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Huckabee fights back, calls Romney’s attacks ‘dishonest’
By Aaron Blake
INDIANOLA, Iowa -- Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) lashed out at his top competitor in Iowa on Saturday, calling the attacks launched by the campaign of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) “incredibly desperate and frankly dishonest.”
Speaking at a local restaurant, Huckabee addressed several of the main charges against him, beating back criticism that he granted too many pardons as governor, has raised taxes too much and benefited personally from his title as governor.
The Iowa frontrunner broke new ground with a sharp counter-attack, though, and he suggested a dishonest campaign is a preview of what would occur under a Romney administration.
“One day, one of us is going to be president,” Huckabee said. “You need to know that the person who is the president of the United States is looking you in the eye and telling you the truth.”
Huckabee said Romney has been attacking all of his top competitors, including Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R), instead of running on his own record.
He spent a lot of time in particular talking about the pardons charge, an issue which has dogged him since he rose to the top of the polls in Iowa. One of the pardoned men, a convicted rapist, went on to commit murder.
Huckabee compared two cases where young men wanted pardons for minor offenses so they could pursue career or school tracks that required clean records – one in Massachusetts under Romney and one in Arkansas under Huckabee. Huckabee granted the pardon; Romney did not.
Huckabee also talked tough, noting that his state put more than a dozen men to death under his watch. Opponents have accused him of being soft on methamphetamine dealers.
“The 16 people that I carried out an execution on in Arkansas would hardly say I was soft on crime,” he said. “That’s something no other person running for president – Democrat or Republican – ever had to do.”
One character witness for Huckabee’s toughness is Minuteman Project founder Jim Gilchrist, who stood by his side during the speech and has been pitching his illegal immigration policy in recent days.
Gilchrist said he envied Huckabee for responding respectfully and diplomatically to Romney’s attacks. He also said the executions show Huckabee respects the law.
“This guy means business; the rule of law is the rule of law,” Gilchrist said.
Huckabee supporter Richard Nation, a retired former Veterans Administration employee from Des Moines, said Huckabee’s hand was forced by Romney.
“It’s unfortunate that he has to do that,” Nation said. “I didn’t think that’s his intent [to attack Romney].”
Huckabee closed his speech with a series of veiled shots at Romney’s shifting positions on social issues.
“If that president says that we need to protect human life from the time of conception,” he said, “you need to know that president actually believes that and didn’t just say it so he could get elected to office, and that when he gets in office, he’ll actually do something about it.”
According to Associated Press The Club for Growth is spending $175,000 to continue running ads in Iowa that highlight tax increases adopted in Arkansas when Huckabee was governor.
During the past three weeks, the group has spent $550,000 to criticize Huckabee's economic policies. A major donor is Jackson T. "Steve" Stephens Jr., a Little Rock, Ark., businessman and member of the Club for Growth's board of directors. Stephens is a longtime critic of Huckabee who once considered running against him for governor. He has donated $200,000 to the group, including $100,000 this month.
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JAMES P. PINKERTON
December 26, 2007
Is Mike Huckabee too Christian to be president? Is Mitt Romney Christian enough? We'll find out soon.
The former governor of Arkansas is on the cover of Newsweek, and though the headline, "Holy Huckabee: The Unlikely Rise of a Preacher Politician," might suggest a mainstream media hatchet job — in which yet another Southern Baptist gets the full Elmer Gantry-Pat Robertson treatment — the article itself comes as a pleasant surprise.
Perhaps Newsweek, too, was surprised to discover that Huckabee's political views are well within the mainstream of American politics. Elected four times statewide in Arkansas, by the same voters who had earlier elected and re-elected Bill Clinton, Huckabee was governor of the Razorback State for nearly 11 years.
During that time Huckabee proved his centrist effectiveness — including a willingness to spend money for better education, better health care and better roads. One might ask: Do Americans, stuck in traffic, waiting in long lines at airports, think that spending on infrastructure is a bad idea?
On social issues, of course, Huckabee is more clearly on the right, but most Americans, too, are anti-gay marriage and anti-abortion.
Still, the issue with Huckabee is faith: whether he believes what he believes too strongly. Recently, the agenda-setting Drudge Report bannered a headline, "Take This Nation Back For Christ," referring to a June 8, 1998, article in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette in which Huckabee told the Southern Baptist Convention, "The reason we have so much government is because we have so much broken humanity." He continued: "The reason we have so much broken humanity is because sin reigns in the hearts and lives of human beings instead of the Savior." Is that too much of a soul-baring for the public square?
Interestingly, Huckabee gave that particular speech in Salt Lake City, home of the Mormon faith. And by coincidence, just last week Romney — a Mormon whose ancestors lived in Utah — delivered a major speech in Texas in which he sought to situate his own faith in the larger context of American political history. Romney quoted the second president, John Adams, as saying, "We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. ... Our Constitution was made for a moral and religious people."
In response, Romney was slapped around by the liberal likes of Salon.com for being too partial to religion. But as blogger Jay Cost put it recently in Realclearpolitics.com, the real issue for most Republican voters is not Romney's Mormon religion, but rather Romney's mutating positions on key policies.
Huckabee, meanwhile, has walked the walk, through persuasion and personal example: Here's how Newsweek described his role as a new pastor in Pine Bluff, Ark., a quarter century ago: "The Immanuel Baptist Church was an all-white congregation when Huckabee took over the pulpit. One day he announced that a young black man, who heard his sermon on the radio, had asked to worship with them. Huckabee welcomed him to their pews. Some church elders were furious and refused to let the man sit with them. Huckabee threatened to quit unless his guest was greeted warmly. A few members quit in protest, but the rest of the congregation went along."
In decades past, figures as different as Martin Luther King Jr. and Jimmy Carter were widely admired for letting their faith influence their policy positions. Is Huckabee to be held to a different standard?
Indeed, in times when crime and out-of-wedlock births are again on the upsurge, when football players are murdered in their homes, when Christmas shoppers are gunned down in Heartland shopping malls, more Americans might well be thinking: John Adams was right when he said that passions need to be bridled "by morality and religion."
As a culture, as a people, we need to do something different. And everybody knows it.James P. Pinkerton is a columnist for Newsday, where this first appeared.
