Huckabee Criticizes Romney Over Hunting Claim

Washington (AP) -- One of his rivals for the Republican presidential nomination says Mitt Romney shouldn't have claimed he was a life-long hunter.

Romney made that claim even though he never took out a hunting license. His campaign later said he'd been hunting just twice, including once as a teenager. Romney then said his staff was wrong, and that he had hunted rabbits and other small animals for many years, an activity that doesn't require a license.

Still, campaign rival Mike Huckabee says it was a "major mistake" for Romney to make the claim. He says, "it would be like me saying I've been a lifelong golfer because I played putt-putt when I was 9 years old and I rode in a golf cart a couple of times."

Huckabee, a former Arkansas governor, says the former Massachusetts governor lost some credibility with his comments. But he says another GOP candidate, former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, showed his honesty in South Carolina by defending his support for the use of public money for abortions.

Huckabee told CBS he disagrees with Giuliani on that issue, but admires his honesty.

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