February 28th, 2008
05:00 PM ET
6 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. jeff

    Lots of you dems are buying into Obama's hope and promise. How do you think he will fund free health care for every American? Even if he stops the war and tax the top1% of riches it still won't be able to cover free health care, college tuition, and the big government he's going to create. If it's doable wouldn't you think it would have been done during the Clinton's years? I for one wouldn't want to pay more tax than already am and that's exactly why i am voting for Huckabee.

    February 28, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  2. kevin

    mike you still are the man so keep going just think if all the news networks would help out and give you a little air time and be quite about clinton and obama also why is nobody talking about the debate mike wants with mcain before tuesday oh i forgot they are to tied up talking adout clinton obama to give you a chance it is a shame that money and news media can buy you a seat in the white house. so keep fighting mike these people laughing about mircles will wake up one day and wish they new what kind of mircle you have inside in november if not on ballot you will get some write in votes in virginia anyway with mike huckabees name on it

    February 28, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  3. Andy

    Les,
    You'll never see Canadians getting crazy about their leaders the way Americans do. Look at the Obama rallies, its like those people are under drugs. Canadians are more rational people because they are coming from all over the world so they understand global issues better. As a result, they think when they vote. And their leaders know their electorate and don't make stupid mistakes. That's why Canadians are respected everywhere in the world.

    February 28, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  4. karen

    Huckabee, who's this guy?

    February 28, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  5. the truth for me

    Jay February 28th, 2008 6:12 pm ET

    Huckabee is correct, Obama has never managed anything all these promises in orfer to get votes is ridicules. You better HOPE Obama is eleced because the only thing you'll find in your pocket is CHANGE after we get finished paying for all his monopoly programs.

    In the words of Will. I. Am. "I want Change. I want Change."

    February 28, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  6. Puddytat

    ALL you genius's for OBAMA / HILLARY Health care ... you got a glimpse of it with the STATE SANCTIONED TORTURE TO DEATH OF TERRY SCHIAVO !

    NOTHING IS FREE !!!!!!!!!

    February 28, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  7. Charlotte

    Whew, thank goodness he did mention the middle name. I like Mike, don't necessarly like his platfrom. Obama hasn't the foggest idea how to handle Iraq. His biggest deal is to keep saying he did not vote to go to Iraq. There weren't any Al Qaeda in Iraq until Bush/Cheney went there. That is beside the point now, we are there regardless of how we got there. To just keep saying Bush got us there, Bush got us there, Bush got us there. People cheer when he says that. What is his plan to get us out? I would like to hear something besides how we got there. We all know that.

    February 28, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  8. From PA

    Why is everyone complaining about Huck....his style of speaking is very very similar to Obama--–FULL OF GLITTER!!!!!!!!!

    Obama is a very good lawyer.....who knows how to circle around words!!

    Watch Obama carefully and you will see how cunning & arrogrant he is.

    February 28, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  9. Willy

    Huckabee gets it. Obama will tax you all to the poor house.

    February 28, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  10. Houstonian Democrat

    To all those OBAMA HUSSEIN SUPPORTERS
    Where do you think the money to pay for all those promises from Obama will come from???? Our wallets idiots!

    February 28, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  11. the truth for me

    pipe dream February 28th, 2008 7:58 pm ET

    You obamacats are believing in a pipe dream. Do you seriously think obama can make college tuition affordable? Protect this country from terrorists? How quickly the public is so easily swayed by obama because he can speak well. Get real people. College will cost more, taxes will go up, and we'll have terrorist camps in our own country under barack hussein obama. Open your eyes and ears people.

    There are states that pay the tuition of all students, regardless of need, as long as they have the grades. At least, OBAMA, puts a condition that they have work for it.

    February 28, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  12. Penny K

    I LOVE i mean I LOVe hearing people on here claim to be Democrats but say they will never vote for Obama. Hogwash. What you are is a bunch of Republicans who wont get the votes to keep the WHite House so you pretend to be Dems who wont support Obama. Most Democrats will support Hillary OR Obama depending on the nomination. Sure we will debate and argue now, but when push comes to shove in the general election, John McCain is going to get landslided by epic proportions. Primary voting is 2 to 1 democrat over Repubs. See the only way republicans can say anything on these blogs is to claim to be a democrat. Claim all you want, talk all you want people. Hillary or Obama will be the next president of the United States. Oh and by the way it might be news to you Repubs, Ummm I think it may be possible that Obama knows that Al Queda exists/....You word parsing Dummies.