It's time to make a stand!
The Reason for the Season
Christmas Eve Gift!
We have a tradition in my family started by my Pawpaw Higgins that has been passed down. I’m sure he was not the originator and my research tells me no one is quite sure how or why it started, however it predates George Washington and probably started as an Irish tradition. It's called "Christmas Eve Gift". When people who are playing the game wake up on Christmas Eve, there is a race to say "Christmas Eve Gift!"
Christmas Eve is best described as a game of verbal tag. The only catch is that once you've been "gotten" you are out of the game with that person for the year, and you have to wait 365 days to catch them again.
The rules of Christmas Eve Gift are simple:1. It can only be played on Christmas Eve. 2. You must say the words "Christmas Eve Gift" to them before they say it to you. 3. Whoever "gets" someone first is the winner. Whoever "gets got" is not only a miserable loser, they are a miserable loser for an ENTIRE YEAR. I love Christmas! One year I put up our Christmas tree before Halloween. Several Children didn't quite finish, "Trick or Treeeaat?" when they saw the tree as I opened the door. We decorate the house.We have Nativities.Kenett is a Christmas artist!I love everything about Christmas. I love celebrating the birth of my Lord. I love the secular aspects of Christmas. Even Santa! I love the commercialization of Christmas. I love Christmas! I love saying: "Merry Christmas!"
Think about the first Christmas.
Hotels were full, people were busy.
Money was tight because the government made everyone journey to the place of their birth lineage.
Christmas crept up on everyone. No one was expecting it.
On Christmas Eve no one knew it was Christmas Eve.
It had been predicted in writings, proclaimed by the prophets. But, it was not a fresh idea.
It was expected by a few, forgotten by most.
Two thousand years later a society actively pursues forgetfulness.
We are ignoring truth, celebrating obscurity and either actively or passively participating in the de-Christification of Christmas.
My perceived turning point in history is slowly, methodically becoming unrecognizable.
“Noel” – a shout of joy at Christmas for the birth of the Savior, the Birthday for “Emmanuel” – God with us.
Christmas happened. There was time before Christmas, then there was Christmas.
I for one never thought in America I would observe a debate about removing the word “Christmas” from Christmas!
But here we are. How did we get so far from where we started?
Luke 2:8-14 The New King James Version
Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”
The angels sang an old song they had sung from before the foundations of the earth, yet sang it as a new song with a new verse, “On earth peace, goodwill toward men!”
This is the desire of Christmas!
This is the hope of Christmas!
"We've got a responsibility to the honor of this country and the honor of every man and woman who has served in Iraq and our military to not leave them with anything less than the honor they deserve." - Mike Huckabee
Let us also pray for their families and the families of the fallen. May God bring them peace and comfort in their time of need.
God bless them and may God continue to bless America.
DMN editorial board recommends Mike Huckabee for the Republican nomination
02:33 PM CST on Sunday, December 23, 2007
Many Republican voters are dissatisfied with the GOP presidential candidates this year. We share that frustration. But one of these men is going to be the party's nominee. Of this field, Mike Huckabee is the best choice.
It was a hard decision. In most respects, Mr. Huckabee, who governed Arkansas as a pragmatic, compassionate conservative, is not dramatically different from his main GOP competitors. He is somewhat better on energy and the environment, and though none of the Republicans are as forward-thinking about Iraq as they should be, Mr. Huckabee's emphasis on diplomatic engagement in the Middle East is fresh and welcome.
Mr. Huckabee established a respectable record of fiscal responsibility in Arkansas. Rather than run up deficits, he backed raising taxes to pay for needed infrastructure, health care and education. That's called prudence, and it was once a Republican virtue.
. . .
Mr. Huckabee has a stout heart for working families and the poor, which as governor got him crossways with some Republicans. Though his strident criticism of free trade is misguided, the economically moderate Mr. Huckabee seems particularly attuned to the anxieties ordinary Americans face in this era of rapid change.
And he is one social conservative who's acutely aware of the call to racial healing. In 1997, when Little Rock Central High commemorated integration's 40th anniversary, Gov. Huckabee delivered a magnificent speech about race, justice and reconciliation that left many in the audience weeping.
It was a profound and profoundly moving address, and it revealed an unusual gift for leadership. Plain-spoken and eloquent, Mr. Huckabee strikes us as decent, principled and empathetic to the views and concerns of others – an antidote to the power-mad partisanship that has led U.S. politics to a dispiriting standstill.
"I'm a conservative," he likes to say. "I'm just not mad about it." Along those lines, what sold us on Mr. Huckabee is a sense that of all the Republicans, he is the change agent the nation most needs. John McCain, whose candidacy is quite appealing despite concern about his age and temperament, was arguably that man once. But his moment has passed.
America needs a clean break from the bitter politics of the recent past. From the right, Mike Huckabee, a progressive conservative with a pastor's heart, can deliver.
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Is It Huckabee or Reagan?
I came across this article from 1975 on a conservative Governor that was bucking the establishment leadership and pudits. This is from the Nashua, New Hampshire Telegraph.
Nashua Telegraph 11/25/1975
Mr. Reagan's Record
Ronald Reagan, or so the ultraconservative legend runs, brought the yeasty state of California to the brink of perfection during his two terms as governor.
Since his tenure as governor constitutes his first and only governmental service and experience, Mr. Reagan and his flacks make much of it; too much, in fact.
When he announced his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination last week, Mr. Reagan performed the obligatory "mess in Washington" routine and promised to clean it up tidily, using the techniques he employed as governor of California to "manage government more efficiently." "We found that fiscal responsibility is possible, that the welfare rolls can come down, that social problems can be met below the federal level." So much for the rhetoric. Now for the record:
While Ronald Reagan was governor of California the state budget soared from $4.6 billion to $10.2 billion — a more than 100 per cent increase.
While Ronald Reagan was governor of California the state sales tax was increased from 4 per cent to 6 per cent, the corporate income tax was increased from 5.5 per cent to 9 per cent, and the top personal income tax was increased from 7 per cent to 11 per cent.
