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Asa Hutchinson ends Huckabee support, backs McCain
The Cabin ^ | Feb. 22, 2008 | AP

Posted on 02/22/2008 8:07:43 AM PST by FocusNexus

Former congressman Asa Hutchinson, whose brother and former U.S. Sen. Tim Hutchinson is a top Huckabee supporter, said Thursday he's no longer backing Huckabee's presidential campaign and endorsed presumptive GOP nominee John McCain.

Hutchinson said he endorsed McCain because it's virtually impossible for Huckabee to gain the 1,191 delegates needed to clinch the Republican nomination. Huckabee's campaign had announced in November that the Hutchinson brothers were among high profile Arkansas Republicans backing the former governor's bid.

"I was delighted to support Gov. Huckabee whenever there was a possibility he could garner the delegates necessary to win," Hutchinson told The Associated Press Thursday morning. "It's not mathematically possible, so once that mathematical possibility expired I indicated to Sen. McCain I'd be willing to support him and do what I can to help bring our party together to win in November."

Overall, McCain has 957 delegates and Huckabee has 254.

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TOPICS: Extended News; Politics/Elections; US: Arkansas
KEYWORDS: ar2008; asahutchinson; conservatives; elections; huckabee; hutchinson; mccain
It's time to smell reality and focus on defeating the real enemies of the country: the Democrats.

BTW, does anyone remember that Huckabee criticized Bush' foreign policy as "bunker mentality" and Huckabee thinks it's our fault that terrorists hate us, and if we would only talk to Ahmadinejad, all problems would be solved -- all this straight out of the Dem playbook.

1 posted on 02/22/2008 8:07:45 AM PST by FocusNexus
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To: FocusNexus

>>>>BTW, does anyone remember that Huckabee criticized Bush’ foreign policy as “bunker mentality” and Huckabee thinks it’s our fault that terrorists hate us,

Well of course. Because Elmer Gantry is a Democrat, in the same manner that as McQueeg is a Democrat.

And, no, McQueeg no more deserves my support than the other two Democrat candidates.


2 posted on 02/22/2008 8:16:23 AM PST by angkor
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To: FocusNexus

Given that McCain needs only about 20% or so of the remaining delegates to get the nomination, and these are proportional races for the most part from here on out, it would take a total collapse of the McCain campaign to not get the nomination. I respect Huckabee continuing to fight (unlike all the other candidates that folded prematurely — and I’m especially talking about Thompson and Romney here).


3 posted on 02/22/2008 8:17:23 AM PST by Greg F (Do you want a guy named Hussein to fix your soul? Michelle Obama thinks you do.)
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To: FocusNexus

Actually I’m wrong.

According to this blog there are only 775 delegates left to win. In that case Huckabee still has an outside chance.

http://mike-huckabee.blogspot.com/2008/02/how-mccain-may-lose-nomination.html


4 posted on 02/22/2008 8:22:37 AM PST by Greg F (Do you want a guy named Hussein to fix your soul? Michelle Obama thinks you do.)
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To: angkor
And, no, McQueeg no more deserves my support than the other two Democrat candidates.

If you do not think that the war in Iraq is an important issue, I suppose that this a rational view.
5 posted on 02/22/2008 8:25:25 AM PST by Happy Valley Dude
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To: FocusNexus

“It’s time to smell reality and focus on defeating the real enemies of the country: the Democrats.”

Which is why we must vote for all conservatives on Nov. ticket. We must reagin majority or at least prevent democrats from getting to 60.

As far as President. Since only Demcrats are running, we’ll have our work cut out for us.


6 posted on 02/22/2008 8:27:06 AM PST by wilco200 (Registered Squirrel)
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To: angkor

I figured that this would bring out the nasty fringe.


7 posted on 02/22/2008 8:31:27 AM PST by HappyinAZ
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To: FocusNexus

McCain doesn’t have the delegates yet. Until then a brokered convention remains a possiblity and voters still have a choice. The bosses who think they run things and can call things over before they are over are only making voters mad.


8 posted on 02/22/2008 8:31:41 AM PST by The Ghost of FReepers Past (Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light..... Isaiah 5:20)
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To: Happy Valley Dude

“If you do not think that the war in Iraq is an important issue, I suppose that this a rational view.”

Every time the Iraq card is played I feel compelled to repost some comments:

If the WOT/Iraq are important, then why are we podering closing Gitmo?
Why are we giving foreign terrorists access to constitutional protections?
Why are we leaving our borders open and providing excuses for the invaders?
Why are we banning “torture”
Why are we referring to our enemies ideology as “a religion of peace”
Why are we celebrating our enemies ideology in our govt. buildings?
Why are nation building?

I know that that last one is a sticking point, so I’ll tell you...the war in Iraq is OVER!

