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Do I know you? They are colleagues at Fox News and might also share a bond as former Republican governors, but Mike Huckabee says he hasn't encountered Sarah Palin during the time both have worked at the cable network over the past year or so.
"I don't think I've ever bumped into Sarah Palin ever at Fox," Huckabee told CNN's John King. (Of course, many of Palin's appearances on the channel are via satellite from her home in Alaska.)
Not only are they apparently not TV buddies, Huckabee and Palin could be competing for the same bloc of socially conservative voters if they both decide to run next year for the Republican presidential nomination.
Huckabee, who has a weekly show on Fox, made a point of defending first lady Michelle Obama when Palin made fun of her campaign against childhood obesity late last year. With all due respect, he said, his "friend" Palin misunderstood what Mrs. Obama was trying to accomplish. She's "not trying to tell people what to eat or force government's desires on people," he said. "She's stating the obvious: that we have an obesity crisis in this country."
Huckabee, who has battled his own weight problems, also defended the objectivity of Fox News, which employs not only himself and the former governor of Alaska but onetime House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rich Santorum. "The one thing about Fox that people miss is that there really is this big wall between the news guys and the program guys," he said. "I mean I'm on the program-track side. I don't pretend to be objective. I'm not. But I would say our news guys, they're objective."
The former Arkansas governor was also asked about the Libyan crisis. Huckabee said that Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi is "clearly a madman" and that the U.S. should consider establishing a "no-fly zone" over the country to help prevent further bloodshed on the ground.
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