Huntsman dismisses rest of country

By STEVE PEOPLES | November 15, 2011 | 8:50 PM EST

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — Jon Huntsman is betting his entire presidential campaign on New Hampshire. And he's not trying to hide it.

The former Utah governor tells several dozen New Hampshire voters Tuesday night that he doesn't care what the rest of the country thinks or feels. He's laser-focused on the Granite State.

And he says he's been working harder in New Hampshire than any other candidate.

Huntsman's comments came at a town hall meeting at the Portsmouth Elks Lodge. He says it's his 100th campaign event in New Hampshire, which hosts the nation's first presidential primary in eight weeks.

Huntsman has struggled in national and local polls. So the moderate Republican is working to build a coalition of voters across the political spectrum.