(CNN) – Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman repeated his claim Tuesday that poll numbers haven't been on his side because he refuses to engage in political antics.
"We're in the silly season of politics," he said. "I'm not going to sign those silly pledges, I don't pander…I'm not going to set my hair on fire, I'm not going to Don Trump's debate."
And because of that, he said during an interview on ABC, he's still at the bottom of national polls gauging voter support for candidates seeking the 2012 GOP nomination for president. Following the appearance, Trump pulled out of the Newsmax debate he had agreed to moderate.
Huntsman also cited his time abroad serving as the U.S. ambassador to China under President Obama as the reason some Republicans pause over his candidacy.
But Huntsman is banking on winning the first-in-the-nation primary in New Hampshire to boost his campaign.
When asked if he'd drop out of the race if he is not successful in New Hampshire, Huntsman said, "Losing is not an option."