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Huckabee's mysterious Tally stop



Gov. Mike Huckabee said in a speech on Wednesday that he had just gotten in from Tallahassee. Huckabee touted later that he met with lawmakers.

UPDATE: A meeting with lawmakers was supposed to be organized by House Speaker Marco Rubio, but Rubio said through his spokeswoman that "the timing was such that they were unable to set up a meeting on such short notice," according to the Speaker's press spokeswoman Jill Chamberlin.

Yet, when asked for clarification of the Tallahassee meeting on Wednesday night, Huckabee said that he met with lawmakers and made phone calls.

When asked if he had met with Gov. Charlie Crist, Huckabee answered, "I wish I did, but I didn't."

In a press availability, Huckabee was asked a question about whether the plunging economy favors former Gov. Mitt Romney, given his private sector experience. His answer sounds like it gives a hint at what we'll see Thursday at the debates.

"Not really," Huckabee said. "If one looks at his business career, he was largely dealing with a capital company that took companies, often broke them apart. People lost jobs, didn't gain jobs. And a lot of the money that was made within those companies ended up offshore. I'm not sure how that helps the American economy when you take people's money and you put it in a Cayman Island bank account."

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 2:18pm]


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