Wednesday, January 02, 2008
Talent rips into Huckabee during 'Hardball" appearance
Claiming his candidate's campaign has not been negative, but simply pointing out the truth, former Missouri Sen. Jim Talent, the domestic policy chairman for the Mitt Romney campaign, just told the audience for MSNBC's Hardball, the campaign has been simply telling the truth about former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.
"It's not an attack," Talent said, but an assessment of Huckabee's record in Arkansas. "He raised taxes half a million dollars and paroled 12 murderers. If we don't raise his record now, the Democrats are going to raise it in the fall."
The danger of Huckabee receiving the Republican nomination, Talent said on the eve of the Iowa caucuses, is "He's liberal from start to finish." With Huckabee, Talent added, the Democrats would be running to the right of him on several issues, including crime and immigration.
Hardball host Chris Matthews and Tim Hutchinson, representing the Huckabee camp, appeared to fluster Talent by cornering him on Romney's inconsistency on several issues, including gay rights, gun rights, and abortion.
"Mitt Romney has been consistent on the issues," Talent said.
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