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  • Huckabee: My Money's On Trump

    12/28/2015 7:42:26 AM PST · by Helicondelta · 49 replies ^ | 12/28/16 | NICK GASS
    When it comes to Donald Trump's threat to go after Bill Clinton as the former president ramps up campaigning for his wife's bid, Mike Huckabee is all in on his Republican rival. "Look, nothing's backfired on Donald Trump yet. I'd put my money on him," the former governor of Arkansas told "Fox and Friends" in an interview Monday. "Frankly, he's played the whole media game like a kid on Christmas morning with a toy drum. He's beaten the heck out of them, and I honestly don't think that this is going to hurt Donald Trump - and I think the...
  • Jeb Bush Bashes Huckabee: ‘Oven Door’ Comment ‘Just Wrong’

    07/27/2015 4:41:33 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 58 replies
    Mediate ^ | 2:11 pm, July 27th, 2015 | Alex Griswold
    Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush called out fellow GOP contender Mike Huckabee for saying President Barack Obama was marching Israelis to “the door of the oven” with the Iran deal, calling his comments “unfortunate” and “just wrong.” “The Iran deal is horrific, and it creates far more dangers and problems than it solves,” Bush said at an event in an Orlando church. “But I think we need to tone down the rhetoric for sure.” “Look, I’ve been to Israel not as many times as Mike Huckabee, who I respect,” he said. “But the use of that kind of language, it’s...
  • Why Is Jeb Bush Smiling?

    01/07/2015 6:07:25 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 27 replies
    National Review ^ | 1/7/2015 | Jonah Goldberg
    Mike Huckabee’s “exploration” announcement is good news for the former Florida governor. Jeb Bush is starting the new year with a smile. Former Arkansas governor and, until last weekend, Fox News host Mike Huckabee announced he would “explore” running for president. By the way, these “exploration” announcements are yet another example of the government encouraging politicians to lie. Exploratory committees disguise the fact that a candidate is running about as well as glasses conceal Superman’s real identity. They require a willful suspension of disbelief on the part of everyone watching. Politicians like this loophole because it drags out the time...
  • Cedar Rapids among five cities where anti-Limbaugh ads will run [Huckabee is a rat!]

    03/23/2012 10:02:31 PM PDT · by iowamark · 31 replies · 1+ views
    Cedar Rapids Gazette ^ | 23 March 2012 | AP
    Rush Limbaugh’s opponents are starting a radio campaign against him Thursday, seizing upon the radio star’s attack of a Georgetown law student as a “slut” to make a long-term effort aimed at weakening his business. The liberal Media Matters for America is using a past campaign against Glenn Beck as a template. In Limbaugh, however, they’re going after bigger game. He’s already fighting back and the group’s stance has provoked concerns that an effort to silence someone for objectionable talk is in itself objectionable. Media Matters is spending at least $100,000 for two advertisements that will run in eight cities....
  • Former Huck Adviser: ‘Sense Around Little Rock’ That He Won’t Run (He's probably out of the race)

    05/14/2011 9:21:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    National Review ^ | 05/14/2011 | Robert Costa
    Arkansas State Rep. David Sanders, a former Huckabee political adviser, tells NRO that “in and around Little Rock, the sense is that Governor Huckabee will not run for president.” “He knows that he is popular but that he would not be the favorite to win,” Sanders observes. Huckabee, he notes, not only enjoys working for Fox News, but also relishes being a commentator for ABC Radio Networks, in the slot once held by the late Paul Harvey. “If Huckabee got into the race, he would be treated like the frontrunner,” Sanders says. “Yet he was never the frontrunner in 2008;...
  • (VIDEO) Mike Huckabee Tells Geraldo You Don't Have To Prove Citizenship To Be President

    03/27/2011 12:32:35 AM PDT · by patlin · 97 replies · 1+ views
    You Tube - SaveOurSovereignty3 ^ | March 26, 2011 | YouTube/FoxNews/Geraldo
    Geraldo: When you run for president don't you have to, in all the numerous documents you file, don't you have to prove you were born in the United States? Huckabee flippantly replies: No, you actually don't click link above to go directly to the video
  • Santorum: Why Doesn't Fox Suspend Palin, Huckabee?

