Dole Blasts Huckabee – Romney Up In Iowa?
I’m not sure what to make of Bob Novak’s latest report, at least as far as a privately commissioned poll goes. It has Romney up over Huckabee and Fred Thompson at 1%. The claimed sample size is fifteen thousand, which is huge. Given that the actual poll may not be released, I’d take this with an extra grain of salt.
A private corporate interest commissioned a phone bank survey of 15,000 Iowans who say they will attend Republican presidential caucuses Jan. 3. It showed Romney with 30 percent and Huckabee at 26 percent. Sen. John McCain was third with 12 percent and Rudy Giuliani fourth at 9 percent. Fred Thompson had only 1 percent, with slightly fewer votes than Rep. Ron Paul (also at 1 percent).
At the same time, Novak reports that former Senator Bob Dole has come out of retirement to publically bash Huckabee for his statements on Bush.
"Why have you joined the ‘Bush bashers’?" Dole asked in a letter to Huckabee that he made public. Dole, until now neutral in the 2008 contest, called Huckabee’s critique of Bush policy in Foreign Affairs magazine a "perfect example of 20-20 hindsight."