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Huckabee:He Was Against The Attack Ad Before He Was For It

Wednesday, January 2, 2008  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Unbelievable. The Huck’s negative ad is in fact running –two days after the former Arkansas governor announced he would not risk his soul by running it.

Remember that ad attacking Mitt Romney that Mike Huckabee unveiled at a press conference before announcing that he wouldn’t be running the ad?

Well, it turns out that the ad, which attacked Romney on a host of fronts, seems to have run on Iowa television anyway — at least a day and half after Huck promised at the presser he’d pull it, touting his decision as proof of what a noble campaign he’s run.

This morning, a reader reported to us that the ad ran last night in Cedar Rapids, on TNT, during a rerun of Law and Order. And a day of run-arounds by the local cable company and unreturned calls by from the Huckabee campaign makes it pretty clear our reader is right.

We’ve spent a fair amount of time trying to track this one down. First we checked in with a low-level official at the cable provider, an outfit called Mediacom. They put us in touch with the people who do their ad booking, a company called Onmedia. The people at Onmedia were friendly and helpful and went back to check for us — but once they did, the higher-ups abruptly clammed up and stopped returning our calls.

Then we went to a higher level official at Mediacom. This official, Thomas Larsen, would not confirm or deny that the ad had run. But he did confirm that on Monday they received an order from the Huckabee campaign to yank an ad — and that the ad hadn’t in fact been yanked until today.

Read the whole thing. Can you run the country when you can’t run an ad buy?

Or maybe the whole deal is turning out exactly as Huck planned it, but without the results he had hoped for. From Allahpundit at Hot Air:

When asked whether these paper-thinly veiled attacks on Romney didn’t perchance violate his “no negative campaigning” rule, Huck preciously replied, “I haven’t attacked him because I’ve never called him by name when I did that in these speeches today.” Yes, really.

Exit question: What’s shadier, paying a bunch of people to set up a state campaign network for you or coopting preexisting networks of religious people by touting yourself as the race’s true “Christian leader”?

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