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Concentration Camp Quip by Gov. Elicits Ire

October 21, 2006|From Times Wire Reports

Republican Gov. Mike Huckabee drew criticism from a Jewish Democratic group for jokingly crediting his 100-pound weight loss to a stay in a concentration camp.

Huckabee made the comment on a radio show after host Don Imus told him he looked "emaciated."

"I have just come out of six weeks at a concentration camp held by the Democrat Party of Arkansas in an undisclosed location, making a hostage tape," Huckabee said. "That's why I look that way."

A spokesman for the National Jewish Democratic Council said Huckabee should apologize. Huckabee denied the comment was a reference to the Holocaust or a slight against Jews.

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