Washington (CNN) – Mike Huckabee on Monday defended Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour from recent criticism that he has been insensitive to issues of race and civil rights.
The former Arkansas governor said Barbour, another southerner who is strongly considering a 2012 presidential bid, is “a person of impeccable integrity when it comes to issues of race.”
“I’m not going to criticize Haley,” said Huckabee, who called Barbour a friend and labeled him “the smartest political mind in America today” and “a sheer genius of political strategy.”
Huckabee made the comments on a conference call with reporters to promote his new book, “A Simple Government.”