DEERFIELD, N.H. - It took about 30 minutes Sunday night for Jon Huntsman to demonstrate yet again why, in a Republican race marked by ideological sermons, his campaign's message stands apart as a paean to moderation. The ex-Utah governor held a meeting with local Republicans here, a small town located halfway between Manchester and Concord, the latest in recent blitz of campaign stops made across the Granite State while his presidential rivals focus exclusively on the Iowa caucuses.
Unlike the media circus following candidates in Iowa, Huntsman drew only a handful of reporters, at an event low-key enough he was able to mingle afterward until every audience member could talk to him personally.
Huntsman had nearly finished his introduction, a speech that emphasized repairing the country's fiscal deficit and its deficit of trust in leaders. Just as he started talking about what he calls the "new greatest generation," younger men and women who will have to pull the country out of its doldrums, he took a detour into sociology.