Huntsman to skip Iowa debate
December 2nd, 2011
04:58 PM ET
11 years ago

Huntsman to skip Iowa debate

Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) - Jon Huntsman says he plans to skip a GOP debate in Iowa next week in a move that casts a positive light on the possibility that he likely would not have met the qualifications set by the event's hosts.

Instead of debating, Huntsman says he will host a town hall in the state of New Hampshire where he has been focusing his campaign's attention exclusively.

Next Saturday's debate, hosted by ABC News/Des Moines Register/Iowa GOP, required participants to earn 5% support in a national poll or Iowa polls by Monday. So far Huntsman's polling hasn't come close. He has not campaigned in Iowa.

In October, the former Utah governor skipped a CNN debate in Las Vegas, Nevada in protest of the state Republican party's decision to move up the date of Nevada's caucus. The move threatened New Hampshire's long-standing first-in-the-nation primary. The state party later moved back the date in response to pressure from national Republicans.

While the debate was being conducted in Nevada, Huntsman held another town hall in New Hampshire.

Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Jon Huntsman • New Hampshire
soundoff (29 Responses)
  1. The Greedy Old PIgs are a neocon deathcult

    It'll be interesting to see who wins the Utah primary. Either way, don't be getting too giddy about Hunts Man. He only sounds "moderate" because he's lined up next to a bunch of full-blown radical rightwing extremists. Mr. Hunts Man is the heir to a family conglomerate heavily involved with chemicals, among other things. He'll be right there cutting regulations as well. Don't be fooled by good looks.

    December 2, 2011 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  2. GI Joe

    Huntsman is the only one in the entire gaggle of republican turkeys I would even consider voting for. He's not sneaky slimy like Newt and Mitt.

    December 2, 2011 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  3. Slightly Left of Center

    @mk1. I wholeheartedly agree! We need candidates that earn the honor of becoming POTUS, not buy it.

    December 2, 2011 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  4. juliet

    like john hiuntsman- hes wealthy and hisd ad is billionaire ; we dont want a wealthyc andiate like jhn and giongrich and romeny- pro rich- pls america open ur eyes choose rick perry now ull be regretted once america choose the wwaelthy candate.(phsychic lady commnet)

    December 2, 2011 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
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