January 9th, 2008
11:18 AM ET
5 years ago

Huckabee launches Michigan ad

Huckabee is up with a new ad in Michigan.

Huckabee is up with a new ad in Michigan.

(CNN) - Mike Huckabee, who has sometimes sounded a populist theme on the campaign trail, has released a new television ad in Michigan that addresses the economic insecurity that has hit the state hard, and reminds voters of his own working-class roots.

Huckabee is statistically tied with Michigan-born rival Mitt Romney in most recent surveys of the state’s GOP primary voters. The Michigan Republican primary is January 15.

"When you grow up and life's a struggle, you have a whole different understanding of what most people are going through," he says in the 30-second spot, titled “Understanding.”

"We're losing manufacturing jobs, homeowners face a credit crisis, high fuel costs are spiraling, and families are hurting," says Huckabee, over footage of factory workers and despondent homeowners. "I cut taxes, built highways, reformed health care and education, and achieved record job growth. I'm Mike Huckabee and I approved this message because I believe most Americans want their next president to remind them of the guy they work with, not the guy who laid them off.”

- CNN Associate Political Editor Rebecca Sinderbrand

Filed under: Michigan • Mike Huckabee
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  1. David, Gilbert Arizona

    Bud, to say intelligent people knew in 1992 how HIV is spread isn't entirely true. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism published a report in 1992 on the effects of alcohol and how it might contribute to the spread of HIV/AIDS. These was also an FDA report warning about the nation's food supply being contaminated by food handlers with HIV/AIDS in light of the fact that the disease does not manifest itself, in many cases, for years.

    In 1992 the demographic of people with the highest increase for HIV/AIDS was women. This was acknowledged in another FDA report published in 1993.

    Huckabee has repeatedly made clear that in light of the national health crisis HIV/AIDS posed and the conflicting information available he made his comments with the best interest of the general population in mind. Everyone tries to make it a homosexual issue and completely disregard the fact that hetersexual women were experiencing the highest increase in new HIV/AIDS cases during the early 1990's. Huckabee's comments were made out of concern for the health and well being of America, not bigotry.

    But then hindsight is always 20/20

    January 9, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  2. Ken, Suitland MD

    Man, I was just on a thread reading the dems take on things, and I thought that was bad. Then I come here, and the dems look like MIT professors compared to the utter drivel that comes from the repu-bubbas.

    But I have to laugh at the very first poster: "MY God, have we sunk low enough to consider a populist hick? Do we as Republicans really have a death wish?"

    Where have YOU been over the 7 years?? You repubs supported Bushie in 2000 despite his past failures written all over the public wall, and then again in 2004 despite the all disaterous policies. Now you are reaping what you have sowed, and one of you has the humor to ask if you all are stupid enough to have a death wish?

    I think that boat has left the dock, pretty conclusively.

    January 9, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  3. Michelle

    Stop with the Romney buying votes thing....people are smarter than that. He is a genius at organization and making things happen. People vote for him all on their own.

    Stop with the flip flop thing. His record in MA shows he did not do one thing that was pro-choice. All of his legislation was otherwise. He moved his "label" to pro-life after studying on stem cell research. He made an informed decision.

    Stop with the silver spoon thing. Are you not working to build a legacy for your family? His father started out as a car salesman. Any place in this world would give them kudos for this type of achievement.

    Stop with religious bigotry. This country is made of many faiths. Romney's actions speak louder than the evangelical words. He has served without pay 5 years as a bishop, 5 years as a stake president, and 2 years as a missionary. He may not have your doctrine, but he has your values.

    Hucklebee is only motivated "to keep a Mormon" out. He is clearly not qualified to be the leader of this country. He needs more education.

    January 9, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  4. CheshireCat

    National Deception: Mike Huckabee and Jim Gilchrist Lie To America

    January 9, 2007

    CONTACT: William Gheen, Americans for Legal Immigration PAC (ALIPAC), press@alipac.us (866) 329-3999

    Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee and Minuteman Co-Founder Jim Gilchrist have been documented lying to America by the Washington Times today after false headlines ran on Tuesday proclaiming Mike Huckabee would try to remove birthright citizenship from the Constitution.

