"During the Chinese, the dials just shut down"

“I didn’t think the Mandarin thing worked at all. I thought it was ridiculous,” said Donald Trump, a harsh critic of China, on Fox News. “And frankly, I think Huntsman’s stance toward China is — it’s almost like he’s an Obama plant.”…

Jim Rubens, of Etna, N.H., a supporter who showed up Monday morning at a Huntsman event, said he participated in a Fox News debate focus group where the Mandarin moment was the topic of much discussion.

“They played the clip several times, and I was watching the audience react to it. The Chinese was off-putting for some folks. During the Chinese, the dials just shut down,” he said…

For his part, Rubens said Huntsman’s Mandarin distinguished him from the rest of the GOP field and cast him in a positive light. “This is a major distinction between this candidate and the crop of crazies that have all come and gone during the years. This guy is sane, he’s capable of dealing with the world stage. Somebody with foreign languages is a huge plus,” he said.