Republican presidential wannabee Mike Huckabee, apologized to rival Mitt Romney for Huckabee's questionable question contained in an upcoming New York Times Magazine article that appear to disparage the Mormon faith:
"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 said.Romney was "gracious" in accepting the apology:
"I've stayed away from talking about Mitt Romney's faith," Huckabee said. "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."
"The governor accepted the apology," Romney spokesman Kevin Madden said. "He continues to believe that this campaign should not be about questioning a candidate's faith. While it is fair to criticize an opponent's record or policy positions, it is out of bounds for one candidate to question another's personal faith."You can watch the following video and see Huckabee's apology.
Huckabee apologized but the damage is done. Huckabee managed to start a dialogue questioning Mormon beliefs.
The Los Angeles Times< reports that Huckabee's quetionable question "dwarfs GOP debate:"
The controversy, which overshadowed a GOP debate here, came less than a week after Romney, who had been leading in Iowa polls, delivered a speech aimed at overcoming any political impediment posed by his membership in the Mormon church.You can count me in the group that thinks Huckabee's questionable question was not an innocent mistake taken out of context. Huckabee's assertion that he Mormon question was taken out of context is well, wrong. I posted the context here. The only thing out of context was Huckabee's insertion of the Mormon question. Like the LA Times I also expressed concern about Huckabee's "CHRISTIAN LEADER" ad, in which Huckabee dealt the religion card he continues to play.
And it was the latest instance of the newly ascendant Huckabee having to explain his statements now that he is facing closer scrutiny.
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Some, however, think Huckabee's comment was not as innocent as he suggested, especially after he ran a TV ad in Iowa in which he discussed faith and the words "Christian Leader" flashed across the screen.