Huntsman: Rest of GOP field was 'in favor of basically defaulting'

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Rep. Michele BachmannMichele BachmannTrump says 2016 is the GOP's last chance to win Bachmann: Clinton will prosecute churches and nonprofits The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE (R-Minn.) said at the time that the president was misleading the public about the likelihood of default and called on him to “tell the truth.”

Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) suggested at the time that the repercussions of increased spending would be “much, much worse” than an immediate default.

During the debt-ceiling talks, Huntsman had supported a plan from House Speaker John BoehnerJohn BoehnerRepublican Study Committee elders back Harris for chairman Dems to GOP: Help us fix ObamaCare The disorderly order of presidential succession MORE (R-Ohio) that called for a limited debt-ceiling increase, included $900 billion in spending cuts but did not include a balanced-budget amendment. A number of other candidates in the field had voiced opposition to the BoehnerJohn BoehnerRepublican Study Committee elders back Harris for chairman Dems to GOP: Help us fix ObamaCare The disorderly order of presidential succession MORE plan.

In the same interview, Huntsman also touted his support for House Budget Committee Chairman Paul RyanPaul RyanDems highlight more concerns with House waterways bill This week: Shutdown deadline looms over Congress Week ahead: Funding fight dominates Congress MORE's (R-Wis.) deficit-reduction plan. The plan proposes Medicare reforms that would effectively change the entitlement program into a voucher system for Americans currently under the age of 55. 

"I like the Ryan plan," Huntsman said. "I'm the only candidate who has embraced the Ryan plan."

Soon after he entered the presidential race, Newt Gingrich, who has recently jumped to near the front of the Republican primary field, had said he didn't think "imposing radical change from the right or left is a very good way for a free society to operate" when asked for his opinion of the Ryan plan. Gingrich's statement earned him strong conservative criticism, and he later walked back the remark.