January 30th, 2008
10:00 PM ET
10 years ago

Schneider: The night's big winner: Huckabee

Huckabee, I think, stood out in this debate as the one who made sense, talked as ordinary people do, and rose above politics. They may have scored. He connected. And that’s a problem for Romney, who would like to become the alternative to John McCain among conservatives who oppose the Arizona senator. But he has very tough competition from Huckabee, who’s forcing people to re-think his run at a time when he was supposed to be out of the game.

But this has always been the way he’s worked: Romney uses money to stay competitive. Huckabee has debates.

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- CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider

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soundoff (162 Responses)
  1. lLD

    I just do not trust Romney. Maybe, because I live in the heart of Mormon country and know they consistently lie about their religion. If a man lies about his religion then he will lie about anything. In the LDS religion did you know that women can not go to "heaven" or their husbands planets unless they are "called" there? Did you know they don't believe in the Trinity? They will stand there and say they believe that Jesus is the son of God, yet they deny the cross. Again I say a man that lies about his religion will lie about anything.

    January 30, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  2. David, Largo, FL

    Did you notice Swartzenegger nodding often after Huckabee was speaking? One time, he leaned to Nancy Reagan and seemed to be saying something very positive about Gov. Huckabee

    January 30, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  3. Mark B

    Look at his record in Ark and ask why they kept re-electing him as Governor. Like mentioned tonight and agreed with Mitt on that being a Governor is a mini version of running Washington. Keep in mind too that he has the most experience in this field!
    Go Mike!

    January 30, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  4. Kari

    ABSOLUTELY he walks the walk!!

    January 30, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  5. not your business

    WOW, no mention of Ron Paul at all? Just like the "time" given him in the debate by CNN, it is as if he was not even there. Amazingly the few comments he was allowed were precise accurate, and not just empty words like mccain, romney, and huckabee, who are real masters at sucking up to whoever they have to in order to have the proper appearance to their audience.

    Talk about blinded by the light, wake up America!

    January 30, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  6. Megan

    I agree that Huckabee won. He was very well spoken in a way that is understandable. I was tired of the Romney/McCain battle, though I felt that Romney did a slightly better job of answering questions. I felt terrible for Ron Paul as he had a lot of interesting things to say and no one seems to want to bother with him. Frankly, to have a fair debate, each candidate should have an opportunity to answer the question.

    I came out of this debate liking Huckabee a lot more and McCain a lot less. I never really liked Romney anyway.

    January 30, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  7. sam

    I dont like Mccain bc he is not true on Romney, I like Romney! go MITT go!!!

    January 30, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  8. Ben

    Anybody who saw the debate tonight and doesn't vote for Huckabee is an absolute fool.

    January 30, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  9. Darby Green

    This was the most biased debate so far. AC is an idiot with idiotic questions, as were the other "commentators." It is so obvious that the media is scared to death to let Ron Paul speak. Mitt McCain and the mainstream media are going to continue Bush's course of taking this country straight to hell.

    January 30, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  10. barbara reid

    I completely agree that Huckabee presented himself in a very poised manner, addresssing the questions-as he was allowed by the CNN moderator- in a straight forward intelligent adult manner. It gives hope to the average hard working American to continue to think that their vote might really count.

    January 30, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  11. sweetjanenc

    HUCKABEE ............YOU HAVE MY VOTE!!!

    January 30, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  12. Helen Kalinowski

    I was very impressed with Governor Huckabee's performance. He made a lot of sense.

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


    January 30, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  14. linda

    I agree with you - Huckabee is very presidential. He should really be the nominee for the Republicans.

    His thoughts, ideas really inspire me. He did not have extra opportunity to give comments on other issues because more time was concentrated on McCain and Romney. What Anderson should have done was to make sure that each candidate gets fair share to express his views on every questions regardless if that particular question was addressed to McCain or Romney.

    Huckabee is the winner.

    January 30, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  15. scott

    Are you serious? Muckabee won? Bill says Ron Paul's following is intense but not broad...ask that plumb round boy who has more signs? Who gets the money? Ron Paul is everywhere Schneider you media toolboy....FASCISTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 30, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  16. Amado Manalo

    Ron Paul did excellent on all questions he was asked when it wasn't the Romney and Mccain bicckerfest. It's a shame there was so much time inequity for him and Huckabee who actually had interesting viewpoints.

    January 30, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  17. Tommy Bryde

    After scanning all of the post from the debate I am surprised there is no mention of Ron Paul. I am not a fan of Paul, but tonight I thought he scored point after point against the foot solider and Romney. When Paul was talking about the need for a debate on actually foreign policy not ticky tacky crap I think everyone watching at home was nodding there head. More than Huckabee, Ron Paul was the surprising voice of reason.

    January 30, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  18. Melanie Brethauer


    January 30, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  19. Melanie Brethauer

    CNN – Where is your coverage of Ron Paul?

    January 30, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  20. Ryan W

    Was Ron Paul part of the debates?

    I'd never guess it from your "coverage".

    January 30, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  21. Jason Hubsch

    Yes! Now if only he had been given more time to speak. He speaks so well, has such conviction in his positions, and is really the best leader for this country. These debates really highlight this in him, and it's his best shot, as the media tends to focus on McCain way too more than other candidates.

    January 30, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  22. Larry, Hazleton, pa

    I think they try to wear the Reagan coat a little to much – maybe they should try on some other sizes. After all didn't Mr Reagan sell Stinger Missles to the Iranians? Those same missles were then used againist our friends. The money from this sale was used to support the contras in south america – maybe a different coat would fit a little better.

    January 30, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  23. Lynn McMasters

    Mr. Schneider: I applaud your objectivity and fairness in admitting Huckabee won tonight, even with far less time given to him than McCain and Romney.

    January 30, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  24. Bonney

    Huckabee does what he does well, and that is talk as a "political minister"….he can say what he wants the people want to hear in a way they like to hear it. He can talk the talk, but he can't WALK THE WALK.

    January 30, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  25. Luis

    The biggest winner tonight was America, because they got to see the difference between a real patriot, Ron Paul, and the rest of the pack, who only babled and fought like girly men. America got another oportunity to learn why the economy and the government are broken and how to fix it.

    January 30, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
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