December 28th, 2007
05:01 PM ET
10 years ago

Huckabee staffer: He needs to be 'briefed' on Pakistan

DES MOINES, Iowa (CNN) - A senior official on Republican Mike Huckabee’s campaign told CNN Friday that staffers are aware of the problem posed by the fact that their candidate has “no foreign policy credential,” and that unlike many other presidential candidates, he can’t boast about having known Benazir Bhutto.

The Huckabee official said he told the former Arkansas governor that reaction to the crisis in Pakistan will be the story for the next several days, and that until they “get him briefed and up to speed” on Pakistan, a good place for Huckabee to draw the line is on illegal immigration.

“Why does Rudy Giuliani get more credentials on homeland security than you do? You’ve been a governor,” the Huckabee campaign official said he told the candidate.

The campaign official admitted that Huckabee’s tough talk on on immigration is also aimed at helping him with male Iowa GOP voters - a voting bloc the official concedes they have been losing ground with.

–CNN's Dana Bash

Filed under: Iowa • Mike Huckabee
soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. Ajay Jain, Dallas, USA

    On being asked about the Bhutto assasination, Hucabee commented thet there are a lot of "illegal Pakistani Immigrants" coming from Pakistan.

    He does not know there are more Chinese illegals in America than Pakistanis. On Bhutto's assasination he comments on illegal immigration! Can he not just keep quiet if he has no comment to make?

    GOP is still looking for some Godly inspiration regards to its nominee. Hucabee is well ahead in this game. If Hucabee is the GOP answer to their prayers then Hillary will have the Presidency sealed in 2009.

    Go Hillary44 08!

    December 29, 2007 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |

    He may have idiots for advisors but he knows less about foreign affairs than I do – and I live in a city of 100,000 whose local paper had front page headlines about a local high school hockey tournament when everywhere else there was news about the assassination of Bhutto!!! (I complained to the paper but have yet to receive a reply – the news on the assassination was on page 10).

    He can't just blame his advisors if he can't take some responsibility himself to spend half an hour a day online reading CNN or some other reputable news.

    We joke about how pitiful the Huckster and how the democrats would roll over him if he were the nominee. Don't be so sure. Remember StupidBush when he was interviewed when he was first running and could only name the ruler of Pakistan as "General".

    This election is SO IMPORTANT. Please read, research, THINK and VOTE. Don't just vote for someone because she is a woman, or because he is black, or because of which celebrity supports him or her, or because someone is a Christian or not vote for someone because his middle name is Hussein!!

    December 29, 2007 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  3. Ba Gua

    If nominated, he'll probably pick Alfred E. "What me worry?" Newman as his VP. That's the level of his political sophistication.

    December 29, 2007 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  4. Roy

    Huckabee needs to "get up to speed" on many things other than his war "against secularists" and to "take the Nation back for Christ."

    December 29, 2007 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  5. Shawn

    I fully support Huckabee.

    Some of you that call Huckabee names or make fun of his faith, show your immaturity and lack of respect for people in general.

    December 29, 2007 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
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