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. Ray

    Yeah, All that money going down the toilet for health care when it could be used for the important stuff like buying armaments , fighting wars, filling the coffers of big oil and cutting taxes for the rich.There won't be anything left for faith-based giveaways.

    February 28, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  2. andrew jones

    miracle spin!...I hope God is listening because these lies your are spewing about Obama can't be a miracle God will sanction!

    Bug off Huckabee and go get a real job!!!!

    February 28, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  3. JOHN


    February 28, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  4. 2008

    That's right Huckabee give it to him!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 28, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  5. bruce

    Give it a rest, you've and the RNC already. You won't get the VP job. You can't even past Mitt Romney. Keep Obama's name out of your mouth, sore loser.

    February 28, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  6. Baffled

    “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 ~~~~~

    That's exactly the problem with (repub) politics, most repeatedly put education on the back burner, to fund more important things. What's more important than education? How many problems exist that having an educated populace would not pretty much resolve?

    February 28, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  7. Erica

    GO HUKABEE! WOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!

    February 28, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  8. Tom

    Huckabee...how can you lose with a name like that?! It's time for a change from what the Grand Ole Party has gotten this country into over the past eight years. He should be praying that God puts the best candidate into office instead of "slinging mud"!!!

    February 28, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  9. Randy, Los Angeles CA

    CNN has reverted to its partial news broadcast. CNN is constantly sending subliminal messages that favor Clinton but put Obama in a bad light. CNN has shown itself as not trustworthy and very commercial. If you work for CNN, you ought to either have a seared conscience or are just simply jaded!

    February 28, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  10. Tom

    Obama has his priorities straight. Once he gets elected he'll cut and run on Iraq. The free health care is going to be really handy when he reneges on the Patriot Act and Al-Qaeda follows us home.

    February 28, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  11. tom

    Beware the obama haters who call themselves democrats and Clinton admirers. They are not Democrats and they are not Clinton supporters. They are vehement right wing haters and Rush limbaugh advocates

    February 28, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  12. Laura

    Very smart of the Republicans to come on the attack with Obama. If Hillary should somehow win the nomination, she doesn't stand a chance against McCain, hence....the ploy would be successful and the White House would stay withe Republicans

    February 28, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  13. Voting March 4th/Texas

    John McCain supports handing our sovereignty off to the International Criminal Court and the Law of the Sea Treaty; Mike Huckabee doesn't.

    Mike Huckabee has a consistent record of supporting the second Amendment; John McCain doesn't.

    John McCain supports using your tax dollars to destroy human embryos; Mike Huckabee doesn't.

    Those concerned with securing the borders may not believe Huckabee on the issue because of some proposals he made while Governor of Arkansas, however, Governor Huckabee has made ironclad commitments by signing pledges by Numbers USA and Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) to not have amnesty. I trust Duncan Hunter and Jim Gilchrist on the border, and they trust Huckabee. Meanwhile, John McCain has not pledged to oppose amnesty and he has convinced no major figure on border security that he is serious about protecting our nation's borders.

    Finally, while Huckabee has had his differences with many conservatives, he's not made his career antagonizing every part of the Conservative base.

    At this point in the race, John McCain is taking the tact of Bob Dole. Dole, in the waning days of the 1996 campaign after he won South Carolina, quit debating because he knew that appearing in a debate beside other candidates could only hurt him. It's a sign of weakness and an inability to defend your ideas. If McCain is afraid to take on Mike Huckabee, what's Barack Obama going to do to him in the fall?

    I'm under no allusions that Huckabee has a great shot of winning. The odds are against him.

    However, I remember him being in single digits and facing the end of his campaign in August when he finished second in the Iowa strawpoll. I remember us being told the Huckaboom went bust in late December, and then he won the Iowa caucuses. I remember reading his political obituary after the Florida primary and within eleven days, voters in eight states gave him victories. Governor Huckabee has the type of character and determination to beat the odds that I refuse to underestimate him.

    February 28, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  14. Jer Ber

    I think the sound bite is ,"Huckabee has left the building", and headed for the Hills of Arkansas for a high mountian where he can preach to all those folks thought he was presidential material !!!!!!!!!!
    Bye Huck !!!!!!

    February 28, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  15. BM

    Shame on CNN for setting up Mike Huckabee to be bashed....

    There are a lot more positive things that can be talked about Huckabee. How about giving the man a chance to debate McCain.?

    February 28, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  16. SAM - CommonSense

    I think Huckabee just wants some attention too... All the republicans are ganging up on Obama because they desparately want Hillary to win... The voters are smarter thatn your dirty tricks Karl Rove Republicans! We Want Change! PERIOD!

    February 28, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  17. AJ, IL

    You can tell when you are the front-runner not only in the primary process but in the future general election when you are getting attacked by both Democrats and Republicans. Hillary and Bill are still attacking Obama. McCain is in his second day of attacking Obama. And now Huckabee is starting to attack Obama. Guess who is now attacking Obama, Pres. GW Bush. This is just hilarious.

    Go Obama! Obama in '08!

    February 28, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  18. Maria, NYC

    I laugh everytime I see Mike Huckabee on bad he's losing in the polls..... man... that's funny...

    February 28, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  19. anita

    Huckabee went too far to the Christain right and failed to enlist the support of the fair tax architects.
    He truly had the only sincere idea of returning wealth to the people's control. If you never fully read both fair tax books by John Linder, then may be you should exercise your mind at your local library.

    February 28, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  20. Summer

    Ah, yes, Obama from the "little town called Hope". Oh, no wait. That was the Clinton campaign in 1992. That turned out well, didn't it?

    February 28, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  21. Les

    What Huckabee isn't telling the American people is what time interval he is using? What is it Huck? 1 year, 4 years, 10 years? Oh, I guess you would be supporting Obama is he wanted to re-write the Constitution for the United States of American in "God's language." You are a ridiculous man.

    February 28, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  22. pipe dream

    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.

    February 28, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  23. swede_mariner

    Everything costs money. That's a given. So, I'd rather spend $287B on universal health care and college tuition for citizens of the United States than to continue spending billions fighting a war against an enemy that has no viable way of crossing the Atlantic Ocean and legitimately threatening "national security".

    I really wish more people could realize the truth in your statement, LJ.

    February 28, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  24. austin

    Huckabee is spot on.

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

    If Huckabee attacks any candidate, it only shoots up the candidate high. Don't you think so? Lol.

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