Washington (CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman is not mincing any words in criticizing what he says is Mitt Romney’s absence in the debt ceiling debate. Huntsman says this is a time “for people to stand up and show real leadership.”
I had asked the former Utah governor and ambassador to China whether he agreed with Democratic political operative David Axelrod’s recent criticism of Romney. The former White House aide to President Obama had suggested Romney was missing in action in the whole debate.
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Washington (CNN) – White House Chief of Staff William Daley is still optimistic that some sort of deficit crisis deal will be worked out by Tuesday’s Treasury-imposed deadline. But he says he’s not so certain about the future of America’s AAA credit rating.
In an exclusive interview with me at the White House, Daley said, “The four leaders of the Congress have said that the debt ceiling will be extended” and he’s “confident that they will come together.”
Many Tea Party activists say fears of a debt ceiling armageddon are overblown and urge GOP lawmakers to hold the line.