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Huckabee insists he wasn't trying to be tricky with negative ad

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee insists he wasn't trying to pull a fast one with the negative ad about rival Mitt Romney that he previewed this week.

Huckabee showed the ad to reporters on Monday and told them he had a last-minute change of heart and would not air it. Yet he played the ad anyway, prompting laughter from the media.

The former Arkansas governor says he wasn't trying to be tricky. He says if that were the case, he would have let the ad run for a few days before pulling it. 

But he also says, "probably if I had it to do over again, I wouldn't have shown it."

Polls showed Huckabee surging ahead of Romney last month, but Romney has narrowed the gap with negative ads about Huckabee's record of being more forgiving toward illegal immigrants, granting clemency to criminals and raising taxes. Huckabee has said the spots may have hurt him.

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