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Huckabee Tackles Romney for Team McCain
NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein

Posted on 02/03/2008 1:51:42 PM PST by governsleastgovernsbest

On this Super Sunday, it's fitting I suppose that Mike Huckabee would be out there blocking and tackling for Team McCain. Appearing on this morning's Today show, the former Arkansas governor made a pro forma claim that he's still running for president and not the veep slot. But Huckabee certainly seemed to be acting as what Mark Steyn described in a recent Hugh Hewitt interview as McCain's "wing man."

Consider Huckabee's reply to a question from Sunday co-host Jenna Wolfe [a resident, coincidentally, of Chappaqua, NY, home to Bill and Hillary.]

Video at link.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bigot; huckabee; jerk; mccain; mikehuckabee; rino; romney; todayshow
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1 posted on 02/03/2008 1:51:44 PM PST by governsleastgovernsbest
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To: Behind Liberal Lines; Miss Marple; an amused spectator; netmilsmom; Diogenesis; YaYa123; MEG33; ...

Huck tackles Romney for Team McCain. Ping to Today show list.


2 posted on 02/03/2008 1:52:21 PM PST by governsleastgovernsbest (Keeping track of the MSM so you don't have to!)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
It's an absurd premise considering poll after poll shows that Huckabee voters are more likely to vote for McCain than Romney.

But, how can Huckabee divide the conservative vote if he isn't a conservative?

3 posted on 02/03/2008 1:57:44 PM PST by Ol' Sparky (Liberal Republicans are the greater of two evils)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Earth to Huckabee - McCain doesn't like you - you are too closely associated with evangelicals because you're a former preacher!

But, Huckabee didn't care if he destroyed the Arkansas GOP so he might as well destroy the national GOP!
4 posted on 02/03/2008 2:00:25 PM PST by RushingWater (Pres. Bush honors Mexican sovereignty over our own - Pardon Ramos/Campeon/Hernandez)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

5 posted on 02/03/2008 2:00:47 PM PST by TornadoAlley3 (This site has been invaded by trolls!)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

conservative (kən-sûr'və-tĭv) pronunciation

1. Favoring traditional views and values; tending to oppose change.

2. Traditional or restrained in style: a conservative dark suit.

3. Moderate; cautious: a conservative estimate.

4. 1. Of or relating to the political philosophy of conservatism.

2. Belonging to a conservative party, group, or movement.

6 posted on 02/03/2008 2:00:54 PM PST by Rome2000 (Peace is not an option)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
JENNA WOLFE: Governor, Mitt Romney said that evangelicals who vote for you would basically be handing the party's nomination over to a very liberal John McCain. I see you're smiling there. What is your reaction to that?

MIKE HUCKABEE: Well I think he's got it just a little bit wrong. People who vote for Mitt Romney might be handing it over to John McCain. But let's be fair. John McCain is not a liberal. I think that's nonsense. One of the reasons Mitt Romney's campaign has not been able to get traction even though he spent $100 million is that statements like that are ludicrous. John McCain and I differ on immigration; we differ on stem-cell research; we differ on the human-life amendment. So there's some areas where we're different. But to call him a liberal is a pretty big stretch, especially from a guy who still believes in gun control, who's a recent convert to the pro-life movement, who still has a real problem figuring out where he stands on a host of issues. I just think that's ludicrous, and that's why we feel like we're going into this, if it is a two-man race, it's John McCain and Mike Huckabee.


Since Huckabee provided instances where he and McCain differ, he sure doesn't sound like a wing man.

Romney would like it to be so, if only to make up for his own shortcomings.
7 posted on 02/03/2008 2:02:56 PM PST by RangerM (Jesus is the only perfect Christian)
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To: Rome2000

So conservatives oppose *changing* Roe v. Wade?

Was Reagan not a conservative when he wanted to *change* the
punitive income tax laws?

You don’t understand conservatism if you think conservatism is just about preserving the status quo.


8 posted on 02/03/2008 2:06:43 PM PST by Truthsearcher
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To: RangerM

But why was Huck so vehemently denouncing Mitt’s criticism of McCain?


9 posted on 02/03/2008 2:07:06 PM PST by governsleastgovernsbest (Keeping track of the MSM so you don't have to!)
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To: RangerM

Romney needs to quit throwing good money after bad and call it a campaign.


