October 30th, 2007
05:00 PM ET
7 years ago

Huckabee: 'I'm a threat'

Watch Mike Huckabee address recent attacks on him from the right.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee answered some of his conservative critics in an interview in the Situation Room Tuesday.  “Why are they coming after you like this?,” Wolf Blitzer asked, referring to a conservative group’s recent attack on Huckabee’s tax record as governor of Arkansas. “Because I’m a threat to some folks who really want an old-fashioned, establishment Republican that can be controlled by a handful of people on Wall Street,” Huckabee responded “and you know Wolf, I can’t.”

Huckabee also discussed his record regarding illegal immigrants while Arkansas’s governor and Rudy Giuliani’s views on abortion.  Watch the interview.

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soundoff (33 Responses)
  1. Garrett Babb Indianapolis, IN

    to myself and this country

    October 30, 2007 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  2. Susan Mankato MN

    Huckabee's the man.

    October 30, 2007 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  3. Aaron K, Bondurant, IA

    No Mike, you're not. Ron Paul is a threat... you're running for Vice President...

    October 30, 2007 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  4. TRM

    Any Republican will do! Go Mike!

    October 30, 2007 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  5. Mark R. Fort Lauderdale FL

    Just wait and see- he's going to be the "surprise" winner in Iowa, which will vault him into the lead and on to the nomination. He's the white male evangelical with the true conservative credentials. I just hope that Hillary can stop him.

    October 30, 2007 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  6. Mark Columbus, Ohio

    Huckabee is against big business and I believe Teddy Roosevelt was as well. Conservatives say Huckabee is the next Reagan, but I say this is the next President Theodore Roosevelt.


    October 30, 2007 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  7. Paul, Cumberland, Maryland

    We love Huckabee in Maryland.

    October 30, 2007 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  8. Sam, Portland OR

    I'm a raving mad liberal and all that,

    but I could live with this guy as president. At least he seems respectful, smart, and solid in his beliefs.

    October 30, 2007 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  9. William Courtland, Waterford, Ontario

    The metonym 'wall street' only exists because of the Federal bank note provided by the Federal Treasury. The Federal Treasury is only a bureaucracy of the Federal Government and yet trust in the Federal value is robbed regularly by trade barons.

    To defeat these individuals the Federal note would need to be controlled at the Exchange event; privacy is at issue in comparison to existing credit and debit-card records.

    In the attempts to reign the current state of capital discord the Federal Treasury would need to overlap the entire banking and trade systems, or, allow those financially manipulative and undesirable tycoons access to a fiat currencies loop holes.

    October 30, 2007 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  10. Lovus Pittsburgh PA

    A threat to what ?

    October 30, 2007 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  11. Shawnie - Grants Pass, OR

    Threat? Not hardly.

    October 30, 2007 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  12. Ron, New Haven, Connecticut

    Huckabee is getting a lot of bad press from fiscal conservatives who do not trust him at all and are stepping up to oppose him. Pat Toomey and John Fund have some very negative things to say about Huckabee, and that could definitely hurt him.

    October 30, 2007 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  13. Avery Boston MA

    To Edwards, because you know how many counties are in SC and IA, not just IA like Edwards.

    October 30, 2007 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  14. MCP, Pataskala Ohio

    Thats right! Go get 'em Mikey!

    October 30, 2007 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  15. Bob Kansas City MO

    Sounds too much like Huckleberry

    October 30, 2007 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  16. Paul Thompson

    There isn't a better candidate.
    He will be a leader for the people and not be run by big business.

    Common Sense....Huckabee!!!

    Go Huck!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 30, 2007 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  17. Terry, El Paso, TX

    I am going to give Conservatives some good advice, which they will of course ignore. Huckabee, Thompson, and Paul belong to the Bob Dole/Barry Goldwater wing of the Republican Party.

