Huckabee: Thompson ‘Needs Some Metamucil’

By Jaketapper

Jan 12, 2008 11:24am

On MSNBC’s "Morning Joe" Friday, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee was asked about the fact that former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson repeatedly attacked him at Thursday night’s debate.

"I think Fred needs some Metamucil, I think it would help a lot," Huckabee joked. "He was in a bad mood last night."

According to the manufacturer, Metamucil capsules "contain psyllium husk, a natural dietary fiber originating from the psyllium plant, which relieves constipation and can lower blood cholesterol levels."

This was not a comment received warmly by the Thompson campaign.

At an event Friday night at the Sticky Fingers Rib House in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, Thompson called the comments "eighth-grade kind of potty humor kind of stuff," reports ABC News’ Christine Byun, traveling on that Fred-riffic campaign.

ABC News’ Hucka-off-air-reporter Kevin Chupka reports that, asked to explain himself, Huckabee told reporters, "It just seemed like he was very uncomfortable and unhappy last night…I really do believe that if people can’t have some kind of sense of humor as they approach this stuff, then it causes everybody to become so locked down and consultant driven and their campaigns become so boring because all they’re gonna do is give this robotic answer to everything that is so scripted."

– jpt

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