    03/04/2011 8:34:16 AM PST · by pissant · 57 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 3/4/11 | Dan Weil
    Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, a likely candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, understands why he and likely fellow presidential contender Newt Gingrich were suspended as commentators for Fox News. But he doesn’t understand why potential presidential candidates Sarah Palin and Mike Huckabee weren’t suspended, too, The Hill reports. Fox was correct to suspend him and former House Speaker Gingrich, Santorum says. As for former Arkansas Gov. Huckabee and former Alaska Gov. Palin, “I don't know what, why Fox differentiated whether there's been conversations," he said on CNN. "They didn't talk to me and ask me whether I'm running or...
  • He's no birther, but Huck claims Obama raised in Kenya

    03/01/2011 11:52:05 AM PST · by Hawk720 · 31 replies
    Politico ^ | March 1, 2011 | Andy Barr
    Mike Huckabee seemed to suggest that Barack Obama grew up in Kenya, even though he indicated that the president’s birth certificate is real. Continue Reading In an interview with The Steve Malzberg Show on Monday, Huckabee talked about Obama’s “having grown up in Kenya.” Huckabee’s comment came in response the host asserting that Obama spent “millions of dollars in courts all over this country to defend against having to present a birth certificate.” “One thing that I do know is his having grown up in Kenya, his view of the Brits, for example, very different than the average American,” Huckabee...
  • Mike Huckabee on Egypt and Why Social Issues Matter (doesn't care about homosexuals at CPAC)

    02/10/2011 7:26:04 PM PST · by unseen1 · 17 replies
    Fox Business ^ | 02/10/2011 | Freedom Watch
    Feb 10, 2011 - 6:35 - Mike Huckabee on Egypt and CPAC 6 min video.
  • Mike Huckabee denies backing cap and trade

    12/16/2010 3:06:15 PM PST · by La Enchiladita · 47 replies
    Politico ^ | Dec. 16, 2010 | Andy Barr
    Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee went out of his way Wednesday to denounce a brief reference to his stand on energy issues deep in a story posted on the political website The issue at hand dates back to 2007, when Huckabee made energy security a key plank in his bid for the 2008 nomination, saying then that he favored a cap-and-trade approach to curbing carbon emissions — a policy later embraced by President Barack Obama. ...In an October 2007 appearance at the Global Warming and Energy Solutions Conference in Manchester, N.H., Huckabee said during part of a larger speech...
  • The GOP Hearts Romney, Palin, Huckabee

    09/30/2010 1:37:26 PM PDT · by pissant · 30 replies
    Reason ^ | 9/30/10 | Pete Suderman
    If Gallup’s newly-released poll looking at the GOP presidential field tells us anything about the current mood of Republican voters, it’s that despite the GOP base's much-publicized outrage over the nation's lack of fiscal restraint, they’re not terribly focused on candidates with strong records of limiting government spending. None of the top three candidates—Mitt Romney, Sarah Palin, and Mike Huckabee—have particularly distinguished themselves as serious government cutters. As governor of Arkansas, for example, Huckabee allowed state spending to rise by 65 percent, raised the average tax burden by 47 percent, and expanded the state’s government workforce by 20 percent. Romney,...
  • Is the GOP out to get Nikki Haley?

    06/04/2010 1:09:57 PM PDT · by Chet 99 · 47 replies · 1,118+ views
    POSTED ON JUNE 4, 2010, AT 3:50 PM Nikki Haley greets a supporter. Photo: SEE ALL 4 PHOTOS Best Opinion: Palmetto State Politics, Washington Monthly, Riehl World View Though she still holds a double-digit lead in the polls, Nikki Haley's bid for South Carolina's Republican governorship has grown increasingly fraught. Fresh accusations about her infidelity have emerged from political lobbyist Larry Marchant — which, like the earlier claims, the Tea Party-endorsed Haley has denied — and senior Republican senator Jake Dodds stirred up a racial storm yesterday by labeling the candidate, who is of Indian descent, a "raghead" on...
  • Huck Out of Luck: Give his Career the Chair

    12/06/2009 10:29:58 AM PST · by BarnacleCenturion · 53 replies · 2,394+ views
    Union Leader ^ | Dec. 2, 2009 | Staff
    The Mike Huckabee body count continues to rise. During his 10 years as Arkansas governor, Huckabee commuted the sentences of 1,033 convicted criminals. He knowingly released more than a few rapists and murderers and sometimes mocked or attacked prosecutors who pleaded with him to keep violent offenders behind bars. While Huckabee was governor, the parole board released convicted rapist Wayne Dumont. Huckabee had publicly argued for Dumont's release, and parole board members said he pressured them to let the rapist out. Eleven months after his release, Dumont raped and killed a woman. In 2000, Huckabee granted clemency to Maurice Clemmons,...
  • Huckabee appears at Conservative Party dinner, has not endorsed in N.Y. special

