Washington (CNN) - Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman on Tuesday confirmed what has become an open secret in Republican circles: that his campaign is pinning its hopes on a strong showing in the crucial early primary state of New Hampshire.
Huntsman made the comments after being asked during an appearance on MSNBC whether he would dip into his personal fortune again to fund his campaign operation.
"I don't anticipate doing that. We're going to focus singularly on New Hampshire," Huntsman said. "That is not an overly expensive market. That is a market where the old Adlai Stevenson shoe leather is important. I know how to work that market. The early signs are that we're connecting with the people. They like the message."
Huntsman added, "It's got to be about vision. At the end of the day you've got to have substance, real plans, a worldview. The people in New Hampshire get that and are responding to it."
The comments come days after two New Hampshire polls showed Huntsman climbing into double digits there, though he still badly trails former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the Granite State frontrunner.
Huntsman and his team have said from the outset of his campaign last spring that his path to the Republican nomination runs through New Hampshire, South Carolina and Florida.
Of late, though, Huntsman has largely avoided campaigning in South Carolina and Florida, opting to camp out in New Hampshire and embrace the state's retail-style politics.
Tim Miller, a spokesman for Huntsman, said the campaign is not abandoning the other states.
"New Hampshire is our singular focus because in order to compete successfully in South Carolina and Florida – as we plan to – it is vital we come out of New Hampshire with a head of steam," Miller said in an email.
Hunstman is focusing on the East Coast; a bastion of Liberalism. He knows the evangelical zealots of Iowa won`t support him.
Unfortunately, the Republican`s Southern Startegy makes that problematic.
In other words, he's toast. Remember when Guiliani tried that with Florida?
"I don't anticipate doing that. We're going to focus singularly on New Hampshire," Huntsman said. "That is not an overly expensive market."
Spoken like a true billionaire ... where "votes" become "markets", and people are valued accordingly to their "market" worth. Whatever my respect of Jon Hunstman when he first entered the race has long since disappeared curtesy of his own remarkable blunders.
Good luck with that strategy governer. It didn't work for Guiliani in 2008 in FL, and it will not work in 2012 in Romney territory, NH. Why don't you focus on NV? Isn't that your home turf.
DEAR JON, there isn't enough people in New hampshire to vote for a Pizza delivered by Mr Cain or a Hottie party with Newty. You need some new advisers that advise you to get out of National politics and try something else. You come off as a nice guy, do not ruin it as a politician.
Huntsman may pull it off. He is counting on Romney and Perry bludgering themselves to death. He is waiting on the retaliation of gay bashing Republicans to thin the herd of all other lesser quality candidates leaving him at the top of the food chain.
Putting all his eggs in that basket eh... Another soon-to-be "formerly ran for president" candidate. I envision that he will throw his support behind Romney. And most likely, those supporters will split their vote. One of them will vote for Romney, and the other one will vote for Perry. LOL.