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.

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

    Not the first time Huckabee has said this. He gave interviews right when the "story" broke and defended Wright, though not the comments.

    April 25, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  2. Venus

    Yeah Huckabee – you are right – but guess what loser?

    Even with the Rev. Wright issue seems like Obama is still in the race!

    It's not going to stop us! What do you expect from a guy who spent millions of dollars on a 1-legged campain only to lose against Mc Cain!

    April 25, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  3. Umpire

    It's interesting to read the attacks on Huckabee, like McCain a basically decent guy, but I wouldn't vote for either of them, Pres/VP, because the religious right will control nominations to the US Supreme Court if McCain wins. What is most discouraging is to see both of the Clintons losing whatever grasp of truth and common decency they ever had. It's a sad day.

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

    it looks like huckabee is the only one running a respectable campaign john recklessly dishonest mccain and hillary rove clinton!

    April 25, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  5. EC

    GOD BLESS YOU Mr. Huckabee. I wish this man was a Democrat. I like him even if he is a Republican.

    This goes to show that just because we are on different sides does NOT mean we have to LIE and CHEAT when it comes to telling the truth.

    This is something Sen. Clinton could learn on HOW to run a respectable campaign and financially viable campaign.

    April 25, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  6. MD

    Hillary Clinton and her supporters have an IQ of an ant. They just don't get it that the people of America are tired of her "OLD WASHINGTON" style of political bickering.

    Regardless of what Huckabee says (and it is nice to see he has integrity), let's note that not even in ONE state did the educated back Hillary more than Obama. Doesn't that say it all?

    April 25, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  7. Tired of W, OH

    Wow. I think this is the first time I've ever agreed with Huckabee on something. I wonder what Chuck Norris thinks about this...

    April 25, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  8. Elizabeth M

    It isn't the fact that he agreed with what Rev. Wright said, its the fact that he stayed there for years listening to it. He is running on good judgment, how was that good judgment to sit there, listen and then say he didn't agree? Why didn't he leave? Give me a break. But, as usual I am sure Obama will try to figure a way to blame Hillary for it. Huckabee forget it. And, Florida for Obama, he is the reason your votes doesn't count. He wouldn't allow you to have a revote, or to have your votes count. Your choice is excellent.

    April 25, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  9. Mack

    Wasn'tit Huckabee that said that the people that disagree with the Dixie flag being on the grounds of the South Carolina Capital know where they can stick the flag pole. Did he think people should be presumptuous about what he said.

    April 25, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  10. Hillary - LIAR

    Come on guys, Hillary NEEDS pastorgate to stick! How is it that he REPUBLICANS who are suppose to sling mud aren't?! Could it be that the only negative MONSTER in the race is Hillary?

    Go fly home on your broom Hillary america is worn out on your ambition.

    April 25, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  11. DJ, LA, CA

    Thanks Mike for keeping it real. Good man and you have my respect.

    April 25, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  12. mama4obama

    Somebody please knock

    SUSAN MO in the back of the head or give her a V8!

    April 25, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  13. Bonheur, Los Angeles

    For once, honesty. Thank you Mr. Huckabee.

    April 25, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  14. Nicole in NE


    If we say Obama is DIRECTLY affected (and agrees) with every view and word of Rev. Wright and this Bill Ayers who he happened to serve on a board with, then I guess we should make the same argument that Hillary agrees with every view and word by her husband. It just happens to be one of the most IMPORTANT relationships you have in life. YOUR MARRIAGE!

    So does that mean Hillary supports NAFTA, Columbia trade and the many pardons by Bill?

    Let's keep everything in prespective here!

    If your candidate doesn't win the nomination, don't turn your back on actual change this country needs. I'm not crazy about Hillary as a person, but I do not want this country to keep going down this road!
    I vote DEMOCRAT!

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

    My respect for this guy went even higher than it was already. He is a true Christian for stating the truth.

    April 25, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  16. @americans

    I think most americans know that Obama does not agree with Rev. Wright, but some people, very few of course (die-hard Hillaryheads and some rightwing Republican bigots; fuming-in-the-mouth Sean Hannity, spinsissy Bill O'reilly, sicko Rush Limbaugh) would want you to think otherwise!

    To be nicely put, these group of haters are no worse than Rev. Wright!

    April 25, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  17. Christy

    So, let me get this straight, if you didn't vote for Obama and you just happen to think H. Clinton is the best candidate that makes you racist. I'm really sad for this country.

    April 25, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |

    HEY DUMMIES!!!!! Obama is Half White he can't be racist that would mean he hates himself , his sister (also half white) and his white mother and grandparents who raised him Stupid!!! All you Billiary and McBush supportors see is color.

    April 25, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  19. Peter M.

    Huckabee's a good man.

    April 25, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  20. vodka_lemon_lime

    Mike Hukabee has just won a whole lotta admiration and respect from me, and Lord knows that I didn't see that coming in a hurry

    It's great to see a Republican with guts and integrity ...

    April 25, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  21. Alonzo Demetrius

    Sorry, Mike. I don't agree with you on this one. Especially because Obama is in politics, if he has a brain at all, he would have left that church with all its anti-American preaching knowing it would bite him at some point - had he not agreed with it. Now Obama believes that it is just a sound bite and will go away and all will be hunkey-dorey again.

    April 25, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  22. mohammed daoudi

    A level-headed person atlast!!! Well said !!!

    April 25, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  23. Disheartened by trashy politics

    Thanks for being decent, Mike! What does it say about the character of other politicians -and the media...and our country- when it is ok to blatantly trash a good man's character?

    April 25, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  24. Romulus, Michigan

    Cami Shands April 25th, 2008 4:08 pm ET

    I hate Obama!!!


    April 25, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  25. Ric

    We are judged by the company we keep.

    April 25, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
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