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Jon Huntsman: The Ryan Budget-Lovingest Republican Ever

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The moment came in an interview with RealClearPolitics' Erin McPike, who caught up with Huntsman as he stumped across New Hampshire. Huntsman, President Obama's former ambassador to China, has faced questions from conservatives over just how pure he is on right-wing issues.

It's not the first time Huntsman's stood firmly behind the Ryan Medicare proposals which polls have shown to be a political liability for Republicans. Speaking with ABC News last month, Huntsman said he would have voted for Ryan's plan, "including the Medicare provisions."

In the interview with McPike and the WSJ op-ed, Huntsman has not left much room to his right on the entitlement issue. He's staking out a position that puts him to the right of Mitt Romney and Tim Pawlenty, both of whom have expressed admiration for Ryan but have promised to offer their own -- different -- plans to handle entitlement programs.

Huntsman appears to have found his.

"I admire the single-minded, intense focus on finding solutions," Huntsman said of Ryan in the RCP interview.