Huckabee vs. Palin: Early Shots for 2012
Mike Huckabee emerged from the also-rans in August 2011, when he beat Sam Brownback for the right to be the Not Mitt choice of the Iowa Christian right at the Ames Straw Poll. Looks like his competition for 2011 is Sarah Palin, and Huck takes an early shot at her recent round of resignation mass publicity:
"Whether she runs or not, she has an important voice, and I hope she remains -- let me be real clear -- a part of the Republican Party. I'm a little concerned when I hear her say that she may sort of branch out and go third party or go independent. That would be a big mistake because we need to rebuild the Republican Party, not abandon it."
The party-amorphous Ron Paul had no comment.