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Huntsman to Romney: Hey, Where Do You Stand on Boehner’s Plan?

Two days ago, Jon Huntsman appeared on CBS’s “The Early Show” and mentioned his support for Speaker John Boehner’s debt limit plan. His campaign notes, “Jon was the first Republican presidential candidate to support the plan and is the only Republican candidate standing in support of Speaker Boehner’s plan.”

This morning, Huntsman spokesman Tim Miller is taking some jabs at Mitt Romney. Romney’s communicators adviser, Eric Fehrnstrom, Tweeted this morning, “Romney is a social media leader.”

Miller responded, “Too bad he’s not willing to be a leader on debt ceiling debate.”

He also enjoyed Tim Carney’s observation, “If you took Obama’s plan and Romney’s plan, and just met in the middle, you’d be in the middle of nowhere.

For what it is worth, Romney said in an Ohio stop earlier this week, “My position is very clear, which is, I favor a ‘cut, cap and balance’ program for federal spending,” ignoring follow-up questions.

UPDATE: Huntsman, last night on Greta: “I think the Boehner bill is the only act in town. It is sound, given every other alternative or lack of alternatives. It cuts, it allows us to meet our obligations, and most importantly, it begins to address entitlements.”


I don’t know if the Boehner plan is popular among Republican primary voters, but it seems clear that Huntsman feels he can stand out in the crowd by taking a clear position. Yesterday, Michele Bachman made clear she would not vote for the Boehner plan.

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