January 2nd, 2008
08:25 AM ET
14 years ago

Romney takes aim at Huckabee for 'mocking' Bush


Romney and wife Ann campaign in Iowa (Photo Credit: AP)

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Republican Mitt Romney sharply criticized rival Mike Huckabee Tuesday for joking in a recent interview that President Bush has not been well versed on foreign affairs.

“I’m not sure if Mr. Huckabee meant the attack as a joke, but this is not the time to be mocking our president,” Romney said at an event in Johnston, Iowa, according to the conservative Web site Townhall.com.

Huckabee's comments came in an interview with Iowa's Quad City Times, in which a reporter asked him why, last month, he was at first unaware of a National Intelligence Estimate detailing the threat posed by Iran, despite the fact the report had been made public for several hours.

"That was released at 10 o’clock in the morning," Huckabee said. "At 5:30 in the afternoon, somebody says, ‘Have you read the report?’ Maybe I should’ve said, ‘Have you read the report?’ President Bush didn’t read it for four years; I don’t know why I should read it in four hours.”

Romney said Tuesday the comments were in 'bad taste," and lifted from the "Democratic playbook."

“It was in bad taste and I think we should recognize the great work our president is doing and not take our rhetoric or plays from the Democratic playbook," he said. "This is the kind of stuff you’d expect of the Democrats, but is certainly not something you’d expect of a presidential contender on the Republican side.”

Romney, who most polls show is locked in a dead heat with Huckabee in Iowa, has taken aim at his chief rival before for criticizing the president. Following the publication of a Foreign Affairs article in which Huckabee labeled portions of Bush's foreign policy 'arrogant,' Romney suggested Huckabee is "running in the wrong party."

"I had to look again," the former Massachusetts governor said then. "Did this come from Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton? Did it come from John Edwards? No, it was one of our own, it was Governor Huckabee."

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

Filed under: Iowa • Mike Huckabee • Mitt Romney
soundoff (277 Responses)
  1. sheldon

    Do you want to take a peak into the future of our nation lead by any of the top 3 democratic candidates?
    Just take a look at what our Democratically lead Congress has done the past year. Absolutely nothing!!!
    Name one thing that they've accomplished other than hold up military funds for our troops? Disgraceful bunch of idiots.
    The democratic party preaches "CHANGE" yet they never have a plan. It just feels good to say that o' so infamous word "CHANGE" doesn't it? Rolls off the tongue so easy.
    Talk, talk, talk..., that is all the democratic party has been good for since the last great democrat was assasinated, JFK.
    If your so concerned about the war in Iraq, why don't you ask a soldier how the war is going and not a member of the media. I'm sure "Cut & Run" is not on the agenda. That is the beauty of an ALL VOLUNTEER MILITARY!!!
    GOD BLESS Our Troops!

    January 3, 2008 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
  2. Jason

    Take a look at our future with any of the top 3 Republicans (Giuliani, Romney, and Huckabee) and ask yourself does it look any more promising?

    January 3, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
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