Huntsman takes break from N.H. campaign for SNL appearance
November 20th, 2011
08:31 AM ET
11 years ago

Huntsman takes break from N.H. campaign for SNL appearance

(CNN) - Jon Huntsman, the back-of-the-pack presidential candidate campaigning almost exclusively in New Hampshire, took to NBC's "Saturday Night Live" for some self-deprecating punch lines this weekend.

“Here’s something you never hear at debates: Governor Huntsman, the first question is for you,” SNL star Seth Meyers said by way of introduction during the "Weekend Update" segment of the program.

When asked about his rock-bottom polling numbers, Huntsman said he was glad just to be on the chart.

“Just a few months ago, we were polling at the margin error, so to have any digit at all is a pretty big deal,” Huntsman said.

The candidate – who has pinned virtually his entire campaign on winning the first-in-the-nation primary in New Hampshire – poked a little fun at his Granite State obsession.

“Seth, I love all of America, from Dallas, Texas to Manchester, New Hampshire. From the Rocky Mountains to New Hampshire’s scenic Lake Winnipesaukee. From the innovation of Silicon Valley to the affordable outlet malls of North Conway, New Hampshire.”

Huntsman even threw in a reference to the New Hampshire state bird, the purple finch.

When Meyers mentioned he was a Granite Stater himself, the praise came quickly.

“That makes sense, because you’re kind and good looking. Classic New Hampshire,” Huntsman said.

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soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Victoria avgam54

    Jon Huntsman is the only republican candidate who makes any sense or has a set of core convictions. Sadly thats why the republicans have him on the bottom of the polling numbers.

    November 20, 2011 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  2. Slightly Left of Center

    I watched that segment on SNL. It wasn't all that funny, but it was still better than hearing the other candidates stumping!!

    November 20, 2011 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  3. TinJax

    If I wasn't such a liberal, I would vote for Huntsman.
    But I still believe Pres O is still the best and only choice for America.

    November 20, 2011 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  4. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Huntsman is smart, and is faced with running in a primary where the republican voters embrace only those who lack intelligence and reasoning skills. A person who is educated is called elitist by the knuckle dragging baggers, and the teavangelicals embrace only those candidates of limited ability. They seem to rally around people who are capable of using only three word phrases and are expert at lying.

    November 20, 2011 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  5. GI Joe

    Huntsman isn't really running - he's getting his name out there so that he can be THE BEST REPUBLICAN in 2016. Thank God they (baggers) are too stupid to recognize that, because he is the ONLY republican that can get a majority of Independent voters.

    November 20, 2011 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  6. vic , nashville ,tn

    Supper committee didn’t reach a deal we have nearly 72 hrs left,
    Mercedes-Benz executives arrested in Alabama under new immigration law immediately Governor Robert Bentley has to pick up the phone but 60% like the law

    Why all these happening because we are not ready elect candidate like Jon Huntsman Don’t blame the governments because we elect them, we believe what ever they say

    November 20, 2011 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  7. swolfson929

    Huntsman is the only hope for the GOP...and they ignore him.

    November 20, 2011 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  8. petemg

    If Huntsman is truly wanting to run for President, make a stand. Do not debate when you think the time is right. As it is Huntsman and a few others are assisting Obama into another term. If you want change, Huntsman help the GOP to unify. Either you are GOP or not. We need a president who can stick with the plan 24/7 and not a person who wants to lead when he wants.

    November 20, 2011 10:30 am at 10:30 am |