November 11th, 2007
12:18 PM ET
7 years ago

Huckabee: value voters have 'coalesced' around me

Mike Huckabee says value voters have coalesced around his campaign.

DURHAM, New Hampshire (CNN) - Following a five kilometer morning run at the University of New Hampshire Saturday, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee told students and reporters that while there may be division among evangelical leaders, there is no division among the "grassroots rank and file."

This statement comes after three key endorsements this week to three separate presidential candidates: Sen. Sam Brownback to John McCain, Christian Coalition founder, Pat Robertson to New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Donald Wildmon of the American Family Association for Huckabee.

Huckabee remains a "dark horse" in the republican field but his campaign has gained traction by growing support among the hotly contested social conservative voting block. Huckabee points to his performance in the three Value Voters straw polls as an indication that he has a solid command over the key demographic.

"Among the troops, there is no division, there is a clear consensus and they have coalesced around me," Huckabee said. "Some of the people who are the heads of organizations are scattered but their people aren't. Frankly when it gets down to it, having the people is going to be more important than having the leader." He then added, "If I have the choice between one leader and 50 thousand followers, I'll take the 50 thousand followers any day."

Huckabee also told reporters he wished he had received Pat Robertson's endorsement and and was surprised that he had given his backing to New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

"That was a real surprise and it apparently surprised a lot of his supporters as well," Huckabee, a former pastor said. "There was a lot of anger directed towards Pat and feeling like he had abandoned core principles that he had always adhered to, but you know it's his choice and I respect it, wish I could have had his endorsement but didn't. But again, I'll take his people any day."

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soundoff (27 Responses)
  1. Paul Thompson

    Speaking for this value voter...

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

    November 11, 2007 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  2. chris, loomis, ca

    Huckabee has been gaining momentum. I think most of Fred Thompson's followers have been headed over to Huckabee's side. Mike Huckabee is now surging in Iowa and across the nation!

    November 11, 2007 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  3. Andrew, NJ

    frankly I think Huckabee's support is manufactured. If he had the support he claims he has, then why is his fund raising so crappy? He raises like 30K per day, while other candidates are raising 200k

    November 11, 2007 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  4. WEaston, Waco, TX

    Because Huck is the REAL DEAL, he doesn't just bring up his faith when it's convenient. From THIS Christian: Shame on Pat Robertson for endorsing Rudy Giuliani.

    Don't settle for pro-abortion Rudy, flip-flopping liberal Mitt, "maverick" McCain, or Hollywood Fred. Mike Huckabee is the real deal!

    November 11, 2007 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  5. Ben Dribus, Mandeville, Louisiana

    Mike Huckabee is right on target. This is a classic case of the elites supporting terrible candidates, while the rank-and-file are not so easily fooled. The emperor has no clothes, as will become obvious when Mike wins Iowa.

    November 11, 2007 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  6. Jonathan Hattiesburg, MS

    I'm not a 'values voter', a Republican, or even a Christian, but Huckabee seems like an honest, likable man. I hope he gets the nomination.

    The Republicans need Huckabee to capture swing voters like me. GO HUCKABEE!

    November 11, 2007 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  7. Lorenz, Queens, NY

    Huckabee = Religious Nut

    November 11, 2007 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  8. California

    Whoa, here's news: A former minister picked up some christian endorsements...never saw that coming. The question is why isn't he getting more. I don't see much coalescence happening here, Huck. Giuliani, McCain, and Romney are picking off your people. Nice spin though.

    November 11, 2007 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  9. jay,snellville,GA

    His record STINKS. Immigration???? Hello.

    He may be a "Social" conservative (against abortion and "gay" marriage) but he isn't a real conservative.

    Yeah he talks a good game now...BUT HIS RECORD????


    November 11, 2007 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  10. Chris, Pensacola FL

    More like boraphyll.

    November 11, 2007 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  11. Aaron K, Bondurant, IA

    Dude, you're doing an amazing job at running for VP... And you'll get it unless Ron Paul wins...

    Americans can only pray that he does...

    November 11, 2007 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  12. Ron Nebraska

    Ever notice that since the level of SAT scores has fallen the influence of the 'social conservatives' has risen? I wonder why that is?

    November 11, 2007 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  13. Ian, Eastham MA

    If your lead-in issues is "Family Values", your out of touch! We have much bigger problems than abortions and gay rights. Get with the program.

