November 1st, 2007
09:00 AM ET
10 years ago

Huckabee: I'm on the rise

Watch GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee on CNN's American Morning Thursday.

NEW YORK (CNN) - Republican Presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee told CNN's John Roberts Thursday his poll numbers are going up and the money is beginning to pour in.

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soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    You are simply evolving to a higher state of unelectability.

    November 1, 2007 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  2. Mike - NYC

    When you're at the bottom, there's no where to go, but up.

    November 1, 2007 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  3. Daniel, Syracuse, NY

    The man knows who he is and what he believes. And he genuinely believes that we are a GOOD nation because we are a GOOD people. No, he's not perfect–no one is–but he is humble, capable, and willing to lead us if we choose him.


    November 1, 2007 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  4. Terry, El Paso, TX

    The Republican Party doesn't seem to learn from history. They nominated Barry Goldwater and Bob Dole, from the same wing of the party. They both went down like a meteor, dragging many GOP candidates into the crater with them. They were both very good men too, like Huckabee.

    Voters are very wary of a "return" to Conservative values. A few more years of Conservative fiscal management and the country will be bankrupt, the middle class will have disappeared, and we'll all be working for Chinese corporations.

    Huckabee would be a great choice for a cabinet post like Secretary of Health, and I hope the next president gives him careful consideration. We can't afford to overlook smart, competent people. There are too few of them in government

    November 1, 2007 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  5. John Myshrall, Columbia, MO

    If Mike Huckabee is not the Republican Presidential candidate, I'll stay home on election day. None of the others are worthy of my vote.

    November 1, 2007 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  6. Shawnie - Grants Pass, OR

    Spoken like a high schooler who won a football game after a losing streak. Sorry, you had a bounce and you're now bouncing back down.

    November 1, 2007 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  7. jay, Snellville, GA

    He is weak on immigration

    Weak on Fiscal responsiblity

    Weak on limiting government

    Weak on taxes...

    He is in fact a liberal in Republican Clothing. He says I am a Christian vote for me....

    Kinda sad for the Republican party as a whole. It is not small wonder we lost last election.

    November 1, 2007 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  8. Mike, Palo Alto, CA

    Huckabee is just what the doctor ordered for the Religous Right ... a pleasant, low key demeanor that masks a hard-core right wing agenda. Listen to what he says, and it is clear that he would be an agent for imposing his religious views on all Americans. When are the American people going to wake up an realize that we are in our own religious war right here at home ... that the only differences between the Religious Right and the Muslim extremists we are fighting in the Middle East are the specifics of the ideology and the mechanisms for bringing to reality their respective theocracies.

    November 1, 2007 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  9. Jt, oklahoma city

    He's been pretty consistent on where he stands. I like him more than any other candidate out there. He can truly unite many moderates and independents.

    I similarily would not vote if this man isn't nominated. There's no point.

    November 1, 2007 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  10. Paul, New Orleans, LA

    If you want a true conservative, look up Ron Paul! He is the true one on the rise!

    November 1, 2007 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  11. Ben Allbright, Lonoke, AR

    Huckabee has this Dem crossing the aisle to vote for him.

    Fairtax is the best tax policy to be presented yet.

    November 1, 2007 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  12. Daniel, NY

    Indeed he is... He was a strong second in the latest Iowa poll.

    November 1, 2007 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  13. jack,nyc,ny

    I like this guy it's only that he is republican and I have nothing to do with them for many reasons. Can never vote republican!

    November 1, 2007 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  14. Daniel, NY

    Jack in NYC, "can never vote Republican!" Is that really an intelligent way to consider choosing the next leader of the free world? I thought we conservatives were supposed to be the close-minded bigots. :o)

    Huckabee is probably too genuine and too honest to be our next president. He refuses to pander to extremist ideologues in our party and I respect him for that. If the Republican party continues down the path it's been going, I, too, will probably refuse to vote.

    What good does it do a party to gain political clout but lose its own soul?

    November 1, 2007 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  15. Aaron K, Bondurant, IA

    The money is just pouring in... to other candidates. Mike, you raised about 1 million this last quarter? Ron Paul quintupled that amount. Also, as noted by others, fiscally you're horrible, and on immigration your pretty bad too.

    It's sad, actually. You are a minister, and because of that, everybody thinks you'd be this great Republican leader, which wouldn't be the case. It's sad to see that the Republican party has now just become the Christian party. In fact, most of the Republican party don't even care about fiscal responsibility and taxes anymore, which is why Ron Paul actually gets a lot of donations. Maybe Mike, you should look to him for some tips!

