Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee admitted Wednesday that Texas Sen. Ted Cruz was blocked at his event from appearing on stage at a rally for Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis when she was released from jail.
"Well, this was our event," the former Arkansas governor told NewsMaxTV's Steve Malzberg Show. "My team put it together. We're the ones who recruited the people not only to be on the program, but we're the ones who coordinated the effort. We're the ones who secured the permits, the staging. We had no idea Ted Cruz was going to show up until the day before and he didn't call us, he called several other people on the program and asked about it."
Huckabee said Cruz was welcome to come but not participate onstage at the event he set up.
"Of course anybody's welcome, it's a free rally," continued Huckabee. "He can come, but he's not free to come to an event that we're putting together and invite himself on the program anymore than I could go a few weeks ago to his event in Des Moines and just show up and expect to be a speaker. It's real simple.
"I did invite, by the way back to visit with Kim Davis and made that possible for him. I thought that was pretty gracious."
The Huckablock of Cruz was first reported by New York Times who noted Cruz appeared "incredulous." Subsequent video showed the aide who blocked Cruz was Huckabee communications director Alice Stewart.
Huckabee had dodged if his team had done the Huckablock earlier Wednesday on Fox and Friends simply saying it was his event.
Andrew Kaczynski is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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