February 28th, 2008
05:00 PM ET
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Huckabee takes a swipe at Obama

 Huckabee went after Obama Thursday.
Huckabee went after Obama Thursday.

TEXARKANA, Texas (CNN) - Republican Mike Huckabee prides himself on running a positive campaign and has stayed quiet while rival John McCain has recently targeted Democrat Barack Obama.

But on Thursday, the former Arkansas governor went after the Illinois senator for ideas he says would cost Americans $287 billion.

“I hear Barack Obama say that he's going to provide everybody with health care and college tuition and pave the streets with gold,” Huckabee said to laughter from the crowd, “the proposals he's put on the table so far, already are going to cost about $287 billion dollars, so far. Now that's a lot of money.”

“What we don't know how to figure out is how much will it cost us when we walk away and leave Iraq in a mess and the Middle East blows up, how much will that cost?” added Huckabee.

After spending just one day campaigning in Ohio and Rhode Island each, Huckabee began a swing through Texas on Thursday that will end with the state’s Tuesday primary. Of the states holding their primaries on March 4, Huckabee is doing the best in Texas, though a CNN/Opinion Research poll has him trailing McCain by 25 percentage points.

In true Huckabee fashion, he laced his last jab at Obama with humor. “If we were doing the Mastercard commercial we'd simply say we know what some of the costs are. Some of the items on his agenda? Priceless.”

– CNN Political Producer Alexander Marquardt

soundoff (279 Responses)
  1. Bradley Schaubs, Greeley, CO

    Keep laughing, Huckabee. You won't be when McCain wins the nomination, and your persistent smirk will be smacked off your head when Obama wins the general elections!

    February 28, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  2. Tre

    Hucka- who? Who is this guy? Is he running for office anywhere in the United States?

    February 28, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  3. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Huckabee couldn't figure out his own campaign finance needs, so now he's an economics genius on world affairs. What a joker.

    February 28, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  4. David

    Funny..coming from someone relying on a"miracles" and not arithmetic. Welcome to reality, Huckabee.

    February 28, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  5. Shawn, Charlotte, NC

    Every tme I hear a self titled republican talking about fiscal responsibility and tax cuts, I cringe because we have a republican in the white house. We fund a senseless war with multi billions, however, when it comes to taking care of Americans at home money seems to be the stumbling block. This relates to health care public school funding, affordable college education, border safety etc. Our ideaology outweighs the needs of the people. HMMMMMMMMM

    February 28, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  6. rocket science - chicago, illinois

    in this article huckabee says, "the proposals he's put on the table so far, already are going to cost about $287 billion dollars, so far. Now that's a lot of money.”

    all i can say is, we could fund his proposals 3 times over with the money we've wasted on the boondoggle that is the iraq war...

    February 28, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  7. EK

    That is completely false. Obama never promised to pave the streets with gold. he only claimed that there would be the POTENTIAL for doing so. Huckabee needs to stop putting words in his mouth.

    Obama '08!

    February 28, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  8. mike

    If I was mr. huckabee I would not make to many statementes of any kind he has stayed in the race way past his time to get out and is still losing to people that got out of the race long ago. so the way i see it if you can not get more deligates than someone not in the race like mitt romney than your opinions are not taken to seriously.

    February 28, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  9. Lloyd Hansen

    It's about time someone called him on his proposed expenditures. Obama's "be everything to everyone" mentality has a price and according to Huck, it's a big price. Obama's waffling on what to do in Iraq are going to cost him his liberals, independants or both. Hopefully both. Without liberals and independants he doesn't stand a chance against McCain who is solidifying the Republican party and has always been popular with independents and middle of the road Democrats.

    February 28, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  10. DrFill

    "Mike, your my hero!" said Ralph Nader.
    DrFill

    February 28, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  11. bornwell

    for someone who believes in miracles your statement is pretty amazing

    February 28, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  12. Cherish

    I know that Mike Huckabee's ENTIRE campaign is a joke, so I think it's a true sign of trouble when the jokes stop being funny.

    February 28, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  13. Tou, Minnesota

    Well Huckabee, you and your Republican cohorts are the ones spending our good tax dollars as though you won the Powerball. Look to Bush, McCain, and Huckabee. They're part of the reasons why the economy is such a mess and why we have borrowed more money than we ever needed from other countries because of the failed policies in Iraq. I'd rather be paying $287 billion dollars to our infrastructure then to fund a senseless war abroad. The Republican Party is such a joke that Huckabee has turned his campaign into a comedy tour. Amusing.

    February 28, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  14. Ron

    Mike Huckabee is sooooo cool.He might not make it as president.But you sure got to love the guy

    February 28, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  15. Mel

    To Hucakabee: what is your proposal for health care for those who can't afford it, and for students who can't afford college?

    It is easy to criticize, but difficult to come up with solutions. I guess, these areas are too difficult for you to address sensibly.

    February 28, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  16. shaun

    Did I just hear something? Oh... it's the delusional loser who won't accept his position. You know what mike, how about me an you debate about what you just said...oh...you don't have enough money.

    February 28, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  17. Gary

    America will wake up someday.

    February 28, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  18. MRPLAAY

    WOW HUCKABEE TAKING JABS AT SOMEBODY AND MAKING SMART COMMENTS MR HUCKABEE U DO REALIZE THAT YOU ONLY HAVE 2 DELEGATES BUT KEEP HOPE ALIVE

    February 28, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  19. Eli

    I wonder why Republicans are taking jabs at Obama is it to gets his cult LIKE (notice I said LIKE, so dont get to upset) or other Democrats to jump on the OBAMA WAGON and give him the nominations because they know McCain can beat him. Republicans dont realize it but they may REAP WHAT THEY SOW because McCain could have another scandel or become ill and then we will be stuck with Obama. PEOPLE we need to wake up and not let this happen.
    HILLARY08

    February 28, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  20. Micks

    Wait, isn't this the same Gomer Pyle lookalike that still hasn't dropped out of the race, even though it's mathmatically impossible for him to garner enough delegates at this point? Well goooolleeee, he's hoping for a miracle to make him the nominee. Seems like he shouldn't be allowed to comment on issues involving numbers and counting.

    February 28, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  21. HH

    Obama is getting it from all directions: Clinton, McCain, Huckabee, and Bush.

    Change is coming to America in Obama

    February 28, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  22. Murf

    Huckawho? Huckabee is just hoping that Obama will respond to him so that he can somehow get back into the public eye. Mike Huckabee is completely irrelevant to the political process.

    February 28, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  23. Ardnuas

    This man will do anything to get attention...... it is very sad !!!!
    Obama/Edwards08 Si Se Puede

    February 28, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  24. K from TX

    Is he even relevant at this point?

    February 28, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  25. LC

    NON-ISSUE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 28, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
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