The former Utah governor said that while he had disagreements with Perry, he was more concerned with building his campaign's momentum than reacting to the flavor-of-the-month leading the Republican field.
"You want to be a rising star, you don't want to be a shooting star," Huntsman said.
He also reiterated that the campaign would be pinning its hopes on New Hampshire. Huntsman is polling in the low teens in the state — his best showing by far — but still substantively trails former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.
"It's going to get very competitive," Huntsman said. "This is a state where the voting population has seen it all, heard it all."
Still, Huntsman said that the focus of his campaign would pay dividends — and represented a strategy that was affordable and realistic. Huntsman said he didn't anticipate writing another check to his campaign, and was working to woo on-the-fence conservative voters.
"Money is going to follow the message," Huntsman said. "We're doing about what I expected."