Huckabee explains Romney criticism
February 27th, 2011
12:18 PM ET
11 years ago

Huckabee explains Romney criticism

Washington (CNN) - Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee says so-called "RomneyCare" should not disqualify former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney from running for president in 2012.

"I don't think it disqualifies him," Huckabee said on "FOX News Sunday". "I think the purpose of states are always to be laboratories of government."

In his new book, Huckabee criticized the health care plan Romney implemented while governor of Massachusetts. There are similarities between Romney's plan and the current health care law signed by President Barack Obama, including the individual mandate that requires all residents, with some exceptions, to have health insurance or pay a tax penalty.

"I don't have a problem with a governor in any state taking a risk, trying something bold," Huckabee added. "But if it doesn't work, for heaven's sakes, let's not put it in all 50 states."

Huckabee repeated criticism from his book of Romney's plan as a form of socialized medicine, saying "that's what it is when the government runs the program."

But Huckabee, also a potential Republican presidential candidate, was careful in his personal critique of Romney. Asked if he was violating President Ronald Reagan's "11th commandment" to never criticize a fellow Republican, Huckabee said that "policy differences are legitimate."

"If we start attacking each other on integrity and character, I think that's a problem, which I haven't done," he said.

Filed under: 2012 • Health care • Mike Huckabee • Mitt Romney
soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. Elphaba

    Huckabee is a schmuck. That's all there is to it.

    February 27, 2011 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  2. Gaylon Barrow

    Boy it's really ridiculous to see how many ignorant people are in the U.S. if you think Obamacare is the thing then I wish it on you for the next ten years. Come back at that time and see if you still think he walks on water. First place the majority of backers of Obama do not pay a dime as is.

    February 27, 2011 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  3. America fell asleep

    @ Gaylon Barrow, are you one of these millionaire bloggers who claims to be paying all the taxes for the rest of us? If not, you are also one of the middle class that aren't paying your fair share. Personal and corporate taxes have never ever been as low as they are now, but unemployment is still dangerously high. Do you have any idea how to explain that?

    February 27, 2011 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  4. MAC

    JUNI, I would like my healthcare too if it was paid by someone else, the taxpayer. The rates went up in Mass. due to Romneycare and rates are going up due to Obamacare.

    February 27, 2011 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  5. B

    It is no different than requiring people to HAVE CAR insurance to drive that benefits everyone.


    February 27, 2011 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
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