February 28th, 2008
05:00 PM ET
10 years ago

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. Crystal in CA


    February 28, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  2. Helen

    Huckabee is right. Obama just has lot of theories and very few plans of actions. There is already so much fraud with Medicare, a government healthcare plan. National Healthcare sounds great, but I don't think we can implement it well.

    February 28, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  3. Kemic - Houston, Texas

    Governor Huckabee's candidacy has become the laughing stock of this campaign season. His finest moment was on Saturday Night Live and he shouldn't ruin it by pretending to be contending. Ooh, I like that!

    February 28, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  4. Tim - A Texan

    You're right, Huckabee! Obama is promising the world. But can he deliver? No...and I won't vote for him if he is elected, even though I'm a Democrat.

    By the way,Randy of Los Angeles. CNN has given Obama a lot of positive coverage for almost 2 months. They are finally listening to us complain about their bashing of Hillary. Obama is not god-like.

    February 28, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  5. Les

    I find everyone who is blindly anti-Obama to be ridiculous. I used to be severely against Hillary but after watching the debates, I feel like she would make a good president. Unfortunately, I still think Obama will make an EXCELLENT president. I don't think either of them will cut and run from Iraq because George W screwed us over and it would be wrong to get out without securing the region. I do think getting out of Iraq is going to require NATO and the rest of the world to help stabilize the region.

    Other than that, America really is in need for some unification and vision. I recently had a chance to travel around Europe meeting people of all different origins and the one theme that was constant was the idea that America is the world's big ugly duckling. I learned that Canadians are actually treated better in Europe because they afford a little respect to the rest of the world instead of running around messing everything up. I guess, I look forward to America actually showing a little positive leadership in the world. Leadership that will aid sustainability, prevent poverty, and unify nations. I believe that leadership will come with Barack Obama at the helm, but if Clinton happens to get the nomination, she would definitely do better than McCain.

    February 28, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  6. Nick

    Well, sure. But I hear gold is rather pricey, so if Obama doesn't pave with gold, that should cut the cost down considerably.

    February 28, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  7. Dancindukes

    Obama will use the tax dollars now being spent on a failed Iraq war to support the people who actually PAY the tax dollars. That is how he will fund the programs. Not difficult math.

    February 28, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  8. Mr.T

    I read your comment Jared and would tend to agrre with you, except for one small item you so artfully left out... The fact the the War in Iraq was started under false pretenses in the first place!

    As for Mr. Irrelevent-I-mean-Huckabee, interesting an ordained Minister doesn't practice what he preaches. I seem to remember the good rev, saying something about not knowing much about Math, but he knows about Miracles. What a hypocrite!

    February 28, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  9. pet



    hilary is no better than the republicans, tearing down a fellow democrat with her nonsense accusations. A VOTE FOR HILARY IS A VOTE FOR JOHN MCCAIN BECAUSE HE WILL BEAT HILARY, SO DONT WASTE YOUR VOTE ON HILARY.

    February 28, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  10. Husein 08


    February 28, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  11. Moe, NY

    $287 BILLION DOLLARS would, in my opinion, be well invested in America. I am sick and tired of all our money being sent out of this country while America's infrastructure and her people are hurting. Every time I turn around some other country is getting millions/billions of dollars from our government...enough is enough! It is way past time for our government to recognize the problems of America and stop sweeping these problems under the rug, pretending they do not exist.

    February 28, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  12. king from toronto

    lots of begging an apologizing when obama is president

    February 28, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  13. Martin, MN

    Hey Huckster,

    You can exit, stage right. That would be to your right, yeah.

    February 28, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  14. NO EXIT STRATEGY for BUSH, McCain and Huckabee

    The BUSH, McCain and Huckabee people know how to get us into a mess called the Iraq war but they have NO IDEA on what is called an EXIT STRATEGY.......just like your campaign Huckabee.....You guys need to know when to PULL OUT!!!

    February 28, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  15. JustinA

    Obama is handling these multi-front attacks amazingly well. Makes you wonder, he must have something good going. It's also interesting how the GOP (RNC) picked up on some of Hillary's attacks against Obama. Maybe she should protest for the obvious plagiarism.

    February 28, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  16. Khan

    What a surprise, Obama's supporters are not ready to listen his full name, it is hoped Obama will make them understand and will clear his position, because tomorrow he has to take oath with his full name being an elected president of United States of America, then it will not be an explosion for the supporters.

    February 28, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |

    so republicans want to keep spending $500,000,000,000.00 in iraq for who knows how long and obama wants to spend billions on AMERICAN children and families....where is the problem in that huckster!!!

    February 28, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  18. the truth for me

    EK February 28th, 2008 5:23 pm ET
    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!

    OMG! THAT”S hilarious! ROFLMAO!

    February 28, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  19. geoffgw

    Yeah, this is what we need; more solid Republican Math. Let's ..Cut Taxes and Explode Spending! and throw a stupid war on top at 1Trillion. What Obama is talking about is easily doable with basic math, he will just have different priorities.

    And Tim, Obama is getting great coverage on occasion because he is a great candidate running circles arround Hillary and her team. They just can't take it because they are sooooooooo...experienced!!

    February 28, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  20. Kelly Anne

    Hey, I didn't know Gomer Pile was still in this thing!

    Well, golly, good for him.

    How was that little trip to the Caymans?

    February 28, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  21. the truth for me

    MEL February 28th, 2008 5:27 pm ET

    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.

    The answer is Jesus!

    February 28, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  22. seah

    Go huck

    Another one who can see Obama is all talk, Hot air and smoke screens and sermons.

    Since Obama wants all to "help him build a kingdom here on earth"

    He must think he is God too.

    February 28, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  23. B. Smart

    Mike, I think that Ralph Nader has a campaign manager position open.

    February 28, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  24. the truth for me

    Carla in Kansas February 28th, 2008 5:38 pm ET

    Huckabee is right about about the cost of the Obama proposals. Does he (Obama) really think Americans will fall for his unrealistic rhetoric?

    America fell for "Iraq flew planes into the Twin Towers." So, Americas capacity to believe in any manner of UNREALISTIC RHETORIC!

    February 28, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  25. Puddytat

    if you want secure borders ... HUCKABEE
    if you want to close the door of the I.R.S. .....HUCKABEE
    if you want national security ...............................HUCKABEE
    if you like your gun rights ...................................HUCKABEE
    If you a secure America .......................................HUCKABEE
    if you want a veterans bii of rights ..................HUCKABEE
    if you want honesty and goodness .................. HUCKABEE
    IF YOU WANT LOYALTY .....................................HUCKABEE

    conscience still does matter ... none of the other candidates display one ... maybe OBAMA but I find it hard to believe that he is the christian that he professes to be .
    he's pro abortion
    belongs to a racist church
    his mentor is a black nationalist preacher.
    he's all shine and no shoe .

    Hillary .. well everybody knows who she is .

    If JUAN McCain had stones , he'd DEBATE HUCKABEE . JUAN McCain knows HUCKABEE WOULD MOP THE FLOOR WITH him. ...Huckabee is the ONLY sensible choice.

    Mike Reagan ,said there were no other REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES besides McCain ...

    NOW YOU KNOW HE IS A LIAR THAT CAN'T BE TRUSTED ....either that or he's having a drug problem again .

    they scraped the bottom of the barrel for McCain.

    February 28, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
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