    10/28/2009 8:43:51 AM PDT · by ellery · 37 replies · 823+ views
    The Hill ^ | Oct. 27, 2009 | Jordan Fabian
    Former Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-Ark.), who is considered a 2012 presidential hopeful, appeared at an upstate New York Conservative Party dinner last night. Huckabee has not yet endorsed a candidate in a highly-contested upstate special election that has attracted widespread national attention. Several Republican presidential hopefuls have thrown their hat in for Conservative Party nominee Doug Hoffman, who is running to the right of Republican nominee state Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava. The dinner was held in a suburb of Syracuse, N.Y., which is just over an hour south of the 23rd district. "The greatest threat to America’s freedom is not a...
  • Huckabee Doesn't Endorse Hoffman In NY-23 -- But Agrees With Him On Everything

    10/23/2009 3:53:42 PM PDT · by ellery · 63 replies · 2,116+ views
    TPM ^ | October 23, 2009 | Eric Kleefeld
    During an appearance on the Neil Cavuto show, Mike Huckabee said he would not make an endorsement in the NY-23 special election -- and then proceeded to profusely praise Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman, and say he could never support a pro-choice candidate (which so happens to be the case for the GOP's nominee, Dede Scozzafava). "Certainly his views represent more closely to mine," said Huckabee. "I'm not taking a role in that with my PAC, simply because I feel like it would be inappropriate with me at this point -- mainly because I'm already speaking to the Conservative Party...
  • What if Huckabee's 'signature issue' is a scam?

    12/10/2007 10:57:40 PM PST · by Plutarch · 132 replies · 1,486+ views
    vanity | December 11, 2007 | Plutarch
    With Mike Huckabee's sudden prominence in the 2008 GOP Presidential race has come greater scrutiny, of both the man and his record. Prominent in both is his famous weight loss saga, and as such it too merits scrutiny. In June 2003, Mike Huckabee was an obscure and obese (290 lb.) Arkansas Governor. By June 2004, Huckabee lost 110 lbs., which he attributed to diet and exercise. This feat naturally attracted media attention as a human-interest story, to which Huckabee added a public policy angle by also touting his anti-obesity public health initiative called Healthy Arkansas. This program included public service...
  • One pass opens, one closed Traffic moves on Stevens; outlook for Snoqualmie is uncertain

    01/31/2008 11:12:31 PM PST · by skeptoid · 2 replies · 165+ views
    Seattle P. I. ^ | January 31, 2008 | LARRY LANGE
    Stevens Pass highway, closed for more than six hours Thursday after a truck jackknifed, reopened later in the day, easing a five-mile traffic backup. But as winter conditions and restrictions persisted, it was unclear when Snoqualmie Pass would reopen. Officials said they won't be able to assess avalanche and snowfall conditions on Interstate 90 at Snoqualmie until 9 a.m. Friday. However, by 5:30 p.m. Thursday, the miles-long backup of U.S. Route 2 at Stevens Pass was easing, even as snow continued to fall. Eastbound lanes reopened at about 5:20 p.m. and westbound lanes, closed at Leavenworth, opened around 4:45 p.m.,...
  • Is the [Huckabee] "Fair Tax" Proposal Really Fair?

    01/27/2008 5:39:52 AM PST · by xcamel · 230 replies · 1,892+ views
    Pajamas ^ | January 27, 2008 | Tim Worstall
    Mike Huckabee’s radical plan for sales tax revenue system only looks seductive, argues Tim Worstall, who demonstrates how the Fair Tax can be easily gamed and how the end of the I.R.S. is really the beginning of an even greater bureaucracy of retail auditors. by Tim Worstall As a Brit, I’ve been watching the back and forth about Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee’s Fair Tax with amazement. The idea is that the entire current Federal tax system is abolished replaced it with a 23% sales tax upon everything, this meaning we don’t the IRS and individual tax returns. The money...
  • Huckabee and Romney Make Great Team

    01/21/2008 11:54:55 PM PST · by Romneyfor President2008 · 15 replies · 91+ views ^ | January 21, 2008 | Doug Wead
    The most interesting statistic to come out of the Nevada primary tonight is the dismal 8 percent showing for Gov. Mike Huckabee. This shows what we all should have suspected that the Evangelical-Mormon estrangement cuts both ways. And it sends a very clear message to both the Romney and Huckabee camps. There is no way either one will win in a general election without having the other one on the ticket. Here is how it works. Evangelicals in Iowa melted away from Mormon Romney, in spite of his huge expenditure in time and money. They just wouldn’t vote for a...
  • Fred and Huck: The Finale In S.C.

