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Mike Huckabee is criticizing fellow Fox News Channel host Glenn Beck for calling the former Arkansas governor and potential presidential candidate a "progressive."

Huckabee released a statement Thursday criticizing Beck for calling him a "progressive" on his radio show earlier this week. Beck on Tuesday described Huckabee as someone who doesn't want to "disrupt giant government" and noted Huckabee's defense of first lady Michelle Obama's anti-obesity efforts.

Huckabee defended the anti-obesity efforts. He said Beck "seems to fancy himself a prophet of sorts."

Huckabee hosts a weekly talk show on Fox News. Beck also has a show on the channel that is to end later this year.

Huckabee won the 2008 Iowa caucuses in his unsuccessful race for the Republican presidential nomination. He's considering another run for the nomination.

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