February 28th, 2008
05:00 PM ET
7 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. Russell Sails

    Needless war in Iraq: $3 Trillion and counting
    Diplomacy: Priceless

    February 28, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  2. Tyger Hood

    One thing i cant stand is a sore loser, Who keeps talking crap, after he's lost. Instead of talking about obama. He should be talking about conceding. I prefer streets of Gold over Honey anyday huckaBEE and by the way honey is a laxative just like the words u speak. Just try to be a man and step down. El mirage Arizona

    February 28, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  3. Thomas

    Wow this is bad for Obama, Huckabee has nothing to gain from attacking Obama NOTHING... but he is as worried as a lot of Americans are that Obama is all talk and will hurt this country.

    Anyone BUT Obama 08'

    February 28, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  4. Farrin Ballanst

    Apparently Huckleberry thinks that commenting on Obama makes him seem relevant. Only by some miracle rivaling creation itself will anyone even remember his name six months from now. Then he can debate Obama whether evolution, heliocentricity and photosynthesis are just illusions put out there by Gawd to test the faithful.

    February 28, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  5. Grif

    To me, the US will be intimately involved in Iraq, for at least the next ten years.
    Therefore, other elections; will have to decide further involment.

    February 28, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  6. D.Kimbro OHIO

    OH really!!!! Sorry Gov. Huckabee it takes atleast 300 delagates to get into this game. The sad part of this is he is a great candidate too bad he won't be around in the future.

    February 28, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  7. Ken, Suitland MD

    Oh yeh, Mike you're a real hoot. Just think, we actually COULD "provide everybody with health care and college tuition and pave the streets with gold", all for the price of only one year in IRAQ. Keep talking "cost" buddy - its a losing proposition for you [R]s.

    You knuckleheads who support this huckleberry, as well as the current huckleberry-in-charge, should have surgery to explore how life is created from inanimate matter (i.e. your brain).

    February 28, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  8. john

    It seems as if all the republicans are attacking Obama, even the president... maybe they know he would be hard to beat in the general election.

    February 28, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  9. Tony

    Since Mike Huckabee is so concerned about what Obama's platform will cost, what will his platform cost, and isn't he also promising milk and honey in his campaign promises. why is he not as critical of what the Iraq war costs the American people in the way of dollars and lives, with no end in site. I only hope the American people will see through all the non-sense rhetoric, and vote with their minds and not there emotions.

    February 28, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  10. Dekonti

    Given your $200 billion price tag on Obama's ideas, it should be easy to pay for since we're already spending that much in Iraq.

    Huckabee, I think you should head back to Arkansas to eat some fried
    squirrel.

    February 28, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  11. Christine

    Way to go Huckabee – someone needs to call Obama on his generous giving away of our tax dollars!

    February 28, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  12. Nathan

    How much does Huckabee think that the Bush administration has cost us from being in the Middle East? Anyone have a number on how many billions we spend on defense every year?

    February 28, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  13. Michael

    Huckabee, why are you still even in the race? You have no chance of winning the nomination. You need to take jabs at your weak campaign team because obviously they did a crappy job if your not even close to McCain in delegates. Can we all say, landslide.

    February 28, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  14. ProudVet

    To have a Middle East without exploding, fisrt and foremost Israel has to be kept tamed and within its borders, that pretext of right to self defense is being abused of every day and the killings go on, mercilesly.
    Unfortunately, no politician in Washington would dare do that.

    It´s the lobby, stupid!

    February 28, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  15. Linda Montgomery

    Think what all we could do here in America if we had all the money that we have spent on the war and will continue to spend to support veterans. I would rather spend my tax dollars on positive things than a war that goes on and on and sends Americans home injured or in a coffin.

    February 28, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  16. T

    THAT's a lot of money?

    Let's hear this clown's opinion about the cost of the Iraq war.

    At least Obama's ideas would get people health care and education.

    February 28, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  17. Bob

    “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.

    It would cost us about a billion dollars a year less than not walking away, Mr. Huckabee.

    Wait, when you say "us," do you mean the American people, or the war profiteers making a fortune from the occupation? Maybe I misunderstood.

    February 28, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  18. Tony Howard

    $287 billion dollars compared to the cost of lives and money to fight George Bush's war in Iraq; RIDICULOUSLY CHEAP. The "OPPORTUNITY" of an affordable college education for my child PRICELESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 28, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  19. MH

    He is a loser that needs to get out of the race NOW
    GO OBAMA 2008 PRESIDENT!!!!

    February 28, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  20. Bill, Streamwood, IL

    Heck, just stop flushing billions of dollars down the toilet called Iraq, we can have our health care and still have a surplus left over to whittle down Bush's huge deficit.

    Sounds like a win-win to me.

    February 28, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  21. JohnQPublic

    The ARG poll for Republicans in Texas shows a much narrower margin. McCain 46% – Huckabee 42%.

    CNN did cite the ARG poll for Democrats in another Ticker story.

    February 28, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  22. Impartial Jury

    Even the laughingstock of this year's election Mike "Don't know when to say when" Huckabee is taking shots at Obama. He has all of these puppets running scared and shooting their mouths off as they use a scorched earth policy of politics. The message of change is being heard around the country, Republican and Clintonian governance is over and its time for a new paradigm.

    Obama '08

    February 28, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  23. Vince

    Obama's taking hits from all sides.... he MUST be doing something right!

    February 28, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  24. bruce

    Rev. Loser! Stay out of it. Go back to Arkansas and deal with all the illegal immigrants working at WalMarx.

    February 28, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  25. Bill Jay

    Go huk.

    February 28, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
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