    01/19/2008 7:43:15 AM PST · by Onerom99 · 95 replies · 56+ views
    National Review - The Corner ^ | 1-19-08 | Byron York
    I have a new story up on Fred Thompson's campaign finale here in South Carolina. The short version is: Thompson, the man who in the conventional wisdom has come to define low-energy campaigning, was absolutely riveting. He was engaged and impassioned and devoted his entire talk to conservative first principles. In turn, the audience was enormously enthusiastic. Which of course led to the inevitable observation, made by a woman standing next to me near the podium, "Where was this six months ago?" After Thompson's speech, I hurried from Greenville back to Columbia to catch Mike Huckabee's last campaign event, at...
  • The Huck Hoax

    01/17/2008 6:01:01 PM PST · by Def Conservative · 26 replies · 42+ views ^ | Rich Loawry
    Huckabee's campaign has been run on, to invoke two of his favorite substances, duct tape and WD-40.When reporters asked who his foreign-policy advisers were, he cited former ambassador to the U.N. John Bolton as someone with whom he has "spoken or will continue to speak." But he never had. His advisers then said he had e-mailed Bolton, which he had once without ever following up. It was vintage Huckabee -- slippery and laughably unserious.Now Huckabee has gone from supporting the Bush amnesty plan and righteously declaring in a debate that children of illegals shouldn't be punished for the sins of...
  • The morning Huck

    01/17/2008 7:19:16 AM PST · by TornadoAlley3 · 11 replies · 64+ views ^ | 01/17/08 | Max Brantley
    FRIEND OF CRIMINALS: Victims Voice, the Republican-backed group that has bought TV ads featuring the mother of one of Wayne Dumond's many victims, is now publicizing another killer helped by Huckabee who's in trouble with the law again. News release on jump. Wall Street Journal wrote about this case previously. Another TV ad, possibly? LAW BREAKERS?: South Carolina contemplates a prosecution of the push-polling robocalls being made in behalf of Mike Huckabee. VICTIMS VOICE NEWS RELEASE In Little Rock, history once again repeats itself: yet another violent criminal freed by Mike Huckabee is on trial again for felony charges. In...
  • Huckabee Lends His Halo to a Strange Penny Stock

    01/16/2008 10:52:33 AM PST · by Plutarch · 39 replies · 60+ views via Race42008 ^ | January 16, 2008 | Jonathan Weil
    Jan. 16 (Bloomberg) -- Mike Huckabee wants to be president. So what's he doing on the board at an odd penny-stock outfit called Flagship Global Health Inc.....[snip]?
  • Will SC AG Prosecute Huckabee Push-Poll Robo Calls?

    01/16/2008 11:33:22 AM PST · by ellery · 43 replies · 54+ views
    Reason magazine ^ | Jan. 16, 2008 | Jeff Taylor
    Ah, the joys of the primary season. South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster has been asked to prosecute pro-Mike Huckabee push polling now underway in the state. State law bans such automated calls. McMaster is a major John McCain supporter in the state, but the prime target of the calls -- at the moment -- seems to be Fred Thompson. In a call partially recorded last night by one South Carolina resident and sent to McMaster, Thompson's record on abortion and taxes was attacked. This mirrors similar recent efforts in Michigan against Mitt Romney, where the same firm placed calls...
  • McCain takes early lead in South Carolina: poll

    01/16/2008 1:59:12 AM PST · by Romneyfor President2008 · 97 replies · 67+ views
    Reuters ^ | January 16, 2008 | John Whitesides
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican John McCain holds a 6-point lead over rival Mike Huckabee in South Carolina three days before the state's crucial presidential nominating contest, according to a Reuters/C-SPAN/Zogby poll released on Wednesday. McCain, an Arizona senator, leads the former Arkansas governor by 29 percent to 23 percent. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney was in third place with 13 percent. South Carolina's Republican primary on Saturday is the next battleground as both parties choose candidates for November's election to succeed President George W. Bush. Nevada also holds Republican and Democratic nominating contests on that day. The polling was conducted...
  • Huckabee: The Constitution Should Be Amended To Conform To The Word Of God (video included)

