Jon Huntsman issued the following statement on President Obama's deficit speech:
"President Obama continues to demonstrate that he has no new ideas on how to create American jobs. For two and a half years he's been peddling a version of the Buffett Tax Hike as a key pillar of his failed attempt to tax and spend and regulate this country to prosperity. That simply hasn't worked and it won't work now. President Obama's veto threats and partisan demands are a poor attempt to camouflage a $1.5 trillion tax hike that is deeply misguided and the latest example of his ineffective leadership on the economy.
"The most important thing Congress and the super-committee can do is deal with the structural problems that are causing our debt and impeding job creation. Meaningful entitlement reform and revenue-neutral tax reform should be priority #1; tax increases should not make the list.
"I recently presented a jobs plan to the American people that dramatically reforms our country's tax and regulatory system --that's what we need as a country to create jobs and it's exactly why the Wall Street Journal endorsed my plan. I urge Congress to resoundingly reject the President's $1.5 trillion tax increase and work together on the structural reforms to entitlements and taxes that we so desperately need."