We’ve eliminated WMDs
We’ve eliminated Hussein
We’ve destroyed the Batth Party
We’ve annialated thousands of terrosists

It’s the Iraq’s turn now. If they fall back into terrorist activities, we return and bomb the bleep out of them again.

This whole thing about Mccain being a great CIC is bogus. He isn’t going to ratchet up the killing of terrorists, he isn’t going to scortch earth the middle east, he isn’t going to play tough with terrorist prisoners and he certainly isn;t going to close our borders.

Mccain will continue the policies of George Bush and while they may seem more “troop centric” than Obama or Clinton, they will not help us win this WOT.

Don’t get me wrong, neither will Obama or Clinton, but to say that by posturing about withdrawing our troops from Iraq is going to put this country in any more danger than itis right now with it’s open borders and terrorist coddling tendancies I think is a stretch.

GWB deserves credit for retailiating after 911 and foiling multiple plots since. The next President needs to do the same to ensure their own political future.

I would much rather have a Dem in office to beat and stonewall every single day, than a Dem in Republican clothing who will end up being rubber stamped.


9 posted on 02/22/2008 8:34:00 AM PST by wilco200 (Registered Squirrel)
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To: Happy Valley Dude

Good one “Happy Valley Dude”1...and, if they don’t think protecting the unborn, electing qualified Supreme Court Justices or controlling spending... is an issue...then it’s a rational view


10 posted on 02/22/2008 8:34:44 AM PST by HappyinAZ
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To: Happy Valley Dude

>>>If you do not think that the war in Iraq is an important issue, I suppose that this a rational view.

It’s unlikely that any candidate can end the war in Iraq, no matter what they say.


11 posted on 02/22/2008 8:39:42 AM PST by angkor
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To: angkor

Maybe you should consider history.

I just came across this, when I Googled “democrats weak defense”:

It’s a great article in the Investor’s Business Daily from 2006.

FEATURED EDITORIAL: 97 Reasons Democrats Are Weak On Defense And Can’t Be Trusted To Govern In Wartime

http://www.investors.com/editorial/editorialcontent.asp?secid=1501&status=article&id=247450843953666

Today’s Democrats are nothing like Presidents Roosevelt, Truman and Kennedy, who with courage and decisive action kept on top of their jobs and aggressively confronted one national defense crisis after another.

Carter (10) thought Ayatollah Khomeini, a Muslim exile in Paris, would make a fairer Iranian leader than the Shah because he was a religious man. (11) With U.S. support withdrawn, the Shah was overthrown, and (12) the ayatollah returned and promptly proclaimed Iran an Islamic nation. (13) Executions followed. Palestinian hit men were hired to secretly eliminate the opposition so the religious mullahs couldn’t be blamed.

Iran’s ayatollah (14) then introduces the idea of suicide bombers to the Palestine Liberation Organization and paid $35,000 to PLO families whose young people were brainwashed to attack and kill as many Israeli citizens as possible by blowing themselves up. This inhumane menace has grown unchallenged.

Americans must learn from history and costly mistakes. Sadly, (85) Democrat Jimmy Carter, a Southern peanut farmer, became our Neville Chamberlain, creating the specific conditions that have brought us the three greatest threats to our national security today: 1) (86) Iran’s nuke-bound terrorists; 2) (87) al-Qaida and other terrorists; and 3) (88) North Korea and its nuclear weapons.


12 posted on 02/22/2008 8:44:49 AM PST by FocusNexus ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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To: HappyinAZ
protecting the unborn, electing qualified Supreme Court Justices or controlling spending

If you think McCain would do any of these things, you haven't looked at his record closely enough.

13 posted on 02/22/2008 8:47:08 AM PST by Ingtar (Haley Barbour 2012, Because he has experience in Disaster Recovery. - ejonesie22)
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To: HappyinAZ
I figured that this would bring out the nasty fringe.

Yup, it sure did. Actually they are liberals infiltrating this site. When I recognize their name, I just skip. Don't read garbage.

14 posted on 02/22/2008 8:49:23 AM PST by Logical me (Oh, well!!!)
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To: FocusNexus

Let’s hope this Cabin is not made out of “Logs”.


15 posted on 02/22/2008 8:49:34 AM PST by The_Republican (You know why Chelsea Clinton is so Ugly? Because Janet Reno is her Father! LOL! - Mac is Back!)
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To: Logical me

Yeah...tha’t how I feel about the spitting “Hate McCain” speach coming from some of the posters too.....

No positive ideas, no creative ideas, certainly no compromise......they appear to just want to “sit home”, not vote.... and blather on and on about how bad others are.


16 posted on 02/22/2008 9:02:10 AM PST by HappyinAZ
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To: The Ghost of FReepers Past
The bosses who think they run things and can call things over before they are over are only making voters mad.

