In a Foreign Affairs article, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee sharply criticizes the Bush administration’s foreign policy, calling it indicative of an “arrogant bunker mentality“:
American foreign policy needs to change its tone and attitude, open up, and reach out. The Bush administration’s arrogant bunker mentality has been counterproductive at home and abroad. My administration will recognize that the United States’ main fight today does not pit us against the world but pits the world against the terrorists.
This criticism was too much for former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, who has been vociferously defending President Bush all weekend. Yesterday, he told an Iowa crowd that Huckabee sounded like a Democrat and instead suggested that “we ought to be saying thank you to the president for keeping us safe these last six years.”
Today on NBC’s Meet the Press, Romney went even further, saying that Huckabee “went over the line” and “owes the President an apology.” “That’s an insult to the President and Mike Huckabee should apologize to the President,” he said. Watch it:
In the face of Romney’s attacks, Huckabee backed down from his criticisms. On CNN’s Late Edition, he instead defended Bush and attempted to demonstrate his alliance with the President:
I didn’t say the President was arrogant. … I’ve said that the policies have been arrogant. … I’m the one who actually supported the President’s surge. I supported the Bush tax cuts, when Mr. Romney didn’t. I was with President Bush on gun control, when Mitt Romney wasn’t. I was with the President on the President’s pro-life position, when Mitt Romney wasn’t.
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