January 4th, 2008
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Huckabee, Obama carry momentum into New Hampshire

Barack Obama greets supporters in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Friday, fresh from his Iowa victory.

Barack Obama greets supporters in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Friday, fresh from his Iowa victory.

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (CNN) - The newly-minted front-runners arrived in New Hampshire early Friday, hoping to take advantage of momentum created by their wins in Thursday night's Iowa caucuses.

Results out of the Iowa caucuses saw the emergence of two new front-runners - Republican Mike Huckabee and Democrat Barack Obama - and showed that the message of change resonated with voters in both parties.

The test of whether the front-runners can carry the momentum will come quickly, as the New Hampshire primaries are only five days away on January 8.

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  1. Peggy

    Raise your hand if having someone like Huckabee in the Oval Office scares you right out of your socks.

    *Raises hand*

    January 4, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  2. John Myers

    Here in New Hampshre, we are waiting to kiss Obama on his cheek and send him home so he can continue cutting deals with Corporate America.

    January 4, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  3. jimmy

    Congrats to Obama for upsetting the balance of the universe. Sure, people have hoped someone could actually beat the evil queen herself, but it was the type of scenario where seeing is believing. And now we see. Obama – also known as B. Hussein Obama to the people who claim they are not ignorant bigots – pretty much showed that old, white people are not the only ones who vote!

    January 4, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  4. George

    Ok, we got the top headline out of the way. So, what's next to discuss? Oh ya, Edwards finishing better than Hillary as well. I find it funny. Why? Because Hillary is the "next-president", the shoe-in for the nomination, the establishment, the "we want more Bill" candidate. And she just lost to an ambulance chaser. Granted she only lost by the slimmest of margins to which it will affect nothing, but still, it makes me giggle. Good news for her though...it's only Iowa!

    January 4, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  5. George

    Whose Country IS This?
    Who Owns Your Government Officials?

    Who Do You Want to OWN YOUR Government?
    Senator Barack Obama:
    "This campaign has to be about reclaiming the meaning of citizenship... and realizing that few obstacles can withstand the power of millions of voices calling for change......"

    and
    "...I think the American people should know whose paying for people's politics....I bring the experience of speaking out, even when it's not comfortable...standing up to special interests, speaking truth to power ~ those are the experiences, I bring to bear to the Presidency of the United States of America"

    I believe you now!
    GO Obama!

    January 4, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  6. Brad, Omaha NE

    George wrote:

    Young people ae more emotional than objective. If Obama is the choice of young people, than he is the wrong choice.

    Brad is writing:

    Emotive voting is the preferred (and really the only legitimate)reason for picking someone in a primary.

    typically voters know whether they'll vote for republican or democrat before they even vote in the primary. the point of the primary elections is to find the candidate within your "team' that best falls in line with your values/morals/emotions.

    Also since when was it a bad thing that young people actually took an interest in this process.

    Sounds to me like someones candidate didn't do so well last night and is now pissed at the new generation of not only emotional, but rational people for following their gut. as you probably did while voting in theBush regime.

    in laymans term: GET OVER IT OLD GUY!

    January 4, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    May be just maybe now that the results are out,

    Glenn Beck, the CNN commentator on "The Situation Room" and CNN analyst on Romney, the Mormon candidacy, should call it quits from CNN headline News anchor chair. The other sleazy female anchor chair from CNN headline News should be canned too before CNN becomes infamous for foul / tabloid programming.

    Glenn Beck said on the CNN ticker that Huckabee will "IMPLODE" and CNN carried it for full three hours on the Ticker without posting my objecting POSTs:

    http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2007/12/15/beck-huckabee-will-implode/

    http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2007/12/15/beck-huckabee-will-implode/#comments Readers labeled Glenn Beck as joker supreme!

    I challenge CNN to post this post now, now that I have been vanquished through results.

