PORTSMOUTH, NH (NEWS CENTER) -- The Republican campaign for president is all about Iowa this weekend, as candidates prepare for Tuesday's long-awaited caucuses.
Mitt Romney holds a slim lead over Ron Paul in Iowa -- with the other candidates some distance behind. But one Republican hasn't been campaigning in Iowa at all. Instead, former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman has been working full time in New Hampshire -- hoping to make a strong showing in that primary a week from Tuesday.
Huntsman has really put all his eggs in the New Hampshire basket, spending lots of time criss-crossing the granite state, doing the kind of one-on-one campaigning the state has always been famous for. It's what Huntsman hopes will propel him into the top tier of candidates.
He stopped by Bids 2 Win software, a business in Portsmouth, for a chance to meet and talk with employees and thecompany's CEO. Huntsman staff members say the candidate has been making lots of these visits, along with town hall meetings and other events. Huntsman was an executive in his family's chemical business, and was twice elected governor of Utah. He has served as U.S. ambassador to Singapore and ambassador to China. Huntsman says he can use all that experience -- especially as governor --to fix the U.S. Economy.
"I delivered a flat tax," said Huntsman. "We improved the operating environment for business, we became the number one destination for business in the entire United States. I say we can do the same thing for the United States of America."
Huntsman told the crowd he is the Washington outsider who will bring change and reform. He called Mitt Romney a "statius quo candidate" and says he is hoping for a top three finish in the New Hampshire primary on January 10.