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Rep. Michele BachmannMichele Marie BachmannGillibrand becomes latest candidate scrutinized for how she eats on campaign trail Trump will give State of Union to sea of opponents Yes, condemn Roseanne, but ignoring others is true hypocrisy 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 Andrew BoehnerOn unilateral executive action, Mitch McConnell was right — in 2014 Bill Clinton jokes no one would skip Dingell's funeral: 'Only time' we could get the last word Left flexes muscle in immigration talks 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 Andrew BoehnerOn unilateral executive action, Mitch McConnell was right — in 2014 Bill Clinton jokes no one would skip Dingell's funeral: 'Only time' we could get the last word Left flexes muscle in immigration talks MORE plan.

In the same interview, Huntsman also touted his support for House Budget Committee Chairman Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanUnscripted Trump keeps audience guessing in Rose Garden Coulter defends Paul Ryan: This is 100 percent Trump's fault The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Kidney Care Partners — Trump escalates border fight with emergency declaration 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.