January 18th, 2008
11:17 AM ET
7 years ago

McCain campaign touts Huckabee praise

New McCain Web ad uses Huckabee footage.
New McCain Web ad uses Huckabee footage.

(CNN) - Mike Huckabee has largely avoided criticizing Republican rival John McCain this primary season. On Friday, the Arizona senator’s campaign used that cordial campaign trail language in a Web ad promoting McCain’s White House bid.

“Supporters of Mike Huckabee are attacking John McCain,” reads the screen at the start of the 30-second spot. “What does Mike Huckabee say about John McCain?”

Then footage of Mike Huckabee himself is shown: “Sen. McCain, no matter what anyone may say, is a genuine conservative. … John McCain is a hero in this country. He's a hero to me.

"If you look at his record, he's got a solid record on things that really matter. He's pro-life, he's strong for our country's defense and security…. John McCain is a true, honest-to-God American hero.”

“If you want the truth about John McCain,” reads the screen, “just ask Mike Huckabee.”

The campaign says “Trust Huckabee” is a response to the wave of robo-calls from pro-Huckabee group Common Sense Issues, which says it is planning to make a million calls to South Carolina voters before Saturday’s primary that attack McCain on abortion and immigration.

–CNN Associate Political Editor Rebecca Sinderbrand


Filed under: John McCain • Mike Huckabee • South Carolina
soundoff (71 Responses)
  1. Val Davydov, MA

    I admire McCain for his service to our country – he is a true hero – but it will be a HUGE mistake if he gets Republican nomination.

    Reasons why: McCain's opposition to Marriage Amendement, The Gang of 14, McCain-Feingold Campaign Reform Bill, McCain-Kennedy Immigration Amnesty Bill, and his opposition to Bush tax cuts. McCain is more liberal than a conservative and Republicans will NOT vote for him in general. Sorry.

    January 18, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  2. Awaiting Moderation, USA

    Dear Rob Js children,

    Forget about voting for a Republican like your dad. Blaze your own trail, because what your dad is looking for in a Republican candidate doesn't exist!

    Vote for Barack Obama!

    January 18, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  3. Damon

    Huckabee's is no more than a VP campaign anyway. If your appeal does not extend past evangelicals (and the guy didn't even win a majority of the evangelical vote in Michigan), you've got no shot in a national primary. McCain is the only viable candidate who would have any interest in giving Huckabee the VP spot, so it would be wise for Huckabee not to go on the attack at this point. All the South gives him is more general election cred as a VP that can deliver the South, but as McCain is his only shot at that anyway, attacking McCain would be biting the hand that feeds him. Although a McCain Huckabee ticket would be the media's dream, I can think of few things that would be worse for our country.

    January 18, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  4. sluggo

    McCain has a screw loose. He should be running as a democrat. He is a liberal without any intellectual firepower.

    January 18, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  5. Anna in Iowa

    I agree with Jen, toss aside your negativity and take another look at Romney. If you really want to know what he is about, check out his web site. If you dismissing McCain and Huckabee over issues and recent marks... take another look at Romney. I am christian conservative Rep. and I like him best right now.

    January 18, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  6. Anna in Iowa

    I am not behind McCain but I have to give him credit using Huckabee's own words. He will probably win SC thanks to Huckabee.

    January 18, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  7. james

    i am baffled that any REPUBLICAN (that knows anything about the issues), would fathom voting for mccainnedy.. he has absolutely zilch when it comes to running on a REPUBLICAN issue>> he has yet to explain any of his policies and has stated no plan on the issues>>> the only thing he keeps saying is "my friends" wink, i am a POW, feel sorry for me and south carolina owes me one !! lets see>>>mccain-feingold, mccain-kennedy, gang of 14 (look that one up, talk about sneaky), against bush tax cuts and YES, it is amnesty !!!! i am shocked that there are as many so-called GOPers that dont actually practice republican policies!!! and the reason i know that there are so many out there is because there are so many people voting for mccooky....we dont need a republicrat or a theocracy in the white house............rudy or or mitt, please !!!!

    January 18, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  8. James Brown ( Independent )

    I am an Independent voter that leans Democrat . But if Clinton makes it to the General Election , i will Vote Republican. Huckabee would be my first choice , If McCain was my only Republican option , i wouldn't vote.

    January 19, 2008 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  9. Allan Jones

    There's something fishing going one with McCain and Huckabee. NO politicians are that kind to each other, especially when doing battle. It wouldn't surprise me at all if they've with each other in case one of them gets the nomination the other gets picked as VP. Honestly, it's silly, especially the way they've tag teamed against Romney. What jerks. One person called them the Mac and Cheese tandem. Hilarious!

    January 19, 2008 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  10. Tom, Boston MA

    Rob with children,

    I feel your pain.

    i suppose the tropical heat eventually got to MacCain the Insane's head. or, all the butchering doen in vietnam by him and other US soldiers got to his head. or he has to lie to himself every morning when looking in the mirror that his killings were justified. or he hopes to avoid being tried in Hague with Bush / Cheney / Rumsfeld / Rice for the crimes against humanity by threatening some more countries with our abundant nuclear weapons. or all of the above.

    whatever the cause, the effect is the same: he's insane, and he needs to be stopped before he brings down the entire humanity.

    January 19, 2008 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  11. Jose Card - Independent

    Senator McCain is a man of character, integrity and conviction.
    He will be the ready-to-lead commander-in-chief on Day One.
    His experience puts Hillary to shame.
    He does listen to the American citizens on illegal immigration
    so he did not vote for the Dream Act.

