WASHINGTON (AP) - Former Governor Mike Huckabee says former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney made a big mistake when he claimed he was a lifelong hunter - though he's never paid for a license.
Huckabee and Romney are both seeking the Republican Party's nomination for president. Huckabee said yesterday that Romney's claim to have been a hunter would have been like Huckabee saying he's been a lifelong golfer because he played putt-putt when he was nine years old and rode in a golf cart a few times.
Romney's campaign later said he'd been hunting just twice, including once as a teenager. Romney then said his staff was wrong, and that he had hunted rabbits and other small animals for many years in Utah, where that activity that doesn't require a license.
Huckabee says Romney lost some credibility with his comments. But he says another GOP candidate, former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, showed his honesty in South Carolina by defending his support for the use of public money for abortions. Huckabee said he disagrees with Giuliani on that issue, but admires his honesty.