Jon Huntsman Jr. is the first Republican presidential candidate to support the 11th-hour proposal to raise the debt ceiling that Congress is considering.

The New York Times reports : "Only Jon M. Huntsman Jr., the former governor of Utah, expressed support for the deal, calling it 'a positive step toward cutting our nation's crippling debt.' … After initially remaining silent on the agreement, Mitt Romney … derided the deal as a prelude to higher taxes. … Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota; Tim Pawlenty, the former governor of Minnesota; and Newt Gingrich, the former speaker of the House, also criticized the bill."

In other Huntsman campaign news, a new profile in New York Magazine calls Huntsman one of "the two Republicans with the best chance of beating (President) Obama in 2012." Talking Points Memo reports that, in the New York article, Huntsman "suggested Bachmann, the only woman officially running for president, gets the attention she gets in part because she's good-looking."


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