January 30th, 2008
09:32 PM ET
10 years ago

Schneider: Huckabee makes a great case

This is one of the better answers for why a governor should become president I’ve ever heard - a very compelling and eloquent answer. This is how he scores points in debates - in this case, a well-spoken defense of federalism, a very deep Republican theme.

He simply speaks in terms people relate to. He makes sense.

Related: Watch Mike Huckabee and Ron Paul debate the Iraq war

- CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider

Filed under: Bill Schneider
soundoff (119 Responses)
  1. Justin Flusher

    >>...a well-spoken defense of federalism, a very deep Republican theme.

    Uh, I thought Republicans were all about a WEAK federal government and STRONG state governments? States' Rights. So now you're saying that Republicans are FOR a strong national government?

    Geez, you Republiturds really will flip-flop on just about ANYTHING, won't you? I guess from the people who said: Read my lips...no new taxes ANYTHING is possible.

    January 30, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  2. GOP Girl

    I am voting for the true conservative......HUCKABEE!!!!

    January 30, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
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    January 30, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  4. Kate

    The media ignored Edwards and now he's out. They're doing the same thing to Huckabee. Give these guys a chance to be heard!

    January 30, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  5. Teresa

    Even tho Mike wasn't given much time he sure used it wisely

    January 30, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  6. Bernie

    Huckabee speaks plainly. Whether one agrees with him or not, he is easy to understand.

    Why is CNN not giving enough time and questions to either Governor Huckabee or Congressman Paul? Is CNN deciding for the American people that they are irrelevant?

    A debate such as this should allow the candidates equal time. This debate is not about who is leading in the polls or who has the most money to spend. I tuned in to help me make a decision about ALL the candidates and found that CNN has decided that there are really only two.

    Is this what is meant when people say that media shapes what we think?

    January 30, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  7. Jeannie

    Of all the candidates on the dias Huckabee appears to have a grasp of the situation. His answers are on point, he is not negative, I do not think the media has given him the credit he deserves. People should take a hard look at Huckabee and listen to him closely.
    McCain is still wearing his military uniform...that is all he knows...scary.

    January 30, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  8. nicole

    Although Ron Paul's comments/answers are always more mature and logical than other PC candidates he never gets enough coverage by the media. Why the censorship? Maybe becasue Ron Paul is the only candidate who is not connected to special interest groups?

    January 30, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  9. Alex Webb

    The idea of a debate is to let the candidates' views be heard. Giving equal time to those who are still officially running but who obviously have no chance in hell (Huckabee and Paul) would be a tremendous waste of valuable time. It's generous enough to even let them grace the same stage as the frontrunner, McCain, and the long-shot candidate, Romney.

    January 30, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  10. Brian

    I don't think Bill shows favoritism to anyone in this (except maybe anti-paul to a degree), huckabee comes out of this debate looking far better than romney and mccain because he didn't spend the entire night at someone else's throat bickering. CNN showed more favoritism to mccain and romney giving them soo much face time and keeping ron paul an afterthought in this debate, shame on anderson cooper and the questioners.

    January 30, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  11. Claudia

    Mike, lots of non-governors govern like crap, too. 😦 And CaliMom, I think you may have missed the points Huckabee was trying to make: States have the right to decide their flags' contents, not outsiders; and we need to be very careful when we change the Constitution because it is changeable, unlike the Bible, which is not. Sometimes sound bites make things come out strange...

    January 30, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  12. Barbara Felkel

    The logic and wisdom expressed by Huckabee on leadership far exceeds the egos of McCain and Romney. His explanations made McCain look immature and devisive. As an independent, I felt ashamed at the lack of presidential behaviour from McCain and Romney. Just plain more of the same. What is worse is the fact that endorsements and the media's obsession with them are robbing the public of credible debate and thinking. Endorsements are robbing such men as Huckabee and Paul from getting heard and tapping into the American need for Hollywood and crony-ism. I am even more worried about the state of our country than ever before. Instead of being excited about Super Tuesday, I feel more frustrated about being heard than ever before.

    January 30, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  13. Michael

    [Not your business-"huckabee, mccain, and romney are masters at saying exactly what they think the public wants to hear. Real schmoozers!!"]

    So do you think that Ron Paul wouldn't kiss your kid's?

    January 30, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  14. Trixie

    I'm very disappointed with the lack of airtime Huckabee received.....if his answers are so good, and people can relate to him so well, then, WHY IS HE NOT GETTING THE SAME AIRTIME AS ROMNEY AND MCCAIN?????? Would it be because the Media thinks he can't win, or that he don't spend as much money as the other candidates????? Either way, I'm voting my conscious.....and it will be for Huckabee!

    January 30, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  15. Patriot

    Cooper bumbled and fumbled as a moderator. No fair time to all candidates. CNN effectively told the US to choose between Sen. McCain or Gov. Romney. Shame on CNN for such slanted and nonobjective moderating. Shame on CNN.

    January 30, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  16. Tim Willoughby

    Huckabee is well spoken, make sense, and does not participate in the political exchanges of Romney and McCain.. It would be great if we could get a real sense of all the parties in the race instead of questions directed towards the top candidates. And we wonder why many people do not watch the debates ? It's almost impossible to judge or read candidates which do not get equal time instead of simply following the the top candidates pushed by the media, etc.

    January 30, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  17. alvin berry

    It really makes no difference on whom won the debate tonight. The Democrats will win in November anyway.

    January 30, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  18. Cliff

    Equal time is really needed. it makes CNN look biased not to give equal time to all 4.
    I really liked Mr Huckabee tonight. My vote will go to him

    January 30, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  19. Jon Cleator

    Clearly Romney is on the defensive. I must agree Huckabbe did an excellent job in honestly answering the questions. I think a MCain Huckabbe ticket would be ideal come November.

    January 30, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  20. Chris

    Romney and McCain hogged the spotlight. Big egos indeed although CNN did a lousy job of moderating.

    Huckabee and Paul gave good answers when they had the chance. I already voted for Paul and he gets my vote in the general election if he makes it that far. Otherwise, it will be the Libertarian Party's candidate or some other alternative party.

    January 30, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  21. Walkingstick

    I agree with your analysis. Huck is the best speaker, the more positive and addresses the issues not how to play politics. I vote for Mike Huckabee.

    January 30, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  22. deborah holland

    We may not know exactly which of two candidates (McCain and Romney), that CNN wants to win the nomination, but we definitely know which candidates they don't want nominated

    January 30, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  23. charlotte

    Reaganomics, yeah that's what we need. Thanks but no thanks. Were these guys trying to get Nancys endorsement? What a love fest.

    January 30, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  24. Mark

    In summary Ron Paul touched on the vital issues; Attaching the Dollar back to the Gold Standard, Allowing the "people" to create the economy. Not policeing the world, and occupying Iraq for 100 years. He seems extreme, however his views of following the Constitution is a breath of fresh air.

    January 30, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  25. Johnster

    The only good things that Huckabee says are those that he has deliberately copied from Ron Paul. Vote for the man with the record that you want – Ron Paul.

    January 30, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
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