While Ronald Reagan was governor of California the number of state employees increased by 5.7 per cent. This is the mart who promises to cut armies of employees off the federal payroll, who promises to balance the budget, who promises to begin paying off the national debt and who, to top his program of conservative delights, promises to cut taxes to boot.
Some people may be charmed by Ronald Reagan's pitch; some people may even be persuaded, but the difference between promises and performance, between the Reagan rhetoric and the Reagan record is a difference that should be made plain to the voters of New Hampshire and the rest of the nation.
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(CBS)From CBS News' Joy Lin, who's trying to escape New England before today's big snowstorm: LITTLETON, N.H.
Illinois Republicans, prepare to say: "WOW!"
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who has surged in support in other early-voting states, is tied with Rudy Giuliani for the lead among U.S. Republican presidential candidates in Illinois, a poll showed on Saturday.
The same poll by the Chicago Tribune and WGN-TV found likely Democratic voters favored Illinois U.S. Sen. Barack Obama by a 2-to-1 margin over U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York.
Illinois voters go to the polls on Feb. 5 along with more than 20 other states. Neighboring Iowa on Jan. 3 holds the first of the state-by-state contests to choose the Republican and Democratic presidential candidates who will compete in the November 2008 election.
Polls in Iowa show Huckabee making sweeping gains in the past month to take the lead among fellow Republicans.
The Illinois poll, posted on the Tribune's Web site, was taken Dec. 9-13 among 500 likely Democratic and 500 likely Republican voters, and has an error margin of 4.4 percentage points.
Former New York Mayor Giuliani drew 23 percent of Republican voters while Huckabee won 21 percent, the poll showed. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney got 14 percent, followed U.S. Sen. John McCain and former U.S. Sen. Fred Thompson with 12 percent and 11 percent, respectively.
Rudy Giuliani earns the vote from 19%.
Debate Reaction from the Washington Post's Chris Cilizza:
"Mike Huckabee: There's no doubt that Huckabee came into the debate expecting to be hit from all sides. And, thanks (or no thanks) to the debate format, those attacks never came. Instead, Huckabee was able to move beyond the one-liners that have become his trademark in these debates and instead offer a broader vision of his political philosophy. "We are right now a very polarized country and that polarized country has led to a paralyzed government," said Huckabee. "We are a great resilient nation that has to stick together." Huckabee came into this event as the front runner in Iowa and he left it the same way. Given that reality, it's hard not to rate him as a winner."
To read the rest of the Chris Cilliza's blog post, click here.
Polls show Giuliani, Huckabee in dead heat
BY CRAIG GORDON
WASHINGTON - Two new polls Monday showed former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani has fallen into a statistical tie with a surging Mike Huckabee.The surveys suggest an end to Giuliani's yearlong domination of the Republican presidential polls.Giuliani had kept a solid but shrinking hold on first place in recent polls but two new national surveys -- by CNN and The New York Times -- show Huckabee, a former Arkansas governor, has pulled into a dead heat despite languishing far back in the race most of the year.
The latest CNN-Opinion Research poll shows Giuliani and Huckabee effectively tied for the top spot nationally, with 24 percent of Republican voters supporting Giuliani to 22 percent for Huckabee.Just last month in the same survey, Giuliani had 28 percent and Huckabee 10 percent. By clear margins in the new poll, Giuliani still is seen as the most electable GOP candidate but Huckabee is now even with him as best representing Republicans' views.
The CNN results were backed up by the Times/CBS News poll, which found 22 percent of voters picked Giuliani to 21 percent for Huckabee, with 16 percent for Mitt Romney.
In both surveys, the Giuliani-Huckabee matchup was well within the polls' margins of error -- meaning the results amount to a mathematical tie.The polls suggest social conservatives, uneasy about Giuliani's moderate stances all year, are deciding that Huckabee, an ordained Baptist minister who opposes abortion, deserves their vote.
The Club for Pork:The CFG's Hypocrisy on Earmarks
by Joe Carter
"Earmark reform will shine a glaring light on the profligate pork barrel projects and the politicians who sponsor them," said Pat Toomey, president of the Club for Growth. What Toomey forgot to mention is that earmark reform not only shines a light on the politicians who dole out pork but on the recipients of multi-million dollar pork projects--including the ones who serve as officers for the Club for Growth.
In August the Club for Growth began running attack ads in Iowa on Gov. Mike Huckabee. It seemed odd that the CFG would bother to spend so much money on a candidate who was so far down in the polls. But as Salon.com found after checking disclosures through the IRS, the ads had been paid for by "a Little Rock neighbor and political rival of Huckabee's named Jackson T. "Steve" Stephens Jr." Not only did Stephens provide the $125,000 to Club for Growth.net, he serves as the chairman, along with his Arkansas business associate, Gary Faulkner.
When he's not paying for attack ads, Stephens serves as president of a private manufacturing company ExOxEmis Inc. According to OpenSecrets.org, Exoxemis Inc. paid a lobbying firm $600,000 over the past four years to get the company earmarks worth at least $3,342,000.
In 2005, ExOxEmis received $1,342,000 for a research and development project. The same project received even more funding in the latest Defense appropriations bill. Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson even bragged about getting the $2 million earmark in a Sep. 12, 2007 press release (On the CFG's RePORK Card, Nelson gets a rating of 7%. This particular earmark, of course, was not included in the grading.)
No doubt, the project is a worthy venture. But the question is whether federal tax dollars should be used to support the R&D budget of a multi-millionaire's private company. Shouldn't The Club for Growth--which is a part of Porkbusters--be the first to condemn such earmarks? Is Toomey afraid to bite the hand that feeds him--even if that same hand is receiving pork handouts from the government?
While it's an admittedly minor issue, it does raise concerns about the credibility of CFG. It's disgraceful enough that they'd let Stephens use the CFG as his personal vendetta machine. But if Toomey is willing to overlook pork when it goes to his own people, how serious can he be about earmark reform?
A new Newsweek poll out on December 7th says that Huckabee has surged into a more than 2-1 lead over Romney. The survey, conducted Wednesday and Thursday, shows Huckabee with 39 percent and Romney with 17 percent support among likely Republicans likely to attend the Jan. 3 caucuses.