    The article confirms that Huckabee lied on CNN about his campaign being contacted about Gilchrist's false statements and Gilchrist lied in a release about Huckabee's immigration stances.

    Gilchrist put out a press release on Iowa's election eve, under the fake name of "Perry Emerson” that contained several false statements and embellishments of Huckabee's immigration stances. The release claimed Huckabee would try to reverse birthright citizenship laws, which are widely exploited by illegal aliens.

    "We are doing our best to get the truth about these lies, and the hidden amnesty component of the Huckabee immigration plan to the public," says William Gheen of ALIPAC. "So far, the majority of the national media is not reporting these facts and voters wonder why they are hearing the news from us instead of CNN and Fox. This is a grand national deception in motion and it is absolutely blasphemous that voters are being deceived on a massive scale."

    ALIPAC launched a campaign to warn voters about Huckabee's statements on Fox News on Dec. 9 2007, where Huckabee stated illegal aliens could leave the US and return within days permanently and legally. This information was only reported once on Fox and is not included in Huckabee's distributed immigration plan. The national media is not telling voters that over 84 immigration enforcement organizations, including multiple Minuteman groups, have rebuked Gilchrist's endorsement of Huckabee.

    "When lies of this scale go unchecked by the media, it is no wonder that our nation is in such great peril today," said William Gheen. "The Huckabee and Gilchrist immigration deception is a national disaster in motion that will have far reaching negative ramifications for America. Mike Huckabee and Jim Gilchrist are successfully deceiving American voters and they must be stopped."

    Copies of Gilchrist's fake name press release, the Washington Times Articles, copies of the video of Huckabee's "illegals back in days" comments, and the letter signed by the vast majority of groups fighting illegal immigration are available at http://www.alipac.us

    All members of the media are asked to tell voters the truth before it is to late.


    Paid for by Americans for Legal Immigration AMERICANS FOR LEGAL IMMIGRATION PAC
    Post Office Box 30966, Raleigh, NC 27622-0966
    Tel: (919) 787-6009 Toll Free: (866) 329-3999


    January 9, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  5. camcamel

    All this nose about Romney makes me sick – are you serious?? The guy turned a few companies around atop his high horse and you think he's America's greatest hope?? Come on...Huckabee may be a bit green, but he's more straightforward than Romney and he has a fresh outlook on the direction that America needs to go...and, about the hypocrite comment – I challenge you to find anyone who isn't one...

    January 9, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  6. Andrew Harris, GA

    Jason NYC – technically no it's not part of the woman's body by the simple fact that it has it's own DNA. Or are you not familiar with the concept of DNA? In fact, the unborn child even has it's own blood type. You start using medical logic to back up your immoral position and it's going to come back and bite you.

    At this point medicine can save a child who has been outside of the womb post 22 weeks. By your standard we should at least not allow abortions to occur past 22 weeks, right?

    Not that I really trust Huckabee to do ANYTHING about abortion. He says "I'm against abortion" and blind conservatives come running like he was Ghandi. Huckabee doesn't have the energy/intelligence/drive to do anything on a national level. Simply put, he's not Presidential material. America can do better.

    Sorry Huck, but that's reality. NEXT!

    January 9, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  7. Pete

    "A woman can do whatever she wants with her body." Hmmm I am guessing those who have used that statement to argue their point mean everything except smoke cigarettes, eat meat, clothe themselves in fur, hand their children fatty snacks, open up the Bible...

    January 9, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  8. MitRox, MI

    camcamel – turned a FEW companies around? You and Huckabee apparently have NO clue who you're up against. Go home and do your homework. Mike has NOTHING to compare against.

    You've done it for dozens of companies, done it for the Olympics, done it as Governor – now it's time to turn our government around and get us back on track Mitt. You are the only one running who has proven it. Americans are sick to death of hearing empty promises from empty-headed politicians. Promises that they know they are not able to keep. Liars all of them! The next time I hear any promises I want politicians to back it up with WHAT THEY HAVE DONE. That goes doubly for you Mike!

    Go Mitt!

