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GOP Candidates Face Off In New Hampshire

NEW HAMPSHIRE (CBSNewYork/AP) — Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary could be make or break for at least one GOP presidential candidate. WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell caught up with former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman.

Voters were packed shoulder to shoulder and cheek to jowl at the Beantown Coffeehouse to see Huntsman.

“We’re moving up. I can feel it. There’s that energy on the ground an we’re going to take it over the top on Tuesday,” the candidate said.

LISTEN: WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell reports

Several at the site told Haskell that they were impressed.

“I like hearing him speak. He’s much more moderate than the other candidates. He’s somebody I feel could unite the two-party system we have,” one man said.

“I think I’m going to give him a boost on Tuesday. I’m an independent but I think that I want to see him go to South Carolina and continue right along,” another said.

Some political observers say if Huntsman wants to remain a viable candidate he has to have a strong showing in New Hampshire.

Meanwhile, a combative Newt Gingrich accused Mitt Romney of “pious baloney” Sunday for saying he’s not a career politician and charged him of hiding behind inaccurate attack ads aired by his allies in the race for the presidential nomination.

LISTEN: 1010 WINS’ Al Jones reports

The Massachusetts governor fired back. “This ain’t beanbag, we’re going to describe the differences between us,” Romney declared in the most intense exchange of a  weekend debate double-header in the run-up to Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary.

Romney won the Iowa caucuses last Tuesday by eight votes over Rick Santorum, and is the leader by far in New Hampshire polls. South Carolina comes next, on Jan. 21, the first Southern state to hold a primary, and Romney pointedly noted that he has been endorsed by that state’s governor, Nikki Haley.

Verbal attacks by Gingrich served as bookends to the 90-minute morning debate in which Romney strongly defended his standing as front-runner in the Republican campaign to pick an opponent to President Barack Obama.

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One Comment

  1. Medd Rattana says:

    Romney will be the GOP nominee and will be our next president

  2. Gregory Miller von Richter says:

    I like a good fight in presidential campaigns. it is the only time Americans really get to bring change to our country.All the candidates except the outcast Ron Paul are what I call ” Stale Doughnuts” because they just get looked at and no one really wants them unless there is nothing else to enjoy. Mitt Romney seems mysteriously to get such strong support from the news media. Rueters news service already has him elected. Associated Press [AP] presents a more balanced view but I just found out Reuters owns AP. This looks more and more like a set up all the time. I guess we Americans will have to endure the wild discussions about things that are even to minor to discuss with your neighbors-to fill in the long time period until election day. Stuff that doesn’t matter. I really want to know what the Republicans plan to do if they prevail in November. I don’t think anyone is “at war with religion” or the old ” Roe v Wade” stuff we have discussed for 40 years will matter much to me. What does matter is how will America look if Republicans do win 4 years from now. Will industry come back to our shores? Will we get in another expensive war? If so will we do “nation building” again? I want some answers not the usual BS. So far everything is vague, and the current president has explained what he has in mind. Blindly voting is very old fashioned and 2012 I think must be much different than what we had in the past.

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