Monday, December 31, 2007
Cutting It Close
--Claire Brinberg, 360 Producer

I am standing in front of a barbershop in Des Moines, waiting to watch Mike Huckabee get his hair cut. About 30 media types are gathered here for the barbershop stake out. No joke. I'm standing off to the side and feeling a bit sheepish.

But that's the way it's gone with Huckabee today: a cavalcade of photo-ops. He went for a jog this morning, with tv cameras in tow. And now he's minutes away from a quick trim.

In between, was an odd news conference, conveniently held in the hotel where I'm staying.

Standing before more than a hundred reporters, Huckabee announced he's pulling the plug on a tv commercial attacking Mitt Romney. He absolutely, positively won't go on the attack, he said. Just not his style. Not the way he's gonna win. The unaired attack ad, he declared, is going back on the shelf.

But first...Huckabee played the scathing ad on a huge screen for the roomful of reporters. For real. Reporters wondered why Huckabee was screening the commercial at all. The candidate said he wanted to prove it actually existed.

I, for one, would've taken his word for it.
Posted By CNN: 4:12 PM ET
  3 Comments
Huckabee just bothers me. He loooves publicity, but to get publicity, he feels he must say that he hates it... What a paradox! He's just sort of annoying, and honestly, it's tacky to say you're not going to run an ad and then show it to, of all people, reporters.

(I must say, the first sentance of this post made me laugh out loud!)
Posted By Anonymous Christianna : 4:19 PM ET
Didn't Huckabee hire Ed Rollins in order to prevent missteps like this? There was no reason to show the ad--did he actually think the members of the press and the public wouldn't see through that tactic?
Posted By Anonymous Fay, Vacaville, CA : 6:30 PM ET
Perhaps Huckabee showed it to the reporters so they could report on it and that way he could get his message out but he could say he didn't do a negative ad; he let the press do it for him.

Maybe Huckabee is a fine man but the last few weeks he's reminded me of a used car salesman....and I'm not interested.

Suzanne Williams
Knoxville TN
Posted By Anonymous Anonymous : 9:01 PM ET
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