(CNN) - Will praise from the Wall Street Journal boost Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman's bid for the White House?
In an editorial published late Thursday night, the newspaper, which is influential among fiscal conservatives, touted the former Utah governor and former U.S. ambassador to China's jobs plan.
The paper described Huntsman's proposals, which he laid out Wednesday in a speech in New Hampshire,"as impressive as any to date in the GOP presidential field, and certainly better than what we've seen from the front-runners."
One of those front-runners, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, spells out his jobs proposals next Tuesday in a speech in Nevada, two days before President Barack Obama gives an address before Congress on creating jobs.
"Perhaps Mr. Huntsman should be asked to give the Republican response to the president's jobs speech next week," writes the Wall Street Journal. "The two views of what makes an economy grow could not be more different."
Huntsman introduced a plan to dramatically scale back the scope of the federal government and simplify the tax code, in part by including eliminating deductions and credits. He said his proposals would encourage small business growth and induce American corporations to expand their work forces in the U.S. instead of overseas. The plan also laid out a path forward on energy independence and free trade.
"There is no more urgent priority at this point in our nation's history than creating jobs and strengthening our economic core; everything else revolves around it," said Huntsman, speaking at a podium framed by two hulking metal presses at Gilchrist Metal Fabricating in Hudson, New Hampshire. "My plan may be challenged by the special interests, on the left and the right. But it represents a serious path forward – toward fiscal discipline and economic growth."
Huntsman is registering in the single digits in most national and state polls in the race for the GOP presidential nomination and has been characterized by some as "too moderate" to win his party's nomination.
But praise from the Journal could help his campaign.
"Republican Presidential candidate and former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman is lagging in the polls, but the economic agenda he rolled out this week may start getting him more attention," adds the Journal ."And deservedly so."
Huntsman spokesperson Tim Miller told CNN, "Gov. Huntsman's plan isn't just pie-in-the-sky political pandering. He's offering serious solutions that are in line with what he did in Utah taking the state to #1 in job growth."
CNN's Paul Steinhauser and Rachel Streitfeld contributed to this report.