December 11th, 2007
07:00 PM ET
13 years ago

Huckabee says Romney 'desperate,' acting like a 'tattle-tale'

Huckabee had some tough talk for Mitt Romney Wednesday.

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (CNN) - Mike Huckabee called fellow Republican Mitt Romney’s new ad “desperate” Tuesday, comparing his actions to those of “a tattle-tale in third grade.”

“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

Filed under: Iowa • Mike Huckabee • Mitt Romney
soundoff (52 Responses)
  1. Jane, Des Moines IA

    Hmmmm, the economy is first and foremost on the minds of American voters this coming year. Who should we elect? A minister? Yeah, that makes sense. NOT! Why not elect someone who actually knows quite a bit about economics and could actually bring America back economically? Vote Romney

    December 12, 2007 06:43 am at 6:43 am |
  2. Kristy Sanborhn, Buckhorn, Mo.

    Whoa, I think Romneys getting under Huckabee's skin a little, do we need a short fused President?
    Who is acting like a third grader? Huckabee can run down Romney for his religious beliefs, but Romney can't place an ad without Huckabee's approval?
    If this isn't a joke, and almost hysterically funny, I don't know what is!
    Has anyone ever noticed in past elections, that there are always the ones the media is partial to, the ones who it seems like try to see who can sling the most mud, and spend the most money, and they don't get elected in the end.
    Has anyone ever noticed that?

    December 13, 2007 01:56 am at 1:56 am |
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