December 16th, 2007
11:25 AM ET
7 years ago

Huckabee plugs working class roots

Huckabee shares his working class roots.

BERLIN, New Hampshire (CNN) – Campaigning Saturday in New Hampshire's economically depressed North Country, Mike Huckabee expressed his empathy with Berlin's working community, and identified himself as one of them.

"I grew up concerned about whether or not there would be a job in my family the next month and the next month," the former Arkansas governor told voters who have experienced growing unemployment and economic hardship as Granite State mills and factories close.

"I didn't grow up with a dad who was a governor," he said, repeating a regular campaign jab at his Republican competitor, Mitt Romney, whose father was a former governor of Michigan. "I grew up with a dad who was a fireman."

The former Baptist pastor, who regularly touts his own success story of being "one generation away from dirt floors," spoke generally about the economy, and touched on two pressing themes for voters in this region: economic security and the outsourcing of jobs.

"Many of you in this community worry every week whether you're going to have a job next month,” he said. “Some of you used to have a job a few years ago that doesn’t exist anymore and you wonder does anybody in Washington really get it? Do they care, are they going to do anything to make it different?"

"You can't pick up the newspaper without finding out there is another set of jobs that's leaving the United States in may be somebody who speaks Chinese or some other language will be having the job that you used to have," he added.

"How many of you believe that your children and your grandchildren are actually going to be living better than you?" he asked.

–CNN New Hampshire Producer Sareena Dalla


Filed under: Mike Huckabee • New Hampshire
soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. C. K. Justus WI

    I hope Huckabee wins the nomination.

    December 16, 2007 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  2. Lee M, Egg Harbor NJ

    The common people in the Republican party, not the talking heads, not the scum on Fox News giving the rest of us "marching orders", understand this well and instinctively have come to realize that Huckabee is one of them, and shares their values sincerely.

    People are tired of being used by the Bush's, the corporatists, the Romneys, and the frauds like Rudy Guiliani. They want one of their own, but Fox News, the National Review, Rush and Glenn Beck are doing everything possible to steer them away.

    Why does the Republican establishment hate their Christian "base" and only seek to use them?

    December 16, 2007 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  3. David - Oregon City, Oregon

    Great story!

    It only goes to show the reason Huckabee is being attacked is because he was not purchased by Wall Street or the large political action committees. Their money was placed on the wrong horse, not the "Black Horse" Huckabee. Some say the elite media and PAC money providers were at the airport when Huckabee’s ship came in for real American conservatives.

    Go Huckabee, we are with you all the way!

    December 16, 2007 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  4. Dale Davis, Glendora, California

    Oh puke! What kind of county bumpkin junk is that. Like that's supposed to get me to thinking he's got more insight to complex problems of our economy, than someone like Mitt? All that does is divide the haves and have-nots. Just because someone comes from a better economic background does not equate that he is an elitist. Mitt is a rare combination of coming from a upper middle class background, while maintaining a real human side, and creating an even bigger money wallet from his own work, while working in the business world. He is rare indeed. Now, lets not confuse a Romney with a true elitist, in the likes of a Kennedy or a Gore. They are elitists.

    December 16, 2007 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  5. Rich, Des Moines IA

    He who is the most ill prepared only gets my sympathy...not my vote.

    Go back to your "holiday Inn Express" and quick seeking an office you are clearly unqualified to hold.

    December 16, 2007 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  6. Ron Nebraska

    So what, i don't hear any possible remedies brought forward by Gomer, just empty rhetoric trying to pander to the working class vote.

    December 16, 2007 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  7. hey allons,tn

    hey if a man grew up in a working family he wouldn't be a repulican they stand for no job look at g.w. bush Hamburger jobs and bill clinton had high paying industrial manufacturing jobs

    December 16, 2007 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  8. Bryan, Firestone, CO

    So what if Romney was born a Governor's son. Was Mitt's phenomenal success at Bain a result of Father Romney giving Mitt success rations as a kid? Was Mitt's role as turnaround guy at the Olympics a result of his Father's position? Did the people of Massachusetts elect Mitt as Governor because his father was a Governor? No, of course not. So what good does it do to say Huckabee is more in tune with America's middle class than Romney because Huck himself wasn't born into a rich family? That somehow Mitt didn't have to work for a living or prove himself to gain the respect of others? Does Mitt's lineage mean that Mitt's sons don't have to work as hard to make a living? No. I see them out in America trying to make a living just like anybody else is. They still have to go to school for an education, and they still have to earn respect the way anybody else does - through hard work and persistence...something they probably did pick up from their fathers.

    December 17, 2007 01:18 am at 1:18 am |
  9. Val Davydov, Agawam, MA

    What a smooth talker, but it's getting real annoying.

