Posted at 01:31 PM ET, 01/10/2012

Jon Huntsman: Mitt Romney is ‘a homeboy’ in New Hampshire

Why is Mitt Romney doing so well in New Hampshire?

Well, you could call him a favorite son. Or a true New Englander. Or, if you’re Jon Huntsman, you could call him a “homeboy.”

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In an interview with Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Tuesday morning, Huntsman, the former Utah governor whose campaign is picking up some late momentum in the Granite State, had this explanation for Romney’s wide lead in the polls:

“He’s a homeboy,” Huntsman said of Romney. “I mean, he’s been here for a whole lot of years.”

Responded Scarborough: “You know, can I just say for the record? You are the first person who’s ever called Mitt Romney a ‘homeboy.’ ”

Romney, of course, served one term as governor of Massachusetts and owns a summer home in Wolfeboro, N.H., just off the shore of Lake Winnipesauke.

Huntsman noted as much Tuesday morning and said that as the former governor of a neighboring state, Romney’s “got a lot of advantages in terms of name recognition.”

Still, Huntsman argued that as Granite State voters go to the polls today, they’ll be making up their minds based on “who’s got the background; who’s got the credentials; who has the track record; who has the temperament to bring this country together when we so desperately need it done; who has a vision for America.”

He went on to take a shot at what he called Romney’s “record of uncertainty, running first as a senator as a liberal, governor as a moderate, then as a conservative for the presidency.”

“Are you saying he can’t be trusted?” MSNBC’s Brzezinski asked.

Huntsman declined to say.

“I’m saying he hasn’t made that case to the American people,” he said.

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