Former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee performed the Heimlich maneuver on a politician at the North Carolina Republican Party convention. The former Arkansas governor helped Robert Pittenger, Republican candidate for lieutenant governor, at a lunch Saturday. Pittenger said he was laughing when he choked on some food. "I stood up and the governor came over and did the Heimlich and got the relief," Pittenger said. He said the food dislodged when Huckabee applied the trademark Heimlich squeeze to the midsection. Pittenger added, "In fact he called me in the car as I was driving home to make sure I was OK." Phone messages left for Huckabee on Saturday were not immediately returned.