Huntsman sets high expectations
As originally appearing in The Associated Press

By Steve Peoples

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Brushing off bad poll numbers, presidential hopeful Jon Huntsman predicts he’ll win New Hampshire’s Republican primary.

The former Utah governor set high expectations Thursday at the popular Politics and Eggs discussion series. His comments came in the same week he earned just 1 percent in two national polls.

He says polls are meaningless this early.

Huntsman also offered a subtle jab at Texas Gov. Rick Perry, his Republican opponent and someone he later called a friend. Huntsman said he brought only his wife to the packed event, instead of a large entourage or the Texas Rangers, a reference to Perry’s security detail.

Huntsman met with voters a day after calling for lowering corporate tax rates and ending loopholes.

Appearing earlier Thursday 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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