Huckabee praises the Clintons

On NPR's "Bryant Park Project," former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said some nice things about his fellow razorbacks -- Bill and Hillary Clinton.

Huckabee, like President Clinton, hails from Hope, Arkansas, and was president of the state's Baptist Convention when Clinton was governor.

"We've had a very cordial relationship," Huckabee says. "I've never hated the Clintons. I have great respect for them. There are two things about Bill Clinton I tell Republicans. It drives them nuts, but here it is.

"Number one, don't get it lost on you that a kid from a very small, southern rural state aspired to be President of the United States. This kid came from a dysfunctional family, alcoholic abusive father and yet, he didn't just aspire, he was elected president of the United States not once, but twice.

"That is an affirmation of the system. And it is a wonderful testament to give to every kid in America that no matter where you come from, you've got an opportunity to do something extraordinary.

"The second thing, and this will really rankle some of my Republican colleagues: Bill Clinton and Hillary went through some horrible experiences in their marriage because of some of the reckless behavior that he has admitted he had. I am not defending him on that, it's indefensible.

"But they kep their marriage together. And a lot of the Republicans who have condemned them and talk about their platform of family values, interestingly, didn't keep their own families together."

Huckabee, who lost 110 pounds a few years ago, also offered some tips on how to diet while on the road.

You can listen to it HERE ...the Huckabee interview comes about 49 minutes into the show.

Will Huckabee's nice -- dare I say Christian -- comments about the Clintons hurt him in the GOP primaries?

-- jt

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