    Go Hillary44 08! http://hillaryis44.org/ http://facts.hillaryhub.com/
    For a little national election snapshot: http://uselectionatlas.org/2008.php

    January 4, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  8. iNDEPENDENT VOTER

    HUCKABEE RESPONSE

    I am appalled at Huckabee's victory. I am appalled that he would even show his face in public. As govenor of Arkansas, Huckabee pardoned a serial rapist who later raped and killed two women. There is much evidence to show that once a person has committed this sort of crime, they will do it again and again. Two families grieve because of Huckabee's bad judgment. What were they thinking in Iowa?

    January 4, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  9. Andy, New York, New York

    Good work Dedham! The force is with Obama; not Hillary!

    Hillary, despite walking around with the CLINTON name recognition in her favor, would have done well not to campaign in Iowa. Heading into New Hampshire after placing third in Iowa, places her at a great disadvantage because the difference between her and Obama in last week's NH polls is about 7 percentage points with a margin of error of about 4 percentage points. This is too close for comfort for a woman who lived in the Arkansan Governor's mansion, the White House and the house of a New York Senator in upscale Westchester.

    Hillary Clinton, the CARPETBAGGER,
    Walks around with a pointed dagger,
    Looking to make a major kill,
    But let's hope her kill is not husband Bill!

    If I were Bill,
    And I really, really know Hill,
    I would take flight to Yorkshire,
    Cause Hill is going to lose in New Hampshire!

    January 4, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  10. free mcclain

    I cannot believe that Mike Huckabee is a viable national candidate. He is an idiot.

    have you ever talked to him ? he is an idiot.

    he thinks that the world is only 8000 years old- he IS an idiot.

    we suffered his stupidity when he was our governor.

    i don't think that Thomas Jefferson and his friends ever envisioned that no laws regarding religion would become such a powerful weapon against the government.

    i want a ceo for president- not a preacher.

    fmc

    January 4, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  11. OverTheRainbow, KS

    To : Tom Dedham, Mass

    Brilliant retort. You should have your own column. Kudos.

    January 4, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  12. Jacque Bauer

    Huckawho? His "momentum" will surprisingly disappear in NH (to the disappointment of the MSM and Democrats everywhere).

    January 4, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  13. Whobama?

    Can anyone actually tell me what it is Obama stands for? Months of speeches and ads and all I know is that he's the self-proclaimed "candidate for change". I haven't heard a decent idea, plan, aim, angle, or agenda for getting this, that, or the other thing done. At least Hillary has ideas and can articulate them. All you pinheads blindly rallying behind a Barack are in for a big surprise if he's elected. It's tantamount to promoting the mail sorter to CEO based on good looks and charm alone. Wake up, America!

    HRC in '08

    January 4, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  14. Ajay Jain, Dallas, USA

    May be just maybe now that the results are out,

    Glenn Beck, the CNN commentator on "The Situation Room" and CNN analyst on Romney, the Mormon candidacy, should call it quits from CNN headline News anchor chair. The other sleazy female anchor chair from CNN headline News should be canned too before CNN becomes infamous for foul / tabloid programming.

    Glenn Beck said on the CNN ticker that Huckabee will "IMPLODE" and CNN carried it for full three hours on the Ticker without posting my objecting POSTs:

    http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2007/12/15/beck-huckabee-will-implode/

    http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2007/12/15/beck-huckabee-will-implode/#comments Readers labeled Glenn Beck as joker supreme!

    I challenge CNN to post this post now, now that I have been vanquished through results.

    Go Hillary44 08! http://hillaryis44.org/ http://facts.hillaryhub.com/
    For a little national election snapshot: http://uselectionatlas.org/2008.php

    January 4, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  15. May

    Obama with all his theatrics about change that is good to the ears, has no build up skills, qualifications, experience, and deep heavy connections in Washington to implement his change. He is feeding the gullible caucus voters with roses and paradise of change. He will bombard me with all the charismatice showmanship on stage about change that he promise but sorry, you have not empowered yourself nor earned the skills, experience, and qualifications with the requirements to get change done in Washington. Hillary is the best presidential candidate who could bring real change – implement them too, she possesses all the qualifications, the deep entrenched Washington connection, the real without vested interests Hillary – no interest in oil, in corporate baits, the down to earth trailblazer , the go getter, the real Mccoy, for change. She can do it. Hillary just wants to serve the country. What more could you ask?