In its last survey, in September, Huckabee only had 6 percent compared to Romney's 25 percent, Newsweek reported on its website. Its report quoted Larry Hugick, who directed the polling for Princeton Survey Research Associates saying that Huckabee's huge rise is rare.
Poll: Huckabee surges to lead in Iowa
WASHINGTON - Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee has surged to a 12-point lead over former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney among Republicans in Iowa, and he leads in South Carolina, too, according to a new series of state-by-state polls for McClatchy and MSNBC.
With strong support from Iowa's evangelical Christians, Huckabee leads Romney, who had led there until the past few weeks, by 32 percent to 20 percent. Iowa voters will caucus Jan. 3.
In New Hampshire, which votes Jan. 8, Romney holds a 25 percent to 17 percent lead over former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, but two weeks ago, his average lead in surveys was 16 points. Arizona Sen. John McCain has rebounded to 16 percent there.
Huckabee now holds a lead in South Carolina as well, although it's within the survey's margin of error.
While other candidates wouldn't even notice the servers for a meal. Mike does and that's what sets him apart!
From CBS News' Joy Lin: COLUMBIA, S.C. --
“The wait staff has a beyond impossible job,” said Huckabee this morning as he looked into a packed diner where cameramen and supporters blocked passage through the narrow aisles. “I don’t know how they're gonna do what they got to do...Would you do something that would make them feel good and make me feel good? If you ever generously tipped a wait staff in your life, I hope you make this their greatest day ever.”
That wasn’t what sold Carol Seibles, a waitress who has worked at the Lizard's Thicket Restaurant for seven years, on Huckabee. After Huckabee’s speech, she said she liked the part where he talked about how the current tax system needed to be revamped.
“When you’re working hard and the government is taking all your making, working hard and they’re sleeping while you’re working and you still got to pay? I understand, I like what he said,” Seibles said. “He’s the man for me.”
Huckabee supports a so-called "fair" tax, which would basically replace income tax with a national sales tax.
Seibles said she didn’t know who she was going to vote for before his visit this morning – she said she doesn't have time to pay attention to the news. She added when she’s not working, she’s spending time with her three children and a lot of time in the car, driving more than thirty miles a day to work six days a week.
I found it!
Poll shows Huck with SC lead
From NBC’s Domenico Montanaro
For the first time, a South Carolina poll shows Huckabee leading. An InsiderAdvantage/Majority Opinion poll conducted Dec. 3-4 shows Huckabee in first place with 23%, ahead of Giuliani and Thompson, who are tied with 17%. Romney is fourth with 14%; McCain is also in double digits at 10% -- though he’s taken the biggest dip of any of the candidates since the poll was last conducted in October.
Huckabee has gained 12 points since October; McCain fell by 6; Thompson dropped 4 points; and Romney dipped 2. Ron Paul, who came in at 6%, saw a gain of 3 points.
Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee has taken the lead in South Carolina’s Republican Presidential Primary.
The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey shows Huckabee with 25% of the vote, Mitt Romney with 18% and Fred Thompson with 18%. A month ago, Romney and Thompson were on top.
The latest election poll also shows Rudy Giuliani with 12% of the vote, John McCain with 9%, and Ron Paul with 4%
Huckabee doubles up rivals in new Iowa poll
WASHINGTON (AFP) — Republican White House hopeful Mike Huckabee's stunning Iowa surge took him to a gaping lead in a new poll Friday, just 27 days before the state holds the first 2008 nominating contest.
Huckabee, an ordained Baptist minister, led long-time Iowa poll leader Mitt Romney 39 percent to 17 percent among Republicans likely to attend the Iowa caucuses on January 3, in the new Newsweek survey.
Romney, the ex-governor of Massachusetts, delivered a landmark speech on Thursday, asking Americans not to reject him over his Mormon religion, partly motivated by Huckabee's support among crucial evangelical voters in Iowa.
Screen star and former Senator Fred Thompson was third in the poll on 10 percent, a point ahead of former New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani.
The poll was the latest major survey to suggest that Huckabee, who toiled in low single digits a few months ago, is making a remarkable run from nowhere in the vital state.
Glenn Beck asked Mike Huckabee if he could vote for a morman. His answer published in the Los Angeles Times:
Amazing words for a "politician"
''You know, I don't know that that would be an impediment, but what I really want to do is I want [to vote] for somebody whose views are not just compatible with mine but whose views are compatible with their views. I want somebody to be consistent. I want someone whose compass points north and always has. I don't care if a person disagrees with me. Quite frankly, Glenn, I can live with someone who is 180 degrees different from me. I just want him to look me in the eye and tell me, 'This is what I believe.' Not because the political winds are blowing this way....''
"...[C]haracter has often been described and defined as ... who you are when nobody else is looking. And I think that's so important. People are looking for authenticity in their leaders. Not perfection. Because none of us can provide that. None of us can be perfect. But we can be authentic.''
The past several days, hundreds of grassroots volunteers have worked to get petitions to Springfield, IL.
Thanks to all who worked so hard. Below is part of an article from today's the Springfield Journal Register.
I have known Mike for over 15 years and served on his staff for over 4.
Yesterday, it was one of the greatest honors of my life to sign the paper officially placing Mike Huckabee's name on the Illinois ballot for President of the United States!
Petitions come just before deadline for candidates Giuliani, Huckabee
By BERNARD SCHOENBURG POLITICAL WRITER
Published Thursday, December 06, 2007
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee will be the last name listed on the Feb. 5 Republican Illinois primary ballot for presidential preference, and that’s just fine with his campaign organizers.
As the eight-day filing period came to an end Wednesday for GOP presidential candidates and people seeking election to be Republican National Convention delegates or alternates, petitions for four candidates for president were filed — with Huckabee’s just four minutes before the 5 p.m. deadline.
Petitions for former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani were filed just three minutes earlier.
In mid-afternoon, petitions were filed for U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo of Colorado, and just before noon, a little-known candidate, James Creighton Mitchell Jr. of Lindenhurst, filed petitions.
While all 8 a.m. filers on the first day of filing — Nov. 28 — will be in a lottery for top ballot position, all who filed later are listed on the primary ballot in the order they filed.
“Many of the communications experts believe that people see the first and last thing most clearly in any list or group, so we think it’s quite a gamble to come in the first day for the lottery, and we thought we could nail the last spot, so that’s what we did,” said Shane Henry, a lawyer and ballot-access delegate coordinator with the Huckabee campaign who filed 5,000 signatures for the candidate at the State Board of Elections. Presidential candidates need 3,000 valid signatures.
Wednesday, December 05, 2007
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Wednesday shows a new national leader in the race for the Republican Presidential Nomination. While enjoying an amazing surge, Mike Huckabee has earned support from 20% of Likely Republican Primary Voters nationwide. Three points back, at 17%, is Rudy Giuliani. That’s the lowest level of support ever recorded for Giuliani in the tracking poll and represents a seven-point decline over the past week. Huckabee has gained eight points during the same time frame.
Not only that, new polling data released today shows that Huckabee has pulled to within a single percentage point of Hillary Clinton in a general election match-up. Huckabee is also a frontrunner in Iowa and essentially tied for second in New Hampshire. Some pundits believe Huckabee’s numbers will surely go down as fast as they’ve gone up while others are beginning to consider the possibility that the bass-guitar playing Governor may become a serious contender for the Republican nomination.
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Monday shows Giuliani with 20% support nationwide while Huckabee attracts 17%. Fred Thompson is at 14%, John McCain at 13% and Mitt Romney at 11%. Ron Paul attracts 7% of Likely Republican Primary voters nationwide and no other Republican candidate reaches 2%
Generally it’s not easy to declare true winners and losers in these debates, but there’s no doubt that Huckabee made the most headway. As his campaign – smaller, lesser funded and out-organized – struggles to capitalize on the sudden surge he’s seen in the polls, this nationally televised debate allowed him to reintroduce himself to GOP primary voters. And he did not disappoint.
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November 28, 2007
Huckabee floats idea of sending Hillary Clinton to space
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee would be happy to see Sen. Hillary Clinton go into space.
(CNN) — Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee outlined one special plan he'd consider for NASA's exploration of space.
"Maybe Hillary can be on the first rocket to Mars," he said, referring to the Democratic presidential frontrunner.
The Republican presidential candidate responded to a question asking if more money would be put into space exploration. His witty response about Clinton generated cheers from the St. Petersburg audience and followed his description of the earthly benefits of NASA's programs.
"Whether it's the medical technologies that saved many of our lives and the lives of our families, it's the direct result from the space program," he said. "We need to put more money into space and technology exploration."
Shock polls: Huckabee leads in Iowa, Rudy craters in South Carolina
posted at 11:12 am on November 28, 2007 by Allahpundit
Imagine if Huck had money. Actually, if this keeps up, you won’t have to imagine:
New Rasmussen Iowa Poll Mike Huckabee in FIRST PLACE !
The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of the Iowa caucus finds former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee with 28% of the vote, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney with 25% support,
Holy Smokes: Huckabee Leads in Iowa
November 28, 2007
Do we have a new frontrunner in Iowa? The last Rasmussen Poll shows that Mike Huckabee now leads Mitt Romney in Iowa. It looks like we have a political version of David and Goliath going on. Huckabee, with his limited budget is starring in the role of David. Mitt Rommey, with all his money and time invested in Iowa is the Goliath.
IMPORTANT: Go HERE on the Mike Huckabee campaign site.
They put the Lucy Shea video below on the Blog. Check out the comments which where great!
One in particular touched my heart: scroll down to Randal Allen's comment, An amazing story!
If you haven't viewed the video please do so (almost 1600 views at this writing in 2 days)
Also, Please leave a comment and a digg.
I did the video in 20 minutes based on something I wrote the day Lucy Shea was born. (NOV. 1, 2007) I wanted to get it on before Children's day began to assist our fund raising efforts on November 20th.
My son and I hope to redo this with a little higher level of quality.
Paraphrasing the great Kevin Tracy:
We (us, the grassroots) need to raise $1 MILLION for Governor Huckabee by midnight tonight!
This is an incredible task and it would put Governor Huckabee at about$3 million cash on hand going into December! Although it may not be the $30 million Romney has, the Huckabee campaign has proven they can spend $1 more effectively than Romney’s can spend $10. In fact, they can spend it better than $100 for Romney.
If you donate $100 to Governor Huckabee, it would be like donating $10,000 to Mitt Romney.
Talk about fiscal conservatism!
Be sure to read the next entry and watch the video. 1264 views in just over one day!
If it won't get $100 out of you nothing will.
Also please donate through the Huckabee Ranger graphic above and to the right, help me meet my goal today!
Mike Huckabee is the one candidate with policies that will enhance this country for generations to come, the one candidate who can truly better our children's future.
Together we can send a message, by donating to Mike Huckabee's presidential campaign.
I am specifically challenging grandparents to give $100 per grandchild.
Small price to pay for their future.
Please make your donation by clicking "Contribute" on the Huckabee Ranger box to the right and above.
Here's Why I Like Mike:
Lucy Shea, my granddaughter born 11/1/07.
Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney has spent $10.2 million on television advertising this year -- a record amount at this point in a presidential campaign -- according to new data provided to CNN.
Romney is spending more than $85,000 a day -- $600,000 last week alone -- on campaign commercials, according to TNSMI/Campaign Media Analysis Group, CNN's consultant on political television advertising spending.
His presidential campaign commercials have aired more than 14,500 times.
Mike Huckabee will start several ads soon. This is the fist I mean first and
I LOVE IT!
November 20th is Children's Day and to celebrate we are donating to Mike Huckabee, candidate for our future and our children. Why Huckabee? He is the one candidate with policies that will enhance this country for generations to come, the one candidate who can truly better our children's future.
Together we can send a message, by donating $1,000,000 or more to Mike Huckabee's presidential campaign on this date. (All donations are to be made at Huckabee's official website.) We are calling for 10,000 courageous individuals to donate at least $100 a piece. Will you be one of them?
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As a social policy consultant, Star Parker gives regular testimony before the United States Congress, and is a national expert on major television and radio shows across the country. Currently, Star is a regular commentator on CNN, CNBC, CBN, FOX News, and the United Kingdom's BBC. She has debated Jesse Jackson on BET; fought for school choice on Larry King Live; defended welfare reform on the Oprah Winfrey Show, and spoke at the 1996 Republican National Convention.
Star Parker’s personal transformation from welfare fraud to conservative crusader has been chronicled by ABC’s 20/20; Rush Limbaugh; Readers Digest; Dr. James Dobson; The 700 Club; Dr. George Grant; the Washington Times; Christianity Today; Charisma, and World Magazine. Articles and quotes by Star have appeared in major publications including the Washington Post and the New York Times.
Star has written three books. Her autobiography "Pimps, Whores & Welfare Brats" was released in 1997 by Pocket Books, "Uncle Sam's Plantation" is released by Thomas Nelson in the fall of 2003, and "White Ghetto: How Middle Class America Reflects Inner City Decay" was released in 2006. Today, in addition to heading CURE, Star is a syndicated columnist for Scripps Howard News Service, offering weekly op-eds to more than 400 newspapers worldwide, including the Boston Herald, the Dallas Morning News, The Orange County Register, San Diego Union, Arkansas Democrat Gazette, the Washington Times, and the Star and Stripes, the largest paper serving the men and women of our Armed Forces.
Thomas Glessner, founder and president of the National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA) has given a stirring endorsement for Mike Huckabee and a gentle reminder to The National Right to Life Committee and other leaders of Christian profamily organizations that a principled endorsement is more important than a pragmatic endorsement.
NIFLA provides legal services to Pregnancy Resource Centers. Glessner has served as CEO of NIFLA for 15 years and has had a national leadership role in the pro-life movement since 1987.
Glessner said Huckabee is someone "who has the moral convictions and commitment to work to end the cultural nightmare of abortion."
"Now is not the time to pragmatically endorse and support candidates who have questionable records on abortion simply because conventional political wisdom appears to tell us that they have the best chance of winning," said Glessner in an endorsement letter."This is not the time to hope for the best from the worst of candidates because it appears that they are the probable winners," he said. "No! There is too much at stake, and if we fail to support the candidates who truly support us then we have failed ourselves."
Watch for our true leaders to emerge!
HucksArmy is on the move!
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I'll put it in the right column.
Include first names and if you wish your town and state.
Mark Preston CNN Political Editor wrote, "Romney is spending more than $85,000 a day -- $600,000 last week alone -- on campaign commercials, according to TNSMI/Campaign Media Analysis Group, CNN's consultant on political television advertising spending. His presidential campaign commercials have aired more than 14,500 times."
Who’s more electable? The man with money (with contributions from his own personal wealth) or the man with the message. Let's get the grassroot efforts going!
Join Hucks Army today! (Click in the right column HucksArmy logo)
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Janet Folger wrote:
Needed: Unity, not compromise
I have had people ask me to blast the leaders who have made outrageous endorsements. I have not. I have been asked to blast a prominent pro-life group that is making an endorsement today. I will not. What I will do is continue to differentiate where the candidates stand on the deal-breaker issues of the right to life and marriage.
We need unity – but what we don't need is compromise. The only thing this latest endorsement shows us is that our leaders are divided. The good news is that the grass roots are not. The two best indicators of where values voters stand are those who attended the Values Voter Presidential Debate and Summit where Gov. Mike Huckabee won both contests with more votes than all of the other candidates – combined. The 5-to-1 margin in both was clear – the leaders may be divided, but the values voters are not. We need a place of unity, not a place of compromise.
Our leaders are divided and on the wrong track. I call for all Christians to pray for them. Fear and finances have replaced faith and family values. A historic reminder: Gov. Mike Huckabee is exactly where Ronald Reagan was in 1979 in the polls and in finances. With everything up for grabs in this next election, NOW is the time for the uncompromising and unified grass roots to rise up and lead.
Full article, it's worth reading!
Last night my wife and I called the National Right to Life Committee. We were told there has not been an endorsement and one is not expected.
Today they endorsed Thompson!
Here's the release
I called 202-626-8825
I asked if they supported the amendment.
She said, "yes."
"Why would you endorse a man who doesn't?"
"It's a pragmatic decision."
"So Pragmatic is more important than principles?"
"So your organization no longer supports the amendment that has been on the Republican platform since 1980?"
"Yes, we do."
"But your candidate doesn't."
"It's a pragmatic decision."
"What is pragmatic about it? Thompson has been falling in the polls while Huckabee has been rising."
"I can't answer that."
"What's wrong with Mike Huckabee?"
"Nothing." (a little softer reflective tone, then her voice almost sad sounding) "It's a pragmatic decision."
I truly feel sorry for those who are part of the Right to Life organization. It must be very disheartening. I wonder how many more babies will die?
"For organizations like National Right to Life, Family Research Council, the Christian Broadcast Network and others to maintain their strength and viability, the issues they fight to resolve must remain unresolved.
Now that is true pragmatism!"
Let's keep calling and questioning until we get an honest answer.
And if you want to find another Ministry to send your money to
email me Here for suggestions.
The persecution of Christians throughout the world is escalating. Over 100,000 are killed each year because they stand by their principle and beliefs.
Action alert!!! Call and email NOW!!!!!! Mike Huckabee has earned the National Right to Life Endorsement.
Pass this on to everyone you know who cares about the Pro life movement.
Call today and email at
National Right to Life Committee
Several news outlets (e.g. Fox News, the Politico, National Review Online) are reporting right now that TOMORROW the National Right to Life Committee plans to endorse Fred Thompson.
We can change this, because it makes absolutely no sense for the most significant prolife organization in the country to endorse a former lawyer who worked for Planned Parenthood lobbyists who just last week said to Tim Russert on national TV
"In his first question on abortion, Russert asked Thompson whether, as a candidate, he could run on the 2004 Republican platform that endorsed a ''human life'' constitutional amendment banning all abortions. ''No,'' Thompson replied, suddenly monosyllabic. ''You would not?'' ''No,'' said Thompson, adding ''that's been my position the entire time I've been in politics.''
In fact, every Republican platform starting in 1980 has endorsed such an amendment and every Republican candidate has been able to run on it.
Fred Thompson especially makes no sense for them since Huckabee, the lifelong strongest prolife candidate, is in the middle of a surge and has surpassed Thompson's stagnating/sinking polls in both Iowa and New Hampshire!
Here is a link to the CBN article regarding this.
...and let them know what the consequences will be for future support of this prolife group and that you will pass on your consternation to many others influential in the evangelical and GOP/prolife world... there are many other prolife organizations in this country to give our time, money, and support to if this kind of insider politics is going to be their modus operandi.
This is a copy of my email!
Are you seriously going to endorse a candidate that is not fully committed to your cause and simultaneously falling in the polls as Mike Huckabee is rising. His rise is largely due to the pro life community and in spite of our power hungry former leaders like Robertson, Bauer, Land and others who have lost their right to lead.
It makes absolutely no sense for the most significant pro life organization in the country to endorse a former lawyer who worked for Planned Parenthood lobbyists.
Just last week on Tim Russert: The first question on abortion, Russert asked Thompson whether, as a candidate, he could run on the 2004 Republican platform that endorsed a ''human life'' constitutional amendment banning all abortions. ''No,'' Thompson replied, suddenly monosyllabic. ''You would not?'' ''No,'' said Thompson, adding ''that's been my position the entire time I've been in politics.''
In fact, every Republican platform starting in 1980 has endorsed such an amendment and every Republican candidate has been able to run on it.
Mike Huckabee has been an unwavering pillar in the pro life movement, yet you insult him and the entire pro life community with this endorsement.
Shame on you!
Those of us fighting hard for Mike Huckabee will not tolerate this kind of irresponsibility!
Our blogging power is beyond your comprehension and our grassroots efforts are sending a clear message to those who are forsaking their principles for position and power.
If you will not stand by your principles, you will not stand as an organization, we will cease to support you!
POLL: Endorsements and the bandwagon effect
November 12, 2007
Following a week in which four different GOP presidential candidates received the endorsement of a 'pro-family' leader, we asked you which candidate should 'values voters' rally behind. Mike Huckabee came away as the victor in our weekend poll. Interestingly, though, 'None of the above' came in second.
OneNewsNow.com asked: Of the four GOP candidates who garnered high-profile 'pro-family' endorsements over the last week, who do you think 'values voters' should rally behind?
Read the OneNewsNow.com articles that inspired this question here.
Three Former SBC Presidents Support Huckabee...
Baptist Press is reporting today that three former SBC presidents have announced their support for Governor Mike Huckabee for president. According to BP, "James (Jimmy) T. Draper Jr., Jack Graham and Jerry Vines all said they were supporting Huckabee, a fellow Southern Baptist and former president of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention." You can read the entire BP story here.
One wonders why the air is full these days of “conservative” criticism of Mike Huckabee and why his nomination rivals are resorting to curt falsehoods. Well, many apprehensive conservative spokespeople just repeat claims that have been thrown out. And maybe rivals just simplify and exploit falsehoods because unlike in the record of many of his rivals, there are no truths to politically exploit. I discuss The Club for Growth’s relentless crusade against Mike Huckabee and then balance other general accusations with the specific truths for which Huckabee is responsible.
Most recently in a new ad, The Club for Growth in its yearlong jihad against Huckabee has outright accused Huckabee of dishonesty in representing his inclinations and record. At least, that is a change from the usual exaggeration/misrepresentation of some of Huckabee’s statements. However, these charges have the even worse attribute of being outright false. And, I have previously said that The CFG’s criticism of tax increases to improve inferior state schools and highways, made no sense in terms of The Club for Growth’s supposed highest objectives. You can’t optimize a state’s economic vitality by standing pat with poor public schools and a decaying highway system. So, why would The Club for Growth spend money to propagate falsehood against a Republican candidate who actually poses no threat to their ideals? I have said for a long time that something smelled funny and speculated that either a threatened competitor or a CFG contributor had an axe to grind with Huckabee.
Continue this article written by one of the great thinkers of our time, Larry Perrault
This is a few months old but still great! Mike was interviewed on NPR and then . . .
Little Rock, AR – Former Arkansas Governor and Presidential Candidate Mike Huckabee today announced additional endorsements from influential faith leaders across the country, augmenting a strong show of support he received Friday from Southern Baptist Convention leaders. The new major endorsements include:
· Stephen Strang, Founder of Charisma Magazine – Lake Mary, Fla.
· Rick Scarborough, President and founder of Vision America – Pearland, Tex.
· Jerry Cox, President of Arkansas Family Council – Little Rock, Ark.
· Janet Folger, President of Faith2Action – Dania Beach, Fla.
· Jim Pfaff, President and CEO of Colorado Family Action – Castle Rock, Col.
· Mathew Staver, Founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel – Lynchburg , Va.
· Kelly Shackelford, President of Free Market Foundation – Plano, Tex.
· Phil Burress, President of Citizens for Community Values – Ohio
"To have the support of these leaders of faith means so much to me," Huckabee said. "I have the greatest level of respect for each person – and I know they will be vital in helping me spread my conservative message of hope and my vision for a stronger America ."
Stephen Strang, who was recognized by Time magazine in 2005 as one of the "Top 25 Evangelicals in America," said: "Mike Huckabee is an outstanding communicator who has a proven track record of success as governor of Arkansas . He is a true conservative who holds values common to most Americans. Governor Huckabee is a strong, Bible-believing candidate who articulates our values as well as any politician in my lifetime."
Rick Scarborough, who heads Vision America, a national coalition of Pastors whose mission is to call Christians to be proactive in restoring America to her Judeo-Christian heritage, said: "In Mike Huckabee, we have a man who has successfully bridged the chasm that divides people of both parties who share common values and faith. At this time in American history, we desperately need someone to lead us who can step over the partisan divide and unite people if we are going to solve the massive problems facing our nation."
Jerry Cox, who is also the past director of Unborn Child Amendment Committee, said: "Long before his involvement in politics, he was a defender of the unborn, a promoter of character in our schools, and stalwart champion for traditional values. His compassion for people, his command of the issues, his faith in God, and his genuine desire to work with people on both sides of the aisle are a rare find in the politics of today."