    November 1, 2007 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  16. Aaron K, Bondurant, IA

    Also, somebody noted the Fair Tax... How is the Fair Tax actually fair? You realize that it taxes electricity, gas, food, water, everything, at a really high rate. How is it fair to say to people,"If you want to live, you have to pay the piper."

    I think I'm going to buy a small field with decent soil and start growing my own everything, just so I don't have to pay the government to eat and live.

    November 1, 2007 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |

    the huckleberry hound show won't go far with his cartoon campaign. chris dodd could beat him and dodd has no chance at all.
    to mike huckabee, ya'll come back and see us sometime , ya heah.

    November 1, 2007 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  18. bret, atlanta, ga

    FairTax is TERRIBLE. Why? Because it's a zero-sum game: it doesn't address the root CAUSE of our problem at all – runaway gov't spending. In addition, it is regressive and shifts the majority of the burden to the poor, who are in the position of least ability to cope. Yeah, let's kill them with the FED and let's kill them with the FairTax. Where's the compassion from so-called Christians?

    The only Fair tax is NO TAX. Ron Paul has the prescription to treat ALL the causes of our governmentally-induced ailments ... will you listen with an open mind?

    November 1, 2007 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  19. David, Des Moines, IA

    Aaron K, check your facts. Huckabee has received more online donations in the past week or two than he received all last quarter!

    Also note: bald accusations lacking any evidentiary support ("fiscally you're horrible") weaken your argument considerably. Huckabee left Arkansas with an $8 BILLION-dollar surplus. 8 billion ain't bad, especially with a state legislature that was 75-85% Democrat.

    And Aaron, the Republican party–if it follows your lead–will just become the extreme libertarian party...and that just leads to anarchy and chaos.

    The Fair Tax is fair because it replaces the income tax, Aaron. It doesn't penalize people based on how much they make. It makes them become responsible for their purchases.

    November 1, 2007 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  20. summus

    His numbers are increasing because people are jumping from Brownback into Huckabee. He's also getting the undecided people who can't support Guiliani because he's a liberal and Romney who is a fake conservative. Huckabee is their last bastion of hope.

    November 1, 2007 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  21. Tyler, LR, AR

    Weak on fiscal responsibility? I think not. The fact that Huckabee has accomplished so much with so little tells me that he is anything but irresponsible.

    Weak on limiting government? The man wants to get rid of the IRS! That sounds pretty limiting to the government.

    For those who wonder about Huckabee's support in his own state, it's important to know that Huckabee has raised almost as much money in the state of Arkansas as Hillary Clinton. The people of Arkansas have known for a while what the rest of the country is just now learning. Huckabee is the man! See for yourself:

    November 1, 2007 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  22. Bob, Seattle, WA

    Mr. Huckabee is sincere, unscripted, well thought, depthful, contemplative, and out for the whole Red, White, and Blue in every fiber of his body. I wish him well.

    November 1, 2007 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  23. jay, Snellville, GA

    I am sure the businesses in Ark. love him...

    Actions speak louder than words.

    November 1, 2007 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  24. Joyce Tampa, FL

    I am a Democrat and i will be casting my vote for Senator Clinton, but I must say that the sincerity that Governor Huckabee has shown is honorable. I do not agree with him on the issues, but I think he is honest about how he feels, and is not ashamed of his ideas. The other Republicans are a joke. Especially Romney and Giuliani....Huckabee is 5 times more articulate than the other republicans.

    November 1, 2007 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  25. Bob, Seattle, WA

    Mike in Palo Alto:
    Seems to me that they are more than just a 'few' people in the Democratic Party that believe is Jesus. I suppose 'all' of them would be put off by Huckabee as well? NOT. Christians of all stripes, Dem or Rep know that, indeed, there IS an eternity. You get to live it in Heaven or Hell. Your choice. America is the land of the free. Christians love the sinner, hate the sin. Christians practice love and try to live up to Jesus' example of giving 'grace'. This translates into 'tolerance'. Again, love the sinner, hate the sin. Jesus said 'I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me'. Whether you believe it or not doesn't matter. You will spend 'eternity' somewhere. Christians merely 'love and sympathize'. Muslim doctrine, when all else fails, uses 'force' to try to win you mind. This is fascist. Not Godly. This is not in any way comparable to Chistian, moral fundamental belief. Not one person has anything to fear from a Christian. Fear God in His righteous judgement. Spend eternity where you wish. Your wishes (beliefs) will be rewarded accordingly.

    November 1, 2007 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
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