How does a Republican presidential candidate rise out of fourth place, with less than two weeks before the New Hampshire primary?

Former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman is trying to do it by confronting skeptical voters directly. Over and over again.

“There’s a rumor you’re considering an independent run if you don’t get the nomination,” a voter asked at a Rotary lunch today. “Are you willing to pledge you will not run as a third party candidate?”

“I’ve only answered that one at least 150 times,” Huntsman responded. “I’m running as a Republican, I’ve always been a Republican, that’s what I intend to be.”

But you won’t pledge not to, a reporter questioned later? “All I can do is give people my word,” Huntsman said. “I’ve done that 152 times now.”

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