By Geneva Sands - 09/02/11 04:44 PM EDT
When asked if he thought the Tea Party was extreme, Huntsman said: "I think what they're talking about on the debt and spending side is exactly what this country is concerned about — I don't consider that to be extreme at all. I consider that to be right on."
The former Utah governor said the type of extremism he is concerned about is political extremism and the inability to reach bipartisan consensus in Congress.
Huntsman released his jobs proposal Wednesday, which focuses on reforming the tax code and regulatory environment.