    01/15/2008 8:50:55 AM PST · by TornadoAlley3 · 146 replies · 350+ views ^ | 01/15/08 |
    Disclaimer: This article is a blog post and does not represent the views or opinions of Reiten Television,, its staff and associates and is wholly owned by the user who posted this content. So much for secular government… Now, I understand that Christians believe the word of God (as defined by the various denominations) is the ultimate truth. And I understand that Christians want to incorporate that truth as they see it in our laws. But what we need to remember is that while Christianity dominates America’s spiritual landscape not everyone in America is a Christian. We’ve got Jews...
  • Key Huckabee Backer in Michigan Is Obama Man

    01/10/2008 5:51:56 AM PST · by OB1kNOb · 74 replies · 92+ views ^ | 1/10/2008 | John Gizzi
    Both the Byzantine nature of the Michigan presidential primary -- as well as the crucial importance of the January 15 contest -- were underscored by the news that one of Mike Huckabee’s major boosters in the primary is actually supporting Barack Obama for President. State Rep. LaMar Lemmons of Detroit, a Democrat and African-American, recently unveiled “Democrats for Huckabee” to urge crossover votes for the former Arkansas governor January 15.....
  • Fred Thompson is the new person I hate the most (raving leftist rips Thompson)

    01/11/2008 11:37:14 PM PST · by ellery · 37 replies · 78+ views
    MichaelShowalter.Net ^ | Jan. 11, 2008 | Michael Showalter
    I read in today’s New York Times that Fred Thompson has gone on the attack against Mike Huckabee. According to the article, “Mr. Thompson then lit into Mr. Huckabee, the former Baptist preacher and Arkansas governor who won the Iowa caucus, for wanting to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay, for supporting what he called ‘taxpayer-funded programs for illegals’ and for wanting to sign a law restricting smoking.” He “lit into” him for wanting to sign a law restricting smoking? This Fred Thompson is a tough customer. HOW DARE MIKE HUCKABEE WANT TO SIGN A LAW THAT RESTRICTS SMOKING? I...
  • Tonight, Fred Reminded Me of Roy Hobbs. (Geraghty says Thompson wins SC debate)

    01/10/2008 8:58:06 PM PST · by ellery · 53 replies · 56+ views
    National Review - Campaign Spot ^ | 1/10/08 | Jim Geraghty
    Winner: Thompson. This performance was so commanding, I wanted his last answer to echo back to the lights in the back of the auditorium, blow out all the lamps and spotlights, for the theme to “the Natural” to play, and for him to trot around the stage in slow motion while sparks showered down in the background. Silver Medal: Actually, Giuliani, McCain and Romney all had “pretty good” nights – although I wonder if Romney missed a golden opportunity to make a point when Paul suggested that Iran was not much of a threat. McCain seemed a little softer-edged tonight....
  • Spending in Arkansas under Mike Huckabee (vanity, sort of)

    01/09/2008 10:12:36 PM PST · by lesser_satan · 52 replies · 426+ views ^ | 1/9/2008 | lesser_satan/ State of Arkansas
    When questioned about tax raises during his tenure as Governor, Huckabee and his supporters always say he had no choice, it was mandated, it was for education and roads, etc. Can anybody explain this: to this doc, under Huckabee’s tenure as gov, spending on Health and Human Services (aka welfare!) in Arkansas went from $2.44 billion in 1997 to $4.65 billion in 2006, a 92% increase. (see pages 130-131 of the .pdf file). Education increased from $1.81 billion in 1997 to 3.04 billion in 2006 (a 68% increase), but transportation spending actually decreased from $677 million in 1997 to...
  • You Have to Be Kidding Me [Mark R. Levin]

    01/08/2008 10:10:36 AM PST · by Checkers · 108 replies · 201+ views
    The Corner ^ | 01/08 09:51 AM | Mark R. Levin
    Now, I know most of the Republican candidates have changed certain of their positions. But I have to say, when I read this story this morning, I was floored. Heading into South Carolina, where illegal immigration appears to be the biggest issue among Republicans, Huckabee is going to support a constitutional amendment prohibiting birthright citizenship? Did I not hear him in several debates, including on Sunday, admonishing those of us who've long opposed birthright citizenship, about God's children coming out of the shadows? Is this not the same man who only a few months ago supported McCain-Kennedy? Romney has explained...
  • (Rasmussen) Daily Presidential Tracking Poll (01-07) (Hillabust!)

