Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, who enjoyed a fair amount of popularity during his run for the Presidency in 2008, is concerned about his friend, former Minnesota Governor and current Republican Candidate Tim Pawlenty. After Pawlenty’s disappointing performance in Monday’s primary debate, Huckabee had some advice for the candidate, which he shared on Laura Ingraham’s conservative radio show on Tuesday.
Of Pawlenty’s campaign advisers, Huckabee said, “He needs to get rid of some of his consultants. I saw this with (Mitt) Romney four years ago, and I’m seeing it with Pawlenty now. He’s over-coached, over-consulted. Get rid of them.”
“I like Pawlenty. He’s a good friend; he’s a good candidate,” Huckabee said of Pawlenty. “But it was Michele Bachmann who showed up with the gloves on.”
Huckabee was clearly impressed with the performance the Congresswoman from Minnesota gave in the debate: “People sometimes forget that it’s not what one says, it’s how one says it that is equally important. One of the things that Michele Bachmann brings to the race is a level of energy and a sense of exuberance, a sense of optimism.”