    December 17, 2007 01:20 am at 1:20 am |
  10. Karen Houston TX

    If Huckabee was so concerned about the working class, why did he force 105,000 of them into bankruptcy when he was the governor with his overly ambitious tax hikes?

    Perhaps if his father could have afforded it, he could have sent Mike to get a better education. Then he'd be better at economics like his rival Mitt Romney. As it is he's clueless.

    It takes a moron to belittle someone's social status, education or religion, while inflating his obvious lower status. It just shows his true level of ignorance!

    It just so happens that Romney's social status along with character, smarts, and determination helped him become the qualified person he is today. A man who can take a three hundred million dollar defecit in the olympics and turn it into a one hundred million dollar profit! Plus, he took NO SALARY. Now thats not only smarts, its character. Thank God for the truly educated.

    On the other hand, Huckbee was the keynote speaker at a Mormon bashing rally held in SLC. Isn't that like going into someone's back yard and screaming, "We hate you" over and over?

    Romney=Service and Class
    Huckabee=Ignorance and Bigotry.

    How anyone can support this man is beyond me!

    I am sick of Mike Huckabee connecting himself with the working class. We're not all that ignorant and bigoted!

    No vote for you Mike! Now if you'll excuse me I have to go to work!!!

    December 17, 2007 02:09 am at 2:09 am |
  11. Mike, Birmingham, AL

    Ron Paul, who is a doctor, has delivered over 4,000 babies. Beat that Hack-abee!

    December 17, 2007 03:08 am at 3:08 am |
  12. Jacob, Chattanooga, TN

    On Sunday, 12/16/07, Ron Paul broke campaign fundraising records set by two prominent Democrats - surpassing John Kerry's 2004 record of 5.7 million, as well as Hillary Clinton's [disputed] record of 6.2 million in a single day. If the GOP wises up, they will realize Ron Paul's viability against the Democrats - or , more importantly, his superiority to the hollow, pre-packaged choices being offered by both parties. The GOP may just have to view Dr. Paul as a "necessary evil". That's what I have had to do with my vote for the last eight years.

    RP08
    thejaykob@hotmail.com

    December 17, 2007 03:39 am at 3:39 am |
  13. Michelle D. - Atlanta, GA

    Whe have a saying in the South when people are full of B.S.:

    "That's nice".

    America needs a Uniter, not a Divider. Unfortunately, Huck's had way too much controversy to be taken seriously.

    December 17, 2007 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  14. geoffrey, Arlington, VA

    Ditto to the previous post" If Huckabee was so concerned about the working class, why did he force 105,000 of them into bankruptcy when he was the governor with his overly ambitious tax hikes?

    Perhaps if his father could have afforded it, he could have sent Mike to get a better education. Then he'd be better at economics like his rival Mitt Romney. As it is he's clueless.

    It takes a moron to belittle someone's social status, education or religion, while inflating his obvious lower status. It just shows his true level of ignorance!

    It just so happens that Romney's social status along with character, smarts, and determination helped him become the qualified person he is today. A man who can take a three hundred million dollar defecit in the olympics and turn it into a one hundred million dollar profit! Plus, he took NO SALARY. Now thats not only smarts, its character. Thank God for the truly educated.

    On the other hand, Huckbee was the keynote speaker at a Mormon bashing rally held in SLC. Isn't that like going into someone's back yard and screaming, "We hate you" over and over?

    Romney=Service and Class
    Huckabee=Ignorance and Bigotry.

    How anyone can support this man is beyond me!

    I am sick of Mike Huckabee connecting himself with the working class. We're not all that ignorant and bigoted!

    No vote for you Mike! Now if you'll excuse me I have to go to work!!!

    Posted By Karen Houston TX : December 17, 2007 2:09 am

    December 17, 2007 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  15. Marti, Mesa

    Huck, you are a disingenuous whiner! You're in the wrong party if you want to start playing class warfare. You must have spent too much time with John Edwards. Give me a break. Neither you nor your campaign can some up with anything *legitimate* against Romney. You can't find 21 tax hikes. You can't find 1000 pardons, including one who raped and murdered again ala Willie Horton. You can't find him stealing $70K worth of furniture from the Gov's mansion. You can't find any of that so you resort to playing the religion card over and over and now class warfare.

    Huckabee's record is littered with liberal tendencies and poor judgment. Romney, on the other hand, has excelled at everything throughout life–business (the reason he's worth so much), Governor of MA, and with the SLC Olympics.

    December 17, 2007 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  16. NO LIBS,LA.

    HUCK GOES ALL DA WAY!!!!!!!!!

    December 18, 2007 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |

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