November 11th, 2007
12:04 PM ET
11 years ago

Huckabee chooses not to 'pounce on' Giuliani

Huckabee responds to the indictment of former NYC police commissioner Bernard Kerik .

DURHAM, New Hampshire (CNN) - While many in the Republican race see the indictment of former New York City police commissioner Bernard Kerik as an opportunity to pounce on national Republican frontrunner, Rudy Giuliani, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is steering clear from the debate.

"I don't think it's fair to ascribe to a candidate something that someone he knows did," Huckabee told reporters Saturday after his five kilometer race at the University of New Hampshire.

"I know the easy thing for me to do would be to pounce on him and say 'oh yeah,' but you know what if I'm going to hold everybody accountable for something their friends did, none of us would be standing when it's over."

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Filed under: Mike Huckabee • New Hampshire • Race to '08 • Rudy Giuliani
soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. Anonymous

    Now this is a man with integrity. This is what we need for a Prdsidetn Honesty, Integrity, and strong leadership. He has my vote.

    November 11, 2007 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  2. Andrew, NJ

    that means Huckabee probably has a skeleton in his closet which is why he isn't attacking.

    Probably the destruction of the 80 computers when he left his Governor seat

    November 11, 2007 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  3. Ben Dribus, Mandeville, Louisiana

    I commend Mike Huckabee for running a uniformly positive campaign in a very divisive election cycle. Contrast this with Giuliani's own negative, fear-based campaign.

    November 11, 2007 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  4. California

    Now this is a man who wants to be VP!

    November 11, 2007 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  5. Mario Seattle WA


    November 11, 2007 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  6. Mac, Severn, Md

    "...if I'm going to hold everybody accountable for something their friends did, none of us would be standing when it's over."

    Absolutely correct!! He sounds like a common sense guy.

    November 11, 2007 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  7. Dan (Baltimore, MD)

    Next to Rudy, Mike Huckabee is the best candidate on both sides. He is exactly right. The actions of others should never be held against those who happen to know that individual. Good for you, governor!

    November 11, 2007 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  8. jay,snellville,GA

    Yep VP in waiting.

    He doesn't call out Rudy G. BUT HE QUESTIONS a CHRISTIAN LEADER???????


    Running for VP.

    November 11, 2007 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  9. Chris, Middletown, CT

    Someones thinking he's the next VP....and if he runs with Giuliani..he will be....

    November 11, 2007 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  10. gomerspyles

    makes me wonder what HE is hiding..........

    November 11, 2007 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  11. ThirstyJon

    I see here a man of integrity who isn't willing to take cheap shots to get himself elected.

    This is a good sign and one of the reason I, though undecided at the moment, am seriously considering Mike Huckabee.


    November 11, 2007 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  12. James, Lubbock, TX

    Doesn't pounce on Giuliani, but I guess Ron Paul's fair game.

    November 12, 2007 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  13. Mike Nakagita, Green Bay, Wisconsin

    The sad truth is the American electorate does not deserve and will not get Mike Huckabee.

    November 12, 2007 05:37 am at 5:37 am |
  14. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Giuliani should be held accountable, don't forget he was his boss who also recommended Kerik for the Homeland Security position. How did Kerik breach security more than once? This problem is not just about the two of them being friends.

    November 12, 2007 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  15. marquis

    smart man Huckabee- go for the confy VP chair

    November 12, 2007 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |