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Huckabee wants it both ways on negative ads

Signs of disarray on the verge of January 3, via The Page:

Response to Huckabee Event from Romney Campaign

From Spokesman Kevin Madden:

Good afternoon, folks-

For those of you who saw it with your own eyes, there’s no need for me to describe how bizarre it was.

But for those of you who didn’t, The Politico has a report of Mike Huckabee’s meltdown at a campaign press conference today where he displayed a negative TV ad attacking Governor Romney, at the same time he said he was running a “positive” campaign.

The Key Quote from The Politico:

“It’s the sort of gambit that will instantly trigger cynicism among the political class, especially given the confusion that surrounded the move.””

Here’s the full report:

WHAT THE…??!!

Huckabee won’t air negative ads

POLITICO
Jonathan Martin
http://www.politico.com/blogs/jonathanmartin/1207/Huckabee_wont_air_negative_ads.html

In a surprise move, Mike Huckabee said today that he won’t air negative ads against Mitt Romney.

Claiming that he changed this mind this morning, Huckabee told reporters gathered in anticipation of seeing the spots that he would no longer attack Romney off the air, either.

But Huckabee still aired the ad he cut yesterday in which he criticized Romney on fiscal matters, gun control, law and order and abortion.

Additionally, Huckabee spoke surrounded by five placards on easels leveling the same attacks in print on Romney.

Asked to explain the pledge to stay positive with his decision to still show the ad and display the oppo, Huckabee said his staff hadn’t known of his decision until minutes before the event and that he only showed the negative spot to prove that he had actually cut one and had made this decision.

It’s the sort of gambit that will instantly trigger cynicism among the political class, especially given the confusion that surrounded the move.

Charmaine Yoest, a top aide to the former governor, said after the press conference that she didn’t know until Huckabee’s decision to not air the ads until shortly before the event and that there hadn’t been time to take down the signs.

But, surrounded by reporters in a hallway outside the conference room, she wouldn’t say exactly when she found out about the decision.

“This is an evolving strategy,” Yoest admitted.

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