April 25th, 2008
03:30 PM ET
10 years ago

Huckabee: 'Presumptuous' to assume Obama agrees with Wright

 Huckabee and McCain spoke with reporters Friday on the Straight Talk Express.

Huckabee and McCain spoke with reporters Friday on the Straight Talk Express.

(CNN) – Mike Huckabee, a former contender for the Republican Party’s presidential nomination, said it would be “a little bit presumptuous to ever assume” that a congregant agrees with everything a pastor says.

“Influential? Sure. Necessarily transferable? Usually not,” Huckabee told a reporter while speaking with the press aboard Sen. John McCain’s campaign bus, the Straight Talk Express.

Huckabee, who was a Baptist pastor before eventually becoming Arkansas’s governor, is campaigning with McCain in Little Rock Friday. The former rivals maintained a cordial relationship before Huckabee ended his presidential bid leaving McCain as the GOP’s presumptive nominee.

Related: Huckabee and McCain do the rounds

Filed under: Jeremiah Wright • John McCain • Mike Huckabee
soundoff (101 Responses)
  1. Pam

    Wow, a voice of reason. Imagine that.

    April 25, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  2. James

    Huckabee is also a pastor so he know what he is talking about.

    April 25, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  3. Peter

    I don`t agree much with Mike Huckabee but i think he means well and is a decent person.

    April 25, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  4. judy

    I love Huck. I hope McCain picks him as his vice president.

    April 25, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  5. dave

    interesting comment from Huckabee, since i believe he is a former pastor.... in my church (Catholic) several parish priests over the years have made a number of comments which I did not agree with,, and i often told them so,, altho in the mentality or culture of the Catholic church, for a parish member to have the gall to tell the priest what is on their mind, and their opinion, is seen probably as being pushy and presumptuous,,, but what the hell, the lst Amendment even applies in the churches of America, ,, but is still interesting to hear the Huckabee take on this whole issue.....

    April 25, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  6. Mark VA

    Huckabee, I mean dummy, way to help your party out.

    April 25, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  7. Cammi317

    Molly said "He must AGREE with most of what Rev Wright teaches – or – he would of left."

    Exactly, most does not = all. Admit it, you just can't stand the idea of a black man being president.

    April 25, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  8. MD

    If Huckabee had won the Republican nomination, I would have voted for him. Alas, the Democratic Party has gotten into the habit of advancing trash as its leader in the last 20 years.

    The best McCain can do now is to choose Huckabee as his VP. If elected, then McCane should do evereyone a favor, and die, so Huckabee can be the President.

    April 25, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  9. Cami Shands

    I hate Obama!!!

    April 25, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  10. Independent

    Wow – Huckabee is more honorable and wiling to stick with "Straight Talk" than McCain.

    April 25, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  11. Tammy - KCMO

    "Susan MO April 25th, 2008 3:58 pm ET

    He must have agreed with him quite a bit………

    He rudely insulted the people of Pennsylvania."

    You need to GET OVER IT!!! The majority didn't think he insulted anyone and if you take it that way, and from the comments I've watched you post – you are looking for any and all reasons not to like the man. I'm a white female and even I'm sick of your remarks about him. Why don't you read up on the guy and give us a VALID reason not to vote for him. So far all I've read is BS.

    April 25, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  12. Michael

    Do you people really think all wright did for twenty years was preach what was heard on those tapes? Honestly, how gullible are you? Clinton's own pastor praised wright several times. The Clinton's invited Wright to the White House. And just to set the record straight, being angry for how your race has been treated is not the same as a white person being racist because they don't like the color of some ones skin.

    April 25, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  13. trellskig

    First of all, Huckabees has never been to a "black" church and will never understand what goes on in a "black" church (as most of the peole on these blogs have never visited a "black" church).

    Secondly, Huckabee thinks this way because he is a republican and wants McCane in the WH.

    Finally, you can go to a church but not agree with everything your pastor says. Even the people on youtube get that aspect...lol Please lets have common sense people!

    April 25, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  14. dave

    altho, yes, the Obama/wright relation is a bit more than just
    pastor/congregation member, and more in the line of mentor/student as several postings have noted..... far more inter-action and collaboration between obama and wright than one finds in the case of the person who just goes to church or synogogue and that is the extent of their relations – including very close friendship- – with the pastor, priest or rabbi

    April 25, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  15. Sophie


    April 25, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  16. HH

    Thank You Mike for standing up, instead of smashing one down. I wish you were still in the race.

    April 25, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  17. CW in DC


    That was the sound of my jaw hitting the floor.

    Bet nobody saw this one coming!

    April 25, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  18. Nanc, MN

    I think influence is exactly what we are worried about. 20 years of influence amounts to a lot. Or maybe Obama just chose the church that would be most important in his expidited plan to be president?

    April 25, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  19. Another thinking voter

    Huckabee is a likable guy. Too bad his politics are so warped. How does that happen?

    April 25, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  20. obama lover

    good for you mike
    i am proud to have had you for governor of arkansas. i live in marmaduke ar and 2 years ago we almost got wiped off the face of the earth by a horrible tornado and gov. we needed you instead of beebe
    god bless you
    obama supporter in ar

    April 25, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  21. Checking out...

    CNN, post my comment and don't be partial against me!

    To: Cami Shands

    I can't believe anyone who is not a lunatic would make that statement! Even a lunatic wouldn't come close! You must be the biggest idiotic lunatic racist out on this CNN site and it is time you should be told to keep your animalistic opinions to yourself which is not acceptable among sane humans.

    In one breath, I agree with Huckabee and will give Obama a chance! He is a good man and should be judged by what he says and stands for and not what some other person has done!

    April 25, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  22. ADJOA

    You are truely A man God. God bless you for your honesty. You did not allow political colours to blind you. We are all Gods people.

    April 25, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  23. Olivia

    The more I think about it the more I'm convinced that this disagreement is contrived to help obama shed the Wright controversy. Maybe they now realize this thing is not going to go away by itself.
    But.......they didn't disagree for 20 years and they are not disagreeing now.
    Don't be fooled people. Many wondered why Wright was coming out now. Makes perfect sense to me.

    Go Hillary!

    April 25, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  24. ok

    You can hate Obama but he will be the next president. So go lick your biased wound.

    April 25, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  25. Bitter and voting for Obama

    You hate Obama, how said. But God loves you and so does Obama.
    God will forgive you for harboring such hatred in your heart. But guess what, Obama will be your next president. so get used to it, you big loser, hater

    April 25, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
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