Sunday, September 30, 2007
Over the last two weeks we have had over 3,000 contributions raised on our website. Including 300 first time contributors over the last 24 hours! A great accomplishment exceeding even our own expectations. During that same period of a time a Newsweek poll of likely Iowa Caucus goers has us climbing into fourth place, 3 points ahead of John McCain and within 1 point of Rudy Giuliani in Iowa.
Clearly our campaign message is resonating and folks are beginning to notice. In fact, just this morning Newt Gingrich on This Week with George Stephanopoulos said:
“I think Huckabee is very effective, and if Huckabee can find money, he will be dramatically competitive almost overnight. He’s probably the best performer in terms of giving speeches and being appealing…I mean, there’s something about him that is just - you just have to like Mike.”
Speaker Gingrich wasn't alone. Former President Bill Clinton this morning speaking to Tim Russert on Meet the Press said I was the only GOP “dark horse that’s got any kind of chance.”
With momentum building and folks beginning to notice, how can we kick things up a notch?
Frankly, what we need is fuel to spread the word and help energize and expand our base of support. As someone that hasn't yet contributed to my campaign, I would like you to immediately consider supporting us with one of the options below:
1) Contribute $1,000. Will you be 1 of the 100 people we are targeting to contribute $1,000 today before the midnight deadline?
2) Contribute the maximum contribution. You can legally contribute $2,300 per person. Are there 25, 50 or even 100 people willing to stand with me by maxing out their contribution today?
3) Make an emergency contribution. Make an emergency contribution of $1 (a buck for Huck!), $5, $10, $25, $50, $100 or even $500! Making your first contribution today would significantly help the campaign's bottom line and help us prepare for our first television advertising in Iowa.
I urge you to choose one of these options and make your contribution before Midnight tonight!
With our rising in the polls, a proven history of turning out the vote in Iowa, a surge of contributions this week and buzz building in Washington now is the time to strike.
Please support our campaign today. I need to know, if you are willing to stand with me?
With deep gratitude,
Sunday, September 30, 2007
What do Democrats fear?
They have forgotten.
They fear Mike Huckabee!
- Geez, I hope somebody becomes front runner quick ...before Huckabee takes the opportunity. We are screwed if he's their nom. by Geotpf on Thu Sep 27, 2007 at 07:35:33 PM PDT
- ... Plus, I kind of like Mike Huckabee. I don't agree with him on a whole lot but I like the guy. :)by daria g on Thu Sep 27, 2007 at 06:12:38 PM PDT
- Huckabee worries me. He really seems like a nice, likeable guy to me. I don't know if that's because he really is a nice likeable guy or he's just much better at bullsh*tting than most Republicans, but either way, I think he's very dangerous.But for some unknown reason, other Republicans seem to hate him [nope, we all love him!]. Maybe he's not enough of a jerk for them? I don't know, but I guess I should be glad. I really would have thought he'd be their best hope. Their frontrunners are pathetic. by tjekanefir on Thu Sep 27, 2007 at 07:50:20 PM PDT
- I am telling you if Mike Huckabee were the RNC nominee it would be scary. I live in Memphis and what Huckabee said is true. He can pull in Democratic votes. by TennesseeGurl on Thu Sep 27, 2007 at 06:08:11 PM PDT
- huckabee is strong. i'm glad we don't have to face him next november; huckabee could be the potentially highest repuke vote getter BUT the big four have kept him down; lucky for us by pogoalwaysright16 on Thu Sep 27, 2007 at 07:08:23 PM PDT
- Huckabee sounds sensible about poverty. Sounds almost like JE for a minute. Thank God the RNC isn't smart enough to elect the man. [you have no idea. just wait and see!]
- Huckabee is great at this.
- He comes off as honest, caring, smart, and his populist viewpoints won over many in the crowd. If he is thier nominee, he will win, and I would have a hard time being too pissed off about it.Of course, Republican voters in general will never elect him.
[That's what you think!]
This Morning :
“I think Huckabee is very effective, and if Huckabee can find money, he will be dramatically competitive almost overnight,” Gingrich said. “He’s probably the best performer in terms of giving speeches and being appealing…”
Gingrich, who announced Saturday that he would not seek the presidency in 2008, heaped more praise on Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas.
“I mean, there’s something about him that is just - you just have to like Mike,” Gingrich said on ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos,” adding that Huckabee would become “instantly competitive” if given the funds to succeed.
Bill Clinton, who also appeared on the show, said Huckabee is the only GOP “dark horse that’s got any kind of chance.”
First some background to this breaking story. We know that Mike Huckabee has poked fun at Democratic candidate John Edwards for his ultra expensive hair care. At an earlier televised debate, Mike joked, "Congress spends money like John Edwards in a beauty shop."