    January 4, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  16. Ellie, Ca

    Right, Obama carries momentum into New Hampshire, just as Hillary and Edwards carry momentum into New Hampshire. The Iowans gave Obama 16 national delegates, Hillary 15, and Edwards 14. Obama garnered 38% of Iowan caucus</b< votes, while 60% of caucus goers preferred Clinton or Edwards. (Clinton and Edwards, in effect, tied for second place with 1/2 of one percentage point separating them.) Those voting for Edwards and Clinton obviously prefer a candidate of substance, with a defined, clear-cut agenda for America. So far Obama hasn't been able to deliver his message. He apparently can whip crowds into a frenzy with his speeches. But a great speech is only as great as the person giving it. Martin Luther King, Abraham Lincoln, John Kennedy, Franklin Roosevelt and more have given unforgettable speeches because they, themselves, were the real thing: sincere, calm, articulate, accomplished, and intelligent . Obama's speeches lack authenticity because he is without substance. . .a lot of pretty words and phrases that sound really good but don't pack much of a message beyond hope, dreams, and change. And standing up shouting, "Fired up and ready to go!" amounts to absolutely nothing. Within the next few weeks, when each candidate is scrutinized carefully, and the going gets tough, we will be able to separate the wheat from the chaff and start zeroing in on a candidate that can actually win the general election next November. I can't wait for every candidate to sit in the hot seat and be grilled about his/her positions.

    January 4, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  17. T

    The fact is, and the fact remains – compared to Hillary, Obama really does not have enough experience; his campaign slogan about "change" might seem very tempting, but people should realize that change is not easy to bring at all, especially from someone as inexperienced as he is. Anyone carefully listening to his remarks, especially on issues such as foreign policy and the Middle East should be able to clearly see that as far as these issues are concerned, Obama is naive and not knowledgeable enough. The US needs a president who is able to cope with such issues in such a globalized world.
    Americans are known to vote and act emotionally – which explains Huckabee's win. Please don't do it this time. Don't listen to the bible-thumpers in Iowa. Make the correct choice for America, and for the world!

    January 4, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  18. Kevin Topeka, KS

    Barack Obama has been changing his position over the years on everything from the death penalty to the Patriot Act to Cuba, a review of his record shows.

    The Illinois senator's views became markedly more conservative as he drew close to running for president.

    On the death penalty, for instance, Obama was a strong foe back in 1996 when he ran for the Illinois state Senate, according to a questionnaire from a political activist group that he filled out at the time. The answers were reviewed by The Associated Press.

    But this year, he's pandering to pro-execution voters around the country by saying he supports pulling the switch on those who commit particularly heinous crimes.

    On gun control, Obama changed direction since 1996, when he called for a ban on all handgun possession and sales in Illinois.

    In 2004, on another questionnaire, he backed off, saying a ban is "not politically practicable."

    Taken together, the shifts could suggest a liberal, inexperienced lawmaker gradually adjusting to the realities of what could be accomplished, first in the Illinois Legislature and then in the US Senate.

    On the other hand, political rivals could accuse him of abandoning potentially unpopular views or of trying to disguise his real positions. Many of the old views came from answers he gave to a list of questions submitted to him in 1996 by an Illinois good-government group known as the IVI-IPO.

    Aides claim Obama did not fill out the questionnaire, and instead it was handled by a staffer who misrepresented his views on gun control, the death penalty and more.

    "Barack Obama has a consistent record on the key issues facing our country," spokesman Ben LaBolt told the AP. "Even conservative columnists have said they'd scoured Obama's record for inconsistencies and found there were virtually none."

