Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee warned Thursday that nominating Mitt Romney would leave the party vulnerable to Democratic charges of flip-flopping that could endanger GOP chances of winning the White House in 2008.
Huckabee said he does not doubt the authenticity of the former Massachusetts governor’s conversion on social issues, most notably abortion. “I’m just going to assume that if says he’s solidly pro-life now, he is,” he said.
But during an interview for washingtonpost.com’s PostTalk program, Huckabee said that will not stop Democrats from going after Romney, if he becomes the nominee.
“Let’s assume everything is hunky dory with his views now,” he said. “The problem is not so much where he is but where he was and the fact that that’s a change and not just on that issue but on a number of others. What’s problematic is that it does represent a dramatic shift and the obvious thing that a Democrat[ic] opponent will do to him is to say he shifted once, will he shift again?”
Unfortunate. What’s next? “I’d vote for a Mormon, but I have this friend…”