10 posted on 02/03/2008 2:07:27 PM PST by mcjordansc
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Huckabee - The Spoiler.....................


11 posted on 02/03/2008 2:08:19 PM PST by gitmogrunt (McCainiac's- please don't confuse them with the facts. McCain will NEVER get my vote.)
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To: gitmogrunt
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12 posted on 02/03/2008 2:10:08 PM PST by catbertz
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To: mcjordansc

Romney is ahead by 3 points in CA. He’s behind only by 2 points in GA. Republicans are beginning to realize that McCain is not palatable as our candidate for numerous reasons, all which have been discussed many times on FR.

Romney is turning this thing around. The MSM are going to get a rude awakening.


13 posted on 02/03/2008 2:11:20 PM PST by Signalman
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To: catbertz

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SsS7-xoX9Lc

McCain’s buddy.


14 posted on 02/03/2008 2:11:47 PM PST by TornadoAlley3 (This site has been invaded by trolls!)
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To: catbertz

That is the description of a turd! Huck is the description of the drug emitrol.


15 posted on 02/03/2008 2:13:59 PM PST by dforest (Don't even ask me to vote for McCain, Rudy, or Huckster.)
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To: RushingWater

Huck is an opportunist A hole. Mark my words, he will destroy any clout the evangelical vote ever had.

He did it for himself folks, you were the fools.

Geesh!


16 posted on 02/03/2008 2:16:42 PM PST by dforest (Don't even ask me to vote for McCain, Rudy, or Huckster.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
But why was Huck so vehemently denouncing Mitt’s criticism of McCain?

One of the following:

a. because Mitt hurt Mike's feelings

b. simple religious bigotry

c. he is in collusion with McCain

d. any combination of the above.

Mr. niteowl77

17 posted on 02/03/2008 2:17:16 PM PST by niteowl77
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

I honestly believe if the tables were reversed and it was McCain criticizing Romney by calling him a liberal, then Huckabee would defend Romney as well. McCain has criticized Romney and his differing positions depending on political expediency, and although I haven’t heard Huckabee speak on this, I agree with McCain on that one.

Here is what Huckabee said about McCain’s criticism of Romney and the subject of timetables:

http://www.upi.com/NewsTrack/Top_News/2008/01/27/huckabee_romney_backed_secret_timetable/2636/

If Huckabee can be proven untruthful, then I will agree that the accusation that Huckabee is carrying McCain’s water has merit.


18 posted on 02/03/2008 2:17:34 PM PST by RangerM (Jesus is the only perfect Christian)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
But why was Huck so vehemently denouncing Mitt’s criticism of McCain?

Has Huckabee even criticized McCain - ever?

19 posted on 02/03/2008 2:20:58 PM PST by Red Steel
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To: Ol' Sparky
It's an absurd premise considering poll after poll shows that Huckabee voters are more likely to vote for McCain than Romney.

Could you site a few of these polls please?

20 posted on 02/03/2008 2:24:44 PM PST by Invincibly Ignorant
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To: RangerM

Doesn’t Huckabee consider lying to be a sin?


21 posted on 02/03/2008 2:24:47 PM PST by Eva (Benedict Arnold was a war hero, too.)
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To: Eva

I would imagine so. Will you be the person to identify that sin?


22 posted on 02/03/2008 2:25:57 PM PST by RangerM (Jesus is the only perfect Christian)
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To: Invincibly Ignorant

The recent Fox News poll showed that if Huckabee wasn’t in the race, McCain would ahead of Romney 62-29%. Polls out of Florida showed 54% of Huckabee voters would have voted McCain as opposed to 32% that would have went to Romney.


23 posted on 02/03/2008 2:28:26 PM PST by Ol' Sparky (Liberal Republicans are the greater of two evils)
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To: Ol' Sparky
The recent Fox News poll showed that if Huckabee wasn’t in the race, McCain would ahead of Romney 62-29%. Polls out of Florida showed 54% of Huckabee voters would have voted McCain as opposed to 32% that would have went to Romney.

ah ok. I see you can only cite ambiguities.

24 posted on 02/03/2008 2:31:46 PM PST by Invincibly Ignorant
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To: Ol' Sparky
It's an absurd premise considering poll after poll shows that Huckabee voters are more likely to vote for McCain than Romney.

