Huntsman backs Boehner plan, hits GOP candidates
July 29th, 2011
09:43 AM ET
7 years ago

Huntsman backs Boehner plan, hits GOP candidates

Washington (CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman disparaged his GOP rivals and President Obama for not publicly supporting a plan to solve the debt ceiling debate.

Speaking before a group of conservative environmentalists in Washington, D.C. Thursday, the former Utah governor and U.S. ambassador to China said he supports the plan put forward but House Speaker John Boehner.

"The president has not put forward a concrete deal on the table, none of my opponents have supported a plan that would allow us to avoid default," Huntsman said to the Republicans for Environmental Protection. "This is not a time ladies and gentleman to be playing politics."

With America's future at stake, Huntsman stressed the importance of leadership from America's elected officials.

"This is a time when leadership matters and you've got to stand up and voice where you are," Huntsman said. "The president is a good man, but on the most important issue of our time, that of expanding our economy and creating jobs, he has failed us."

Huntsman's jabs are the latest examples of his ramped up campaign rhetoric. He continues to contrast his stance regarding the debt ceiling with those of his opponents, particularly front-runner Mitt Romney, who has yet to outwardly support a plan to end the standoff.

During a campaign stop in Ohio Wednesday, Romney said he will not "comment on the day to day negotiating process."

"My position is very clear, which is I favor a cut, cap and balance program for federal spending," the former Massachusetts governor said.

Huntsman drew on his experience as governor of Utah to explain his solutions for positioning America "back in the game," including tax reform, regulatory reform and energy independence.

"Conservation is conservative," Huntsman said. "I'm not ashamed to be a conservationist. I also believe that science should be driving our discussions on climate change."

Filed under: 2012 • Debt • Deficit • Jon Huntsman
soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. mark whitt

    this is a joke, pass something that will pass in the senate! you have done nothing till both houses pass it!

    July 29, 2011 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  2. a in austin

    I believe the President clearly stated he wanted the big deal and the gop said NO. What's new?

    July 29, 2011 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  3. NVa Native

    Although Huntsman sounds at least of our universe he's avoiding the fact that the Boner plan is a "job killing" bill. And the truth that it would take billions of dollars out of our economy while adding to the un-employment levels. So whose economy would it be then? Same as it has been ~ Repubs but you can ad tea-tards to that now.
    And for those of the mindless fox followers klan just because you deny it's existance doesn't make it so – even with your ruby slippers on. Go ask Bin Laden....oh you can't .... because Obama got him!!

    July 29, 2011 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  4. Marry

    "The president has not put forward a concrete deal on the table…”
    Mr. Huntsman, you too do not understand that this has to come from the Congress? Be voted on. Go to the Senate? Be voted on and put on the table in a form that enables the President to sign?
    What you also do not seem to understand is that the President surely made VERY CLEAR that he is willing to cut a lot but that the ones that can afford it have to scarify too.
    All this would have never happened in the old days. But, suddenly the GOP/TP is sooooo concerned about the depth. It all would have been more believable if they would have had that concern in the days of GWB when the country was driven off the cliff.
    I did think Mr. Huntsman has a few good ideas and he might have been a voice of reasoning in the GOP – I guess not! So, join the clowns!

    July 29, 2011 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  5. Qi

    Good pick. A sure fire winner. Now that is true leadership.....NOT

    July 29, 2011 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  6. Henry

    Listen Huntsman, you can keep on slamming President Obama and that is what is fashionable in "Republican" circles. But please remember that Romney is saying nothing at all. He is staying above the fight. You better change your target buddy.

    July 29, 2011 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  7. The Elephant in The Room

    Jon Huntsmann is the best of the bunch on the Republican side. Too bad that he is what they deride as a RINO and therefore can't win the nomination. Obama would still beat him but at least we could have a civil adult conversation about the future of the country. That is not possible with the rest of the GOP candidates.

    I give him points for taking a position even though it ignores the reality that the markets want a longer term deal than Boehner is offering. Cut & Destroy [what the GOP euphamistically calls Cut, Cap & Balance] is NOT a plan, it's an ideology. It has no details, no numbers tied to a line-by-line list of recommendations. Romney is missing in action, at least Huntsman is in the game.

    July 29, 2011 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  8. John

    That why you won't win, because the American people don't want to worry about this again In six months from now. You Republican need to get real, you are all becoming a big joke. And you are letting the Tea Party make you look even worst.

