Carl Cameron from Fox News has the report on this. Apparently Huckabee took time over the weekend to film a new attack ad on Romney but has no chosen not to air it.
Cameron sorts it all out:
Huckabee is caught in between wanting to win so badly that he completely trashes Romney and looking hypocritical since he claims that he wants to run a clean campaign.
I think it will serve him better not to run the ad. Romney has also decided, so it appears, to not go negative on Hucakbee in the next few days. They’re so close that I don’t think either one wants to risk alienating voters who may be turned off by their negative attacks.
Here is some bad video of the ad in question from the news conference. It’s only about 24 seconds of it apparently:
By using the word “dishonest”, he’s able to call Romney a liar without indeed calling him a “liar”. That would have been a pretty nasty ad to air.
Here’s another report on the matter form The Hill:
DES MOINES â€“ Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) told reporters Monday that he was pulling a negative ad designed to target his chief rival in Iowa, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R).
Then he showed the ad to a room packed wall to wall with reporters.
When asked if it is hypocritical to make an announcement about not running negative ads, and then show a negative advertisement to dozens of members of the national and local media, Huckabee said he had to show the ad to prove its existence.
â€œI want to show you that we were fully prepared,â€ Huckabee said.
The former governor said the ad, which hits Romney on the issues of taxes and abortion, was set to start running in Iowa Monday at noon.
I don’t know, I’m not really sure it was necessary to show reports just to prove it existed. He could have just said it existed and that would be true. Saying he’s not going to air it and then proceeding to show it to reporters who will inevitably report on it is sort of a backhanded way of getting the message of it out in the press.