June 4th, 2007
04:00 PM ET
7 years ago

Huckabee: No ‘Mighty Mouse’ candidates

Huckabee says he is going to win the GOP nomination one handshake at a time.

CONCORD, New Hampshire (CNN) – It may be wishful thinking, but White House hopeful Mike Huckabee thinks he can win the Republican Presidential nomination the old fashioned way: One vote at a time.

The former Governor of Arkansas says his one handshake at a time approach will ultimately win more votes than someone swooping in Hollywood-style like Fred Thompson - the former senator from Tennessee has taken the first steps towards an official White House run and is expected to formally enter the race next month.

Huckabee says Granite State voters are looking for consistency, not “what we might call the Mighty Mouse candidacy. You know: here I come to save the day. And in the end voters are not necessarily looking for Mighty Mouse to fly in, they are looking for somebody who stands their ground and goes the distance.”

Huckabee may have quite a distance to go. When it comes to polling, he stands at just two percent when averaging the latest national surveys.

Huckabee made his comments to reporters after meeting with employees at a small financial investment firm in Concord, New Hampshire’s capitol city.

- CNN Chief National Correspondent John King

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soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. Tim Frye Baltimore, MD

    Superficially, I think Huckabee has pretty good charisma and personality. However, substance-wise he comes up short. Ron Paul is the exciting candidate to watch. Dr Paul's following is spreading like wild fire. Ron Paul is 100 percent honest and truly believes in restoring personal liberty while obliterating the grip of special interest groups.

    June 4, 2007 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  2. Chris Moller, Cary, NC

    Mike Huckabee is a would-be theocrat who's going to act as if his bible has supplanted the U.S. Constitution–and as the Middle East has far more than amply demonstrated, theocracies all too readily lend themselves to intolerance, theocratic tyranny, and imposition of religious doctrines on those who would not share them.

    June 4, 2007 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  3. Brad, Big Rapids, MI

    Gov. Mike Huckabee is the right man to lead this nation. He is a true man of God. He has my vote %100.

    June 4, 2007 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  4. Jeff, Columbus, Ohio

    America has the most to lose if the attempt to marginalize Ron Paul by our Neocon-leaning media and government continues.

    All of the other candidates (except perhaps Hagel) are non-starters, and simply represent different "corporate candidates" of the status quo.

    Ron Paul is the SANE choice from this group. Let's hope the GOP and America don't lose him.

    June 4, 2007 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  5. Mark, Little Rock, AR

    Take it from me: Huckabee is all sound-bites and fake "folksy-ness." No substance. You don't want him.

    June 4, 2007 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  6. JP, Chicago, IL

    Huckabee is just another silly third-tier candidate incapable of leading by charisma and intellect.

    June 4, 2007 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  7. Scott E.Troy Wisconsin

    Huckabee has as much chance of beint
    President of the United States as a
    snow ball in August. At least former Sen. Thompson stands for something. How
    do you know if your a redneck, your name is Huckabee or Clinton.

    June 5, 2007 01:20 am at 1:20 am |
  8. Sarah, Little Rock, AR

    I gotta disagree with Mark. You can have him, but just don't vote for him.

    June 5, 2007 01:50 am at 1:50 am |
  9. D. Rayner

    Pathethic start (comment about Fred), Mike, and the race is only just begun. I am a repub., and not decided how to vote yet. You might be my first elimination.

    June 5, 2007 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |