Mike Huckabee said on "The Kelly File" tonight that he is very proud of Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and other Senate Democrats for standing up to President Obama in the showdown over what to do about Iran's nuclear program.

Menendez blasted administration officials at a Senate committee hearing over their pushback on efforts to set up new sanctions against Iran.

Menendez said the more he hears from the Obama administration, "the more it sounds like talking points that come straight out of Tehran. And it feeds to the Iranian narrative of victimization."

Huckabee asserted that the sanctions on Iran were working and put the U.S. in a position of strength. He said he doesn't understand why the Obama administration decided to ease up.

"You don't take the chain off of a rabid dog when you have him already on the leash. And that's what we've done," Huckabee said.

"It doesn't matter who's at the table. If the people at the table don't have any table manners, you don't invite them to the table," he added.

"The way you stop the school bully is you put your fist in his face and you put his butt on the ground."

Huckabee said we're not dealing with rational, reasonable people, but radicals who want to kill us.

"The sooner we understand that and we admit it, the sooner we bring safety to the American people," Huckabee said.

Watch the clip above.