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Huckabee Slams Steele, Romney on Spending

Monday, 12 Apr 2010 02:30 PM

By Dan Weil

Former and perhaps future Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee doesn’t have too many kind words for Michael Steele, Mitt Romney and same-sex marriage.

In an interview with The College of New Jersey’s The Perspective magazine, Huckabee ripped into Republican National Committee chairman Steele for the outing committee officials and donors took to a Los Angeles strip club using RNC money.

“I think what’s happened is horrible,” said the former Arkansas governor, who’s now a Fox News commentator.

“The question is, how is [Steele] going to take control and how is he going to explain it? I think there does need to be a better explanation than what’s come forth so far. It’s been pretty weak.”

All the controversies surrounding Steele could hurt the GOP in November’s elections, Huckabee says.

“It’s indefensible the way that some of the money has been spent. Whether he should resign really is a question for the RNC, and I’m not a member, so I’m not going to get into that.”

As for Romney, who also ran for president in 2008 and is a probable candidate for 2012, Huckabee lit into him for approving a healthcare plan when he was governor of Massachusetts that is similar to what Congress just passed.

“Essentially Obamacare and what Massachusetts has is virtually identical,” Huckabee said. The system Romney supported is a “dismal failure,” Huckabee argued.

“It’s resulted in huge cost increases, exponentially beyond what was projected.” Huckabee also accused Romney of flip-flopping as to whether he thinks Obamacare does resemble the Massachusetts plan.

“So he’s going to have to come up with one answer that deals with it,” Huckabee said.

The former Baptist preacher wants the military to maintain its “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy that requires openly gay service members to be ousted.

“I wouldn’t support a repeal if I were commander-in-chief,” he said. “You don’t see foot soldiers out there demanding it.

Huckabee also opposes any government recognition of same-sex relationships. Even civil unions are “not necessary,” he said.

“I think there’s been a real level of being disingenuous on the part of the gay and lesbian community with their goal of civil unions,” he said. That’s because what they really want is same-sex marriage, Huckabee says.

He’s not the only Republican upset at Steele.

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, another potential 2012 GOP presidential candidate, has come out for booting the RNC chairman.

"As a leader, you set the tone for your organization," Santorum told The Iowa Republican. "If somebody who worked for my organization did something like this, they would be out of a job."

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