September 3rd, 2008
10:27 PM ET
6 years ago

Begala: Did McCain consider Huckabee?

Huckabee mistakenly attributed a Gerald Ford quote from 1974 to Abraham Lincoln.
Huckabee mistakenly attributed a Gerald Ford quote from 1974 to Abraham Lincoln.

Did McCain even consider Mike Huckabee for the ticket?

In his speech tonight he stuck the knife in Joe Biden but he did it with wit. ("Sarah Palin got more votes running for mayor of Wasilla, Alaska, than Joe Biden received running for president!") One historical correction: Huckabee said Abraham Lincoln once said, "A government big enough to give you everything you want, is big enough to take away everything you have."

Watch: Mike Huckabee's entire convention speech

Problem is, Lincoln didn't say that. Gerald Ford did – on August 12, 1974. Gerald Ford was a great Republican. He deserved credit for his line. And once again, never once was the name "Bush" mentioned. Poor George.

soundoff (34 Responses)
  1. hick

    warmongers,hatemongers and outright liars. not convincing.

    September 3, 2008 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  2. mike

    the argument that Palin has more experience than Obama and Biden combined means she has more experience than McCain as well.

    gotta say this about Lieberman....."First time I've seen a rat swimming to a sinking ship."

    September 3, 2008 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  3. Marie-Lynn

    Not at all

    September 3, 2008 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  4. Clay W.

    Another problem, his claim isn't true. Via Talkingpointsmemo.com:

    [I]t turns out that in 1996 she won the mayoralty by 200 votes - and given the size of Wasilla, it turns out that this constituted a landslide victory.

    From the Anchorage Daily News in 1996, just after the election (via Nexis)...

    Palin's victory was seen as a major upset. Stein has been mayor since 1987 and was seeking his fourth term. He lost by more than 200 votes, with a final tally of 616-413.

    September 3, 2008 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  5. Yvonne

    Paul, the line about the votes was wrong, too. Biden got more than 15K votes in FL and he wasn't even still in the race.

    Huckabee is the best speech make the republicans have. Glad he didn't get the nomination.

    September 3, 2008 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  6. So is Sarah Palin running For????????

    I agree. He should have been the nominee

    September 3, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  7. mike

    Huckabee makes mistakes because he is not so bright, borderline stupid. Listen to hjim, Barney Fife reincarnated!

    September 3, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  8. LeeAnn

    I've been wondering the same thing. The Religious Right never did get behind Huck in the Primaries either. Why?

    September 3, 2008 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  9. Breck

    God Mike Huckabee is such a moron..... Though this does bring up the interesting question of whether they are ignoring Ford because he opposed Iraq.... And how is that possible, the town of Wasilla has less people in it than the amount of people who voted for Biden.....

    September 3, 2008 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  10. Democrat in colorado

    "A government big enough to give you everything you want, is big enough to take away everything you have."

    was also said by thomas jeferson, i am guessing that would make him the first american to use it?

    September 3, 2008 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  11. Tristan

    I cannot believe the arrogance that Mr. Huckabee has for our country. Americans want "less government" My god Mr. Huckabee, if you mean Americans want to ignore every issue that we face today without the governments help such as medicare, social security, global security, economic laws and regulations on corporations than someone should s be U.A.'ing these politicians. This is exactly the same path that the republicans have been taking the last eight years under George W. Bush, how can you preach change but say Americans want 'less government'? I haven't seen anything from the government the last 8 years but war, death, economic drought and plenty of tension throughout the global community. If this is the path that Americans want to follow it sure sounds like I will need to take on the attitude that its every person for themselves.

    September 3, 2008 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  12. JS

    Wasilla – population 9,780.

    Florida 2008 primary – 15,704 for Biden

    September 3, 2008 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  13. S. Boatman

    If Mccain Would Have Considered Him He Might Be On His Way To Being President. . . But He Chose Poorly!

    September 3, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  14. Stacy from Beautiful Loudoun, VA

    I may not agree with Huckabee, but I have a lot of respect for the guy.

    September 3, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  15. Q Glenn

    As neither a black guy nor a white guy (I will let you all guess the rest)… I watched the camera pan through the audience and is it just me or does this crowd look like a klan rally of about 18,000?

    Repubs, stop making empty false statements and lame attacks…. You're desperate! A black man is going to win, get over it and let's really show why America is great. Diversity is not a bad thing!

    September 3, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  16. Ann

    "Sarah Palin got more votes running for mayor of Wasilla, Alaska, than Joe Biden received running for president!"

    FALSE. Biden got 18,000 votes just in CA.

    September 3, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  17. Reese from NC

    Just a little info Begala apparently does not have available. Joe Biden received over 15,000 votes in Florida alone. That's about twice the population of Wasilla.

    September 3, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  18. No Hillary = No Obama

    I find Mike Huckabee to be intelligent, creative and cogent and he also has a nice sense of humor and irony. He should have a cabinet position in the McCan administration – replacing bobble headed- Condi Rice.

    September 3, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  19. California Gold

    Don't bother asking McCain if he considered Huckabee. He can't remember what he ate for breakfast or how many homes he owns.

    September 3, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  20. frank Honolulu HI

    Did McCain even consider Mike Huckabee for the ticket?

    Nope. He just forgot.

    September 3, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  21. Deb, Allentown, PA

    Unfortunately, the line about the votes Joe Biden got vs. what Sarah Palin got was a lie. Joe got at least 23000 votes....there are only what, 8500 citizens in Wasilla. Maybe the GOP learns in small towns how to count extra votes to make sure their candidate wins.

    September 3, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  22. Alphonso from Washington D.C

    Lol, this is funny. I dont like Republicans for this exact reason. Idiots! Example: George Bush

    September 3, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  23. Dylan in CA

    What filthy, ugly, disgusting night in St. Paul. Americans are tired of this Rovian, Bush-esque garbage. They are trying to appeal to the most ignorant but only turning appalling people with half a brain in the process.

    This convention may do more for Barack Obama than the Democratic National Convention even did.

    September 3, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  24. shadowgovernment

    Who is Huckabee trying to kid? " Sarah Palin got more votes for mayor of Wasilla than Joe Biden got when running for President" Uh, yeah, and your point is? Wasilla, population under 10k vs. the US population 300 million plus. What a dipstick! There is no rational corollary between these two!

    September 3, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  25. millijava

    Actually, wrong again. The quote "A government big enough to give you everything you want, is big enough to take away everything you have." if you research a bit further is generaly credited to Thomas Jefferson.

    September 3, 2008 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
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