Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee admitted Wednesday that fellow GOP contender Ted Cruz was prevented from speaking on stage the day before at a rally for the Kentucky clerk, explaining it all came down to a “simple” reason.

Image source: Screen grab via NewsMax TV

Image source: Screen grab via NewsMax TV

“Well Steve, this was our event,” Huckabee told NewsMaxTV’s Steve Malzberg Show. “My team put it together. We’re the ones who recruited the people not only to be on the program, but we’re the ones who coordinated the effort. We’re the ones who secured the permits, the staging.”

“We had no idea Ted Cruz was even going to show up until the day before and he didn’t call us, he called several other people on the program and asked about it,” the former Arkansas governor continued.

Huckabee said that Cruz was welcome to attend the event, noting that it was a “free rally,” but said that didn’t mean he could walk on stage as a featured speaker.

“He can come, but he’s not free to come to an event that we’re putting together and invite himself on the program anymore than I could go a few weeks ago to his event in Des Moines and just show up and expect to be a speaker,” he said. “It’s real simple.”

Huckabee said he thought it was “pretty gracious” that he “did invite” Cruz “back to visit with Kim Davis and made that possible for him.”

The New York Times first reported Tuesday that an aide to Huckabee blocked Cruz from speaking to reporters during the event.

(H/T: BuzzFeed)

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