Huckabee had some tough talk for Mitt Romney Wednesday.
“We didn’t like it when we were in the third grade, I don’t think we like it running for president either,” the former Arkansas governor said during an Iowa press conference. “The more desperate and frantic campaigns get when they see how much money they’ve spent and we’re winning, that causes people to do some sometimes desperate things.” (Watch Romney's new TV ad attacking Huckabee)
Huckabee also denied that his subtle digs at opponents amounted to negative campaigning. “I’m just telling you, I’m not overtly campaigning against anybody,” said Huckabee. “…I just don’t do it. I’ve got plenty of things to talk about, and I don’t need to use them as the filler for my speech.”
The former Massachusetts governor has continued to pound Huckabee on his previous statements on immigration, a top issue for Iowa Republicans. Huckabee said Tuesday that the negative campaigning would backfire, and that he still stands by his push for tuition breaks for the children of illegal immigrants.
Tuesday, Huckabee appeared with Minuteman founder Jim Gilchrist, who has endorsed his campaign – an event that seemed designed to rebut Romney’s criticism. The Minutemen have been criticized for their tough rhetoric on immigration, and their unilateral patrols of the U.S.-Mexico border.
“For months I’ve been searching,” said Gilchrist, looking for a plan that would “end the illegal alien invasion problem… I found the Secure America plan put together by Mike Huckabee to fit right in with what I feel would help at least begin to solve this problem.”
–CNN’s Dana Bash and Rebecca Sinderbrand