December 12th, 2007
05:30 PM ET
13 years ago

Huckabee apologizes to Romney for Mormon comment

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.

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  1. Frank Tempe AZ

    Huckabee is a bigot pure and simple. Republicans will lose huge if this guy who wanted to segregate AIDs patients in the 90's, had a gift registry when leaving office and pardoned or commuted hundreds of sentences. I don't vote for Dems generally but I will do everything possible to make sure this guy is not elected.

    December 13, 2007 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  2. Terry - Dallas, Texas

    Do you really believe a Former Southern Baptist Minister and Theology degree holder "doesn't know much" about the Mormon Church??? LIAR!! Suddenly I believe Mike Huckabee is Mike Huckster... cause we all know THAT is a lie!

    December 14, 2007 01:12 am at 1:12 am |
  3. Ted Tacoma Wa

    Mr. Huckabee is downright dirty as his followers. Mr. Huckabee is part of the Southern Baptist Convention and they are the biggest group of Mormon Bashers out there as a fact. How can anyone run for the presidency and bash another faith. A president is bound to uphold the Constitution of the United States and one of the ammendments guaratees the citizens of this great country the right to worship in their own way and practice their religion freely. Mr. Huckabee cannot take that oath as he himself has preached that Mormons are wrong and are not Christians. How can a so called Christian sling mud at a person who belongs to a church that is called The Church of "Jesus Christ" of Latter Day Saints. It is the same Christ he believes in, the only difference is that Mr. Huckabee disagrees with some doctrine preached by the Mormons so he is telling all of us that he is the expert on God. Good luck Mr. Huckabee, if you are elected, you will be lying when you take the oath of office.

    January 6, 2008 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
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