Mike Huckabee was very clear on Thursday that he would not criticize Donald Trump — or any other candidate — to ensure his support if the former Arkansas governor wins the Republican presidential primary.
On Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom,” host Bill Hemmer listed the Republican candidates who have launched attacks against Trump and asked Huckabee when he would do the same.
“I put my sights on the prize, not the rivals who want the same position. I look at this like I was trying out for quarterback of the football team. And I want to get the job and take us to the Super Bowl because I play a better game, not because I broke the legs of everybody else who’s trying out for the team and I think Republicans made big mistakes in the past, by eating each other alive in the primary and we have totally ravaged the candidate who goes up against the Democrat,” Huckabee responded.
Hemmer asked again whether Huckabee would criticize Trump.
“Why should I attack him? Donald Trump may be the guy that I’m going to look to for support when I get nomination,” Huckabee replied, adding that Trump is “getting all the attention he needs without my help.”
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) has also shied away from attacking Trump, but he’s been less upfront about his reasoning. Yet the senator has likely refrained from attacking Trump in order to win the real estate mogul’s supporters if he leaves the presidential race.
Watch Huckabee’s comments via Fox News: