What People are saying about Huckabee

 Is Huckabee The Next Reagan: Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee has seized on an issue – U.S. sovereignty – that could not only win him the Republican nomination for president but propel him into the White House.A great Newsweek Article talks about how Huckabee is the one in the race to beat Hillary.

The Caucus says about the FRC results: Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee was the runaway winner with 64 percent of the vote, raising anew the question of whether Christian conservative leaders and voters might be able to coalesce around him as a longshot candidate and propel him to the first tier in the Republican race.

Time Magazine’s Amy Sullivan said this: But it was former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee who lit up the crowd with a fiery sermon as the last candidate to address the gathering. He took second place, just 30 votes behind Romney. When organizers broke the votes down into those cast online and those of summit attendees, the results revealed a true thrashing. In the tally of those present at the summit, Huckabee swamped his opponents, capturing 50% of the vote. By contrast, Romney was the choice of only 10% of on-site values voters.

National Review had this to say:  We’ve just come through the most revealing three-day period in the Republican presidential race so far. Before Friday and Saturday, when all the candidates appeared at the Values Voters Summit in Washington, and Sunday, when they gathered for the Fox News debate in Orlando, we wondered whether Rudy Giuliani could survive an appearance before socially conservative voters; whether Fred Thompson could show the energy that primary voters demand in a candidate; whether John McCain could regain his place in the contest’s first tier; and whether Mike Huckabee could fully ascend to that top grouping. Now, we know the answers are “yes” on all counts. Those answers, along with the continued strength of Mitt Romney — despite doubts about his record among the voters to whom it means the most — mean that there are now five real contenders for the Republican nomination. It is the most wide-open race in a very long time.

Actor Chuck Norris said This:

Like most of you, over the summer and into the fall, I’ve been watching, listening, studying and praying about who could lead this country as our next president.

I won’t leave you in suspense. Though Giuliani might be savvy enough to lead people, Fred Thompson wise enough to wade through the tides of politics, McCain tough enough to fight terrorism and Romney business-minded enough to grow our economy, I believe the only one who has all of the characteristics to lead America forward into the future is ex-Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.

Matt Lewis, Townhall:

Mike Huckabee is, indeed, a skilled debater. I think that he scored some points when he refused to attack the other candidates. It may be that McCain now needs to attack Romney — or that Thompson now needs to attack Rudy. But I don’t think Huckabee gains anything by going on the attack and becoming a “politician.”


Tonight’s GOP debate was truly the Huckabee and McCain show. Huck demonstrated the same smooth, articulate, can-sell-snake-oil-to-a-merchant demeanor that has propelled him to where he is now: one of the Big Five that actually deserves to still be attending these debates.

FOX News:

Mike Huckabee stepped out of the catfight with his first response to a question, noting that he’s “content to let you let them fight all they want tonight, shed each other’s blood and then I’ll be ready to run for president because I’m not interested in fighting these guys. What I’m interested in is fighting for the American people, and I think they’re looking for a presidential candidate who’s not so interested in a demolition derby against the other people in his own party.”

The former Arkansas governor then said that the “sanctity of human life” would be one of the top priorities he would fight for on behalf of the American people.

“When our founding fathers put their signatures on the Declaration of Independence, those 56 brave people, most of whom, by the way, were clergymen, they said that we have certain inalienable rights given to us by our creator, and among these life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, life being one of them. I still believe that,” he said.

But Huckabee didn’t take the challenge from Clinton so lightly.

“You know, it’s interesting, the most, I guess, wonderful reaction we’ve had in this entire room is when Hillary’s name is mentioned. It gets louder than an Aerosmith concert. But I want to say this — you’ve asked: What’s the difference? No matter which one of us is on this stage — and, look, I like to be funny, let me be real honest with you. There’s nothing funny about Hillary being president,” he said.

Brody File Reaction:

With Mike Huckabee, he was able to provide a nice mix of funny lines but more serious moments too. Here’s one of his best funny quips of the night:

“The reality is it’s a health crisis, and I would further say that one of the challenges we face is that a lot of the Democrats want to turn it over to the government, while the Republicans want to turn it over completely to the private insurance companies. I think the better idea is to turn it over to each individual consumer and let him or her make that choice. I trust me a lot more than I trust government or a lot more than I trust the insurance companies. And we’ve got a situation with 10,000 baby boomers a day signing up for Social Security, going into the Medicare system. And I just want to remind everybody when all the old hippies find out that they get free drugs, just wait until what that’s going to cost out there.”

