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Jim Cole, Associated Press
Republican presidential candidate, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, left, campaigning with his wife Mary Kaye, center, greets customers at the Main Street Station Diner, Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012 in Plymouth, N.H.

NORTH HAVERHILL, N.H. — Republican presidential hopeful Jon Huntsman says a campaign button worn by one of his New Hampshire supporters says it all: "Sane People for Huntsman."

The former Utah governor says that voters entertained by a campaign season he compared to the reality show "Survivor" are now starting to settle down and get serious. And he says when they ask themselves who has the best background, temperament and ability to bring the nation together, voters will choose him.

Huntsman was speaking to about 150 people Saturday at a senior center in North Haverhill in northern New Hampshire.

Huntsman skipped the Iowa caucuses last week to focus only on New Hampshire. He lags far behind front-runner Mitt Romney in New Hampshire polls, though some have shown him moving into third place.