    I may not agree with him on every issue, but I can trust him with my country.
    Once we elect a president, we pretty much lose our control for four years. Thus we must ask ourselves, "Can I trust this candidate with our country?"

    January 19, 2008 01:12 am at 1:12 am |
  12. Alice Newman Center Harbor NH

    ... wives? Rather have Rudy who dumped his second wife, in public, at a Press Conference ... didn't have the backbone to tell her personally. Probably hopped into a taxpayer paid for police car and headed out to Long Island to his mistress's love nest ... and the state trooper walked her dogs while they were – whatever ... Rudy's ad in Florida (ignoring the other states where real candidates compete) is all 911 – just ask the NYC fire fighters about Rudy.

    Huckabee (and his God Group) are only concerned about the Confederate Flag (in SC) abortion and gay marriage. He mentions his unfair and unworkable Flat Tax Plan once in a while and does plan on rewriting the Constitution to include God in it more often. But as to running the country? He doesn't have a clue. You can't get by with just pardoning rapists as President ... and frankly, God helps them who helps themselves ... get a globe, Mike – see if you can find Iraq and Iran on it ... you've had 2 1/2 years of Bible School education!

    January 19, 2008 06:25 am at 6:25 am |
  13. McCain & Huckabee in Love

    McCain and Huckabee are in love.
    Hey have a secret deal.

    McCain is a Rambo and wreckless
    Huckabee releases have more to do with political connections than anything.

    When Romney says JOBS JOBS JOBS I find my self warming up to him.

    January 19, 2008 07:09 am at 7:09 am |
  14. ne,pa

    McCain =angry and trigger happy!
    He'll bring the draft back and it won't be the illegals he allows in that will be drafted.

    January 19, 2008 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  15. Greg

    I can't believe any Republican would vote for Mitt Romney. He instituted government mandated healthcare in Massachusetts, which included a $50 co-pay for abortions and provided for planned parenthood to be a permanent member of the healthcare board. He raised taxes (fees) 500 million dollars on the residents without their consent. He then went to Michigan to promise 20 billion in federal aid for the auto industry. Not to mention the fact that it was while Mitt was governor that Massachusetts became the first state to legalize gay marriage (even without passing any laws!). There's not a conservative bone in Mitt's political body as far as I can see.

    January 19, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  16. TJS

    McCain is truly scary. He has said the US will never surrender and will stay 100 yrs. I hope America is listening, most have said they want out of Georgie's war. But he says we Will stay, and worse his mentality is war driven. He is a War Hero and should be given respect for that but that does not give him what it takes to be the president. If you are ready for the draft by all means vote McCain you will get what you asked for. If you want another president that has followed in family footsteps and happens to be a multi millionaire, with no idea what the average American is going through financially right now, vote Romney. I think it is admirable for Huckabee to talk about McCain as a hero but he didn't say that should automatically make him presidential material. I had planned to vote dem this year, but there is not a candidate worthy of a vote there. If McCain, Romney or Guiliani are on the ticket, I will stay home this year and hear the same from most I talk to.

    January 19, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  17. arfisher, Midlothian, VA

    I appreciated these remarks from a Marine.
    Marinepatriot:
    Do some more research on John McCain with regards to his honor. He cheated on his first wife because she was in a car accident, had injuries and put on weight while he was in Vietnam. It wasn't a one time fling, the guy was partying around. He then married a much younger and wealthy trophy whose family owns a large beer distributorship that has financed his campaigns (and he took swings at Romney for Romney financing his own campaign). Finally, he was involved in a huge campaign finance scandal linked to the thrift market(which is the reason he pressed for finance reform (e.g. to clear his name) not because he is some maverick with strict principles).

    I think we all owe a great debt of gratitude to McCain for his service to our country, but I don't think that translates into us needing to give him the presidency, especially not at 72 years of age.

    Huckabee is such a fake idiot, is constantly screwing up on foreign policy (but no worries, foreign policy isn't particularly important to us right now, right?) and lies that he doesn't know much about Mormons when he previously spoke at the anti-mormon convention in SLC (come to think of it, he probably does not really know much about Mormons).

    Guiliani is a slimey dirt-bag with mob ties and has had numerous affairs, I guess he did clean up NY a bit.

    On the other side, Barack wouldn't be in the race if he wasn't black. He doesn't have the experience. If he wasn't the media's darling due to his being black he wouldn't get away with talking in vague generalities about hope and change.

    Clinton, I don't even need to get started on–she's as power hungry and scary as they come.

    Given all of that if, contrary to what he said/advocated in the past, Romney says he now opposes abortion, that's enough for me. I can't think of anyone better to manage this country when it faces the economic threat that China poses. The Democrats getting power and starting a bunch of social programs certainly won't make us more competitive. I haven't heard them talking much about the war in Iraq lately, I bet they are mad as hops that things are going well over there–Obama's most touted accomplishment is that he didn't vote for the war in Iraq.

    January 19, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  18. Teacher

    McCain will ride George Bushs coat-tails right up to The White House, but it wont get him in.

    January 19, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  19. j williamson

    Reading the stories about less than perfect Republican (candidate) husbands makes me think that perhaps the Marriage Protection Amendment truly is needed – for themselves. This "family values party" is nothing more than lip- service and a sham.

    January 19, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  20. j williamson

    Reading the stories about less than perfect Republican (candidate) husbands makes me think that perhaps the Marriage Protection Amendment truly is needed – for themselves. This "family values party" is nothing more than lip- service and a sham.

    January 19, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  21. Jared

    Being from Arizona i can tell you that his state loves him..... So saying Arizona won't re elect him is a joke.

    January 19, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
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