Janet Folger, who also served as national director of the Center for Reclaiming America, said: "We have one more chance to get our country and our courts back, and only one candidate we can count on to do it: Governor Mike Huckabee. He provides solution to the issues we care most about."
Jim Pfaff, who is president and CEO of the Colorado Family Action and has been active in pro-life/pro-family politics for more than 20 years, said: "It is critical, at this time in the history of our country, that our elected representatives truly understand the significant role that families play in our culture today and in the future. Mike Huckabee has been a reliable champion for the values of faith, family and the protection of the unborn over many years of public service."
Mathew Staver is Dean of Liberty University School of Law and founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel, a nationally prominent legal, educational and policy organization specializing in religious liberty, the sanctity of human life and the traditional family. He said: "We need a leader who understands and is prepared to confront radical Islamic terrorism, who will protect America and her boarders, who does not merely lip sync moral and religious values but who really believes and practices them, and who has the experience and personality to govern a divided Congress. Mike Huckabee is that man."
Kelly Shackelford, who serves as Chief Counsel of Liberty Legal Institute and president of Free Market Foundation, said: "The reason you are starting to see everyone coalesce around Mike is that he doesn't just talk about conservative issues, he breathes them and has a passion for them. He speaks the truth with an honesty and grace that no other candidate can match in either party."
Phil Burress, the president of Citizens for Community Values who won this year's Focus on the Family Grassroots Action Award, said: "I have met and interviewed most of the Republican Presidential candidates. After several months of research, I am pleased to announce that Governor Mike Huckabee is the most qualified candidate to hold the office of President of the United States ," Burress said.
"I am humbled by the faith and confidence that these strong advocates of faith and freedom have placed in me to lead our great nation forward. I look forward to working with them as we move forward together in the weeks and months ahead," said Huckabee. These endorsements are those of the individuals and not the organizations they represent.
Huckabee is the Candidate for Change; not just for the Rupublican Party, but also, the Christian Conservative Movement, and the Nation
The Kingmaker’s New Subject
Pat Robertson's support for Giuliani surprised many. It should not have.
. . .
Robertson's public endorsement of Giuliani last week surprised many. It should not have. His predisposition has always been to influence Republican politics from the inside. He has doubtlessly received assurances from Giuliani on the appointment of conservative judges and is calculating he can maintain influence within a Giuliani administration. But Robertson's endorsement of a pro-choice candidate has exposed deep political fault lines within religious conservatism. Add to this Paul Weyrich's endorsement of Mitt Romney, and Sam Brownback's support for McCain, and religious conservatives are fragmented as never before.
One effect has been to deprive former Arkansas governor (and former pastor) Mike Huckabee of support. He is the natural candidate of religious conservatives—strongly pro-life, pro-family, but also with a populist economic message. Huckabee is a candidate with Bill Clinton-like political skills, and he has fared well in straw polls. But religious-right leaders have calculated that Huckabee is not electable. Robertson's endorsement of Giuliani particularly irked him. "Our Web site went nuts with people saying they will never give money to Robertson again," Huckabee told me. "There is a disconnect," he said, "between past generational leaders in Christian conservatism and their own followers."
The use of the word "past" is purposeful and accurate. Leaders such as Robertson mainly exercise broad influence in the imagination of liberals. Evangelicals, particularly younger evangelicals, are undergoing a shift in attitudes. Many have little interest in the self-destructive purity of the prophet or the raw pragmatism of the kingmaker. They remain culturally conservative, but uncomfortable with a harshly judgmental tone in their politics. They find the model of the religious right too narrow and are increasingly motivated by a broader range of social concerns, from disease in Africa, to the environment, to racial reconciliation. And they want to be a witness to these values instead of a tool in the power games of others.
A recent article in The New York Times Magazine termed this trend "the evangelical crackup." But perhaps it is just maturity and a renewed appreciation of the way social change has taken place in the past. "The Christians who did most for the present world were just those who thought most of the next," argued C. S. Lewis. "The apostles themselves, who set on foot the conversion of the Roman Empire, the great men who built up the Middle Ages, the English evangelicals who abolished slave trade, all left their mark on earth, precisely because their minds were occupied with heaven. It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world, that they have become so ineffective in this. Aim at heaven and you will get earth 'thrown in': aim at earth and you will get neither."
The rest of this great Newsweek article by Michael Gerson
By WAYNE SLATER / The Dallas Morning News
Several Christian conservative leaders, troubled by the appearance the movement is divided, are moving toward Republican Mike Huckabee in hopes of making him the consensus candidate of the religious right.
Huckabee said New Hampshire's support is going to be pivotal to his campaign. He urged the crowd not only to vote for him, but to bring friends and relatives to the polls on Election Day.
"If New Hampshire wants that, I'll be the next president," he said. Huckabee said he believes voters want a candidate who sticks to his or her principles and doesn't flip-flop on issues from one state to the next.
The Telegraph article Here
From the CNN Political Ticker:
Following a five kilometer morning run at the University of New Hampshire Saturday, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee told students and reporters that while there may be division among evangelical leaders, there is no division among the "grassroots rank and file."
This statement comes after three key endorsements this week to three separate presidential candidates: Sen. Sam Brownback to John McCain, Christian Coalition founder, Pat Robertson to New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Donald Wildmon of the American Family Association for Huckabee.
Huckabee remains a "dark horse" in the republican field but his campaign has gained traction by growing support among the hotly contested social conservative voting block. Huckabee points to his performance in the three Value Voters straw polls as an indication that he has a solid command over the key demographic.
"Among the troops, there is no division, there is a clear consensus and they have coalesced around me," Huckabee said. "Some of the people who are the heads of organizations are scattered but their people aren't. Frankly when it gets down to it, having the people is going to be more important than having the leader." He then added, "If I have the choice between one leader and 50 thousand followers, I'll take the 50 thousand followers any day."
Huckabee also told reporters he wished he had received Pat Robertson's endorsement and and was surprised that he had given his backing to New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani.
"That was a real surprise and it apparently surprised a lot of his supporters as well," Huckabee, a former pastor said. "There was a lot of anger directed towards Pat and feeling like he had abandoned core principles that he had always adhered to, but you know it's his choice and I respect it, wish I could have had his endorsement but didn't. But again, I'll take his people any day."