But, how can Huckabee divide the conservative vote if he isn't a conservative?

And, since therefore, he's consevative...and has been invited to play at TWO FREEPER Inaugural Balls...where in the hell is the love around here?

...waiting for an answer [crickets]

25 posted on 02/03/2008 2:33:24 PM PST by DCPatriot ("It aint what you don't know that kills you. It's what you know that aint so" Theodore Sturgeon))
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To: Red Steel
Has Huckabee even criticized McCain - ever?

About as much as Fred Thompson criticized McCain in South Carolina.

26 posted on 02/03/2008 2:40:57 PM PST by Ol' Sparky (Liberal Republicans are the greater of two evils)
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27 posted on 02/03/2008 2:50:54 PM PST by TornadoAlley3 (This site has been invaded by trolls!)
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To: DCPatriot
And, since therefore, he's consevative...and has been invited to play at TWO FREEPER Inaugural Balls...where in the hell is the love around here?

So, after falsely casting Huckabee as a liberal, he is suddenly a conservative? How convenient.

28 posted on 02/03/2008 3:05:51 PM PST by Ol' Sparky (Liberal Republicans are the greater of two evils)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
If McCain chose the snake handler or is it snake oil salesman as VP, it would really give the MSM a bonanza. Two freaks to rip to shreds.
29 posted on 02/03/2008 3:31:55 PM PST by isrul
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
"But let's be fair. John McCain is not a liberal."
"

30 posted on 02/03/2008 3:35:34 PM PST by Iron Munro (Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress; but I repeat myself.)
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To: RushingWater

Huckabee’s screwing with our judges... that’s what he’s doing.


31 posted on 02/03/2008 4:27:40 PM PST by AliVeritas (The Christian satan warned you about.)
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To: RangerM

I have enough problems identifying my own sins, but I don’t need some hypocritical minister setting such a bad example.


32 posted on 02/03/2008 4:51:35 PM PST by Eva (Benedict Arnold was a war hero, too.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
McCain demonstrates Political Genius

Fred Thompson Stalking horse for McCain
Rudy Giuliani Stalking horse for McCain
Mike Hucklebee Stalking horse for McCain
Ron Paul Stalking horse for McCain

Did I forget anyone?
33 posted on 02/03/2008 6:06:05 PM PST by Fred (Looking Forward to Impeaching the other Clinton)
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To: Ol' Sparky

“The recent Fox News poll showed that if Huckabee wasn’t in the race, McCain would ahead of Romney 62-29%. Polls out of Florida showed 54% of Huckabee voters would have voted McCain as opposed to 32% that would have went to Romney.”

Especially since I am wavering between Huckabee and Romney myself, I have to doubt the accuracy of that poll.


34 posted on 02/03/2008 6:19:51 PM PST by Sun (Duncan Hunter:pro-God/life/borders, understands Red China threat, NRA A+rating!)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
video link: FRED THOMPSON: JOHN MCCAIN & MIKE HUCKABEE BETRAY THE REAGAN VISION!
35 posted on 02/03/2008 7:25:23 PM PST by Recovering_Democrat ((I am SO glad to no longer be associated with the party of Dependence on Government!))
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To: Sun

Most Huckabee supporters are strong social conservatives and know Willard’s abysmal record on those issues. Most despise Romney.


36 posted on 02/03/2008 7:43:17 PM PST by Ol' Sparky (Liberal Republicans are the greater of two evils)
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To: mcjordansc
Romney needs to quit throwing good money after bad and call it a campaign.

That's OK. For every additional $10 buck he spends, that's 1 buck less coerced out of him to go into the Mormon church. (In the LDS church, no tithing = no temple recommend; no temple recommend = no eligibility for godhood in the "celestial kingdom"). Can you imagine? The gods are coerced into tithing on earth. (So much for "free" agency)

37 posted on 02/03/2008 7:43:38 PM PST by Colofornian
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To: Sun

Why wouldn’t you continue to support Huckabee? Romney is a Massachusetts liberal and lies and flip-flops like Bill Clinton. He is absolutely no better than McCain.


