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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Mike Huckabee exaggerate? Say it ain't so

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click to enlarge NASTY BATTLE: Huckabee v. Jimmie Lou Fisher.
  • NASTY BATTLE: Huckabee v. Jimmie Lou Fisher.
Huffington Post reports that 2016 presidential candidate Mike Huckabee has given a mild answer in response to a question of whether it's a problem potential opponent Scott Walker, the Wisconsin doesn't have a college degree.

"No, I think that’s something he’ll have to address as to why, because it’ll come up," the former governor said in a Fox radio interview. "Not that I think Republicans will care and a lot of voters won’t, but the press will bring it up, he’ll have to contend with it and deal with it. But it’s not going to be, I don’t think, the defining issue."

Huffington contrasts the Good Huck with the Bad Huck, who was his slashing and exaggerating self when he ran against Jimmie Lou Fisher for governor in 2002 and made sport of her lack of a college degree. She had dropped out of Arkansas State to care for a sick child.

Huckabee accused Fisher of inflating her academic credentials on her campaign website, which is no longer online. A Huffington Post review of an archived version of the site revealed that its biography section said Fisher "attended Arkansas State University." While Fisher did attend, she dropped out without completing her degree in order to tend to a sick child.

The site also called Fisher a "1985 graduate of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, Senior Executives Program." The three-week program offers officials management training to become more effective public managers.

"If you check her Web site, it says she is a graduate from the Harvard School of Law. The truth is, she took a three-week course," Huckabee said at a campaign stop in October 2002, according to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

But Huckabee didn't stop there. Two weeks before the general election, he once again attacked Fisher for inflating her resume. Only this time, he went a step further and criticized her for lacking a degree.

"Folks, if three weeks at Harvard makes you a Harvard graduate, then I've visited the Space Center, you all are looking at an astronaut tonight," Huckabee said during a rally in Russellville, according to The Courier-Democrat. "If you're going to lead education in this state, you need to get some. And, you need to be honest."

That's our Huck. Speaking of resume inflation, another one for national press to consider is the Huckster's billing as a nice guy.

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