Huckabee Weighs in On Confederate Flag Controversy

MYRTLE BEACH, SC - Republican Mike Huckabee says the government should stay out of disputes over the Confederate flag in South Carolina.

Huckabee told an audience in Myrtle Beach that if someone came to Arkansas and told people in the state what to do with their flag "we'd tell what to do with the pole."

But Huckabee did not say whether he considers it offensive to fly the flag, a symbol of racism to some and Southern pride to others.  He said only that the matter should be up to the states.

Huckabee is barnstorming South Carolina with former Governor David Beasley, who angered conservative Republicans by calling for the flag's removal.  Today, the flag is displayed elsewhere on the state Capitol grounds.

Earlier today, Huckabee assailed political insiders who blew opportunities to fix Washington, a dig at rivals John McCain and Fred Thompson.

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