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The Huckster’s Attack Ad Airs After All

The non-partisan FactCheck.org reports that Huckabee’s anti-Romney aired on three Iowa stations despite the Huckster’s press conference proclaiming he would not go negative. Moreover, FactCheck concludes that Huck’s ad “shades the facts” to distort Romney’s record in the process.

Last night on Leno, Huck said that if he’d wanted to be cynical, he would have aired the ad, and then pulled it after claiming pangs of conscience about going negative. It seems to me that the Huckabee campaign pulled an even more cynical move: Proclaiming it would not run a negative ad in an effort to take the “high road,” and then running the ad at the last minute anyway, without leaving the Romney campaign time to respond.

At the close of the ad, Huckabee says “If a man’s dishonest to obtain a job, he’ll be dishonest on the job.” I agree, and it’s one more reason I actively oppose Huckabee’s campaign (in addition to supporting Fred).

Jonathan H. Adler — Jonathan H. Adler teaches courses in environmental, administrative, and constitutional law at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law.

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