January 7th, 2008
09:30 AM ET
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Huckabee hits back at Romney - again

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(CNN) - GOP White House hopeful Mike Huckabee, who vowed late in the Iowa race to avoid an open battle with Republican rival Mitt Romney, is having trouble keeping his pledge. Just days after he pulled an Iowa attack ad aimed at Romney, and with only a few hours of campaigning left before New Hampshire voters head to the polls, he's bitterly lashing out at the former Massachusetts governor.

"I haven't gone after Mitt Romney. Actually, he's gone after me in billions of dollars of ads," says Huckabee. "There are a lot of distortions about my record that I wanted to try and clear up. I am not the one who's having these visions about marching with Martin Luther King and imagining having the NRA endorsement when I didn't."

Watch the entire interview with American Morning anchor John Roberts.

- CNN's Emily Sherman

Filed under: Mike Huckabee • Mitt Romney
soundoff (95 Responses)
  1. Dan

    What a shame it is, that reporters don't ask Romney why none of his 5 young sons are in the army everytime he tells us how gung-ho he is on the war.

    This should be asked every time he rolls out his hawish speech on the war.

    He seems to have no character at all.

    January 7, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  2. Kyle

    Red Sea Foreign National.

    Obviously you missed the sarcasm in Spencer's post. It was a direct slam against Huckabee's ad that he wasn't going to show but showed to the media.

    Huckabees tax plan is a wonderful idea if you are rich and live like you make $60k per year cause you will pay very little taxes.

    It is a nighmare if you are middle income. the tax is added in first and then the item being purchased is added in, thus making it a 30% tax

    It is a 30% tax on everything we buy! A $40,000 car would come with a $12,000 sales tax. this would be a $240 per monthly payment just on the sales tax portion of a loan. this is supposed to help the middle class?

    The biggest nightmare will be to the american businesses when everyone stops buying things because the tax is so high. then what follows? Layoffs, Debt, Bankruptcies, recession, Depression.

    I am ok with a flat tax but getting rid of the IRS is again a stupid comment from huckabee. there needs to be someone to handle the collections of tax revenue. It may need to be retooled signficantly but doing away with it would never work.

    one more thing Red Sea: Try proff reading before you post next time.

    Again here is how the white house should look in 2009

    Romney – President
    Rudy- VP
    McCain- Secretary of Defense
    Thompson- Attorney General
    Obama- Secretary of State

    January 7, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  3. Nicci

    Romney 08!
    Huck's not gonna make it, especially his cheesy one-liners.

    January 7, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  4. Raj

    Huckabee is still the most believable candidate.
    He is one of us.
    Thank God for that.

    January 7, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  5. James

    I live in the S.E. part of the country and I'm not really impressed with anyone at this time, I've been thinking all along, is this all this country has to offer us? But I know one thing we definitely don't need to elect a muslim(Obama) as President.

    January 7, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  6. Dave, California

    Um, RedSea Foriegn National, I think Spencer was making a joke!

    January 7, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  7. Independent in IA

    Huckleburp has played almost every dirty, underhanded trick in the book and made up a few that weren't in the book.

    When questioned about his past dealings, which are fully and impartially documented and public information to boot, he cries "FOUL" and falls back on religion to pull the wool over gullible voters.

    He is no better than the Pharisee's of biblical times.

    January 7, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  8. Karen Houston TX

    Billions of dollars of adds? That's a lot of money Huck. Maybe in all of your education you forgot math classes. Huckabee is out of control.

    By the way, Huckabee should know that Romney's father did march with MLK and was a well known civil rights activist.

    Huckabee is a liar at best. He can't take the truth about his own record and failures and so he resorts to attacks on Mitt's family, religion and honesty.

    Tell me again that he is a good Christian, it's hard to see the resemblance to the good Christians I know.

    January 7, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  9. RonPaulOrBust

    I love how the plagiarist Huckabee has been stealing Ron Paul's lines about the Constitution, liberty and the IRS. What a little leech. You can't really expect much more from a preacher boy though. This guy has no real understanding of the Constitution, monetary policy or foreign policy. No understanding of history. However, he did notice that Ron Paul gets a lot of applause and thought he might borrow a few ideas.

    The problem, Huckabee, is that you can't fake the funk. Ron Paul has been pro-Constitution, pro-Liberty and pro-Small Government for over 30 years! His tune hasn't changed in all that time and he has the Congressional record to prove it. He can back his arguments with a strong knowledge of history and a strong understanding of the foundational underpinnings of the US Constitution.

    Huckabee is just the glass jaw of the Republican party.

    January 7, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  10. Mike, Fredericksburg, VA

    "Oh, and by-the-way his win in Iowa had nothing to do with him or his views and everything to do with evangelical chirstians' fears of a Mormon in the White House. "

    How could a republican nominee win the general election without the support of evangelicals?

