As for former parole board members coming forward now who say that Mr. Huckabee, as governor, persuaded them to release Mr. DuMond, the Republican candidate offered this tonight:
That's what is so heartbreaking about this. There are families who are truly, understandably and reasonably grief-stricken. And for people to now politicize these deaths and to try to make a political case out of it, rather than to simply understand that a system failed and that we ought to extend our grief and heartfelt sorrow to these families, I just regret that politics is reduced to that.
We can guarantee you that this will not go away. Mr. Huckabee will be asked and asked about the DuMond case. As he has been. And should his campaign take hold nationally, you can bet scary commercials will be on the horizon. If not already in the can in someone's darkroom.
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