A funny line but Huckabee needs to make sure he’s not seen as the presidential comedian up there. Sunday night, he took strides to do that. He made sure to speak tough on terror, he refused to take part in the political bickering between candidates. And then he turned serious about Hillary Clinton:

“But I want to say this — you’ve asked: What’s the difference? No matter which one of us is on this stage — and, look, I like to be funny, let me be real honest with you. There’s nothing funny about Hillary Clinton being president. Let me tell you why.

If she’s president, taxes go up, health care becomes the domain of the government, spending goes out of control, our military loses its morale, and I’m not sure we’ll have the courage and the will and the resolve to fight the greatest threat this country’s ever faced in Islamofascism.

We’ve got an enemy that wants to kill every last one of us. We cannot be soft. We must be strong. We’ll sign crazy bills like the Law of the Sea Treaty and give away our sovereignty. And that’s why, with all of the fun we’re going to have talking about it, there’s nothing funny about Hillary being president.”

Trasncription of Frank Luntz focus group:

Huckabee winning people over (Frank Lutz focus group) – Florida Debate Jump to Comments

Frank Lutz focus group: (these are comments from the participants in the focus group)

They need to give Mike Huckabee more time to talk.

I was a Thompson supporter before this, but Mike Huckabee won me over.

Mike Huckabee has good ideas, but they give him one question then they give Rudy 3 … they have to let Huckabee talk.

Clinton was an unknown governor from Arkansas, Mike Huckabee will break through.

These guys told me that Huckabee would win the debate and I just laughed at them. Now that I’ve heard him, I’m changing my support to Mike Huckabee.

Frank Lutz said “Mike Huckabee had a very good night at this debate – even without a lot of time to talk”.

NRO: Rudy, Fred, and Huck Were Best

Mike Huckabee: After the FRC summit, he’s the social conservative choice, and if he gets the nomination, Hillary won’t know what hit her. This guy can sell ice to Eskimos. Kept his momentum, and played against his “the funny one” typecasting with his argument, “there’s nothing funny about Hillary Clinton as Commander in Chief.”

Reid Wilson, Real Clear Politics

“Huckabee again stole a large portion of the show. A focus group conducted by prominent Republican pollster Frank Luntz showed many called the Arkansan the surprise, adding to an already big week for his campaign. Earlier, Huckabee won a straw poll of attendees to the Family Research Council’s Values Voter Summit, in Washington, with more than half the votes. Romney, by comparison, finished second with just ten percent.

‘I’m competing against guys who are spending tens of millions of dollars and I’m neck and neck with them,’ Huckabee told Fox News in a post-debate interview.”

This is a paragraph in a CBS: The Nation article recapping the Florida Debate Events.
The article was obviously not written by a person friendly to Christians or perhaps even republicans yet he saw something in our future President. I found this at www.illinois4huckabee.blogspot.com

The other stunner of the weekend, both in Washington and Florida at Sunday’s debate, was the sterling performance of Mike Huckabee. One of the great mysteries of this campaign has been the reluctance of Christian Right leaders to support the Arkansas governor. While they have pointed to his lack of “viability” — read: money — as the reason, the real source of Religious Right discomfort with the whip-smart, witty Baptist preacher unquestionably lies with Huckabee’s economic populism. He is a down-the-line social conservative, to the extremity of advocating for the repeal of “no-fault” divorce. But Huckabee’s governance in Arkansas has borne scant resemblance to the corporate flackery of his fellow Christian Right heavyweights — the man raised taxes, for goodness sakes, and just won’t stop talking about uplifting the working class and bringing minorities into the party. At times, he even sounds — heaven forbid! — pro-labor. All of which matches him up, almost to a T, with the clear majority of not only Republican, but also independent and conservative Democratic voters in the South and Midwest. These folks, black and white, tend to be social conservatives and economic populists. Huckabee is the first candidate in a long time who embodies that particular political alchemy. He is also, far and away, the most fresh and appealing political talent in the race — on either side. He is the one Republican who would be an absolute cinch to win the general election against any of the three leading Democrats. But he remains a long shot — unless Iowa Republicans give him a slingshot.


One Response

  1. Great summary!
    I have an entry with a theory on why our Christian Leaders(?) have been reluctant to support Mike.

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