Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) – In the lead up to voting in New Hampshire Tuesday, Jon Huntsman released a new ad that retools statements from Sunday's debate to hit frontrunner Mitt Romney and prove his patriotism.
"He criticized me while he was out raising money for serving my country in China, yes, under a Democrat, like my two sons are doing in the United States Navy," Huntsman is quoted saying of rival Romney in the spot. "I want to be very clear with the people here in New Hampshire and this country: I will always put my country first."
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Romney criticized Huntsman at the presidential debates over the weekend for instituting President Barack Obama's policies in China while he served as U.S. ambassador, policies Romney said have failed.
But as he has stated throughout his White House bid, Huntsman used the 30-second spot Monday to defend his time in the Obama administration as service to his country.
The former Utah governor is staking his candidacy on New Hampshire, the second state to vote on the road to the White House. Although he failed to gain initial traction, new poll numbers released Monday in the Granite State showed Huntsman in third place behind Mitt Romney and Ron Paul.
Team Huntsman said the campaign raised over $100,000 in fundraising Sunday night to air the commercial.
"The final ad before the New Hampshire primary starkly outlines the fundamental difference in this race: Mitt Romney always puts politics first, while Jon Huntsman puts his country first," spokesman Tim Miller said in a statement.
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