Huck camp backtracks on Mormon question

“…he was trying to press me on my thoughts of Mitt Romney’s religion.”

…looks to me like an innocent accident – but the reporter was intent on painitng Mike into the corner… Read on: tell me what you think:

On CNN’s “The Situation Room” Wednesday, Mike Huckabee disavowed a contentious quote he provided in a lengthy New York Times Magazine profile published online, and said he never expected to see the remark in print.

However, both the article’s writer and editor have a different take.

In the article, Zev Chafets wrote that Huckabee, “in an innocent voice,” asked him, “Don’t Mormons believe that Jesus and the devil are brothers?”

On Wednesday morning, the quote got traction in the press, and Mitt Romney criticized it on the “Today” show.

Huckabee later apologized to Romney at the Republican candidates’ debate in Des Moines.

Wednesday afternoon, Huckabee described to CNN’s Wolf Blitzer how the interview with Chafets had gone. “Actually, if you’ll talk to the reporter, because he was shocked that that was characterized out of an 8,100-word story, as we were, we thought, good heavens. We were having a conversation. It was over several hours, and the conversation was about religion, and he was trying to press me on my thoughts of Mitt Romney’s religion.

“And I said I don’t want to go there. I don’t know that much about it. I barely know enough about being a Baptist. And I really didn’t know,” the GOP presidential candidate continued.

Huckabee went on to say that Chafets was telling him “things about the Mormon faith, because he frankly is fairly well-schooled on comparative religions. And so as a part of that conversation, I asked the question, because I had heard that, and I asked it not to create something — I never thought it would make the story.”

But Huckabee should not have been too shocked, according to Megan Lieberman, the Times Magazine editor who handled the piece.

Lieberman told Politico that the article was thoroughly fact-checked, and that Alice Stewart, the Huckabee campaign’s press secretary, raised no concerns when briefed on that specific quote prior to publication.

Stewart did not return a call seeking comment.

Found in the Politico


2 Responses to “Huck camp backtracks on Mormon question”

  1. Marissa Says:

    They were definitely trying to slam Huckabee into a corner. It’s the media’s way of liberal activism. It’s quite disturbing really. I like your blog, keep up the excellent work!

  2. Jay Says:

    I think comments like Huckabee’s (intentional or not) are why he has become a contender in IA. Evangelicals are waking up to Romney’s progress in the political arena. For the first time one of those devil worshiping Mormons has a good chance at becoming President. It scares them and they aren’t going to take it lying down. However, the truth of the matter is that Romney would be like every other Republican president if elected. Mike Huckabee doesn’t have a prayer at getting elected and Romney barely has that. I hope Huckabee doesn’t win the nomination. Not because I think he’s a bad guy, I just don’t think he can beat any of the top Democrats (i.e. Hillary, Obama). His nomination would be a disaster for the Republican party that has already lost its power in congress.

    Like it or not, Romney and Guliani are the only candidates that can win against the current top Democrats. Evangelicals and right wing republicans are going to have to get used to that or learn to enjoy the next 4 years with Democrats controlling our country. Four years is a long time to screw things up, especially since they control two branches of government. They will have learned from Republicans and not make the mistake of sitting on their butts, getting lazy for 8 years.

    Pat Robertson has sided with Guliani despite his stand on gays and abortion. hmmmm. He did this presumably because he believes he is the only Republican that can beat Hillary. I suspect there is more to it than that (i.e. he’s afraid of Romney’s Mormon theology). Unfortunately, it appears this is going to haunt Mitt until he is nominated or fades into the dark. I hope he is nominated because I would love to see a Democrat try to attack his religion. Can you imagine how funny it would be if Hillary challenged him about his view on God. I would start rolling on the floor with laughter (BTW I don’t think Hillary is stupid enough to do that). This is a very interesting race. If Mitt gets the nomination it will be very interesting up to the end. If Guliani gets it I think it will be very boring.

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