(HUFFINGTON POST) Erskine Bowles, co-chair of President Barack Obama’s budget-deficit commission, had unusual praise for Paul Ryan at a 2011 event, shown in a videoposted to YouTube on August 12.

“I’m telling you this guy is amazing,”Bowles said in the video, reportedly taken at a 2011 University of North Carolina event.

The past praise for Ryan and his budget plan is a stark contrast to his recent criticism of Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney’s tax plan. Bowles also criticized Obama’s plan at the time, saying nobody “took that budget very seriously”:

“Have any of you all met Paul Ryan? We should get him to come to the university. I’m telling you this guy is amazing. … He is honest, he is straightforward, he is sincere. And the budget that he came forward with is just like Paul Ryan. It is a sensible, straightforward, serious budget and it cut the budget deficit just like we did, by $4 trillion. … The president as you remember, came out with a budget and I don’t think anybody took that budget very seriously. The Senate voted against it 97 to nothing.”

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