DES MOINES, Iowa (CNN) – A senior official on Republican Mike Huckabee’s campaign told CNN Friday that staffers are aware of the problem posed by the fact that their candidate has “no foreign policy credential,” and that unlike many other presidential candidates, he can’t boast about having known Benazir Bhutto.
The Huckabee official said he told the former Arkansas governor that reaction to the crisis in Pakistan will be the story for the next several days, and that until they “get him briefed and up to speed” on Pakistan, a good place for Huckabee to draw the line is on illegal immigration.
“Why does Rudy Giuliani get more credentials on homeland security than you do? You’ve been a governor,” the Huckabee campaign official said he told the candidate.
The campaign official admitted that Huckabee’s tough talk on on immigration is also aimed at helping him with male Iowa GOP voters - a voting bloc the official concedes they have been losing ground with.
–CNN's Dana Bash