Huntsman on Iowa Absence: 'They Pick Corn in Iowa'

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

WASHINGTON (AP) - Former U.S. Ambassador Jon Huntsman is defending his refusal to compete in the leadoff Iowa Republican precinct caucuses, focusing instead on New Hampshire.

Huntsman tells CBS's "The Early Show" the formula, so far as he is concerned, is quite elementary. Says Huntsman: "They pick corn in Iowa. They actually pick presidents here in New Hampshire."

The former Utah governor has made little effort to win in Iowa, focusing mostly on New Hampshire in the early going. He has remained in the lower tier of candidates as others, including Newt
Gingrich and Rick Santorum - and at one time, Herman Cain - soared
in the polls. He was ambassador to China for President Barack Obama, but says that shouldn't be used against him as he seeks the
Republican presidential nomination.


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