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. grant

    287 billion spent here in America is alot better the the estimated trillion dollars spent bombing the country that wasn't responsible for 9/11. Huckabee doesn't think "now that's alot of money"?????

    February 28, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  2. Lisa Lynn Obamacan

    This guy is irrelevant!

    OBAMA '08

    February 28, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  3. California Independent

    He forgot to mention that if Obama is elected, everyone gets a pony. I'm going to name my pony 'cupcake.'

    February 28, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  4. Toyin, Marietta, GA

    Is he still in the race?

    February 28, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  5. Enrique

    You're losing Mike Huckabee. You couldn't sell the voters on your ideas. I'd say you don't have much credibility.

    February 28, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  6. Irene in the heart of Texas

    Cost of U.S. War and Occupation of Iraq

    $497,992,761,374

    February 28, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  7. Vince

    Stay out of it Huckabee, you know that you have no chance of winning the republican nomination, so whatever your plan be it VP or what just stick to that....you're out of your leage. Stay on the sideline and wait on your miracle.

    February 28, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  8. Mike From FLA

    IS HE REALLY IN ANY POSITION TO SPEAK? AT LEAST IT WOULD BE ON SOMETHING AMERICA CARED ABOUT INSTEAD OF PUTTING MORE OF OUR MILITARY IN A COUNTRY THAT IS GOING TO TURN ON US AS SOON AS WE PROVIDE THEM WITH THE WEAPONS ABLE TO DEFEND THEMSELVES, AND AS SOON AS WE HELP THEM FIGHT THEIR OWN CIVIL WAR..... SOUND FIMILIAR?

    February 28, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  9. D. Williams; Miami, FL

    I really like Huckabee. He seems to be a man of integrity but unfortunately I don't think America is still listening to him.

    February 28, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  10. Dave C - N.J.

    Well good point. But how much is Iraq costing?

    I rather spend the money in the US and scale down over there.

    February 28, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  11. TheLeftNut

    America is one big credit card, Huck.

    And soon, we're going to have to pay the bill. Thanks to the BUSH/CHENEY/ROVE administration.

    February 28, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  12. Ben from D.C.

    What is this, Bash Obama day?

    Clinton would spend more money either way.

    February 28, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  13. anne

    Mike is the only one that can beat Obama. Besides, with the FEC thing blowing up in Mac's face. Mac might not be able to campaign till September. Therefore, Obama can campaign with all his funds, and Mac can't since he went over the public financing limit that he has. That would be bad. Better to have Mike since he never agreed to public financing and has no fundraising limit.

    February 28, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  14. Carla in Kansas

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

    February 28, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  15. Jabari

    You know what, he's right. Instead of spending money keeping our citizens healthy and educated, let's spend it all on killing foreigners.

    Why do people vote for Republicans?

    February 28, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  16. CClaudia

    Funny and he is right.

    February 28, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  17. Wilhemina

    The US government spent over 4 billion last year to pay for our aging in Nursing Homes, we all know the care is greatly lacking, and corruption is a foot with the billing, but America paid. Why not educate our children so that we will recieve better care for less, why not pay for prevention, instead of treating illnesses that could of been avoided with outreach, Why not, because it would bankrupt the special interest groups who have paved their streets with gold.

    February 28, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  18. John in CA

    Obama's train is about to come to a dead halt due to insufficient funding. Even if he raised so many million dollars for campaign, it's not going to counter all the spending he's proposing. That's what us Clinton supporters mean when we say his policy lack substance. It' not that Obama doesn't have any policies, it's just that his policies don't work in real life...

    February 28, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  19. Lu

    Huckabee is truly delusional, he needs to drop out and stop mocking someone who actually has a real chance at being president.

    February 28, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  20. Marie

    Prides himself in "running a positive campaign" and tooting his "Holier than thou" image?????? Uhmmmm.....welcome to the real Huckabee!

    February 28, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  21. Jacob S

    Funny how Huckabee leaves out the Republican strategy of late: Cut taxes across the board while keeping spending the same or raising it.

    Huckabee seems to want to talk about Obama's apparent fairy tale utopian vision, maybe he and other Republicans should start looking at their own "cut taxes, raise spending and America does great" fairy tale first.

    February 28, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  22. stepan

    blah blah blahhh

    February 28, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  23. Farrin Ballanst

    Apparently Huckabee thinks that commenting on Obama will make him appear relevant. I'm glad that he hasn't given up his delusions that people will still remember his name six months from now. Maybe some miracle more spectacular than creation itself will make him the nominee. Then he can debate Obama about whether evolution, heliocentricity and photosynthesis are just illusions put out there by God to test the faithful.

    February 28, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  24. Scientific

    Good to know there are people who'd rather run for President of our country by trying to be a comedian. Huck, you were better on SNL.

    February 28, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  25. John in CA

    Obama's train is about to come to a dead halt due to insufficient funding. Even if he raised so many million dollars for campaign, it's not going to counter all the spending he's proposing. That's what us Clinton supporters mean when we say his policy lack substance. It's not that Obama doesn't have any policies, it's just that his policies is not feasible in real life. Time to wake up Democrats...

    February 28, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
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