GOP hopefuls haunted by Bush record

Republican White House contender Mike Huckabee refused to apologize Sunday after a rival accused him of insulting President George W. Bush by describing his foreign policy as “arrogant.”

Huckabee butted heads with former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney after publishing a foreign policy paper calling for American foreign policy to change its “tone and attitude, open up, and reach out.”

“The Bush administration’s arrogant bunker mentality has been counterproductive at home and abroad,” the former Arkansas governor wrote in the journal Foreign Affairs.

“My administration will recognize that the United States’ main fight today does not pit us against the world but pits the world against the terrorists,” said Huckabee.

Romney, who has seen Huckabee surge past him in opinion polls with just three weeks until the first nominating contest in Iowa on January 3, expressed outrage at his rivals criticism of the Republican president.

“That’s an insult to the president, and Mike Huckabee should apologize to the president,” Romney told NBC television.

At a campaign stop in Iowa on Saturday, Romney said Huckabee sounded more like one of the Democratic candidates than a Republican.

“Well, did this come from Barack Obama or from Hillary Clinton? Did it come from John Edwards? No, it was one of our own,” Romney said.

“I can’t believe he’d say that. I’m afraid he’s running for the wrong party. The truth of the matter is, this president has kept us safe these last six years,” he said.

But Huckabee hit back at Romney, saying his article was a critique of the administration’s policies and not a personal attack on the US president.

“Well, the some (critics) who are coming down pretty hard happen to be running for president,” Huckabee told CNN.

“They happen to be wanting to get a little attention, standing and waving their arms and say, ‘look, I’ve spent millions and millions of dollars trying to be president; I’m behind, and I’m behind this guy that doesn’t have a whole lot of money and just happens to have a message that’s resonating with the American people,'” he said.

“I think he needs to read the article. … Because if he did, he would see that there’s no apology necessary to the president,” Huckabee said.


  1. JerZGirl

    This shows Mitt Romney to be among those who believe that any disagreement is treasonous (in this case, to the Republican Party). He believes that you do not disagree with leadership or leadership policy, that questioning anything is akin to persecution rather than free thought. As a former Mormon myself, I remember being taught by that organization that our leaders will never lead us astray. We are to be obedient and unquestioning. If, God forbid, a leader did misguide us, we would still be blessed for having obeyed the leader. (Scary, huh?) This mentality doesn’t just apply to church leadership, but also to, primarily, Republican leadership since Mormons are heavily Republican. This is a major reason why I will never support or help elect any Mormon running for high office. And, I agree with Huckabee that disagreeing with policy does not mean an attack on the individual. I don’t like Bush myself, but I do understand that you can like someone without liking something they’ve designed or put into play. Too bad Mitt doesn’t.

    Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit.

    Wisdom is knowing not to put it in fruit salad.

  2. Steve Horn

    I’d like Mitt to explain how the president has kept us safe. The filled coffins that come back from Iraq, the shattered minds and bodies that fill the hospitals and the increased hostility towards the United States all provide evidence to the contrary.



  3. yarply

    Maybe it is just me, but it seems Huckabee has hijacked a lot of his campaign messages from Ron Paul’s campaign messages, except, I don’t think Ron has slung any mud that he has had to apologize or would apologize for.