Huckabee To McCain: I Meant No Disrespect

Mike Huckabee insisted he was not criticizing John McCain when he suggested that the Arizona senator convinced Fred Thompson to remain in the 2008 presidential race to divide the Evangelical vote.

In an interview with Megyn Kelly on Fox News, Huckabee said the remarks were intended as a “compliment,” as such a maneuver by McCain would have been “brilliant strategy.” The former Arkansas governor managed to sneak in a bit of snark though.

“If they weren’t smart enough to do it then I apologize for giving them the benefit of being that smart,” Huckabee said.