    01/07/2008 8:15:37 AM PST · by Petronski · 42 replies · 712+ views
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | 1-7-8 | Rasmussen
    In the race for the Democratic Presidential Nomination, it’s now Clinton 33%, Barack Obama 29% and John Edwards 20% (see recent daily numbers). Next update Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. Eastern. data suggests that Obama may now be considered the frontrunner for the nomination. In New Hampshire, Monday’s tracking update shows Obama retaining his double digit lead over Clinton. Obama’s victory has triggered a political earthquake, but it would be foolish to assume that he will cruise to the nomination unchallenged by the formidable Clinton campaign team. In the race for the Republican Presidential Nomination, it’s Huckabee 20% McCain 19%,...
  • Liberal group sounds alarm over Huck's big win

    01/06/2008 8:52:31 PM PST · by nckerr · 51 replies · 187+ views
    Baltimore Sun ^ | 1-4-08 | James Oliphant
    Mike Huckabee's triumph in Iowa is being felt in Washington. The left-leaning advocacy group People For the American Way today released a statement this afternoon on the Arkansas Republican's win in the caucus. Long story short: Don't be fooled by a few folksy one-liners, PFAW says: If there were any doubts that Religious Right voters are still a powerful force in the Republican Party, Mike Huckabee’s huge win in Iowa put them to rest. Huckabee’s rise was built on fervent grassroots organizing by Religious Right activists who embraced him as their dream candidate, even as the movement’s national leaders kept...
  • (Rasmussen) Daily Presidential Tracking Poll (01-06)

    01/06/2008 12:27:39 PM PST · by Petronski · 80 replies · 90+ views
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | 1-6-8 | Rasmussen
    The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Sunday shows John McCain and Mike Huckabee tied in the race for the Republican Presidential Nomination. Nationally, it’s McCain 19%, Mike Huckabee 19%, Rudy Giuliani 17%, Mitt Romney 15%, and Fred Thompson at 13%. Ron Paul attracts 4% support (see recent daily numbers). New polling data released Sunday shows McCain with a slight over Romney in New Hampshire. Rasmussen Reports will release new polling data from New Hampshire each day until Tuesday.
  • (Rasmussen) Daily Presidential Tracking Poll (01-04)

    01/04/2008 8:25:11 AM PST · by Petronski · 212 replies · 126+ views
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | 1-4-8 | Rasmussen
    In the race for the Republican Presidential Nomination, John McCain 18%, Mitt Romney 17%, and Mike Huckabee at 16%. Rudy Giuliani is at 14% and Fred Thompson is five points off the pace at 13%. Ron Paul attracts 6% support (see recent daily numbers).
  • Huckabee jokes about Bush not reading intelligence reports

    01/01/2008 6:19:35 AM PST · by Romneyfor President2008 · 116 replies · 404+ views ^ | December 31, 2007 | Dan Gearino
    DES MOINES --- Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee defended his failure to read the National Intelligence Estimate on Iran in early December, joking in an interview Monday that President Bush didn't read intelligence reports for four years. Huckabee came under fire in early December when, in response to a reporter's question about the Iran report, Huckabee said he wasn't aware of it. Huckabee's lack of familiarity with the with the National Intelligence Estimate --- a report that showed Iran had discontinued its nuclear program --- provided fuel for his critics who said he was a lightweight on foreign policy.
  • Shake, Rattle and Roil the Grand Ol’ Coalition (Huck advisor says Reagan coalition is "gone")

    12/29/2007 8:11:39 PM PST · by ellery · 12 replies · 66+ views
    New York Times ^ | 12/30/07 | Jeremy M. Lange
    AS a Republican presidential primary candidate, Mike Huckabee is a puzzle. A Southern Baptist pastor and thoroughgoing social conservative, Mr. Huckabee has struck a distinctly populist chord when it comes to economics. He has criticized executive pay, sympathized with labor unions, denounced “plutocracy,” and mocked the antitax group the Club for Growth as “the Club for Greed.” And when it comes to foreign affairs he sometimes sounds almost liberal; for example, comparing the United States’ place in the world to “a top high school student, if it is modest about its abilities and achievements, if it is generous in helping...
  • Grading the Candidates on Pakistan

    12/29/2007 7:49:03 PM PST · by ellery · 21 replies · 136+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 12/29/07 | Rick Moran
    It was an opportunity to look "presidential" and score points with the voters. The death of Benazir Bhutto which plunged nuclear power Pakistan into crisis and chaos was one of those unscripted, unexpected events during a campaign that reveals something important about the candidates; their ability to think on their feet and project an aura of knowledge designed to reassure voters in a time of instability for a major ally: Think of Mr. bin Laden’s videotape message late in the 2004 election — giving President Bush a chance to look more commanding than Senator John Kerry — or the twists...
  • Candidate defends his foreign policy credentials (Huck's gaffes; Romney's PC response)

