Maggie Haberman reports: "Mike Huckabee rapped Rick Perry for his Social Security comments on Laura Ingraham's radio show, and suggested that Tim Pawlenty lined up behind Mitt Romney because he may be the more 'electable' choice."

"Perry hurt himself a lot with his Social Security talk and what he said may be technically true, but you go to South Florida or even any part of Florida or even the part where I live in the panhandle where you have a lot of retired people and essentially say that Social Security is a criminal enterprise, that’s problematic,” Huckabee said. “Rick likes to come across as the straight-shootin,’ blunt talking guy and that works very well in Texas and it will work very well in what I call the hardcare center of the Republican primary. But when you have to branch out and get to those younger voters and general election voters, I’m not sure how it's going to play out.”

During the 2008 GOP presidential campaign, Huckabee and Romney were foes as they fought it out in the Iowa caucuses, so it's somewhat surprising that Huckabee limited his criticism to Perry today. What gives? In July, Huckabee expressed skepticism that Perry is a bona fide social conservative, reminding his supporters in an email that Perry endorsed "pro-abortion, pro-same sex marriage Rudy Guiliani" in 2007.

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