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September 25, 2007
Mike Huckabee: The RCP Interview
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RCP: As a social conservative who recently won the Palmetto State Straw poll, how do you explain trailing candidates like Rudy Giuliani and Fred Thompson in South Carolina?
Mike Huckabee: Well, the numbers that you're talking about really are reflecting two things. One is the money being spent by the candidates on paid advertisements; two is the amount of exposure they're getting and free media because of their celebrity status. But when we go head-to-head, I end up winning. So for us it's always been about the trajectory of momentum which for us has been upward very consistently and if you look at some of the numbers of the so-called frontrunners, they're polling behind where they themselves were before. Ours have continued to go up, they can continue to level off or slip backwards.
As more people get familiar with me and my message, we end up getting [voters'] support. So it's not really that big of a concern at this stage. January, you know, is a whole different deal. I mean, we're seeing it just as we thought it would play out for us back last January when we started. We knew we were starting at rock bottom and had to just build it on message. And it wouldn't be about that we could lay down as big as check book as some of these other candidates. But our numbers are picking up and the good thing for us is that in the three early states we are in play with all the boys in the big league.
(Editor note: I knew Lu Hardin while on Governor Huckabee's staff, He is a highly respected educator and public servant.)
University President Lauds Huckabee on Education
September 24th, 2007
Mike Huckabee has the rare ability to combine intellect, decisiveness, vision and a sense of humor. I served for six years as the Director of the Arkansas Department of Higher Education in Mike Huckabee’s cabinet. I observed him close up, solving complex problems and bringing constituencies to the table, and ultimately bringing constituencies together.
One of Mike Huckabee’s strongest abilities, if elected President of the United States, is clearly his vision. He created ARKids First, which has helped over 70,000 Arkansas children receive insurance coverage and health care which they would not otherwise have received. He created the Smart Start and the Smart Step programs which requires accountability in K-12 and helps improve our school systems. He doubled the number of Academic Challenge Scholarships in the state and increased the Governor’s Distinguished Scholarship, resulting in 88% of the best and brightest of our students staying in Arkansas for their college education.
I traveled to Israel with Mike Huckabee and sat in on a meeting between Huckabee and Shimon Perez. Huckabee has the domestic credentials to be President and the international understanding to be respected worldwide. It is a privilege to call this talented individual my friend.
Lu Hardin, President, University of Central Arkansas, Former Arkansas State Senator and Director of Higher Education
Sunday, 23 September 2007
Mike Huckabee on the obligation to govern
By BRAD WARTHEN
EDITORIAL PAGE EDITOR
THERE’S A PRINCIPLE that I long thought was a given in American politics. As long as it held true, it didn’t matter so much if the “wrong” candidate won an election. No matter what sort of nonsense he had spouted on the stump, this stark truth would take him in its unforgiving grip, set him down and moderate him.
Mike Huckabee, who is seeking the Republican nomination for president, made reference to this principle when he met with our editorial board Thursday: "One of the tough jobs of governing is, you actually have to do it.” That may sound so obvious that it’s foolish, like “One thing about water is, it’s wet.” But it can come as a cold shock.
Unfortunately I will be on the road for much of vertical day. I will seek out hot spots along the way.
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Get gutsy, Get vocal, Get Busy!
September 22, 2007 - 11:06 AM
by Mike Huckabee Send to a friend
Everywhere I go on the campaign trail, I meet voters with a real thirst for a healthy discussion of the issues. Ultimately, people don't care whether an issue comes from the left or the right. What they want to talk about are ideas that lift America up and make us better. It's what I call "Vertical Politics."
On Monday, our campaign has set aside 24 hours, for what we are calling a "Vertical Day". The focus of Vertical Day will be a discussion of the most important issues facing America. The plan is to promote my positions on these issues through video and personal blogs, and to have an online conversation with voters about our ideas, the solutions we see possible, our hopes for America and the challenges we face.
I'd like you to be a part of Vertical Day. I encourage you to tell your friends, family members and co-workers about it and ask them to participate. Vertical Day will start on Monday, September 24 and end on Tuesday, Sept. 25. I'm excited about this opportunity. With your help, and the power of the Internet, we will be able to involve thousands of voters all across America and truly build excitement around this discussion of issues.
To encourage you to make the time to be a part of Vertical Day, my campaign team has put together an incentive package that I hope will be fun and also create buzz and excitement. First, we've created a special Vertical Day page on our website, where you can view the 24 hours of online content we have pulled together.
We also have created a very simple online tool that will give you the ability to promote Vertical Day to your friends, family members and co-workers. We've developed a package of rewards based upon the number of people you are able to get to visit the website.
