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Arkansas (GOP Club)

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  • Huckabee's Answer (Immigration Plan)

    12/15/2007 1:28:20 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies · 1,144+ views
    Real Clear Politics Blog ^ | December 15, 2007 | Tom Bevan
    Yesterday I posed a question to Governor Huckabee about whether his new immigration proposal punishes children for the actions of their parents - something he decried just weeks ago in an exchange with Mitt Romney. Here's the response I received last night from Governor Huckabee: "Under my Secure America plan, immigrants and their families here illegally would have to return to their home countries. "Because we are talking about a policy that has profound implications for people's lives, I suspect that some people will attempt to use these hard cases to discredit the idea that anything can be done about...
  • Fred, getting lively, fires off good line and than(sic) offers civil disobedience

    12/12/2007 12:33:08 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 59 replies · 3,317+ views
    The Politico ^ | December 12, 2007 | Jonathan Martin
    In an obvious effort to diminish Huck, Fred gets off a line he wants Iowans to chew on in the weeks ahead: Citing a face-off with America's enemies, Thompson asks: "Who do you want sitting on our side representing you? "That ought to be who you elect president." Then, in an attempt to put his foot down on debate silliness, he refused to play along on the raise-your-hand-if line of questioning on global warming. "I’m not doing handshows today," Thompson said to applause. Not offered a full minute to respond, Thompson said, "Well, then I'm not going to answer it."...
  • Mike Huckabee: Women Should Submit To Their Husbands

    12/11/2007 12:18:05 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies · 2,541+ views
    Crooks and Liars ^ | December 11th, 2007 | Logan Murphy
    Huckabee’s opinion on gay marriage is out there, but we should also be publicizing Huckabee’s opinions on heterosexual marriage. Specifically, what he believes about a women’s role in a marriage. In August of 1998, Huckabee was one of 131 signatories to a full page USA Today Ad which declared: “I affirm the statement on the family issued by the 1998 Southern Baptist Convention.” What was in the family statement from the SBC? “A wife is to submit herself graciously to the servant leadership of her husband even as the church willingly submits to the headship of Christ.” Read on… The...
  • Pro-Fred AND Anti-Huck

    12/10/2007 7:48:02 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies · 1,491+ views
    The National Review ^ | December 10, 2007 | Jonathan Adler
    A quick note about my various Huckabee postings. As many (most) readers know, I am supporting Fred Thompson in the Republican primary (and wrote an article explaining why in NRODT). This is not the reason why I have been posting so much that is critical of Huckabee, however. Rather, I find Huckabee's record and various positions to be particularly problematic, far more so than any of the other candidates. (Note I have not been posting items critical of the other candidates, even though I prefer Fred.) In my view, Huckabee is a big government populist liberal, not a conservative. In...
  • Huckabee admits immigration plan has revolving door (amnesty or "guest" workers)

    12/09/2007 6:52:22 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies · 459+ views
    Lone Wacko ^ | December 09, 2007
    Mike Huckabee cannot be trusted on immigration matters. I'll say that again: Mike Huckabee cannot be trusted on immigration matters. In fact, just after releasing a plan that unfortunately took in some people, he now admitted on Fox News Sunday (link, video below) what I suspected: his plan includes a revolving door whereby former illegal aliens would leave the U.S. only to return within "days, maybe weeks" as legal workers. He didn't specify whether they'd just be coming back as "guest" workers with no chance at citizenship, but considering that he's supported a "pathway to citizenship" in the past, and...
  • Eric Johnson is Fred Thompson's rainy-day friend

    12/09/2007 5:36:55 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies · 778+ views
    The Savannah Morning News ^ | December 9, 2007
    State Sen. Eric Johnson was among the first prominent Georgians to jump on the Fred Thompson for President bandwagon. The Savannah Republican helped persuade dozens of state lawmakers to endorse the former Tennessee senator earlier this year. But he remained relatively quiet after Thompson officially entered the GOP race this summer. Until last week, that is. That was when Thompson slipped to fifth place in one national poll after doing only a little better in other recent ones. Earlier, he'd led in one national poll and stayed near the front of the pack in others. Against that backdrop, Johnson weighed...
  • The Huckabee (Immigration) Plan

    12/08/2007 4:20:43 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies · 1,392+ views
    PoliPundit ^ | December 08th, 2007
    Mike Huckabee’s just-announced plan to stop illegal immigration is about as tough as Fred Thompson’s. It includes the border fence and the employer verification measures that are important to pro-borders voters like me. NumbersUSA now gives Huckabee’s promises scores that are almost as good as the ones it gives Thompson’s. It’s heartening to see Huckabee move so far on this issue; as a governor, he was much more sympathetic to illegal aliens, even supporting special scholarships for them that were not available to US citizens. With Republican presidential candidates endorsing strong pro-borders measures, our prospects of getting the SAVE Act...
  • Huckabee. Really? Huckabee?

