Huckabee's McCain Claim Rekindles 2008 Tension
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Former presidential candidate Fred Thompson on Friday denied a charge by Mike Huckabee that he was urged to stay in the 2008 race to help split the vote for Sen. John McCain. 

"There's not one shred of truth to it," Thompson told Fox News. 

Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor and a Fox News host, had claimed a day earlier that ahead of the 2008 Republican South Carolina primary, McCain had "certainly encouraged" Thompson to stay in the race. At the time, Huckabee had just won the Iowa caucuses and McCain had won the New Hampshire primary -- a win in South Carolina, which McCain ultimately achieved, was considered vital to his campaign. 

Huckabee claimed he's been told that McCain urged Thompson to stay in the race and that, in turn, Thompson soaked up some of the votes that would have gone toward the Huckabee campaign. 

Huckabee said Friday, in response to Thompson, that he meant his allegation as a compliment, since it would have been a deft political move.

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