38 posted on 02/03/2008 7:44:08 PM PST by Ol' Sparky (Liberal Republicans are the greater of two evils)
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To: Sun; oldglory; MinuteGal; mcmuffin; gonzo; seekthetruth

“I am wavering between Huckabee and Romney myself..” ~ Sun

You might want to read this excerpt VERY thoughtfully:

You Feelin’ Hucky?
BY MARK STEYN
January 7, 2008
URL: http://www.nysun.com/article/69011

“...As for Huckabee, the thinking on the right is that the mainstream media are boosting him up because he’s the Republican who’ll be easiest to beat. It’s undoubtedly true that they see him as the designated pushover, but in that they’re wrong. If Iowa’s choice becomes the nation’s and it’s Huckabee vs Obama this November, I’d bet on Huck. As governor, as preacher and even as discjockey, he’s spent his entire life in professions that depend on connecting with an audience and he’s very good at it. His gag on “The Tonight Show” ­ “People are looking for a presidential candidate who reminds them more of the guy they work with rather than the guy that laid them off” ­ had a kind of brilliance: True, it is, at one level, cornball (imagine John Edwards doing it with all his smarmy sanctimoniousness) but it also devastatingly cuts to the nub of the difference between him and Romney. It’s a disc-jockey line: the morning man on the radio is a guy doing a tricky job ­ he’s a celebrity trying to pass himself off as a regular joe ­ which is pretty much what the presidential candidate has to do, too. Huckabee’s good at that.

I don’t know whether the Jay Leno shtick was written for him by a professional, but, if so, by the time it came out of his mouth it sounded like him. When Huck’s campaign honcho, Ed Rollins, revealed the other day that he wanted to punch Romney in the teeth, Mitt had a good comeback: “I have just one thing to say to Mr. Rollins,” he began. “Please, don’t touch the hair.” Funny line ­ but it sounds like a line, like something written by a professional and then put in his mouth.

This is the Huckabee advantage. On stage, he’s quick-witted and thinks on his feet. He’s not paralyzed by consultants and trimmers and triangulators. Put him in a Presidential debate and he’ll have sharper ripostes and funnier throwaways and more plausible self-deprecating quips than anyone on the other side. He’ll be a great campaigner. The problems begin when he stops campaigning and starts governing.

In The Wall Street Journal, Peggy Noonan observed of Huck that, “his great power, the thing really pushing his supporters, is that they believe that what ails America and threatens its continued existence is not economic collapse or jihad, it is our culture.”

She’s right. It’s not the economy, stupid. The economy’s fine. It’s gangbusters. Indeed, despite John Edwards’ dinner-theatre Dickens routine about coatless girls shivering through the night because daddy’s been laid off at the mill, the sub-text of both Democrat and Republican messages is essentially that this country is so rich it can afford to be stupid ­ it can afford to pork up the federal budget; it can afford to put middle-class families on government health care; it can afford to surrender its borders.

There is a potentially huge segment of the population that thinks homo economicus is missing the point. They’re tired of the artificial and, indeed, creepily coercive secular multiculti pseudo-religion imposed on American grade schools. I’m sympathetic to this pitch myself. Unlike Miss Noonan, I think it’s actually connected to the jihad, in the sense that radical Islamism is an opportunist enemy which has arisen in the wake of the western world’s one-way multiculturalism. In the long run, the relativist mush peddled in our grade schools is a national security threat. But, even in the short term, it’s a form of child abuse that cuts off America’s next generation from the glories of their inheritance.

Where I part company with Huck’s supporters is in believing he’s any kind of solution. He’s friendlier to the teachers’ unions than any other so-called “cultural conservative” ­ which is why in New Hampshire he’s the first Republican to be endorsed by the NEA. His healthcare pitch is Attack Of The Fifty Foot Nanny, beginning with his nationwide smoking ban. This is, as Jonah Goldberg put it, compassionate conservatism on steroids ­ big paternalistic government that can only enervate even further “our culture.” So Iowa chose to reward, on the Democrat side, a proponent of the conventional secular left, and, on the Republican side, a proponent of a new Christian left. If that’s the choice, this is going to be a long election year.


39 posted on 02/03/2008 9:02:17 PM PST by Matchett-PI (Thompson needs to come out for Romney NOW to stop McCain!!)
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To: Eva

We are all sinners. I am, you are, McCain, Huckabee, Romney all are. All of us require redemption if we are to live eternally in the Glory of God.

