Huckabee hits GOP on 9/11 health bill; 2012 decision coming 'later rather than sooner'

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee laid into Republican senators Thursday during an appearance on "The Daily Show" for not backing the Zadroga bill, which would provide millions of dollars in aid for 9/11 first responders.   

"It should be passed," Huckabee said. "Every Republican should vote for this bill."

Senate Republicans have held up its passage over concerns about how to pay for the measure.  

Huckabee also laid some blame at the feet of Democrats, who are making the bill "part of a political battle," he said.

"If it needs two [senators to pass], there ought to be 25, 35, 45 Republicans voting for it," Huckabee said. 

The former governor and rumored 2012 hopeful said a decision on whether he'll jump into the presidential contest will come "later rather than sooner," making it clear he's in no rush to reveal his intentions. 

Huckabee also referenced the recent dust-up between Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Sens. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) and Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.), noting that he has no problem with senators working between Christmas and New Year's, joking that it would "make up for all the times they're not working, which is the rest of the year."

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