In an interview on MSNBC, Huckabee said his rivals should be worried about how little support their lavish spending is buying them. "If I were some of these guys, I'd have to be sitting in a warm tub of water with razor blades," he said. Huckabee has been rising in polls in Iowa despite raising only $1 million in the last fundraising quarter.
He didn't get any laughs, however, from the National Hopeline Network, which runs a suicide-prevention hotline. "When a leading presidential candidate uses suicide and specifically means to do it as a joke, it is grossly irresponsible and is a disgrace," the group said in a statement, according to the Associated Press. "It also must be met with an immediate rebuke from the mental health community. This is no joking matter. Lives are at stake."