    January 9, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  9. Bill Michaelson, Dover

    camcamel – turned a FEW companies around? You and Huckabee apparently have NO clue who you're up against. Go home and do your homework. Mike has NOTHING to compare against.

    You've done it for dozens of companies, done it for the Olympics, done it as Governor – now it's time to turn our government around and get us back on track Mitt. You are the only one running who has proven it. Americans are sick to death of hearing empty promises from empty-headed politicians. Promises that they know they are not able to keep. Liars all of them! The next time I hear any promises I want politicians to back it up with WHAT THEY HAVE DONE. That goes doubly for you Mike!

    Go Mitt!

    January 10, 2008 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  10. AJ, Iowa City, IA

    Flash Forward to December 2008:

    Romney : President of the United States

    Huckabee – Begins a Mega Church in Hope Arkansas... or pumps gas at a convienience store. I'll bet he is better at one of these things than the other (That'll be $45.00, yuk yuk).

    January 10, 2008 12:54 am at 12:54 am |
  11. Canadian

    Today a massive bombing in Pakistan. Hey there are some real enemies that need to be dealt with and maybe George W's way of meeting violence with greater violence is wrong and besides it doesn't work. Think of the trillions and how many people's lives could have been improved and all their graditude to the US for helping. I believe either Barak or Edwards, could effectively deal with some tricky international problems. I know I would sleep better at night knowing that real people with some real values were on the job not the tainted liars and power players who usually get to make the decsions and usually are encouraged by weapon producers and hawks who just like to kick ass. Thou Shalt Not Kill. At least not as option number one!

    January 10, 2008 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  12. Danny

    Arkansas Republicans are behind Huckabee! Look at the polls instead of listening to the fakes in these comment boxes! Huckabee is by far, the best man for the job!

    January 10, 2008 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  13. That's Reality

    Andrew Harris, GA

    The fact that, of the candidates, Huckabee's record proves he is against abortion qualifies him for president. At least he speaks for the un-born and not just those with the loudest voices or most money. I say Huckabee/McCain would be the best option.

    January 10, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  14. Andrew Harris, GA

    That's Reality. Then you're as blind as he is for believing his empty promises and you will only have yourself to blame.

    Here's the REAL reality. Huckabee isn't Presidential material. Period. If/when this guy gets to the general election he's going to be slaughtered. When a Democrat or Independent (which constitutes ~70% of the electorate out there) looks at his record and then looks at their own persons record, who do you think they are going to pick? Certainly the conservative base isn't going to carry him – most of them think he's a liberal wacko too. And McCain isn't exactly the poster child of the Republican party after his McCain/Feingold and amnesty fiascoes and then lying about it on national television. You try to get behind this person and the next President who will most likely put two people in the Supreme court will be a Democrat with a Democratically controlled congress. Can you see what's happening? Or are you so enamored with his jokes that you can't see past them? This is shaping up to be the perfect storm for the Republican party and Conservatism in general all because Huckabee and McCain are splintering the Conservative base.

    That's the reality. Truth hurts, but there it is.

    January 10, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  15. Petee

    Mike Huckabee has been re-elected as a Republican governor in a state that's been overwhelmingly Democrat ever since the Civil War. He's only the second Republican governor elected in Arkansas since Reconstuction. That's certainly quite a feat.
    How has Mike done that? By being pragmatic as well as compassionate. On the other hand many of his detractors seem to be shrill, arrogant and prejudiced – many apparently obsessing over the fact that he was once a pastor and that he's unabashed about being a Christian.
    The U.S. has been in moral decline as well as economic decline for quite some time now. At this point in it's history the country would do well by choosing a president that is more than someone with the "right" policies when he's running for office. What our country needs is a leader who has both understanding and character. One who identifies with the common man. We would do well by choosing Mike Huckabee as our president.

    January 11, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  16. Greg S.

    Andrew Harris: Your confusing the next president of the United states Michael Huckabee with your democrat(donkey)

    Barack Hussein Obama when you say empty promises and shallow record. Look he just got a great endorsement by Kerry , I don't even want to go there!

    Huckabee will turn things around even with anti-american sentiment like yours.
    Reconsider your vote for Mike or just stay undecided so you don't waste your vote.

    January 11, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
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