    January 7, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  11. Jen Cedar Falls, IA

    Judging from your entry at 11:12am on 1/7/07, I assume you are NOT one of Huckabee's Christian followers. Calling any man a schmuck is far from being Christian, wouldn't you say?

    Huckabee has been caught many a time being VERY personally negative to Romney, on TV, in his un-released but released ad and with his "knock his teeth out" Chuck Norris & campaign manager who wants to kick Romney. Imagine how he talks with these guys off camera when no one else is taping!

    Huckabee is one of those Shirt sleeve wearing Christians that has turned my family away from the typical Churches of the USA!

    Huck is a typical fake Christian hypocrite and NOT Presidential at ALL!

    January 7, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  12. Jake, Brussels, BELGIUM

    It's all personal for Huckabee and McCain. They are unstable to say the least. Romney is the one who has no ethical violations and has kept clear of the Washington swamp.

    But he's got to fight fire with fire. Romney has avoided personal attacks, but since these guys hate him anyway, the time has come for him to respond to their personal attacks.

    I want him to bring up McCain's adultery, ethics violations, Keating Five, bottom of his class at the Academy, class clown mentality, age, etc.

    I want him to bring up Huckabee's real views and record, ethics violations, his son's horrendous behavior and his maneuvering to cover it up, and his lying about his own resume...how dare he say that Romney has fudged his resume when Huckabee himself has claimed a "divinity" degree he never received?

    Neither of these guys would have him as a VP anyway and everyone seems to have forgotten about these key character flaws...so fire away, Mitt!

    I should add that I was a fervent McCain supporter in 2000, but his time has passed.

    January 7, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  13. Sherre

    Mikie, get a thicker skin! Mitt's information is correct in his ads. For example, you over ruled the verdicts of judge and jury to give pardons. It makes no difference the individual human reasons, you became judge and jury. Mitt was right. Quit whining.

    January 7, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  14. Jason NYC

    James said: "I live in the S.E. part of the country and I'm not really impressed with anyone at this time, I've been thinking all along, is this all this country has to offer us? But I know one thing we definitely don't need to elect a muslim(Obama) as President."

    Do you need to be told again that Obama is not Muslim? His Kenyan father was raised a Muslim, but was a confirmed atheist by the time his parents met. His stepdad had little use for religion. His mom was not religions but was considered spiritual. Barack himself is a member of the Trinity United Church of Christ; a Christian church (you can tell because it has Christ in the name.)

    So, where do you get the notion that Barack is Muslim?

    January 7, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  15. Jeremiah, Phoenix AZ

    Oh my goodness. The stench of bitterness and desperation is overpowering!

    Huck – quick tip: showcasing your record isn't an "attack ad" just because you're not proud of certain elements of your record. It also doesn't make Mitt the meany because he puts out an ad that tells people what you don't want them to know. If anything, consider it free advertising to those people who actually support raising taxes, raising spending, pardoning convicted rapists that go on to murder and rape again….It's your record. Facts can be stubborn things.

    Oh yeah….nice try to repeatedly ignore the question last night about whether you raised taxes as Governor…and then your "Mitt, I'm not going to talk to you because you're not the moderator." Very childish. You can't stand the heat so you try every which way to avoid it.

    I told my wife they must breed a different type of politician in Hope. The phrase "Slick Willie" will soon be "Slick Huck"

    January 7, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  16. Charles, Nova Scotia

    liked Huckabee's line at the debate "We are all created equal" and then on the other face exudes so much religious bigotry and "christian" hypocricy against Romney, I definetly believe Romney to be more christian and much more presidential!

    January 7, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  17. Rita

    I've lost all respect for Huckabee after he pulled a "John Kerry" and started systematically stealing Ron Paul's ideas, words, and strategies to cast himself as a populist. Huckster stole Ron's "eliminate the IRS" idea, Huck's now giving lip service to the Constitution, he stole Ron's online fundraising ideas, and Huck even stooped so low as to steal Ron's Christmas commercial idea (and then all the other candidates jumped on the bandwagon). These are just four of dozens of examples. Reminds me of what Kerry did to Dean 4 years ago, but people in the general election could detect a fake when they saw one. So wake up you Huck supporters. Do your research and support the real thing this time around, not same fake Bill Clinton wannabee.

    January 7, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  18. pam Eugene OR

    Huchabee and Hillary...both are unelectable. We won't have to listen to either of them in a short while and I can't wait!

    January 7, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  19. Peter Smith

    After witnessing what happened in Iowa, I am really worried about our country. Are there really that many people in this country who think someone like Huckabee is a viable candidate? He is a deceitful opportunist who could not even effectively run one of the smallest states let alone the leading world power. People of the USA, WAKE UP! Do some homework. Look at the facts – I mean really look at the facts. Anyone would be better than Huck. Anyone.

    January 7, 2008 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  20. John Westover

    Huckabee is delerious.

    January 8, 2008 04:47 am at 4:47 am |
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