I will have more details for you soon. In the meantime, please mark Monday, Sept. 24 down on your calendars.
Fred wowed 'em, the crowd loved McCain's rejoinder to the Code Pink protester, Mitt Romney's video went over well, and Rudy Giuliani earned their respect. But the guy who absolutely looked the most at home before the NRA today was probably Mike Huckabee.
How many times do you have to win to be a first tier candidate?
And will someone please tell Ron Paul, he's not a republican, he's a libertarian. The smoke and mirrors are getting annoying.
Huckabee Wins Palmetto Family Council Straw Poll
By - John Boyanoski
(September 20, 2007)
A few seconds before he walked to the podium, Sarah Huckabee put her arm around her father and wished him good luck.
It must have worked.
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee won the Palmetto Family Council Straw Poll Thursday night - a sign that he may be gaining a foothold amongst the conservative right of the state's Republican Party.
Huckabee got 206 of the 539 votes cast. He edged U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, who got 179, but had a very vocal support group. They waved banners and wore stickers. Cheered their candidate when he spoke via telephone to the crowd. One man walked across the convention floor filming them.
Last night in Akron, the Ohio Christian Alliance held their semi-annual Freedom Banquet. Here are the results of those who attended the dinner:
Mike Huckabee - 32%
Fred Thompson - 26%
Rudy Giuliani - 12%
“Conservatives are ready for a cogent and articulate presentation of the conservative message. And, as much as we appreciate the steadiness and focus of President Bush in defending the homeland, the fact is, the message has been lost.”
“The American People want to be inspired. Conservatives, in particular, demand from their leadership a higher standard. The election losses of 2006 are a perfect example of what happens when our politicians put self interest before the Republic’s interest. Mike Huckabee is a genuine person of character, with an inner strength that is based on an abiding Faith. In the difficult days ahead, these qualities will sustain him, and provide us all with the leadership the nation needs.”
Written by blogger: Nuke's New's and Views
I have said throughout this campaign that if you hear Mike you will like Mike!
Results of the Values Voters Straw Poll
Value Voters are America's Largest voting block.
119/219 Mike Huckabee
53/44 Ron Paul
30/24 Alan Keyes
26/18 Sam Brownback
52/15 Fred Thompson
8/13 Duncan Hunter
8/7 Tom Tancredo
16/4 Rudy Guiliani
1/2 John Cox
13/2 John McCain
14/0 Mitt Romney
Value Voters Pick Huckabee
By Michael Luo
For all those wondering whether Mitt Romney can break through among Christian conservatives, add this data point: he was the only candidate who received zero votes in a straw poll after last night’s Values Voters Debate, an event he and the other leading Republican contenders decided to skip.
Mr and Mrs. Fred Thompson
Below is a new petition started by Adam Bertrand, a couageous
person who like the rest of us is sick and tired of the Washington/Hollywood aristocracy.
Get on Board! Sign the petition.
I was the thirteenth signee. Thirteen is a great number to start a movement!
Here's the petition:
To: Fred Thompson
Recently Republican Presidential Candidate Mike Huckabee sent a letter challenging you to a one-on-one Lincoln-Douglas styled debate.
The former Arkansas governor drafted the letter following comments you made on the Fox News Channel, criticizing the current process of presidential primary debates for not being "designed to illuminate people's thoughts, feelings."
And, stating, "I kind of think that Newt's idea of going back to a Lincoln-Douglas debate type format where you have two people sit down or stand up ... and discuss one particular topic in depth, and go back and forth about it," referring to a proposal by former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich.
In an interview with CBS News following his address at the AARP convention in Boston, Huckabee said, "I'd be more than happy to accept his offer. I'd love to be in a debate like that and I'm hoping that he'll let me know when and where." Huckabee suggested that the first debate be in New Hampshire.
Asked if he thought he would win, Huckabee said, "I don't know, but I think the American people will win if we have that kind of discussion where we really spend that kind of time in depth on issues."
Mr. Thompson, you, turned down Governor Huckabee's acceptance of a Lincoln-Douglas styled debate; even after over 2,000 voters co-signed Governor Huckabee's letter asking you to debate him.
The below signed believe you have done a disservice to the American voters, and would insist that you reconsider turning down this offer. We will be informing our friends of your decision, as well as spreading the word online, until you will change your mind, and as Governor Huckabee stated, “let the people hear a real discussion by the candidates about there vision for the future of our country.”
Little Rock, AR – Former AR Governor and Presidential Candidate Mike Huckabee issued the following statement today regarding the recent advertisement by moveon.org about Gen. Petraeus in the New York Times:
“The disgraceful act of the leftist organization, moveon.org, has marked a new low watermark in American discourse. To accuse a patriotic, honorable, and highly decorated soldier like General David Petraeus of treason by intimating that he had betrayed his duty, his honor, and his country is appalling.
