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Huckabee says he wasn't really criticizing Natalie Portman when he criticized her

Posted by Steve Greenlee  March 4, 2011 04:02 PM

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108714710PL040_2011_Vanity_.jpgMike Huckabee may have triggered memories of Dan Quayle's attack on Candice Bergen's "Murphy Brown" character back in 1992, but the former Arkansas governor insists he wasn't criticizing Oscar-winning actress Natalie Portman when he suggested her pregnancy glamorizes having children outside of marriage. Huckabee, who is considering another run for the Republican presidential nomination, yesterday accused "the Hollywood media" of distorting comments he made about Portman in a radio interview Monday. Huckabee said in that interview that it was "troubling" to see Portman or other celebrities having children while unmarried. The Harvard grad, who won the best-actress Oscar Sunday night for her role in "Black Swan," is expecting her first child with her fiancÚ, choreographer Benjamin Billepied. Yesterday Huckabee praised Portman as an actress and says he's glad she plans to get married. In the interest of not distorting Huckabee's original comments, here's what he told radio host Michael Medve: "People see a Natalie Portman who boasts, 'We're not married, but we're having these children and they're doing just fine.' It's unfortunate that we glorify and glamorize the idea of out-of-wedlock children."

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