    They will lose big time, and take a lot of Republican Congressmen, governors, and state legislators with them. Most Americans don't really want what Conservatism offers: crappy jobs, low pay, no benefits, crumbling infrastructure, and lots of hogwash about "free" markets. Also, we have learned, if we have learned anything at all, that Conservative candidates don't really mean any of that stuff they promise. Its the promises they make to CEOs and mithat they really keep.

    Many of the man-in-the-street conservatives actually believe and repeat what their leadership has told them, and I find it annoying and incomprehensible that so many people have been persuaded to vote against their own self interest.

    If you really want a brand of Conservatism that is more appealing, find a candidate who will:

    1. Reduce spending and raise taxes so that the crippling deficit can be brought under control. Conservatives talk a lot about fiscal responsibility for a group that does nothing to achieve it. I don't like higher taxes either, but you can't keep putting the household bills on the Visa card. Sooner or later, we won't be able to borrow any more.

    2. Because fiscal responsibility will compel us to reduce entitlements drastically, the only other way to support retirees, children, sick people, the handicapped, and others who cannot take care of themselves is to transfer that cost to employers. Either that or just let them die in the streets. The government will have to assume responsibility for those who have no relationship to an employer.

    3. Encourage thrift. A promotional campaign encouraging people to pay their bills off and start saving so government won't have to support them. If we continue spending 103% of our paychecks every month, we will never have enough to retire on. We can live without ipods, $100 sneakers, wide screen TVs, and big new cars. How else can we wean our population off of entitlements?

    4. Teach our kids to be good consumers and frugal money managers. Every high school graduate should have had 12 years of consumer training: managing a budget, avoiding impulse purchases, getting and keeping good credit, finding the lies and hooks in advertising, managing a checking account, investing, retirement, and understanding governments and taxes. They need to learn that a three year old economy car that's paid off is fifty times better than a hot V8 with a $2000 stereo.

    5. Teach our kids not to accept abuse and mistreatment at work, to demand decent working conditions and decent salaries, and to remind our employers that labor is not a "cost." Labor is the producer and consumer of all products. Labor gets things done, makes things, does things while management writes memos to each other and give each other bonuses.

    October 30, 2007 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  18. Mark Columbus, Ohio

    He might be a threat if Rudy trips up. And btw, rumors have it that the LA Times is sitting on a story of one of the candidates having an affair. If there is one, it could be Rudy having a gay relationship between one of his marriages...but that is only my guess and only a guess. No proof at all so far...but time will tell.


    October 30, 2007 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  19. xtina chicago IL

    I concur that any conservative will do; it's not acceptable that we already work the first three months of the year just to pay taxes, and now Hillary is asking for more from us.

    October 30, 2007 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  20. Brian, Dallas TX

    Nobody is perfect but from what I've seen, this man is flat out likeable! He's smart, witty and quick in his interviews and he's seems very honest and sincere. I think he just might be the breath of fresh air we've needed from the list of candidates out there. "President Huckabee" – That's about as good ol fashion American as it gets. I like Mike!

    October 30, 2007 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  21. Mrs. America

    He doesn't seem well grounded in reality–hoping Guiliani will come around, giving more educational benefits to children of illegals (illegal themselves but not by their own decision) than I had when I went to school in a different state and had to pay out-of-state tuition. As a worker in Mexico, I had to pay hefty visa fees. Something doesn't sit right with me with Huckabee.

    October 31, 2007 12:49 am at 12:49 am |
  22. Jamie, IA

    he is not a threat, he is an also ran whose sole job is to screw Romney in Iowa. For that he'll be offered a VP spot under Giulliani

    October 31, 2007 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  23. Ginger Lee, Northern Utah

    A threat to gay rights and Pro-Roes.

    October 31, 2007 01:19 am at 1:19 am |
  24. Anonymous

    Huckabee will drop out.

    October 31, 2007 01:32 am at 1:32 am |

    huckleberry hound is no threat just a mere distraction. now, go lay down by your dish and be quiet or no cookie for you.

    October 31, 2007 05:06 am at 5:06 am |
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