"It is apparent that Mr. Huntsman is in need of a lesson in Iowa politics,'' Schultz added. "Iowa is a bellwether state. We care about our families, our faith and our freedom. We are not single-issue voters. We just want to know how presidential candidates are going to make our country better. Hopefully Mr. Huntsman will change his mind and come to Iowa and explain how he plans on fixing the problems facing our country."
Schultz went further in an interview with Radio Iowa, suggesting that Huntsman's "real reason" for bypassing a caucus dominated by evangelical Christians was his Mormon faith. Schultz, too, is a Mormon and scoffed at the idea that Iowa Republicans would discriminate at the ballot box.
Huntsman isn't the first presidential candidate to bypass corn-dependent Iowa over his position on ethanol subsidies. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., cited the same reason for keeping his distance from Iowa in 2000 and again in 2008, when he won the GOP nomination.