(J. Scott Applewhite/AP)House Speaker John Boehner isn't just getting the cold shoulder from the White House and conservative Republicans on his debt ceiling proposal.
So far, just one 2012 GOP presidential hopeful--Jon Huntsman--has come out in support of the Boehner's legislation, which would require two separate votes by Congress to increase the debt ceiling and mandate nearly $3 trillion in spending cuts over the next decade.
In a statement Monday, Huntsman called the plan "a good first step" to deal with the nation's ballooning federal deficit and called for further "meaningful steps toward addressing the long-term drivers of debt" including entitlement and tax reform.
But he's the only GOP 2012 hopeful who has offered any enthusiasm about Boehner plan. Since Monday, Michele Bachmann and Ron Paul have come out against the bill, citing their opposition to any increase in the debt limit--a position Bachmann reiterated during a campaign swing in Iowa on Tuesday.
'The premise is wrong," Bachmann said, per Radio Iowa's O. Kay Henderson.Read More »from 2012 hopefuls cool to Boehner’s debt proposal