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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.
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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%