Huckabee: Perry Sat. Announcement a 'Blunder'

Friday, 12 Aug 2011 07:51 AM

By Caroline Rawls

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Former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee has called Texas Governor Rick Perry’s decision to officially announce his candidacy on the day of the Iowa straw poll a major “tactical blunder,” reports Politico.

By announcing Saturday in South Carolina, Perry will be brushing aside Iowa voters and the importance of the state’s straw poll, Huckabee explained in a recent Fox News appearance.

“The people of Iowa work very hard to make the straw poll the biggest political moment in the summer,” Huckabee told Fox News. “If you have a candidate who says, ‘You know what, I’m not gonna be there, I’m gonna be over in South Carolina, trying to pull as much attention as possible away from your big event — I tell you, the people of Iowa are gracious. loving, kind people, and they’re not gonna take kindly to someone, in essence, dissing their big event.”

Huckabee is no stranger to campaigning in Iowa. He laid his own presidential groundwork there back in 2007 when he came in second in the Ames straw poll.

“Whether you like it or not, you start at the starting line and the starting line is Iowa,” Huckabee explained. “You don’t get to start at mile No.6.”

Huckabee also predicted that the other Republican candidates will “beat the daylights out of” Perry for not respecting the Iowa straw poll and its political importance.

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