“The full page ad in the New York Times run by this organization is an attack on our entire military – and George Soros should spend an equal amount of his vast wealth for another full page ad apologizing to General Petraeus and to every American who has served or who is serving in the military.
“The very people who Soros savaged with his vile, despicable, and cowardly attack are the ones who have earned Mr. Soros and people of his ilk the right to display their pathetic hatred of this nation's military in a public forum.
“While an apology to General Petraeus would be in order, one can’t expect it from the caliber of people who are devoid of dignity.
“I call on every candidate for President, whether Democrat or Republican, to join in a condemnation of this outrageous insult to our military. The fact that such an abuse of free speech is legal doesn’t make it right or responsible. Surely everyone who wishes to be Commander in Chief of our Armed Forces can agree that the attack on the character of a General currently directing our troops in battle deserves condemnation. I hope that Democratic and Republican candidates alike will take a stand and denounce this dishonorable act."
Senator Brownback is an honorable man and if not for the presence of Mike Huckabee, he would have my support. The Senator is taking a five day vacation.
"On August 15, after Mike Huckabee defeated Sam Brownback in the Iowa straw poll, despite the fact that Brownback spent several hundreds of thousands of dollars to Huckabee's pittance, we here at Mike Huckabee President 2008 asked Sen. Brownback to please drop out of the race and let conservatives coalesce behind their preferred candidate. "
ByJim Galloway The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Published on: 09/09/07Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee on Saturday called on President Bush to veto excessive spending bills sent to him by the Democratic-controlled Congress in the next few weeks.
By STEVE KRASKE
The Kansas City Star
Mike Huckabee is drawing big crowds in New Hampshire, but Sen. Sam Brownback of Kansas is not having such luck. Last week, he spoke to a small audience in Manchester, N.H.
There’s GOP candidate Mike Huckabee, grinning and picking his bass guitar on the National Review cover. The headline: “Huck!”
There he is on ABC’s “This Week” with George Stephanopoulos, who tells viewers that Huckabee has “been on a roll.”
Big crowds in New Hampshire. Appearances on “Fox News Sunday,” CBS’ “Face the Nation,” Bill Maher’s program on HBO and Stephen Colbert’s show on Comedy Central. Big profiles in the big papers. And best — big bumps in the polls.
Ron Paul's support isn't based on his persona, history or perceived power. What support he has comes because of his views. As he spoke, you could hear other candidates laughing in the background. They should stop giggling, and engage in a serious way.
Mike Huckabee, and for this I ♥ Huckabee, shot back that history will judge whether we were right to go in, but for now, "we're there." He echoed Colin Powell: We broke it, now we own it. "Congressman, we are one nation. We can't be divided. . . . If we make a mistake, we make it as a single country, the United States of America, not the divided states of America." David Brody of the Christian Broadcasting Network says he doesn't know why Mr. Huckabee isn't in the top tier. I wonder too. Maybe he is and we don't know it.
September 06, 2007
Little Rock- AR - Former Governor and Presidential Candidate Mike Huckabee (AR) placed second in a Fox News post-debate poll of online viewers, topping all of the other so-called 'first-tier' contenders, following last night's debate in New Hampshire.
Huckabee received 18% of American Idol styled Text Message votes, compared to 15% for Giuliani, 14% for McCain and 12% for Romney.
"I'm very pleased to see the strong support I have among Fox viewers who watched last night's debate. There was clearly a feeling of intense energy in the debate hall for the campaign. It's gratifying to know that my optimistic, conservative, results-oriented message connects with voters-and that we have the numbers to back that perception," said Huckabee.
Huckabee's debate victory continues his campaign's tremendous momentum, which was sparked by a strong Second Place showing at the Republican Party of Iowa Straw Poll in August.
Campaign Manager Chip Saltsman said: "Governor Huckabee clearly had a break-out moment during his exchange with Congressman Ron Paul during last night's debate - which illuminated his leadership qualities, experience, dedication to principle, and vision for a unified America. The Fox poll is yet another indicator that voters are beginning to realize that Governor Huckabee has what is needed to take America to higher ground."
Huckabee's upward climb was affirmed with last week's American Research Group poll numbers showing him with growing momentum in Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina.
Huckabee, who scored a stunning second-place in the Republican Party of Iowa straw poll on Aug. 11, received support from 14 percent of Iowans and 9 percent of New Hampshire Republicans in the ARG poll. Huckabee stands at 9 percent in South Carolina, up from 3 percent in July. A wide array of bloggers joined Fox News viewers in naming Huckabee the winner of last night's debate.
See Interview from This Morning
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