Even if we get to a brokered convention, what do you expect to happen? Do you think someone besides McCain will end up being the nominee? If so, how mad do you think the individuals will be who voted for McCain (which is a lot more people than voted for Huck)?

17 posted on 02/22/2008 9:07:50 AM PST by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: wilco200
I would much rather have a Dem in office to beat and stonewall every single day

Considering the historical spinelessness of the Republicans in Congress, you seem to be taking a huge risk.

18 posted on 02/22/2008 9:09:14 AM PST by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: Logical me

>>>>>Actually they are liberals infiltrating this site.

Actually only a liberal could consider Huckster or McQueeg to be anything other than covert Democrats.


19 posted on 02/22/2008 9:12:51 AM PST by angkor
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To: Greg F
According to this blog there are only 775 delegates left to win. In that case Huckabee still has an outside chance.

If all those Delegates were in Mississippi, Georgia or Arkansas, then he MAY have an OUTSIDE chance.

Huckabee does very poorly in places were people do not get voting advice exclusively from preachers.
20 posted on 02/22/2008 9:12:56 AM PST by elizabetty (Mike Huckabee is such a loser he does not even recognized he lost a long time ago.)
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To: elizabetty

They are in

Texas - 137 bound and 3 unbound
Ohio - 0 bound and 88 unbound
Rhode Island - 17 bound and 3 unbound
Vermont - 17 bound
Mississippi - 36 bound and 3 unbound
Pennsylvania - 0 bound and 74 unbound
North Carolina - 69 bound
Indiana - 27 bound and 30 unbound
Nebraska - 30 bound and 3 unbound
Hawaii - 20 bound
Kentucky - 45 bound
Oregon - 27 bound and 3 unbound
Idaho - 26 bound and 6 unbound
New Mexico - 29 bound and 3 unbound
South Dakota - 24 bound and 3 unbound

It’s a set of states that are pretty favorable to Huckabee IF he pulls an upset in Texas and gets people thinking again about whether they want McCain or whether they want a multiple ballot convention.


21 posted on 02/22/2008 9:16:12 AM PST by Greg F (Do you want a guy named Hussein to fix your soul? Michelle Obama thinks you do.)
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To: MEGoody

“Considering the historical spinelessness of the Republicans in Congress, you seem to be taking a huge risk.”

I willing to take the risk - even ultra libe Mccain voted for impeachement


22 posted on 02/22/2008 9:16:16 AM PST by wilco200 (Registered Squirrel)
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To: Greg F
It’s a set of states that are pretty favorable to Huckabee IF he pulls an upset in Texas and gets people thinking again about whether they want McCain or whether they want a multiple ballot convention.

Not going to happen.

There won't be a brokered convention. McCain might already have enough delegates, once Romney's are included.

We need to figure out what to do with him as the nominee. Because that's what we've got

23 posted on 02/22/2008 10:32:02 AM PST by highball ("I never should have switched from scotch to martinis." -- the last words of Humphrey Bogart)
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To: Logical me

Agreed. They are also trolling non-McCain related threads as well. From “Americans” cheering on Russia and the burning of our embassy in Serbia to comments suggesting violence will be used to expel undocumented Americans if they are given amnesty, I’d say that the trolls are out in force BIG time.


24 posted on 02/22/2008 12:13:22 PM PST by End Times Crusader (John McCain - Leadership in the face of a resurgent Russia)
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To: wilco200

You don’t win by losing. All you want to accomplish can still be done without risking it on an liberal Obama administration.


25 posted on 02/22/2008 12:20:29 PM PST by KC_Conspirator
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To: FocusNexus

Well, obviously Asa is a RINO, too. I will just have to kick him out of my Super Duper Ultra Conservative Club along with 95% of the GOP. Now my club is down to 14 guys who live with in their mother’s basements, but at least we haven’t sold out our principles.


26 posted on 02/22/2008 12:20:46 PM PST by End Times Crusader (John McCain - Leadership in the face of a resurgent Russia)
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To: KC_Conspirator

“You don’t win by losing. All you want to accomplish can still be done without risking it on an liberal Obama administration.”

if it comes to that, I hope you’re right. Though mccain’s gonna have to get there without my vote


27 posted on 02/22/2008 12:36:56 PM PST by wilco200 (Registered Squirrel)
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To: End Times Crusader

“Well, obviously Asa is a RINO, too. I will just have to kick him out of my Super Duper Ultra Conservative Club along with 95% of the GOP. Now my club is down to 14 guys who live with in their mother’s basements, but at least we haven’t sold out our principles.”

LOL! Hit the nail on the head.


28 posted on 02/22/2008 1:35:40 PM PST by FocusNexus ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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To: FocusNexus

Huckawho?


29 posted on 02/22/2008 4:09:00 PM PST by FreeAtlanta (Search for Folding Project - Join FR Team 36120)
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