    12/07/2007 5:44:54 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies · 1,073+ views
    Reason's Hit and Run ^ | December 7, 2007 | Brian Doherty
    Ah jeez: Mike Huckabee has vaulted from nowhere into second place in the Republican presidential race, riding a burst of support from evangelicals, Southerners and conservatives, a poll showed Friday. The upsurge by the former Arkansas governor has come largely at the expense of Fred Thompson, according to the national survey by The Associated Press and Ipsos. Thompson has dropped after failing to galvanize the party's right-wing core as much as some had expected. Rudy Giuliani remains the front-runner, yet while his support long has been steady it shows signs of fraying. Huckabee's growing strength in the South has come...
  • Fred compares Huck to Clinton, hits him on taxes (Iowa Mailer)

    12/06/2007 7:45:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 59 replies · 2,049+ views
    The Politico ^ | December 06, 2007 | Jonathan Martin
    In one of the toughest mailers to hit yet, Fred Thompson is going after Mike Huckabee on taxes in a piece that is hitting Iowa households. And he's doing so by using the ultimate GOP insult: comparing Huckabee to his fellow Hope native and former Arkansas governor. Thompson badly needs to move the needle in Iowa, and he and Huck are targeting the same voters. Voters who, to put it mildly, have minimal regard for the 42nd president.
  • History Says Pick Clinton, Thompson

    12/06/2007 6:12:01 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies · 1,127+ views
    U.S. News & World Report ^ | December 06, 2007 | Paul Bedard
    If history matters to you, then voters should pick Democratic Sen. Hillary Clinton and Republican Fred Thompson as their parties' presidential nominees. That's because they are the choice of America's social studies teachers. In a miniconvention sponsored by Pearson, the education and media giant, Clinton, the former first lady viewed as the most experienced in the field, was first with 41.9 percent, followed by Sen. Barack Obama with 34 percent and John Edwards at 12.3 percent. On the GOP side, Thompson, the actor and former Watergate prober, won 23.2 percent, followed by Rudy Giuliani at 20.5 percent and surging Mike...
  • Good Bye, Mike

    12/05/2007 5:38:10 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies · 336+ views
    Just One Minute ^ | December 5, 2007 | Tom Maguire
    Put a fork in the former fat boy - Huckabee is toast. Byron York has the more sympathetic piece on Huckabee's role in the parole of Wayne Dumond, the convicted rapist who was freed under Huckabee’s administration, only to rape and kill a woman in neighboring Missouri. Even presented sympathetically the story is ghastly - Wayne Dumond raped a seventeen year old cheerleader, then was assaulted and castrated while out on bail (although there is innuendo that the castration was self-inflicted.) Conservatives railed against an injustice (the cheerleader was a distant Clinton cousin). Huckabee promised to review the case with...
  • Mr. Nice Guy Huckabee apparently not so nice…(Push polling disses Fred, Mitt, McCain)

    12/03/2007 7:03:48 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies · 555+ views
    Plunderbund ^ | December 3, 2007
    I guess IÂ’m not that surprised: some folks are using some underhanded push-polling to promote Huckabee. A newly-formed group claiming to support Mike Huckabee hit the phones of Iowa Republicans tonight with an automated push-poll attacking HuckabeeÂ’s GOP opponents and praising the former Arkansas governor. Officials representing the Iowa campaigns of Fred Thompson, John McCain and Rudy Giuliani all said that their supporters contacted them to complain about the calls. A spokesman for RomneyÂ’s campaign said they had gotten reports of calls, but did not know of anything negative being said about their candidate. It appears this group might be...
  • "Mike Huckabee's Missed Opportunity"

    12/03/2007 6:27:24 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies · 349+ views
    Townhall ^ | December 03, 2007 | Hugh Hewitt
    Carol Platt Liebau didn't care for the former Arkansas governor's debate performance. The invitation to appear on my show for as long an interview as the governor would like will be extended again, as the Huck Duck goes into week five. These exchanges from yesterday's "The Week" may explain why the governor has been avoiding conservative audiences: Huckabee Supports In-State Tuition Breaks For Illegals HUCKABEE: "But I'll tell you what I do believe, that you don't punish a child because a parent committed a crime or committed a sin. You just don't do that." STEPHANOPOULOS: And that's why you...

