Presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee, campaigning in Myrtle Beach, S.C.:
Speaking to reporters before the event, he said the Republicans deserved to lose control of Congress and that the country needs a leader who can efficiently run the government.
He didn't directly criticize President Bush, but said breakdowns in government were the reason that the Democrats picked up so many seats in the November election.
"People are still angry over what happened after Katrina," Huckabee said. "It was a disaster that almost equaled the disaster of the hurricane, in that government stood by and seemed to be incapable of delivering a bottle of water on Interstate 10 bridges, even when CNN could get cameras to those people. Everyone looked at that and thought that was completely unacceptable."
Here, kind of on topic, is a NY Times analysis of the fractured race for the conservative Republican base and whether that fracture could propel Giuliani.
I missed Huckabee with George Stephanopoulos this morning. But it will be posted before long on the ABC news site, which already has video clips of him talking about Anna Nicole Smith ("tragedy") and Barack Obama's cigarette habit (he wishes he would quit). Huffington Post has a clip that indicates he spoke warmly about that earlier man from Hope who made it to the White House.