Huckabee: Hillary Clinton should be judged on her own record, not Bill’s


Former governor of Arkansas Mike Huckabee delivers remarks during the 41st Annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor. EPA/SHAWN THEW

Hillary Clinton should not be judged by her husband’s transgressions if she runs for president in 2016, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee said Friday.

“Bill Clinton is not going to be on the ballot in 2016 or 2014. It’s very possible that his wife will. What she said, what she did, how she has served both as a senator, as secretary of state that’s all fair play,” he told reporters at a press conference following his speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference in suburban Washington.

He declined to directly address comments made by Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who has referred to former President Clinton as a “sexual predator” for his sexual indiscretions, but he said certain personal issues should be off limits.

“I personally don’t like to see us get into the personal issues of candidates because once you go down that road, “ he said, “it’s hard to ever put it in reverse and go back. I’m just not sure that’s something we want to do.”

Asked about his own presidential ambitions in 2016, Huckabee said, “It’s not a decision that I’ve made.”

In a later interview, Huckabee suggested Clinton's potential candidacy might be leading to renewed interest in him running for president.

He said that's because he's familiar with the Clintons -- Bill was governor of Arkansas, too -- and because he he's face opponents of the opposite gender before.

"I certainly know the Clintons, I know Hillary. I've had two races against female opponents. I do understand the difference in the dynamics that that brings," Huckabee said. "So whether or not those are factors, I don't know."

Asked what those different dynamics might be, Huckabee laughed it off and said it was a "trade secret."

Huckabee faced a woman in his 1994 lieutenant governor campaign and his 2002 gubernatorial reelection campaign.

Updated at 12:36 p.m.

Earlier coverage: Behind the scenes at CPAC

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.
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