As for hypocritical, that is a serious charge that I don’t agree with. If your opinion differs, so be it.

Ultimately, one of these men will be our nominee. Huckabee is the only one I won’t have to hold my nose to vote for.


40 posted on 02/04/2008 3:53:21 AM PST by RangerM (Jesus is the only perfect Christian)
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To: Ol' Sparky; Matchett-PI

To tell you the truth, I’m not happy with either Romney or Huckabee; Duncan Hunter was the only one I was enthused about.

Huckabee is soft on illegal immigration (but he claims to have changed his mind), and Romney forced Massachusetts citizens to buy health care, and wants a partnerhsip with Red China.

I am leaning toward Huckabee, but in my liberal state it doesn’t matter, anyway, because McCain is leading in the polls 2 to 1 over Romney, and probably more over Huckabee.


41 posted on 02/04/2008 6:10:20 PM PST by Sun (Duncan Hunter:pro-God/life/borders, understands Red China threat, NRA A+rating!)
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To: Sun

I kinda think you over-looked that last paragraph. Not good.


42 posted on 02/04/2008 6:12:50 PM PST by Matchett-PI (Romney will get the nomination if I have anything to do with it.)
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To: Ol' Sparky
It's an absurd premise considering poll after poll shows that Huckabee voters are more likely to vote for McCain than Romney.

You are right about the Huck voters, but the MSM in our region (central coast ca) feature Huck's attacks on Mitt time after time. M Savage may be right that Huck is doing the bidding not of McQueeg, but working for the butt boys of the MSM because the MSM thinks that Romney's family culture would not favor gay marriage etc.

43 posted on 02/04/2008 6:21:18 PM PST by Poincare (Hope is nostalgia for the future.)
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To: Matchett-PI

I already knew that and can’t stand the NEA.

As I said, I don’t care for the politics of any of them, and when I vote in the primaries, and the General Election, I will vote for the candidate who will do the least amount of damage.

I’m very upset that I have to do this, but that’s the way it is.


44 posted on 02/04/2008 6:28:01 PM PST by Sun (Duncan Hunter:pro-God/life/borders, understands Red China threat, NRA A+rating!)
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To: RangerM
"I didn't raise taxes. I raised hope."

Lie.

45 posted on 02/04/2008 6:31:03 PM PST by rintense (You don't advance conservatism by becoming more liberal. Piss off McCain and Huck!)
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To: rintense

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1965072/posts?page=40#40


46 posted on 02/04/2008 6:37:46 PM PST by RangerM (Jesus is the only perfect Christian)
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To: RangerM

Why post that to me? I don’t support Romney either. All three suck.


47 posted on 02/04/2008 6:39:34 PM PST by rintense (You don't advance conservatism by becoming more liberal. Piss off McCain and Huck!)
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To: rintense

Process of elimination based on your tagline.

Ron Paul sucks, too.


48 posted on 02/04/2008 6:42:36 PM PST by RangerM (Jesus is the only perfect Christian)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest; All

Mike Huckabee picked up a glowing character endorsement today.

From CBS Evening News, Feb. 4, 2008.

“Mike Huckabee has been subjected to the millions of dollars of attack ads by Mitt Romney.....I think He’s a very good and decent man and I admire him. And I admire his humor and I think he’s elevated the entire presidential debate and campaign.”

http://www.cbsnews.com/sections/i_video/main500251.shtml?id=3789591n&channel=i_video

That was the answer given when Katie Couric asked what the shortcomings of Huckabee were. The answer was quite the contrast to the same question about Mitt Romney. And who was giving this praise to Huck?

JOHN McCAIN! He went on to attack Romney with the usual unqualified sound bites and insulted Rick Santorum as a ‘defeated candidate’ who had no right to question his temper.


49 posted on 02/04/2008 6:47:48 PM PST by AuntB (" DON'T LET THE PRESS PICK YOUR CANDIDATE!" Mrs. Duncan Hunter 1/5/08)
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To: Sun

See post 49


50 posted on 02/04/2008 6:49:12 PM PST by AuntB (" DON'T LET THE PRESS PICK YOUR CANDIDATE!" Mrs. Duncan Hunter 1/5/08)
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