Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, in a Friday interview, defended Donald Trump's changing position on abortion while attacking Ted Cruz for changing his views based on polling.
Asked on NewsMax Prime why he hasn't been critical of Trump's shift from being pro-abortion rights to anti-abortion, the former Arkansas governor said, "The difference is Donald Trump has certainly changed his view on abortion, he is pro-life now, but you know his view evolved over 20 years, not 20 months, or 20 minutes."
It's unclear when Trump shifted his views on abortion. He supported partial-birth abortion at one point in 1999 (before changing his mind on the procedure that same year), and cited a friend's personal choice to not have an abortion as a factor in why he changed his mind.
In the past week, Cruz and his backers have sought to highlight Trump's past position on abortion, launching a television ad featuring a 1999 Meet The Press interview in which Trump described himself as "pro-choice in every respect."
Huckabee, who in the final days before the Iowa caucuses has criticized Cruz for his tithing practices, labeling him a "phony" Christian, described the Texas senator in the interview on Friday as someone who changes his views based on polls or where he is speaking.
"What I find troubling is when a person changes their view based on which way the polls go or changes their speeches based on where they are geographically," said Huckabee, saying his stump speech was the same in Manhattan and Iowa.
"I just think that if a person is going to be consistent then you don't change what you say depending on where you are," said Huckabee. "And quite frankly, if Ted claims that he's the outsider, look at where the money comes from."
Huckabee said Cruz is a "wholly-owned subsidy of corporate interests."
Andrew Kaczynski is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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