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Thursday, June 25, 2009

The soul of the GOP

Posted By on Thu, Jun 25, 2009 at 7:39 AM

Many are writing that the Republican primary battle for U.S. Senate in Florida -- pitting moderate Gov. Charlie Crist against hard-line conservative House speaker Marco Rubio -- might be a key indicator of the future of the party.

There's a big Arkansas angle. Mike Huckabee has come out strong for Rubio. (And yet, some national pundits see Huckabee as something of a moderate figure.)

In an interview with The Hill, Huckabee blasted the national party for making its endorsement in the race. "The establishment Republicans have made this endorsement for the same reason that they're in so much trouble," said Huckabee. "They go out there and support stuff like TARP bills and stimulus packages, pork-barrel spending and huge debt, and they wring their hands and act like, 'This is not good, but we don't have a choice.'"

It wasn't long ago that the Club for Growth was blasting Huckabee as a free-spending big government politician during his days as Arkansas governor.

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