Huckabee repeated criticism from his book of Romney's plan as a form of socialized medicine, saying "that's what it is when the government runs the program."Oh, my bad. An attack ad based upon "policy differences" is only legitimate if Huckabee is the attacker. So, no, Romney's issue-based ads during the Iowa caucuses do not constitute a "legitimate" critique because the subject of that critique was Huckabee's crime and punishment record. Make sense?
But Huckabee, also a potential Republican presidential candidate, was careful in his personal critique of Romney. Asked if he was violating President Ronald Reagan's "11th commandment" to never criticize a fellow Republicans, Huckabee said that "policy differences are legitimate."
"If we start attacking each other on integrity and character, I think that's a problem, which I haven't done," he said.
And when Romney went after Huck's record, this is what the former Arkansas governor had to say:
He told a story of Romney denying clemency to an Iraq war vet who wanted to be a policeman, but could not because of a BB gun incident when he was a juvenile.You see how Huckabee attacks Romney's character and integrity by arguing that Romney only cares about his own future political career? Or how about when Huckabee questioned whether Romney had a soul? That's is an excellent critique based on "policy differences."
On Thursday, he told the same story and asked the audience to raise their hands if they would grant parole. The vast majority raised their hands. “My opponent said no,” Huckabee told the crowd. “Now let me ask you, do you believe he acted in the best interest of that young man and his state, or did he act in the best interest of his own future political career? That’s judgment, folks, you’ve just decided whose judgment is better.”
I want to say something specifically to Huckabee supporters. The past two years Huckabee has done quite a bit to persuade me to his cause. I am on record on many occasions boasting some of his qualities. Yet, it always seems to be two steps forward and three steps back with Huck. I am not tied to any candidate and Huck had a chance to win me over. However, it looks like Huck is going to let his petty jealousies get in the way of any leadership he could have exhibited.
Calling Romneycare "socialized medicine" is just a bunch of ignorance that is not helpful to the conservative movement. I would encourage Huck to go do some research before he opens his mouth again. Start by reading actual socialists to see what they think. Then read about Great Britain's health care system (a real socialistic system) and Canada's system (single payer system) and Sweden's system (free market with government option). When he does his homework (remember he majored in miracles) then he can lecture us on Romneycare. Until then, I really don't think that a man who doesn't know anything about health care should be leading the charge.
And I am still waiting for a Huckabee supporter to show me where Huck has specifically called Obamacare "socialized medicine." I believe that Huckabee is more against Romney than he is Obama.