    November 11, 2007 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  14. Lee - Washington

    I am a values voter and I am solidly backing Huckabee. There is no way that I would ever support Giuliani under any circumstances. In fact, if I am in any way an indicator of many Christian values voters, endorsing Giuliani will serve more as a disadvantage to the endorser than a benefit to the endorsee. I resent having Rudy shoved down my throat by GOP leadership, pundits, and some "Christian" leaders (who are actually more Republican than Christian and whose values are more political than faith-oriented). I will never pay attention to one word Pat Robertson says from now on (hasn't he said enough crazy things already, anyway), and the same will go for others who endorse him.

    Isn't it funny how some of the people who constantly blasted Bill Clinton for his morals have no problems with Giuliani's? And Rudy makes Bill look like a model husband.

    November 11, 2007 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  15. Alex, Winter Springs FL

    I think Huckabee could surprise a lot of people in Iowa. I think he will get first or a strong second. He might be a good VP choice if he doesn't get the nomination.

    He projects honesty and sincerity while speaking, and his positions are backed by ethical convictions.

    November 11, 2007 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  16. Portland, Oregon

    Well Andrew, NJ, if we Huckabee supporters had your money we would burn ours!! Huckabee supporters are not the big money people. Just down home Americans.

    November 11, 2007 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  17. ThirstyJon

    I don't understand Pat Robertson picking Giuliani. Mike Huckabee is more interesting to me. I am still undecided, but I am looking harder every day at Huckabee.


    November 11, 2007 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  18. Conservative Christian

    Do these "values voters" realize he is just like Jorge Bush when it comes to the borders?

    Sure he's a slick talking preacher and man of the Lord, but that doesn't mean he has good policy.

    November 12, 2007 12:45 am at 12:45 am |
  19. Ian Repley, Ann Arbor

    Huckabee puts his listeners at ease, and reassures them, articulating clear concepts in a natural, easy style (no doubt something well-cultivated as a pastor). He’s not as “mechanically-scripted” as Romney, nor angry or demanding, like a Ron Paul, and his large brown eyes, peering through a humble demeanor, draw a striking contrast to a unconvincing, tired-looking Thompson. One can easily imagine sitting comfortably with Mike over a cup of coffee at the Main Street Cafe.

    Most importantly, perhaps, Huckabee convinces many that he is ONE with the FairTax grassroots movement. While many – like Romney, and others, who are invested in the current income tax system – seek to demagog the well-researched FairTax plan, its acceptance in the professional / academic community continues to grow. Renown economist Laurence Kotlikoff believes that failure to enact the FairTax – choosing instead to try to "flatten" what he deems to be a non-flattenable income tax system – will eventuate into an irrevocable economic meltdown because of the hidden aspects of the current system that make political accountability impossible.

    Romney's recent WEAK response to FairTax questioning on “This Week with Geo. Stephanopoulos” drew a sharper contrast between Huckabee and all other presidential front-runners who will not embrace it. Huckabee understands that what's wrong with the income tax can't be fixed with "a tap of the hammer, nor a twist of the screwdriver." That his opponents cling to the destructive Tax Code, the IRS, preserving political power of granting tax favors at continued cost to – and misery of – American families, invigorates his campaign's raison d'etre.

    November 12, 2007 02:18 am at 2:18 am |
  20. Alice Newman Center Harbor NH

    The trouble with "value voters" is their "holier than thou" attitude, very narrow focus and tendency to impose their particular "values" on everyone else.

    Look how fast these people dumped Robertson when he disagreed with them ... when Pat speaks about there being more to leading the country than abortion/gay marriage.

    November 12, 2007 05:49 am at 5:49 am |
  21. jay, Snellville, GA


    Out of the horses mouth.

    November 12, 2007 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  22. Andrew, NJ

    @portland, Oregon...

    is that why Ron Paul's average donation is a mere $100? His supporters sure are big spenders

    November 12, 2007 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  23. marquis

    News flash Huckabee your not getting the Christian leader endorsments because they care more about winning than they do about the supposed moral beliefs. I'm sorry a man of your age is just now learning this. It's unfortunate to have the rug pulled out from under you.

    November 12, 2007 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  24. Linda - Albany, NY

    "Huckabee also told reporters he wished he had received Pat Robertson's endorsement"

    Of course he does! Birds of a feather stay nuts together. Both are religious radicals and that's just as creepy as the terrorists running amok.

    November 12, 2007 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  25. Daniel ~ Longview, WA.

    Andrew NJ...

    Have you shucked out a dollar for anyone you support?

    The fact that Ron Paul's average donation is $103 is a testimony to the source of his contributors..The money comes from "We the peopple", not corporate likes and people looking for some "payback".

    Ron Paul is for the people, the Constitution, and for transparency.

    Read, study, learn.

    I am AMAZED and VERY HAPPY to see such an average donation number. It speaks volumes.

    November 12, 2007 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
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