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Spending Down for NH Primary; Huntman Campaign Debuts TV Ad

By Paul Scicchitano   |   Thursday, 05 Jan 2012 12:19 PM

Radio talk show host Paul Westcott of WGIR AM 610 in Manchester, N.H., says this is one of the worst years for politics in the Granite State — at least from a financial perspective.

“This has been one of the worst years in terms of the retail politics in the state of New Hampshire,” Westcott declared on CNN this morning. “Typically the state brings in $300 million. Right now by estimates, campaigns aren’t spending anywhere nearly as much.”

Westcott said that while the GOP presidential candidates are still putting on local events, they are spending more attention on national media and events this election cycle.

“They’re going on CNN and going, doing debates — things like that, rather than coming to the state and touching people,” he insisted.

Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman is doing his part to shore up the local economy in New Hampshire with his campaign’s first TV ad.

In his 30-second spot, the former ambassador to China declares that Americans are getting “screwed” and that he is the best choice to lead the GOP ticket.

“This nation has been downgraded. We have been kicked around as people. We are getting screwed as Americans,” Huntsman says in the ad. “We have an economic deficit in this country and we have a trust deficit. I’m the person who is going to lead the charge on all of the above and not only fix the economic deficit but I’m going to fix this country’s trust deficit because we’re too good a people to be in the hole we’re in, and we deserve better.”

In addition to the new ad, Huntsman has benefitted from $1.8 million in ads from a Super PAC, which includes Huntsman’s father, reports USA Today, which said that Huntsman’s new TV spot is being paid for by campaign donations and funds from Huntsman and his wife, Mary Kaye.


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