    12/02/2007 9:24:38 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies · 512+ views
    Ron Gunzburger's Politics 1 ^ | December 2, 2007 | Ron Gunzburger
    According to The Politico, New York Post columnist and FOX News contributor Dick Morris has been secretly advising former client Mike Huckabee on his Presidential campaign. Morris claims he is acting in an entirely voluntary capacity by simply offering free advice. Keep in mind that nationally syndicated columnist George Will was pilloried by the media when it became public that he had secretly and voluntarily helped Ronald Reagan prepare for his Presidential debates in 1980. A prominent national GOP insider tells Politics1 that he believes Morris -- despite his claims to the contrary -- is paid for his services through...
  • The Real Conservative…(Ain't Mike Huckabee)

    12/01/2007 9:07:56 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies · 605+ views
    The Van Der Galiën Gazette ^ | December 1, 2007 | Michael van der Galiën
    Rick Moran has a post up exploring Mike Huckabee’s record as Governor of Arkansas in which he concludes that although Huckabee is a social conservative he most certainly isn’t a ‘real’ conservative. “While Huckabee claims to have cut taxes 90 times totaling $378 million, the state’s Department of Finance and Administration says he also raised taxes 21 times that brought in a whopping $883 million,” Rick writes. “Under his ‘conservative’ governance, the ‘average Arkansan’s tax burden’ went “from $1,969 in the fiscal year that ended June 30, 1997, to $2,902 in the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2005, including...
  • Viva the Ron Paul Revolution! (Barf Alert)

    12/01/2007 4:31:05 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies · 876+ views
    The Carpetbagger Report ^ | December 1, 2007 | Morbo
    Like noxious bugs swarming over a crumbling tenement, followers of Ron Paul have invaded the blogosphere. Their target is anyone who dares to criticize their hero. Bloggers have dealt with them in various ways. Some have tried banning them outright. Others allow readers to engage them in back-and-forth debates that can easily take a thread to several hundred responses. I used to find the Paulites annoying, but recently I had a revelation: Far from being scorned, Paul’s rabid fans should be welcomed and encouraged. We should do everything we can to make certain they keep pushing their man, sending him...
  • Huckabee's Tax Increases: No laughing matter

    11/29/2007 10:35:33 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies · 370+ views
    Fred08 ^ | November 29, 2007
    Mike Huckabee appeared tonight on CNN's The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer and once again tried to laugh away his record as governor of Arkansas. Huckabee should stop cracking jokes about raising taxes and start taking responsibility for his actions. Excerpted quotes from Mike Huckabee on The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, November 29, 2007 HUCK CHECK #1 : Huckabee claimed that if you dismantle the IRS and implement the Fair Tax, make "the federal government operate more efficiently...[and] get rid of a $10 billion industry." In reality, Huckabee's plan replaces one government bureaucracy with another. * Reality: "It is...
  • Yes, That Would Be Fred GOP YouTube Debate Flubs

    11/29/2007 8:11:54 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies · 653+ views
    Daily Pundit ^ | November 29, 2007 | Bill Quick
    Falsehoods, exaggerations and stumbles Summary The CNN/YouTube debate among Republicans lacked any talking snowmen, but we did note a few false and misleading statements by the candidates. * Romney claimed New York called itself a “sanctuary city” for illegal aliens. It didn’t. * Giuliani denied New York actually was a “sanctuary city.” But the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service has classified it as such, based on immigrant-friendly policies Giuliani still defends. * Huckabee claimed he would “abolish the IRS.” He failed to mention that he’d replace it with another big tax bureaucracy. * Huckabee said he had proposed to make children...
  • Giuliani continues to drop in early GOP contests

    11/28/2007 8:43:32 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies · 424+ views
    The Carpetbagger Report ^ | November 28, 2007
    It’s still early in the process, and a lot can happen in the next few weeks, but it’s getting increasingly difficult to see how Rudy Giuliani’s campaign survives a series of early (and humiliating) defeats. In Iowa, Giuliani has gone from first to third, and he’s not done dropping yet. In New Hampshire, Giuliani is either a distant second possibly even third. And then there’s South Carolina, where Giuliani was, up until fairly recently, hanging onto to a first-place lead. Not anymore. On the heels of polls showing Rudy dropping fast in New Hampshire and out of contention in Iowa,...
  • Finally, The Actor Shows up!

    11/28/2007 8:27:10 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies · 582+ views
    Townhall ^ | November 28, 2007 | Matt Lewis
    "I just want to give my buddies here a little air time." -- Fred Thompson sounding like Ronald Reagan (after showing a video about Romney and Huckabee that would take the bark off the trees, and being told the others would have time to respond) ... Thompson's video utilized YouTube clips that have been circulating for quite some time on YouTube. Only this time, they are also being broadcast on CNN. My bet is getting this negative information out is a lot better use of his time than merely putting out some puff-piece ...