    12/29/2007 7:03:17 PM PST · by ellery · 23 replies · 180+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | December 29, 2007 | Charlie Savage
    Clarifies remarks on issue of illegal immigration PELLA, Iowa -Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee yesterday defended his foreign policy credentials, following sharp scrutiny of his response to the recent instability in Pakistan and a fresh attack ad by rival Mitt Romney. -snip- "The fact is that the immigration issue is not so much about people coming to pick lettuce or make beds, it's about someone coming with a shoulder-fired missile," Huckabee told reporters during a news conference after the rally. Romney criticized Huckabee's remarks, saying it was wrong to lump Pakistanis in with Al Qaeda terrorists. "It's very important for...
  • Foreign policy gaffes plague Huckabee

    12/28/2007 3:51:40 PM PST · by ellery · 40 replies · 129+ views
    CNN ^ | 12/28/07
    A senior aide to Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee admitted Friday that the former Arkansas governor had "no foreign policy credentials" after his comments reacting to the assassination of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto raised questions. During an event Friday in Pella, Iowa, Huckabee said the crisis sparked by Bhutto's death should lead to a crackdown on illegal immigrants from Pakistan. The Huckabee official told CNN that when he said that, Huckabee was trying to turn attention away from scrutiny of his foreign policy knowledge. -snip- Huckabee said 660 Pakistanis entered the country illegally last year. When asked by...
  • Thompson Boots Bhutto 'Apology'

    12/28/2007 12:33:11 PM PST · by JRochelle · 134 replies · 396+ views
    ABCNews/PoliticalRadar ^ | 12/28/2007 | Christine Byun
    Fred Thompson doesn't think much of Mike Huckabee's politics or his sentiments. Questioning Huckabee's response to the death of Benazir Bhutto, Thompson, R-Tenn., told a Pella, Iowa, crowd, "I am not sure what Governor Huckabee meant when he said we needed to apologize for this assassination. I am more concerned about people around the world would think when they see a presidential candidate was apologizing for assassination of the former Prime Minister Bhutto." On Thursday in Florida, Huckabee, R-Ark., expressed "apologies" for the situation in Pakistan, and his campaign later clarified that their candidate meant "sympathies" "I don't want that...
  • (Rasmussen) Daily Presidential Tracking Poll (12-28)

    12/28/2007 8:24:28 AM PST · by Petronski · 116 replies · 602+ views
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | 12-28-7 | Rasmussen
    Friday, December 28, 2007 Advertisment The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Friday shows Mike Huckabee slipping to second place with his lowest level of support since early December. In the race for the Republican Presidential Nomination, it’s Rudy Giuliani on top at 19%, Huckabee in second at 17% and John McCain within four points of the lead at 15%. Mitt Romney remains at 13% nationally and Fred Thompson is at 12% (see recent daily numbers). Ron Paul currently attracts 7% of Likely Republican Primary voters nationwide. Immigration has emerged as the top issue in the Republican race. A...
  • Huckabee's Tax Hiking Record

    12/27/2007 11:43:35 PM PST · by Maelstorm · 14 replies · 241+ views ^ | Oct 2007 |
    Washington – Yesterday, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer asked Mike Huckabee to respond to Club for Growth President Pat Toomey’s op-ed on National Review Online, but Huckabee had no defense for his many tax hikes and liberal record.Instead, Huckabee bloviated about pheasant hunting and called himself an “authentic conservative,” but didn’t explain how an “authentic conservative” could have supported or raised as many tax hikes as he did as Governor of Arkansas. These include: Sales Tax, 1996 (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 11/07/96)Gas and Diesel Fuel Taxes, 1999 (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 04/02/99, 04/25/99)Sales Tax, 2000 (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 09/25/02)Cigarette Tax, 2001 (Associated Press, 04/02/01)Nursing Home Bed Tax,...
  • Huckabee Reaction to Bhutto Assassination

    12/27/2007 10:49:48 AM PST · by Dane · 116 replies · 656+ views
    CBS ^ | December 27, 2007 | Nancy Cordes
    ORLANDO, FLA. -- With about 150 supporters crowded around a podium set up on the tarmac of Orlando Executive airport (and about 20 Ron Paul supporters waving signs outside) Mike Huckabee strode out to the strains of “Right Now” by Van Halen and immediately addressed the Bhutto situation, expressing “our sincere concern and apologies for what has happened in Pakistan.” He said the assassination is a reminder that here in the US, we are lucky to vote “not with bullets but with ballots,” and said “I guess we are sometimes lulled into failing to appreciate the magnitude” of the democratic...
  • (Rasmussen) Daily Presidential Tracking Poll (12-27)

