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Jon Huntsman searches for the elusive moderate

Jon Huntsman’s scramble for moderate voters in New Hampshire has turned up too few.

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Jon Huntsman’s scramble for moderate voters in New Hampshire has turned up too few.

P LYMOUTH, N.H. - Jon Huntsman blasted through the Main Street Station Diner here yesterday morning, hunting for local voters.

He found a student from Connecticut and a member of the European Parliament touring New Hampshire to take in primary season.

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Deeper in the diner he found Bill Abbott, a local resident.

“You’re the only one among the Republican contenders who thinks science is a seven letter word not a four letter word,’’ said Abbott, a lobbyist for the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, referring to Huntsman’s stances on global warming and evolution.

Abbott, an independent who voted for President Obama, said afterward that he hadn’t planned to vote in the primary Tuesday but lately has been thinking he would to support Huntsman.

But come the general election, he said, he will probably vote for Obama again.

The visit seemed to encapsulate Huntsman’s much larger problem - a scramble for moderate voters has turned up too few.

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Huntsman was undeterred, marching from table to table.

Dan Jorgensen, 36, of Denmark, the European Parliament member, said he liked Huntsman’s answer to his question about global warming.

“It’s refreshing to see a Republican candidate who acknowledges the science,’’ he said.

Huntsman’s view of global warming has evolved with the campaign. In August, he tweeted: “To be clear. I believe in evolution and trust scientists on global warming. Call me crazy.’’

But in December, at the Heritage Foundation, he said, scientists had not provided enough information to allow policy makers to address global warming comprehensively. — SARAH SCHWEITZER

Obama favors bringing jobs back to the US

WASHINGTON - President Obama is highlighting companies that have returned jobs to the country and he says that is another way of putting people back to work.

The White House plans a forum Wednesday that will bring together business leaders who shifted work back home. Obama said yesterday in his weekly radio address that the event will discuss ways business leaders can return more jobs to the country.

“We’re heading in the right direction,’’ Obama said. — ASSOCIATED PRESS

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