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Huckabee denounces attack ads by rival Romney, says that's not what voters want to hear

Huckabee denounces attack ads by rival Romney, says that's not what voters want to hear

Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee on Saturday denounced political attack ads, saying people are not looking for a leader whose campaign is based on what is wrong with someone else.
Huckabee, who has surged to the top of the polls in Iowa with less than a week before the Jan. 3 caucuses that kick off the presidential nominating season in state-by-state votes, said people want a president who will tell them what he would do if elected. He criticized attack ads aimed at him, saying, "If I believed half of that stuff, I wouldn't vote for myself."
He said ads by rival Mitt Romney show the problem with the former Massachusetts governor's campaign.
"Mitt doesn't have anything to stand on except to stand against," Huckabee told a crowd.
Countering, Romney spokesman Tim Albrecht said: "Campaigns are about big issues, and while Governor Romney is for lower taxes, strong enforcement of immigration laws, Mike Huckabee has a troubling penchant for more taxes and more spending while looking the other way on the issue of illegal immigration."
Huckabee also denounced criticism by rivals and interest groups about tax increases he supported as governor of Arkansas, noting that he also had reduced taxes.
On Friday, Romney launched a hard-hitting ad in Iowa criticizing Huckabee on foreign policy and spending.
"Who is ready to make tough decisions? Mike Huckabee? Soft on government spending," the Romney ad says. It also portrays Huckabee as weak on immigration and crime and quotes President George W. Bush's secretary of state: "His foreign policy? 'Ludicrous,' says Condoleezza Rice."
Huckabee said his success in Iowa shows that the political tides may be turning in a state where he said he has been outspent 20 to 1 by Romney.
"If we win, it would be of seismic proportions on the political scale," he said. "It won't be about money. It will be about what you believe."


Updated : 2021-08-02 15:51 GMT+08:00