    A spokesman for the Illinois group said the excuse is ridiculous because they interviewed him in person.

    Some of the candidate's other changing views include a marked shift on health care, from supporting a single-payer, government-run health system, to opposing such a "socialized medicine" plan.

    He also has changed many views in just the past few years.

    He went from calling the anti-terrorism Patriot Act a "shoddy and dangerous" law to voting to continue an updated version of the law in 2006. He also said he would normalize relations with Cuba, but on the campaign trail has opposed such rapprochement with the Communist regime there.

    In 1999, Barack Obama was faced with a difficult vote in the Illinois legislature — to support a bill that would let some juveniles be tried as adults, a position that risked drawing fire from African-Americans, or to oppose it, possibly undermining his image as a tough-on-crime moderate.

    In the end, Mr. Obama chose neither to vote for nor against the bill. He voted “present,” effectively sidestepping the issue, an option he invoked nearly 130 times as a state senator.

    Sometimes the “present’ votes were in line with instructions from Democratic leaders or because he objected to provisions in bills that he might otherwise support. At other times, Mr. Obama voted present on questions that had overwhelming bipartisan support. In at least a few cases, the issue was politically sensitive.

    The record has become an issue on the presidential campaign trail, as Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York, his chief rival for the Democratic nomination, has seized on the present votes he cast on a series of anti-abortion bills to portray Mr. Obama as a “talker” rather than a “doer.”

    Although a present vote is not unusual in Illinois, Mr. Obama’s use of it is being raised as he tries to distinguish himself as a leader who will take on the tough issues, An examination of Illinois records shows at least 36 times when Mr. Obama was either the only state senator to vote present or was part of a group of six or fewer to vote that way. Among those, Mr. Obama did not vote yes or no on a bill that would allow certain victims of sexual crimes to petition judges to seal court records relating to their cases. He also voted present on a bill to impose stricter standards for evidence a judge is permitted to consider in imposing a criminal sentence. On the sex crime bill, Mr. Obama cast the lone present vote in a 58-to-0 vote. State Representative Jim Durkin, a Republican who was a co-sponsor of the bill, said it was intended to bring state law in line with a United States Supreme Court decision that nullified a practice of introducing new evidence to a judge in the sentencing phase of the trial, after a jury conviction on other charges. The bill sailed through both chambers. Out of 174 votes cast in the House and Senate, two were against and two were present, including Mr. Obama’s.
    “I don’t understand why you would oppose it,” Mr. Durkin said. “But I am more confused by a present vote.” Mr. Obama was also the sole present vote on a bill that easily passed the Senate that would require teaching respect for others in schools. He also voted present on a measure to prohibit sex-related shops from opening near schools or places of worship. It passed the Senate.

    January 4, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  19. Bryan Murphy, NJ

    It means nothing IOWA caucus is bogus it means nothing if you guys understad the how caucus works you won't celebrate it. if voter threshold doesn't meet for one candidate they were suggested to go to another one.
    Richrdson did not meet the voter threshold so they been told to goto OBAMA corner thats how he won and also Ophra Wimphery played role in there it has nothing to do with his ability to get the vote. Yes good speaker he took most of the words from MLK

    January 4, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  20. FAIR TAX,LA.

    GEAUX HUCK
    GEAUX FAIR TAX
    NO OBAMA, NO HILLARY!!

    January 4, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  21. George Smith

    We elected George Bush 8 years ago with only the experience of being Govenor for [ if i remember correctly 2 years in office] and look what he's done to us now. This Country is so unmanaged its pitiful! Please see the enexperience that Obama has. He is still so wet behind the ears. I would not be any more at ease than with Bush. We need someone with expirience. If you see someone in the Republican race that is truly qualified, check them out and spread the word. It is to the point that we need to support someone who is not going to sell us out to the forigners. This Country can be GREAT again with the right Leadership!!!!

    January 4, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  22. George Smith

    its not to say Obama would not make a good President in the future, just needs some experience...................

