by Steven Ertelt
December 30, 2007
Des Moines, IA (LifeNews.com) — Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee is taking on Mitt Romney over the issue of abortion as the Iowa vote approaches. Campaigning in the leading primary battleground state over the weekend, Huckabee responded to a Romney ad that criticized his record on various issues.
The GOP hopeful referenced Romney’s position change on the issue and said his consistent pro-life view over the years make him a stronger candidate.
“You are not going to find moments on YouTube of me saying something different about the sanctity of life today than I said ten years ago, ten minutes ago, or fifty years ago,” Huckabee said.
"I know that Mr. Romney has said that he’s pro-life, but that’s a new position for him," Huckabee added, according to an NBC report. "Just before he left office he signed a health care bill that provides an elective abortion for a fifty dollar co-pay. When he tells you he only signed pro-life legislation, ask him about that.
He continued: “We must stand clear and firm that human life has value and meaning and is precious to us.”
Romney’s campaign spokesman Kevin Madden responded saying that Huckabee is on the attack because he can’t defend his gubernatorial record on other issues.
"It’s a record that is tough to defend, so his testiness and irritability when being questioned about it is obvious," Madden told AP.
Despite the ads, Romney sounded a positive and hopeful tone in weekend speeches.
”My vision for America is an optimistic one. I’ve brought change to what I’ve touched before. I’ll bring change to Washington. I will also strengthen the American family,” Romney said at several campaign stops.
The Huckabee response was particularly harsh given the largely positive tone of is campaign to this point, and said the Romney ad distorted his own record as governor of Arkansas.
“If a person is dishonest in his approach to get the job, do you believe he will be honest in telling you the truth when he does get the job?“ Huckabee said.
He also defended fellow Republican candidate John McCain, who has been surging slightly in the polls of late and was also mentioned in the Romney commercial.
“It is enough to attack me but now to attack John McCain, it is like Mitt doesn’t have anything to stand on except to stand against, and I am saying enough is enough,” Huckabee added.