Beck suggests Huckabee too 'thin-skinned' for 2012

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Posted: Apr 22, 2011 6:56 PM
Beck suggests Huckabee too 'thin-skinned' for 2012

Glenn Beck on Friday offered some unsolicited advice to former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee as he continued a political feud with his fellow Fox News Channel host: Skip the 2012 presidential race if you can't take some political punches.

Beck criticized the potential White House hopeful's record on taxes and executive clemency in the latest in a spat that began when Beck called Huckabee a "progressive" for supporting First Lady Michelle Obama's anti-childhood obesity initiative. Beck's latest comments came a day after Huckabee portrayed Beck as someone trying to find conspiracies that aren't there.

"If, sir, you are this thin-skinned about your politics, it might be best for you to stay on the sidelines, maybe with Michelle Obama, and not enter this race," Beck said on his radio show. "The last thing we need is someone challenging Barack Obama, not as president of the United states, but challenging Barack Obama for his title as the most thin-skinned president in American history."

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

Beck said there are "really tough issues that real conservatives will have with Mike Huckabee." He singled out the former governor's support for some tax increases while in office, and his decision to commute the sentence of Maurice Clemmons, who in 2009 opened fire in Tacoma, Wash., and left four police officers dead

It was the latest in a back-and-forth between the two Fox personalities and conservative commentators. Huckabee hosts a weekly talk show on Fox News. Beck also has a show on the channel that is scheduled to end later this year.

The head of Huckabee's political action committee declined to comment on Beck's remarks.

The spat began Tuesday when Beck called Huckabee a progressive, a term that the former governor said Beck has likened in the past to Nazis and cancer. Beck in a speech last year referred to progressivism as a "cancer in America," and he's also compared the tactics of progressives to Nazis.

Huckabee on Thursday defended his support of Obama's "Let's Move" initiative and said Beck was trying to misrepresent it.

"He seems to fancy himself a prophet of sorts for his linking so many people and events together to describe a massive global conspiracy for pretty much everything," Huckabee said.