Jon Huntsman To GOP: ‘Balance The Budget And Get Out Of People’s Lives’

Appearing on CNN’sThe Starting Point Friday morning, former U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman told the panel that he believes Republicans should aim to “balance the budget and get out of people’s lives.”

While discussing the impending fiscal cliff, Huntsman said the Republican party may be floundering because it has some “structural issues.”

Huntsman emphasized the need for focus, saying, “If at the end of this conversation we don’t end up with a one sentence mission statement, we’re toast.” His proposed statement? Focus on balancing the budget and leave everything else alone.

Regardless of the contention between the parties, Huntsman remained confident that the government won’t go over the cliff and that a deal will indeed be reached. He said he always expects it to be harder “right before a breakthrough,” but that he’s an “optimist” and anticipates the the importance and urgency of the situation will lead to a resolution:

“I think we’re going to have a breakthrough because the stakes are so high. I’m guessing most members of Congress are going to have a moment of clarity over the next few weeks.”

Watch the full clip below, via CNN:

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