Former U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman isn’t giving up on the Palmetto state despite recent comments that seemed to suggest that he might be pulling out of the state’s “First in the South” presidential primary.
“We’re going to focus singularly on New Hampshire,” Huntsman said during an appearance on MSNBC.
Wait … “singularly?” Doesn’t that imply that Huntsman is bailing on other early-voting states?
Apparently not, according to Huntsman’s Palmetto state director Joel Sawyer.
“The campaign has said from the beginning that New Hampshire is where the groundwork will have to be laid in order to do well in South Carolina and Florida,” Sawyer told FITS.
Sawyer added that Huntsman is not pulling any resources out of South Carolina – where he has assembled one of the largest grassroots operations and yet continues to lag behind his GOP rivals.
KISS OF DEATH?
While Huntsman was dodging rumors of a “Palmetto pullout,” his campaign was also having to fend off some unwanted affection from uber-liberal filmmaker Michael Moore.
“There’s only one (GOP presidential candidate) that has sanity operating inside of him and that’s Jon Huntsman,” Moore told CNN’s Piers Morgan.
Moore added that Huntsman’s campaign wasn’t gaining traction “because he’s smart … and because he actually might win.”
“If the Republican party and if the Tea Party was smart, they would run somebody who would not only get the Republican vote, but a good chunk of the independents and maybe some of the Democrats,” Moore said.
(To view Moore’s interview, click here).
PALIN MIGHT SUE OVER BOOK
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin might sue the author of a new book which alleges that she had a one-night stand with former NBA superstar Glen Rice – as well as an affair with her husband’s former business partner.
In a letter sent Monday to Crown Publishing Group, which published Joe McGinniss’ book The Rogue: Searching for the Real Sarah Palin, the former GOP vice presidential nominee’s lawyer says that the book contains “a series of lies and rumors” and that most of its claims represent “wishful fantasies of disturbed individuals.”
Palin’s attorney cites an email in which McGinniss purportedly acknowledges that several of the anecdotes included in the book were unable to be conclusively proven.
Palin’s husband, Todd, has previously accused McGinniss of stalking his family with “lies, innuendo and smears.”
McGinniss’ book has been poorly received both critically and commercially – but then again Palin’s would-be presidential bid continues to be poorly received by Republican primary voters. According to a new CNN/ORC poll, Palin is supported by only 7 percent of likely GOP voters.
CHRIS CHRISTIE SPECULATION RAMPS UP
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has stated definitively on literally hundreds of occasions that he is not seeking the 2012 GOP presidential nomination. In fact, he’s turned downplaying his own presidential aspirations into a cottage industry.
Why, then, would former Garden State Gov. Tom Kean – a Christie confidant – now be hinting that the rotund Republican is reconsidering his decision?
“It’s real,” Kean told National Review‘s Robert Costa. “He’s giving it a lot of thought. I think the odds are a lot better now than they were a couple weeks ago.”
(To read the National Review report in its entirety, click here).