    January 4, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  23. R. Fraer

    Obama will be another Carter in Washington that wants status quote so the only change there will be his address and underwear, one man can not clean up something that doesn't want cleaned.

    Huckabee another religious president that will get his information from a higher source, havn't we had enough of that kind by now?

    January 4, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  24. Andrea

    Why Americans are Stupid with Change
    The Iowa caucus and Barack’s so called “sweep” of victory brings to mind the amount of stupidity everyday average American’s have. We are indeed the country that voted our “greatest” president into office for not one, but two terms, our one and only George W. Bush. So, of course, the average stupid American only thinking of change wants to go with the candidate that has the least amount of experience to be the president of the best country in the world, the United States of America. What are we doing to ourselves? Why would someone that literally has done nothing, and has no experience be voted in as president of the United States.
    Most of America looks at our current president and cringe. Is this idiot really the leader of our country? So you silly Americans with “change” in your mind, you chose someone with practically no experience at all. Do you silly Americans have any idea or clue what this man has done in his whopping TWO, did you read that TWO years in the United States Senate? Yes, he has been in office for three years, but if you can, or are able to do the math, you will clearly see that he has only actually been in office for two years because for the past year he has been running for to become the next president of our country.
    Tell me, what do YOU know about Obama? Other than his name and his infamous “funny named kid” speech, what do you know about him and why will he bring change to the U.S.A? Do you really believe that he has the capability to be the president of the United States?
    Obviously you do, because you want him to be the next president. I am so very afraid for our country. We are going from one well known idiot to another. This idiot may be able to speak English properly, but how will he be any better than our current idiot?
    Change, Change is what you want but what you are voting for is failure, another gross failure and let down to our country. How many years and failed presidents will there be before we realize and actually think about who we are voting for? How much more can we destroy ourselves and our country before we get our heads out of our asses and really find a president that can and will run this country?
    Americans are stupid with the idea of change. Do not be afraid of experience. Experience brings change. If you were an owner of a company and the people that are currently running your business have done anything but run it into the ground, yes you would want change, but would you hire someone with a “cool” name and little experience to change things? No you would not. You would hire someone that had a record of doing, not saying, numerous years of experience and firsthand knowledge.
    Now you silly Americans think, really think before you go in and vote for who you want to be the next president of our wonderful country. Do you really want someone that has no experience to bring change to this country? Or do you want a true leader that will make a change because they have “been there and done that.” We need someone experienced with wonderful ideas on how to run our country and get us back on track. We need a true leader.
    So, think very hard before you go to vote in the primaries. The only way change will happen is if the person knows how to do it first. Who do YOU believe fits this bill? EXPERIENCE and a DESIRE for CHANGE?

    January 4, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  25. stan pitts pa

    May January 4, 2008 7:54 pm ET

    Obama with all his theatrics about change that is good to the ears, has no build up skills, qualifications, experience, and deep heavy connections in Washington to implement his change. He is feeding the gullible caucus voters with roses and paradise of change. He will bombard me with all the charismatice showmanship on stage about change that he promise but sorry, you have not empowered yourself nor earned the skills, experience, and qualifications with the requirements to get change done in Washington. Hillary is the best presidential candidate who could bring real change – implement them too, she possesses all the qualifications, the deep entrenched Washington connection, the real without vested interests Hillary – no interest in oil, in corporate baits, the down to earth trailblazer , the go getter, the real Mccoy, for change. She can do it. Hillary just wants to serve the country. What more could you ask?

    well you tell that to the 47 million uninsured Americans whom she let down, during her husbands time in office when she failed to enact health care reform, the truth of the matter is that this country is divided enough and that we need, a good and true leader to re-unite this country, hrc is too polarizing and the country, even female voters realize this thats why they voted overwhelmingly for obama, hope always wins way to go obama, because hope and change is the American way!!!

    January 5, 2008 12:52 am at 12:52 am |
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