Huckabee told CNN Wednesday he apologized to Romney for a comment he made to the New York Times about Mormonism.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Republican Mike Huckabee told CNN Wednesday he personally apologized to rival Mitt Romney for comments he made in an upcoming New York Times Magazine article that appear to disparage the Mormon faith.
"After the debate today I went to Mitt Romney and apologized to him. I said, I would never try, ever to try to somehow pick out some point of your faith and make it an issue, and I wouldn't," Huckabee told CNN's Wolf Blitzer. "I've stayed away from talking about Mitt Romney's faith. I told him face-to-face, I said I don't think your being a Mormon ought to make you more or less qualified for being a president."
Asked how Romney responded to the apology, Huckabee said the Massachusetts Republican was “gracious.”
The comments in question come in a New York Times Magazine profile - a preview of which was posted on the paper's Web site Wednesday morning. In the article, reporter Zev Chafets asked Huckabee whether he thought Mormonism was a religion or a cult, and the former Arkansas governor responds with a question: "Don't Mormons believe that Jesus and the devil are brothers?"
Huckabee, a former Baptist minister, said he thought it was the former but conceded he doesn't "know much about it."
Romney, a Huckabee rival for the 2008 GOP nomination, is a member of the Mormon church, officially known as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney