Reporting from Manchester, N.H. — The beautiful part of holding two debates 10 hours apart -- beside the fact that the candidate are far more alert and energetic -- is that the wounds of the previous evening, still fresh, can be addressed. Yes, folks, we've got ourselves the equivalent of a debate do-over!
Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman was still stinging from Saturday night's debate when moderator David Gregory asked him Sunday morning which programs Huntsman would cut that would cause pain in this "age of austerity."
Huntsman ignored the question and chose to relitigate the moment from Saturday's debate when former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney attacked him for serving a Democratic president as ambassador to China. The context is important, however. Saturday night, Huntsman provided one of the strangest moments of the debate when he spoke in Mandarin to criticize Romney.
The Twitter universe went crazy with that one, and perhaps Huntsman was stung by the reaction. So he took the opportunity Sunday to turn the tables on his front-runner nemesis, and played the patriot card.