To them, "it's not personal, it's just business," he said on Fox News Sunday this weekend.
The comments came in reference to news that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton used a private email server and domain
for all of her official email correspondence during her time at the State Department. Huckabee said even after she releases her emails relating to her tenure as the nation's top diplomat, questions will remain, "because once this shadow of doubt has been placed, I think it's going to linger throughout a presidential campaign," if she runs.
Huckabee, who became governor of Arkansas just four years after Bill Clinton left that office for the White House, said the email scandal seemed "very familiar" from his experiences with the Clintons.
While he once drew praise from the former president, Huckabee said on Sunday that "every campaign I was ever in, the Clintons personally campaigned for my opponent," and referred to the Clintons as having an "extraordinary political machine."
"I'm not bitter about it, because frankly my attitude has been — look, these are people who know how to play politics. They play to win. They use every tool at their disposal to win," he said.
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And despite having a "decent personal relationship with the Clintons," Huckabee said he saw their thinking as similar to Corleone's.
"I look at it like Michael Corleone once looked at the business he was in. It's not personal, it's just business," he said.