Mike Huckabee explains his spike of negative anti-Romney campaign ad in what is now called attack ad bait-and-switch
“You know in reaction to the press conference Gov. Huckabee had today, I think that Iâ€™d note that Iâ€™m running a serious campaign, that there are serious issues that face the country at this time. I want to bring change to Washington — thatâ€™s what my campaign is about. The press conference which Gov. Huckabee had today, I think, is confusing to the people of Iowa. On the one hand, he wants to run a positive campaign; and on the other hand, he shows a negative campaign ad and hopes that people promote it and provide it to the public through the earned media. And I think thatâ€™s a very confusing and puzzling message. With that, who wants a slice of pizza?”
The national press have “panned” Huckabee’s gambit of pulling his anti-Romney attack ad from Iowa airwaves but will it play to Iowa voters? And, what Flap calls Huckabee’s larger Christian audience – the Evangelicals in South Carolina, Georgia and Florida?
Huckabee may realize that he may well lose to Romney in Iowa but his campaign will live on by helping McCain label Romney as nasty, a violator of Reagan’s 11th Commandment in New Hampshire enabling a Romney loss and then pick up conservative voters when Fred Thompson withdraws.
The GOP Presidential race is a chess match and the pundit has to look beyond an Iowa moment.
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