Huntsman arrives on New Hampshire airwaves
November 14th, 2011
03:46 PM ET
3 years ago

Huntsman arrives on New Hampshire airwaves

(CNN) - Supporters of Jon Huntsman are hitting television airwaves in New Hampshire Tuesday, asking a question they hope many voters will utter as they watch the spot: "Why haven't we heard of this guy?"

The one-minute ad, called "Someone," is financed by Our Destiny PAC, a group created to help elect Huntsman president. A spokesman for the group described the buy as "substantial."

The spot, which will run on cable and broadcast stations, features a group of people bemoaning the choices for the GOP presidential nominee.

"Our government is flabby, bloated, and weak," an older man says. "The world is literally collapsing and no one has shown up we can trust as a conservative."

Another man says he wants a consistent candidate, as opposed to "some phony who tells me one thing and you another."

Flashy graphics tout Huntsman's record as governor, including his record on job creation and fixing Utah's economy.

The ad concludes with a man asking, "Why haven't we heard of this guy," an acknowledgement of Huntsman's struggle to gain traction in the Granite State.

Huntsman has said that as voters begin to really think about their choices for a candidate, they will begin notice him.

"I do believe that the electorate this go-around will be looking for clearly defined presidential leadership and I'm not sure we're seeing that," Huntsman said on CNN's "The Situation Room" in October.

"We're just trying a steady, gradual, substantive rise in New Hampshire based upon real support," Huntsman said.

–CNN Political Reporter Peter Hamby contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2012 • Ads • Jon Huntsman • New Hampshire
soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. Anonymous

    Huntsman supported Sarah Palin !

    NO THANKS !

    November 14, 2011 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  2. w l jones

    Most rich Republican hedging theirs bet ..betting that a Denocratic will be in office for four more years. Economic would be in there best instrest. Said enough.

    November 14, 2011 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  3. ThinkAgain

    Huntsman said this in his nominating speech about Sarah Palin at the 2008 GOP convention:

    “In a world of artificiality, we are looking for originality. We are looking for authenticity."

    He then went to work for President Obama, and then quit his job and turned his back on his boss to pursue his own interests.

    No wonder he liked Palin; he sounds just like her when it comes to commitment and putting self-interest above country/constituents.

    November 14, 2011 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  4. ThinkAgain

    This picture of Huntsman is just plain creepy. It makes him look like the double-crossing self-server that he is.

    November 14, 2011 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  5. Democrat Party - leftist "progressive" socialist communist losers hellbent on destroying the USA

    Huntsman is going no where. Complete waste of time and money. Why would Republicans nominate Obama-lite to run against Obama? This country doesn't need a little correction after 4 years of Obama, it needs MAJOR re-direction. Huntsman does not fit that bill.

    November 14, 2011 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  6. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    We know that the government is slow, but what is the plan to make it more efficient and move faster? I'd like to see that. If it can make the IRS get contractors pay their taxes before they get paid, that'd be great. If it could catch fraud faster, that would be swell. We just don't have a plan to do that that make sense.

    November 14, 2011 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  7. Corey T.

    This is the only GOP candidate that can beat Obama in 2012. As a moderate Democrat, I would proudly support Huntsman if he makes it to the general election. More people should be paying attention to this guy. He actually makes sense, unlike the rest of the GOP crop.

    November 14, 2011 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  8. Mikey

    @loser – Then why would they nominate Romney? Romney is more or less liberal than President Obama depending on which set of his positions on issues you consider – a consequence on him having taken almost every imaginable position on many of the most important issues of the day. Do you want Presidnet Chamaleon?

    November 14, 2011 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  9. Marie MD

    Please watch the Daily Show piece from last week where they compare these clowns to the Baldwin brothers and why nobody is going to vote for steve (the overpopulator) and while we all like Alec and the other one (can't remember his name) the $250M man vs hunstman are too much alike!

    November 14, 2011 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  10. DAK

    "Democrat Party – leftist "progressive" socialist communist losers hellbent on destroying the USA

    Huntsman is going no where. Complete waste of time and money. Why would Republicans nominate Obama-lite to run against Obama? This country doesn't need a little correction after 4 years of Obama, it needs MAJOR re-direction. Huntsman does not fit that bill."

    Are you really that full of hate that you cannot give the President credit for anything? That every single problem in this country is the fault of just one man? BS and you know it, but I would never expect anyone that sounds like you to ever admit their "side" was wrong about anything, no matter how small. Go ahead and live in your dream-world full of hate and ignorance if that pleases you, but do us all a favor and stay quiet in there as you never post anything other than "Obama bad! GOP Good!"

    November 14, 2011 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    Dude has all the personality of a teething cookie.

    November 14, 2011 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  12. Woman In California

    Why haven't we heard of this guy? I've heard of him and what I've heard I don't want. Ungrateful backstabber always comes to mind.

    November 14, 2011 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |