Former Arkansas governor and medically-questionable diabetes cure pitchman Mike Huckabee says Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is fundraising off the "family rolodex." Huckabee, who is expected to launch a presidential campaign in 12 days in Arkansas.
"I'm not going to pretend I have the money of a Jeb Bush or a Hillary Clinton but you know what? I don't have to have that much money," Huckabee said on Concord News Radio, a New Hampshire radio program. "For one thing, we will use our money as we had before, very frugally, very carefully and thoughtfully, we'll run the money of the campaign like people wish the federal government will run their money when they are taxed, with a real sense of good stewardship."
Huckabee added unlike Bush he doesn't have the "family rolodex."
"But we'll be competitive with money," he said. "There is no doubt in my mind, having met with donors across the country, having the process of fundraising under way. I'm convinced it's not going to be the same it was eight years ago. Will I have the same amount that somebody like Bush would have? Probably not. I do not have the family rolodex. But I also feel like I bring some ideas that are worth some value as well to the campaign."
Huckabee is expected to competed with Republicans such an Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas for the same base of social conservative voters, particularly in Iowa whose caucus he won in 2008.
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