Washington (CNN) – Mike Huckabee is coming to the defense of potential GOP-presidential rival Donald Trump following criticism of the billionaire's stances on taxes and spending by the conservative Club for Growth.
The Republican anti-spending group condemned Trump on Monday for his past endorsement of universal healthcare and proposal to raise taxes on Chinese imports.
Huckabee, the former presidential candidate and current Fox News host who has said he is thinking about running another campaign, said he remembers when the organization made similar attacks against him in 2008.
"According to that group, I'm also a tax-loving socialist. During the 2008 election they cherry-picked some factoids out of context from the deals I had to make from a ninety percent Democratic Arkansas legislature," Huckabee said in his daily radio commentary.
Huckabee also criticized the organization for being so focused on cutting taxes.
"I never understood when it became a mark of conservatism to run up debt on your children's credit card instead of biting the bullet and paying your own bills," Huckabee said.
Huckabee clarified that his defense of Trump should not be confused as an endorsement but vowed to study the real-state mogul's full resume instead of taking Club for Growth's "word for it."
"Under their criteria the things that Ronald Reagan had to do as governor and as president probably would have made him a tax-loving socialist unfit for the White House as well," Huckabee said.
The Club for Growth posted Huckabee's radio commentary under the tag, "Crazy Liberals."