    February 28, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  13. KVS

    I guess it's time for this clown to try to get onboard the delusional train with Bush and McCain. Bush still thinks gas costs .98 per gallon and McCain think we're fighting in Korea or Vietnam. By the way McCain, Korea or Vietnam turned out to be debacles.

    Obama ‘08

    February 28, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  14. Kurt

    We just dropped $160 billion on a worthless economic stimulus package.

    Gimme a break huckster.

    February 28, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  15. Barack Oprah

    Does anyone believe what Obama says?
    Misson impossible.

    February 28, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  16. Jared

    For a bunch of people to follow a candidate that claims "vertical politics" you guys sure aren't very uplifting. It seems to me that Obama is as fake as all his followers. They chide Huckabee for believing in miracles and being a joke, they tear down Hillary and plague people with spam about her and then Barack accuses the President of causing Al Queda to enter Iraq.

    "Vertical"... I don't think you guys know which way is up.

    February 28, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  17. MsRab

    HUCK is crying for an air time. Stop the nonsense and contrubute to the movement. OBAMA '08.

    February 28, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  18. AD

    Actually, the items on his agenda ARE priceless. That's precisely why we need to pursue them.

    Swede-right on.

    February 28, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  19. HUCKABEE 4 ME

    THE SENATOR TRENT LOTT ON HANNITY IS WRONG about Americans comming in at the end behind JUAN McCain and the B.S. TRAITOR EXPRESS.

    ALL THEY HAVE TO DO IS SEE HOW MANY GO TO A HILLARY OR OBAMA RALLY AND SEE THAT THOUSANDS ARE TURNING OUT FOR THEM .... MCCAIN CAN FIT HIS ALL IN THE B.S. TRAITOR EXPRESS. THEY ARE DESPERATELY TRYING TO PUSH THAT BUSH CLONE TO THE TOP FOR SOME MORE RICH MAN'S POLITICS .

    DON'T THEY SEE FROM THE LAST ELECTION THAT THEIR BASE IS RUNNING TO THE DEM. LIKE RATS OFF OF A SINKING SHIP ?

    February 28, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  20. Janel, St. Paul, MN

    Hey, Huckabee! I thought you were out of the race.

    But keep going. . .let McKain sweat a bit.

    Who cares what you think about Obama. He will run against you (small chance) or McCain. . .and Obama will win!!

    February 28, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  21. Randy

    Huckabee what is wrong with you? after you and your cronies (Bush and company,) spent (and is still spending) billions on the stupid, dumb and costly Iraq war? how can you possibly attack Obama on his wanting to spend 287 billion on the needs and necessities of Americans, maybe you and Bush and co. will want to relocate to Iraq after this dumb, stupid and senseless war is over? (WMD's)? HaHa!
    Americans cannot be fooled twice!

    February 28, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  22. amy o

    McCain and Huckabee are starting to go after Obama for one reason. They know that if Hillary is the nominee the Republicans will chew her up and spit her out and they can't wait. However, if Obama gets the nomination it will be much tougher for them to win the White House.

    February 28, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  23. Tim, Boston MA

    HUCK,

    DID YOU ASK JESUS WHAT HE WOULD DO ABOUT HEALTH CARE?

    WHAT WOULD JESUS DO, HUCK?

    February 28, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  24. anneroe

    Democrats are raising taxes on gasoline to pay for the health care, etc. We can drive less or get bicycles!! Tax the oil companies and they will just stick a dollar on a gallon. Politicians own stock in oil companies, Ted Kennedy and Bush. Wake up! All politicians are crocked- we're just working grunts that pay taxes. Talk is cheap.

    February 28, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  25. Edmond

    Does Huckabee know anything about the current health care cost in America at all? we are currently spending 1.3 trillion dollars on health care and still have 47 million people uninsured. first of all which aspect of healthcare is this $287 billion he's talking about covering? Regardless this is peanuts compared to total healthcare budget. I like you huckabee, by these irrelevant comments are not welcome and maybe you should worry about raising more money for your irrelevant campaign

    February 28, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
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