(CNN) - Threats of a national default during the debt ceiling debate amounted to "lunacy." That is, according to former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman.
He accused those who spoke of risking a possible default to force the government's hand in facing its rising debt–including some of his Republican opponents–of behaving like lunatics during an interview on CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight" scheduled to air Monday.
Considering the impact of the nation's economy on world markets, the 2012 GOP presidential candidate said he couldn't fathom how Republican colleagues discussed the possibility of defaulting on the country's debt during the heated debate surrounding whether the borrowing limit should be increased.
"I thought it was the height of irresponsibility," he said.
"We're 25 percent of the world's GDP. The United States of America that has never defaulted before—just let it go over a cliff—you can imagine what the marketplace would have done in response," Huntsman continued.
"The marketplace is trashing everybody right now, assets are underwater…you can only imagine what this country would look like today if we had defaulted. It was complete lunacy for people to even talk about that."
And when pressed on whether he felt sympathy for President Obama's position, Huntsman responded that they have no personal relationship to speak of.
Huntsman noted that he served as U.S. ambassador to China because he was called by the president to serve his country.
"You work for your president when you are asked to serve," Huntsman said.
"He is a good man, he is earnest but he has failed us on the most important issue of the day."
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I would have fought for bigger spending cuts, spending cuts int he first 3 years not the last 3 years. And if they wanted tax increases get 3 times more spending cuts than tax increases. Also if the dems want to keep social security and medicaid/medicare the same without reform, then raise the FICA taxes on everyone to pay for the programs!
he couldn't fathom how Republican colleagues discussed the possibility of defaulting on the country's debt during the heated debate surrounding whether the borrowing limit should be increased.
"I thought it was the height of irresponsibility," he said.
You're a day late and God only knows how many millions you are worth short.
You know what I think is the height of irresponsibility? You waiting until NOW to speak up.
I never saw the sniveling,i rresponsible coward in you Huntsman, but I just got smacked in the face with it.
You might have more lucid moments than that crowd of drooling, babbling, yeller idiots you keep company with, but evidently you are one of them nonetheless.
This is why Huntsman has no chance to win Republican nomination.
There was never a risk of a default. Anyone with just basic math skills and any ability to think knows there would be way more than enough money to pay the debt obligations, there would not have been a default if the debt ceiling had not been raised. Even Obama told the banks and financial institutions that there would be no default if a deal was not made in time to raise the debt ceiling. What would have happend was deep spending cuts and a possible government shut down. But there would have been plenty of money to avoid a default and also make Social Security payments and pay for Medicare.
The spending cuts would have been huge for sure, but there was never a real threat of a defaut. That was a lie to scare voters.
He is a good man, he is earnest but he has failed us on the most important issue of the day."
What issue would that be Jon? The economy? Because my 401k was bouncing right back until your team barged in.
Jobs? Didn't YOUR guys get in the back door promising those? Who held on to stimulus funds as opposed to putting their people to work?
And how did you and your team help? He asked for your help, and cooperation and every last one of you said and continues to say HELL NO!!!
Wow another Republican that speaks honestly of what is reality and not fox TV fantasy.
First the guy who honestly refers to Perry as an idiot and now Huntsman is candid and honest about the irresponsible actions of Repubs/tea-baggers who pushed for the US to default on our debt? Next thing you know one of them will admit that Bush/GOP policies caused the Great Recession and we are lucky we have some one as talented and intelligent as Obama as our President. And then admit that the science of Global Warming is real?! Amazing!
I like this guy but I think he can't express his real views of the President because of his party affiliation. I think if you caught him in an honest moment he would admit that the resident has handled everything with class and has done just as good as anyone else would have done.
"You work for your president when you are asked to serve," Huntsman said
Tell your RethugliKKKlan brethren that one. They think they work for the Koch Brothers, the Teatards, the corporations, oil companies,Wall Street, Norquist. Anybody BUT US and their President.
well Huntsman you just lost any possible Tea Party support with the stand you just took here.
He's right, just don't fall for his phony moderate act. Hunts Man will just take the less controversial route to gutting our nations poor, middle class and the environment. Don't be fooled, he still cares for the greedy, not the needy. However, as a rich chemical company trust funder and former party boy, he recognizes that his lifestyle is not quite so stable when the teatards are rabble-rousing and scaring Wall St.
Huh?? He just blamed his own party for their mishandling of the debt ceiling, so what does this statement refer to???
The economy, jobs, foreign policy?? How vague, also misleading. Just when I thought he was showing some real bi-partisanship and taking an enormous stand against the GOP norm, he waffles back to make an unsubstantiated comment about the President. One step forward, two steps back. The way this march goes for the Republicans, they will get to re-write history because they will take us back there without conscience.
Well, ok John... But good luck trying to get the rest of the Repubs to do anything sensible, like giving you their nomination.... A shame really. Real issues could have been discussed... And I think OUR country could move forward, rather than be taken "back" like the rest of you cohorts want to do..
He's not another GOP puppet , At Last !
And you, Huntsman, are being disingenuous to not admit that it is YOUR party's tried-and-failed policies that took our country down the toilet.
While you're being honest, why not also admit that Republicans across the spectrum want President Obama to fail and if that means bringing our country to its knees, so be it.
Hey, a moderate conservative with reasonable common sense... he's got no shot with the current GOP.
and China will reward you Mr, Huntsman, should you prevail
This guy is never going to get the Republican nomination, he's much to sane.
Ooh, the T party is not going to like this.
Oops, he just lost the nomination. The Tea Party doesn't accept the truth, they only do "pledges". Hard to believe that
some are finally figuring out that some "teas" are idiots and some are "lunatics".
I sure hope he doesn't have to TRY as hard in the bedroom as he does on the campaign trail. What a loser.
I don't believe President Obama has failed us.
I believe the republicans in congress are so hell-bent on making him fail that they are willing to bring the entire country/world to it's knees in hopes of getting back in the White House. Wonder how Huntsman would feel if he was pres and working with a group that said HELL NO to all his proposals?
"He accused those who spoke of risking a possible default to force the government's hand in facing its rising debt–including some of his Republican opponents–of behaving like lunatics"
"I thought it was the height of irresponsibility," he said"
I am stunned, there really are still some folks in the Republican party that actually put the country FIRST and above the GOP party!
Huntsman is right, the Republicans and their beloved TParty are totally responsible for the downgrade and World leaders have spoken out in agreement with President Obama when he asked for a higher increase. But no, the Republicans listen to a totally irrational TParty group who had no idea what would happen and were too ignorant to listen. And if you noticed, the TBaggers are being quiet because they know their days are numbered.
Huntsman may be the one sane Republican presidential candidate. Sadly, the Tea Party won't let him get anywhere near the nomination.
So is he blaming Obama for THEIR irresponsibility? I just don't understand this irrational reaction to what was so obviously GOP brinksmanship being attributed somehow to President Obama not being able to force them to grow up!
And here I thought republicans and conservatives were all about personal responsibility and accountability....oh that's right, they only mean that about everybody else, not themselves!
Wow....This guy is a Republican?
They are not all controlled by the Baggies?