Thompson campaigned in Iowa Friday.
(CNN) - Critical of Fred Thompson's decision to skip Wednesday night's Republican debate, Mike Huckabee sent a letter to the newest contender for the GOP presidential nomination on Friday encouraging him to participate in a one-on-one debate.
“Senator, let’s lead by example and get the ball rolling,” Huckabee, a former Arkansas governor, wrote Thompson.
Thompson, a former Tennessee senator, said in an interview on Fox News he would rather participate in a series of Lincoln-Douglas styled debates, where two candidates discuss a specific issue for at least an hour. Huckabee wrote to Thompson to "officially accept" his offer.
"I agree that what is needed is a real discussion by the candidates about their vision for the future of our country," Huckabee wrote.
On Thursday, Huckabee was critical of Thompson for skipping the debate and said he should have been shoulder-to-shoulder with the rest of the candidates.
"He has certainly sucked up a lot of the oxygen as it relates to media attention," the former Arkansas governor said in a conference call with reporters.
"I think it hurt him in New Hampshire, from the comments we've been hearing," Huckabee continued. "People don't like that he had an opportunity to launch his campaign in one of the early states where people take politics quite seriously.... and he chose not to do that."
Huckabee said Thompson's decision to enter the race won't affect his current campaign strategy, but he still went on to take a few subtle jabs at the former senator from Tennesee.
"It's not just that I've said conservative things,” Huckabee said. “I've done conservative things actually having run a government. I've never been a Washington lobbyist. I've never lobbied for an abortion rights group. If we want to compare authentic conservatism, I'll be happy to have not just my comments but my record compared to anybody who stood on that stage or anybody who didn't stand on that stage last night.
– CNN's Chris Welch and Lauren Kornreich
Give up guys. Oprah is da man, kingmaker, and outed. Couldn't find a single white candidate better than Obama! Will wonders never cease.
That would be very funny,can CNN air that debate?Two regressive simpletons discussing vision would make a years fodder for the daily show!Maybe they can armwrestle to see whose imaginary man in the sky is greater.Core values?More like rotten to the core.Great comedic value though.
The link in the article is bad (surprise surprise) its mike.huckabee.html not mike.hukabeehtml. I hope your reporters aren't doing your website coding now.
Huckabee would destroy Thompson.
Was the Lincoln dialogue with a guy of the same party my I ask these two Republicans? Besides, in my book and as a Staunch Conservative Christian Republican, neither one of them is truly speaking for the Founding Fathers, as Ron Paul does! I have no use for any other one, but Ron Paul is my candidate, period! America was not made for wars as now is the case. There is Mr. Oliver North, the furious preacher about war, like the most fervent preacher! How sickening that should be to the American people, especially the Christians. Yet, sadly they are some of the most fervent supporters of Goerge W.'s stupid war, the President that claimed Jesus as his hero. One can only wonder how pleased his hero might be, everytime he opens his mouth to speak? George W. what is your answer?
A debate between Huckabee and Thompson?
Throw ron paul into the mix and then you will have a real debate. Until then, it's just going to be more of the same neo-con garbage.
Shawnee Cannon – I agree that a Huckabee/Thompson debate would be a real snorefest!
As for Thompson, I suspect that he really IS as lazy as he is reputed to be and he's arrogant to boot. He surely knows that the Lincoln/Douglas debates were between the ONLY two candidates who were running for president and the winner took all. Thompson doesn't have the Republican nomination and there will be plenty of opportunities for him to participate in Lincoln/Douglas-style debates with the democratic nominee if he gets it. Thompson has set himself above the other candidates in the GOP field and doesn't seem to feel that he needs to work hard to secure the nomination.
From what I've heard about this man and his rhetoric, I think he's just more of the same load of crap that the lazy "W" has been offering up for the past six years! What a blowhard!
You can add your signature to Mike Huckabee's letter here
Fred is afraid to debate- no matter what the format
Freddie has announced–clunk, clunk.
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Ron Paul? Just another guy from Texas with the initials RP, but no charts this time. An intellectually bankrupt anarchist is not the answer to America's problems (that's America...not the United States alone). Creating a killing zone along the United States' southern border? Letting just anyone get on an airplane with your mother? Eliminating all regulation of transportation on the interstate system in order to allow seemi-literate Mexican truck drivers to surround your wife's GEO? Come on, people, you may hate the Iraq war and want us out NOW, NOW, NOW, but please analyze the rest of what he advocates a little more carefully.
how about we expand it: a debate for the "other" candidates – all of those who are NOT the 'established' so-called-frunt-runners....
lets – for once – here what the rest have to say, since we all know the script of Hillary, Obama, Edward, Romney, McCain and Rudy....
Huckabee won't debate Ron Paul one on one because he knows he will get schooled by Dr. Paul.
Ummm Loyda darling, did you read the article? This is Huckabee calling on Thompson... none of the people you just mentioned are a part of this...???
Good move on Huckabee's part. Since no one cares about his candidacy, why not get some limelight from a real contender. Sorry, Huck, it won't work no matter what you do. Nice guy, but cannot win. Leave Thompson to his victory lap alone, OK?
Fred has Flopped on his Position and rejects! Read about it here! From what I see Fred is trying to escape something...