The Washington Times - January 5, 2012, 04:39PM

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee on Thursday compared GOP presidential front-runner Mitt Romney to the Denny’s restaurant chain: not flashy or adventurous, but a good, dependable choice that everyone can agree upon.

“I’ve told people that I think Mitt Romney is the ‘Denny’s‘ of the Republican field,” Mr. Huckabee said in an interview with The Washington Times-affiliated “America’s Morning News” radio program. The chain is “not the restaurant you jump in the car and say, ‘Honey, it’s our anniversary. Let’s go to ‘Denny’s.’ But ‘Denny’s‘ is the place that, when everything else is closed, or you just want to go someplace where you know what you’re going to get and it’s going to be priced in a way that you can afford it — ‘OK, we’ll go to Denny’s.’”


The former Arkansas governor, who unsuccessfully sought the GOP nomination himself in 2008, told hosts John McCaslin and Dana Mills that Republicans who are currently lukewarm about the former Massachusetts governor will have no problem supporting Mr. Romney over President Obama in the general election.

“If the choice is Mitt Romney and Barack Obama, this is an easy thing for me,” Mr. Huckabee said. “I’ll put a yard sign up.”

“Mitt Romney is the guy that, even though he is not very many people’s first choice, he is consistent. People say he hasn’t risen above 25 [percent] — well, he hasn’t gone below it either. The other candidates all have had their moment. They go up like a rocket, and down like a rock. It’s more of a ‘tasting’ as people sort of graze over the table and see what they like. But there’s Mitt, sitting down there, you know, like the bean dip. He’s always going to be at the end of the table, and always ready. And that’s kind of how I see this thing.”

Mr. Huckabee, now a Fox News contributor, bested Mr. Romney to win the Iowa GOP caucus in 2008 before falling back as Arizona Sen. John McCain surged in New Hampshire and eventually won the nomination.