Messina: Huntsman Was Obama’s ‘Biggest Threat’

    MANCHESTER, NH - JANUARY 10:  Republican presidential candidate, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman (R) speaks to supporters as his wife Mary Kaye (L) looks on during a primary night rally at the The Black Brimmer on January 10, 2012 in Manchester, New Hampshire. According to early results, Huntsman, who skipped the Iowa caucuses to campaign in New Hampshire, finished third behind former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and U.S. Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) in the first in the nation primary election.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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    Good thing he never told GOP primary voters. Jim Messina, President Obama’s campaign manager, is now saying that Utah Governor Jon Huntsman was thought to be the biggest threat to Obama’s reelection chances. Huntsman was one of the first Republican candidates to drop out of the primary race after he placed third in the New Hampshire primary. “We were honest about our concerns about Huntsman. I think Huntsman would have been a very tough general-election candidate,” Messina said. “We looked at his profile in a general election and thought he would have been difficult.”

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