Huckabee: Obama self-destructed defending tax cuts

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) harshly criticized President Obama in an interview, saying the president "has shown no appetite for compromise with Republicans, zero."

Huckabee, who is a possible 2012 presidential candidate, said Obama to "some degree, he still has his head in the sand." He added: "He is a very ideologically left-of-center person who wants to take the country in a very dramatic direction, and I don't think that's what people wanted."

In the interview with National Journal, Huckabee said the tax-cut extension Obama worked out with congressional Republicans was "the best anyone can hope for" but said he was shocked that it was only two years.

"Politically, I was shocked it was going to be two not three, because it puts this whole thing in the very center, the bullseye of the 2012 presidential election," the former governor said. "The most bizarre part of the whole process was watching President Obama self-destruct at the podium [Dec. 7th]. I was just stunned — I really couldn't believe that a man that was elected president was as amateurish as he was and essentially launched from the podium at some of his own, taking aim and mowing down everybody in D.C. and walking away having not understood that he just lost a lot of people."

Huckabee declined to say whether or not he's running for the Republican nomination in two years, saying he has to consider who else is in the picture.

"The real question for me is, do I get through the nomination process? I feel better about getting through the general election if I were the nominee. I think I would be one of the best at drawing real contrasts with President Obama. A lot of the polls show I do exceptionally well, far better than any Republican candidate," he said. "But the question is, is the Republican primary going to be about Obama or is it going to be a demolition derby in which the candidates tear each other apart? If the field runs against Obama and unites as a field against Obama, they win, and there's a good chance he'll be a one-term president. If it's like it was last time, where everyone's trying to out-conservative each other, play toward [advocacy organizations], it will be a disaster."

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