At least one GOP candidate has no qualms about Donald Trump airing his opinions.
Mike Huckabee, a fellow Republican 2016 presidential candidate, made clear on Friday that Trump should be able to say whatever he wants, despite the backlash against Trump for his controversial comments about Hispanic immigrants during his campaign kickoff speech.
Huckabee called the real estate mogul "unique," but when asked whether he was "hurting" the Republican name, he said, "I don't think so." The Arkansas governor said the attention Trump has received could be a good thing.
"He's capturing a lot of this space. My gosh, I wish I was getting as much attention as he is, because anybody getting that much attention certainly is going to soar in the polls," Huckabee said on Fox News Radio.
According to a recent poll taken by Economist/YouGov, Trump is leading the GOP field. Fifteen percent of respondents preferred Trump, which puts him four percentage points ahead of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Sen. Rand Paul, who are tied for second.
Huckabee added that no one need worry about what Trump will say as the race for the White House continues.
"I don't think that people ought to wring their hands that Donald Trump is in there," he said. "He'll say things differently than most of us, he'll say things that maybe some of us wouldn't say, but he has as much right to be on the stage and speak his message as any of us."
The former Arkansas governor said that allowing candidates to speak their minds enables voters to reach their own conclusions, saying, "That's how the process works." Huckabee emphasized that whether or not he agreed with Trump's rhetoric, getting the billionaire to change his ways would be difficult.
"This notion that we need to ask him to tone it down, well, first of all, he's Donald Trump. He'll say what he wishes," Huckabee said. "And second of all, I think it's important for people to say what they really think. The voters then get a chance to decide. 'Is that who I want to support?'"
Despite the attention, the Economist/YouGov poll found that registered Republican voters believe Trump has a small chance of keeping his top spot as the race continues.
"I hope when [the voters] hear me say what I want to say, they'll like it. They'll want to support me," Huckabee said.
Huckabee has been ranking fifth in most national polls. That support should qualify both candidates for a place among the 10 allowed to participate in the first Republican debate next month.