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Huckabee Softens Criticism of Romney's Health Care Plan


Potential GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee says Mitt Romney deserves credit for experimenting in Massachusetts.(Richard A. Bloom)

Prospective presidential candidate Mike Huckabee Sunday tried to ease the sting of his recent criticism of Mitt Romney’s health care plan in Massachusetts, saying on Fox News Sunday that the policy shouldn’t disqualify Romney from the GOP presidential nomination.

In fact, although Romney should acknowledge his health care plan failed, Huckabee said, he should earn praise for experimenting with the plan.


“It’s not a good plan, but he attempted something that he wanted to see if it would work,” he said.

Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor, made news this week when his newly released book contained passages criticizing Romney’s bill, which many have compared to the one passed by the Democrats in Washington last year. Asked if his criticism amounted to breaking President Reagan’s famed “11th Commandment” -- thou shalt not criticize a fellow Republican -- he said it didn’t because it stuck to policy.

“Policy differences are legitimate,” he said. “If we start attacking each on integrity and character, we have a problem, which I haven’t done.”

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