    July 29, 2011 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  9. Sniffit

    Yawn. Gotta love their ability to blatantly lie by claiming Obama never put anything on the table. It's just more distract and deflect from a card-carrying member of the party that is driving the entire ridiculous debate by refusing to compromise in any way, shape or form and is now busy playing partisan games trying to get a bill through the House with ONLY GOP votes just so it can be shot down in the Senate and they can ramp up the lying misinformation campaign mesasging machine to claim they did their jobs and now it's all the other side's fault. Just watch. I'm willing to bet Crossroads even has a commercial for it planned for this weekend.

    July 29, 2011 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  10. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    I love watching these self serving, ignorant people implode!

    July 29, 2011 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  11. Independent In Albany

    Thank god there is someone in the GOP that understands the difference between Neo-Conservatism and True Conservatism

    July 29, 2011 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  12. Darko

    Rino supports a Rino plan that doesn't cut the budget (it barely reduces the rate of growth). Big surprise! The plan will also do nothing to stop a ratings down grade.

    Epic Fail...

    July 29, 2011 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  13. Rudy NYC

    Where's Huntsman been hiding? Big words from a non-player. He sounds like someone in the stands watching a tied ball game rooting for his home team. Except he's been asleeep for most of the game. Finally, wakes up when it is almost over.

    July 29, 2011 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  14. GI Joe

    If he backs the man that held debates and voted on naming a POST OFFICE in the middle of this financial mess, he's lacking a brain.

    July 29, 2011 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  15. Chuk

    What are you talking about, Huntsman? Conservatives don't believe in science because govt has to get involved in it. This is the drill baby drill crowd who just want govt to get out of the way and each person to him/her self. Meanwhile, other countries are pouring resources into the science that will get them further, something individuals and for-profit corporations cannot quite do themselves.

    July 29, 2011 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  16. Blackman in America

    Please...................."leadership" from repubks is never gonna happen not even this yoyo. Why not accept the plan my President presented if your really serious about solving this hugh problem?

    July 29, 2011 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  17. Indy

    A short term deal like Boehners is like putting the country into recievership and will destoy the economy. Would you invest in a country that has no clear financial strategy ? Republicans just want to further destroy the economy in hopes their number one goal in life to make Obama look bad at the cost of the entire country will help them in 2012. It wasnt bad enough that Bush had a blank check for eight years, Republicans want to see complete failure and think people will vote them back into power.Who needs the taliban when you have homegrown Republicans

    July 29, 2011 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  18. Rick McDaniel

    The Boehner plan is currently the only plan that has any chance at all.

    July 29, 2011 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  19. Rosslaw

    Is he referring to the Boehner plan that Boehner keeps deferring action on since Boehner has less influence than Grover Norquist over his own party and that if ever passed, will be killed in the Senate? You mean that "plan". A constitutional amendment to balance the budget since Boehner and the right wing-nuts can't? Not exactly the kind of original thinking needed at the moment.

    July 29, 2011 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  20. LouAz

    Since no one knows what Boehner's plan is, it is meaningless for Huntsman to support it. Pandering at the least. There is no substance to this "news story" as it is no more than gossip.

    July 29, 2011 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  21. gt

    huintsmnan better start making a move fast or perry will get in and his chances go out the window...

    July 29, 2011 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  22. beevee

    Speaker Boehner's plan may satisfy some GOP but it is not a good one. Do we really want a piecemeal solution to the debt crisis. The congress has better things to do like improving the job markets than go through this fiscal fiasco all over again in six months. I am surprised that Mr. Huntsman is supporting this. I thoght he is smarter than that.

    July 29, 2011 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  23. Chris

    "This is not a time ladies and gentleman to be playing politics." mean like your own Republican brethren not signing it? Or say, refusing to even support a plan that had 2.7 Trillion in cuts because it had a couple wealthy constituent tax loop holes getting closed off? Also, I'm confused by your statement on climate change, because science confirms on a regular basis that it is occurring, and that we contribute to it. The ocean rises every year while NASA pictures confirm the ice tips melt. It's a fact and no longer up for debate. Just because a couple scientist exaggerated findings 5 years ago doesn't mean the problem doesn't exist.

    July 29, 2011 11:13 am at 11:13 am |