Attack Ad Decision Cost Huck $150K

03/28/2008 02:45 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

DES MOINES -- Mike Huckabee's last-minute decision to pull the plug on an attack ad against Mitt Romney has been the talk of Iowa in recent days.

But it turns out there is more to the story than Huckabee explained at his now-famous, had-to-see-it-to-believe it news conference Monday. Politico has learned that his campaign burned about $150,000 in scarce campaign cash on TV footage, radio spots and mail pieces that his strategists wanted to use --before the candidate decided he didn't.

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