run or jog in parades!!!