Huckabee knocks GOP leaders, defends Todd Akin

Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee berated the GOP establishment in an e-mail to his supporters about Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.), the Missouri Senate candidate he backed in this month's primary, setting up an awkward situation in Tampa for next week's convention.

 

"In a Party that supposedly stands for life, it was tragic to see the carefully orchestrated and systematic attack on a fellow Republican," Huckabee wrote in the e-mail, posted by Politico. "Is this what the party really thinks of principled pro-life advocates?"

National Republican leaders, including RNC chairman Reince Priebus, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.), Mitt Romney and  Rep. Paul Ryan (Wis.)  have urged Akin to reconsider or drop his bid for Sen. Claire McCaskill's seat after his remarks on "legitmate rape."

Huckabee also defended Arkansas State Senator Fay Boozman who, while running for Senate in 1988, espoused the same theory as Akin (reportedly using the phrase "God's little shield.") After Boozman lost, Huckabee made him the head of the Arkansas Department of Health.

UPDATE: National Republican Senatorial Committee spokesman Brian Walsh tells Right Turn: “Sen. Cornyn thinks very highly of Gov. Huckabee but respectfully disagrees with him on this matter. The stakes in this election are far bigger than any one individual.”

Natalie Jennings is a Web producer for PostTV.

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