Huckabee: Trump's comments were 'earthy'

Story highlights

  • Huckabee said the strong language is resonating in the Republican primary
  • But the former Arkansas governor and pastor said voters shouldn't expect him to use vulgar expressions

Washington (CNN)Mike Huckabee has one word to describe his opponent Donald Trump's recent vulgar comments -- but it isn't profane.

"Well, it's earthy, let's just be blunt," Huckabee said Wednesday morning on CNN's "New Day" when asked about Trump's remarks.
CNN's Alisyn Camerota asked Huckabee to weigh in on the GOP front-runner's recent speech in which he said Democrat Hillary Clinton "got schlonged" in 2008's election.
    The term is derived from a Yiddish word for a penis. Trump has said he did not mean it in a vulgar way, but was rather using the slang to mean beaten badly.
    Huckabee said that type of language is resonating in the Republican primary.
    "People just want someone to say publicly at the podium what they might say at the coffee shop with three or four close friends as they huddle together, and I think to some people that's really appealing," Huckabee said.
    But the former Arkansas governor and pastor said voters shouldn't expect him to go there.
    "(Trump) uses language that as you know ... I don't use, and maybe that's to my detriment this year, maybe it would be better if I did, but that's not who I am," Huckabee said.