Jon Huntsman knew coming into Tuesday that low name recognition was a problem.
But the former Utah governor might not have expected it in the heart of his campaign on the day he announced a run for the White House.
Media traveling with the just-hatched candidate in New Jersey were handed press passes which touted the “John Huntsman for President Announcement Tour” (that’s an extra H in the first name). Staff quickly scrambled to retrieve and replace the errant IDs.
By Huntsman’s second stop of the day, a rally in Exeter, New Hampshire, aides had opted instead for the generic tag of “Governor Huntsman.” Less chance of a blunder.
President Barack Obama’s former envoy to China spoke for 13 minutes to an enthusiastic crowd of several hundred who packed the historic Exeter town hall.
Many were undecided voters participating in the popular New Hampshire sport of “kicking the tires.”