DES MOINES--Republican Mike Huckabee, a Baptist minister, defended the role that faith plays in his life and said by his personal definition, it would be a miracle for him to defeat rival Mitt Romney in Iowa's lead-off caucuses.
Huckabee, a former Arkansas governor, said on NBC's "Meet the Press" today that potential caucus-goers have been "bombarded" with negative TV ads and mail from Romney and others, including during the recent Christmas holiday. Instead of Christmas cards, he said, "they were finding out what a bum Mike Huckabee is."
Huckabee also conceded that the attacks, including a series of commercials launched by Romney, a former Massachusetts governor, may have softened his support in recent weeks after polls had showed him overtaking Romney--the longtime Iowa GOP frontrunner.
The former Arkansas governor again maintained that Romney is running "a very desperate and, frankly, a dishonest campaign," not only against him but in ads targeting Sen. John McCain of Arizona in New Hampshire on the issue of illegal immigration.
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