    12/27/2007 8:07:49 AM PST · by Petronski · 134 replies · 164+ views
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | 12-27-7 | Rasmussen
    With just a week to go until the Iowa caucuses, the Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll continues to show five Republican hopefuls in double digits nationally. In the race for the Republican Presidential Nomination, it’s Mike Huckabee at 20%, Rudy Giuliani 18%, John McCain 14%, Mitt Romney 13%, and Fred Thompson at 11% (see recent daily numbers). Ron Paul currently attracts 5% of Likely Republican Primary voters nationwide. An Inside Report by Robert Novak says that McCain is now “viewed by canny Republican professionals as the best bet to win the party's presidential nomination.” McCain has the highest favorability...
  • The big winner: None of the above (candidates' latest favorable/unfavorable numbers)

    12/26/2007 8:48:30 PM PST · by ellery · 18 replies · 144+ views
    SF Gate ^ | December 26, 2007 | Debra Saunders
    If you have any doubts as to whether this political campaign season has lasted too long and soured voters on the whole political process, look at the favorable/unfavorable poll ratings of the candidates. Premier pollster Scott Rasmussen's latest polling of likely voters nationally shows that most Democrats and Republicans have higher negative than positive poll numbers. -snip- Wednesday Rasmussen reported that among Democrats, Hillary Clinton scored 45 favorable/54 unfavorable, Barack Obama's numbers were at 52/45, John Edwards was 48/44, Joe Biden 38/37, with all other Democrats disliked more than they were liked by as much as 23 points. Republican hopeful...
  • (Rasmussen) Daily Pres. Tracking Poll (12-22) [Willard as unpopular as Hillary!]

    12/22/2007 7:53:23 AM PST · by Petronski · 115 replies · 78+ views
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | 12-22-7 | Rasmussen
    The results will be out in a few minutes, but here's a nugget reported just this morning: New polling data released today shows that Hillary Clinton and Mitt Romney have the highest level of core opposition among the leading Presidential candidates. Forty-seven percent (47%) are poised to vote against each of them.
  • Mike Huckabee Says He Doesn’t Recall If He Wrote Line About Bush ‘Bunker Mentality' (LOL Alert)

    12/22/2007 12:47:23 AM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 84 replies · 209+ views
    Fox News ^ | 12/22/07 | Serafin Gomez and Carl Cameron and The Associated Press
    Mike Huckabee said Friday that he does not remember if he even wrote the line in a controversial journal article calling President Bush’s foreign policy “arrogant bunker mentality,” after the article drew criticism from Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. The Republican presidential candidate’s piece in the January-February edition of Foreign Affairs said that Bush’s foreign policy is “counterproductive,” and urged a shift in diplomatic tone. GOP rival Mitt Romney afterward condemned the comments and Rice called them “simply ludicrous” on Friday. But Huckabee told reporters aboard a bus in Iowa that he was not the sole author of that piece....
  • The Rush Fallout for Huckabee: Fatal, or Missing the Target?

    12/21/2007 12:05:13 PM PST · by Checkers · 322 replies · 292+ views
    The Campaign Spot ^ | 12/21/2007 | Jim Geraghty
    After today, Rush Limbaugh is in reruns until January 3, the day of the Iowa caucuses. Highlight from a moment ago: "The drive bys are doing everything they can to influence the Republican primary. Mike Huckabee has been getting a pass from the drive-bys... They don't want Rudy because they think he can beat Hillary. They don't want Romney because of the same thing. They don't want Fred Thompson because of the same thing." Can a guy who's been slammed as hard as Mike Huckabee has by Rush Limbaugh, the most popular conservative radio talk show host in the country,...
  • (Rasmussen) Daily Presidential Tracking Poll (12-21)

    12/21/2007 8:00:07 AM PST · by Petronski · 35 replies · 62+ views
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | 12-21-7 | Rasmussen
    The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Friday continues to show that five Republican hopefuls are in double digits. However, for the first time ever, not a single Republican candidate reaches the 20% level of support. In the race for the Republican Presidential Nomination, it’s Mike Huckabee at 19%, Rudy Giulianin 16%, John McCain and Mitt Romney at 15% each, and Fred Thompson at 11% (see recent daily numbers). Ron Paul currently attracts 6% of Likely Republican Primary voters nationwide.