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Huckabee felt costs of campaign

Mike Huckabee, still on his 64-city tour to promote his book "A Simple Christmas," had bipartisan criticism for some of his fellow contenders for the White House in 2008, noting that while he was trying to figure out how to cover his house payments and health insurance while campaigning, he also "was paying their salaries to run against me" and helping cover their health care and pensions. "Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Tom Tancredo, Sam Brownback, John McCain — name 'em all," Huckabee told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "They all had government jobs. They never showed up for work. And they kept their jobs. If you did that, do you think you'd still get a paycheck?"