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Huntsman: We're going to win

Last modified: 9/2/2011 12:00:00 AM
Brushing off bad poll numbers, presidential candidate Jon Huntsman yesterday predicted that he'll win New Hampshire's Republican primary - even as he acknowledged that his campaign manager for the state had been fired.

"I want to put you on notice. We're going to win this state. We're going to win this primary," the former Utah governor said at the popular Politics and Eggs discussion series in Manchester.

His comments came in the same week he earned just 1 percent in two national polls. And they came the same day he confirmed the firing of New Hampshire campaign manager Ethan Eilon.

Huntsman would not explain why Eilon was fired, but spokesman Michael Levoff said, "The campaign is very pleased with the leadership team we have in place in New Hampshire."

Huntsman also said polls are meaningless this early. And he offered a subtle jab at Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a Republican opponent and someone he later called a friend.

"I might not have the Texas Rangers here, I might not have a large entourage," he said, a reference to Perry's recent campaign stops.

Huntsman met with voters the day after releasing a formal jobs plan which calls for lowering corporate tax rates and ending loopholes.

Appearing earlier yesterday on NBC's Today, Huntsman criticized his GOP rivals, saying "we're getting drama but not solutions."

Asked if Perry and Michele Bachmann are too far to the right to beat Obama in 2012, he said voters "don't want politics at the extreme ends."


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