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Mike Huckabee: I didn't "slam" Natalie Portman

Mike Huckabee speaking at a campaign event in Michigan in 2008.
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Mike Huckabee has been in the news all week for controversial comments. First, he mistakenly said President Obama spent his childhood in Kenya and then said he thinks Mr. Obama harbors "fundamental anti-Americanism." And today, he was in the news again for comments that surfaced of him saying Oscar-winner Natalie Portman "glamorizes" out-of-wedlock pregnancy. In an attempt to dial back the latest controversy, which has garnered a lot of attention on the web today, his office this afternoon released a statement from the possible presidential candidate criticizing the coverage and saying he did not "slam" Portman.

"Natalie is an extraordinary actor, very deserving of her recent Oscar and I am glad she will marry her baby's father." Huckabee said in the statement. "However, contrary to what the Holly wood media reported, I did not 'slam' or 'attack' Natalie Portman, nor did I criticize the hardworking single mothers in our country."

Huckabee continued, "My comments were about the statistical reality that most single moms are very poor, under-educated, can't get a job, and it if weren't for government assistance, their kids would be starving to death."

The former Arkansas governor has been on the media circuit promoting his book "A Simple Government." The first chapter is titled, "The Most Important Form of Government is a Father, Mother, and Children."

Huckabee started the controversy by saying in a radio interview, "People see a Natalie Portman or some other Hollywood starlet who boasts, 'we're not married but we're having these children and they're doing just fine'...I think it gives a distorted image. It's unfortunate that we glorify and glamorize the idea of out-of-wedlock children."