November 17th, 2008
07:17 PM ET
10 years ago

Huckabee settling old scores?

 Huckabee's new book is out Tuesday.

Huckabee's new book is out Tuesday.

(CNN) - Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee appears to be settling scores with two Republicans he battled during his bid for the Republican presidential nomination.

According to Time Magazine, Huckabee takes shots at onetime rivals Mitt Romney and Fred Thompson in his new book hitting stores Tuesday, a move that is likely to fuel speculation that the former Arkansas governor still harbors White House ambitions.

On Romney, Huckabee sharply criticizes the former Massachusetts governor for shifting positions on key conservative issues shortly before he decided to run for the White House, saying his record was "anything but conservative until he changed the light bulbs in his chandelier in time to run for president."

Huckabee also lashes out at Romney for what he said was the former governor's refusal to offer congratulations when Huckabee was the surprise winner of the crucial Iowa caucuses in January. Many political observers say it was that loss that ultimately derailed Romney's bid for the Oval office.

“It’s hard to imagine Romney losing the GOP nomination after winning the Iowa caucuses,” notes CNN Senior Political Researcher Alan Silverleib. “Combine Romney’s deep pockets with the momentum of an Iowa win and a campaign shifting back to Romney’s home turf for the New Hampshire primary, and the most likely scenario is a Romney nomination by Super Tuesday.”

On Fred Thompson, the former senator and television actor who jumped into the Republican presidential race significantly later than the other candidates, Huckabee calls his campaign "amazingly lackluster."

"Fred Thompson never did grasp the dynamics of the race or the country, and his amazingly lackluster campaign reflected just how disconnected he was with the people, despite the anticipation and expectation that greeted his candidacy," Huckabee writes.

Filed under: Extra • Mike Huckabee • Mitt Romney
soundoff (232 Responses)
  1. California Gold

    Is it a requisite of Party membership that Republicans wash their dirty laundry in public and alienate sensible people in the process? Listen up guys and "u-betcha-wink-wink" gals: grind your axes behind closed doors. The rest of us are focused on serious issues and trying to live in challenging times. Some of us are hoping the California fires don't burn down everything we own. So unless you have meaningful solutions to this country's problems, keep your petty thoughts to yourself. You too Rev. Huckabee.

    November 17, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  2. Kevin Blair

    Not only do Mike Huckabee's book comments regarding Mitt Romney and Fred Thompson indicate the possible direction of his future political ambitions, but also reek of a little cheap shot mixed with a some payback. If Mitt is the Changeling, silver-tongued Mr. Huckabee is definitely the Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing.

    November 17, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  3. Beverly, NYC

    Wow so much bitterness and envy coming from someone who calls themselves a christian. The Republican party are like cats in a barrel. Hope you boys find your way before 2016.

    Thanks CNN, it has been 2 days without a mention of a certain cold state governor. I for one appreciate the cone of silence.

    November 17, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  4. Lesley

    More Republican backstabbing. No wonder these guys lost the election and will continue to flounder in their attempt to redefine themselves. What they really need is new blood.

    November 17, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  5. Mike

    Oh good, the snake oil salesman has spoken. What a relief- I almost had him pegged as a nice guy.

    November 17, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  6. Matthew

    I guess I shouldn't convert to christianity or I'll be called a flip flopper by Huckabee. Stop trying to bring down people with you huckabee! romney is a shinning star in our party and may be all we have left!

    November 17, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  7. FreeNLovIt

    Fred T was the perfect voice to help me fall asleep 🙂

    November 17, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  8. Mike from Toledo, Ohio

    From one loser to and about more losers

    November 17, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  9. FreeNLovIt

    He cant be any worse than Obama. I'll vote for Frisbee.

    November 17, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  10. JT from TN

    That's why the democrat won, the republicans are still fighting about what happen in the primaries and last year and pointing fingers for the last eight years. Lte them fight the democrats will gladly take the country forward.

    November 17, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  11. This is Jeopardy

    Run Guiliani

    Run Palin

    Run Huckabee

    Run Romney

    Run Gingrich

    AND Guarantee a Democratic Presidential Victory in 2012

    November 17, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  12. Jason Sieckmann

    Great, the religious loons are fighting each other. Which crazy will it be from the GOP next time?

    A Mormon? A Jesuit?

    No, we need more imagination....a Scientologist!

    Huckabee is as insignificant as insignificant can be. He's infinitely more irrelevant now that the country is focused on economic issues.

    What's he going to do to fix the economy, pray?

    November 17, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  13. Ben

    As usual, the media ignores the main points of the book and tries to create petty controversy. The guy was outspent 10-1 in Iowa and still won despite all of Romney's negative ads. Do you really expect him to have anything positive to say about Romney in the memoir?

    November 17, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  14. FreeNLovIt

    I trust MIke Huckabee. He stands by what he believes. This means he's a stable and reliable person and he will do what is right, not be pushed around!!!

    November 17, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  15. Leo

    This is refreshing. The GOP is not afraid of debate and a little friendly "mudslinging". God forbid a Democrat say anthing negative about Obama. He/She would be labled a racist traitor. Hope this "Obama Mania" ends soon so we can get the country back on track.

    November 17, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  16. db

    ...a book about some right-wing politicians who had NO chance whatsoever at becoming President Of The United States.

    November 17, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  17. larry

    Who gives a rats arse what that religeous flake has to say.

    November 17, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  18. Huckawho?

    Mommy he didn't congratulate me when I won. He's a bad man. Gotta try and sale some books somehow. Maybe if I take shots at folks that would help my book sales. Loooosserr.

    November 17, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  19. FreeNLovIt

    If you need someone who can think on his own, vote Huckabee. He made tough choices in AK from what I heard, he'll make tough choices to make sure it is effective and it makes sense 🙂

    I like Obama but I still consider him WEAK

    November 17, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  20. There IS hope for the future>>>

    Separation of church and state??? I don't think that is whats happening here. I see too many of these kind of people now a days. No wonder people shy away from going to church. It's the church(es) of "What's happening"?

    November 17, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  21. Perusing-Through

    This confirms my long term suspicion. Huckabee is a snake in sheep clothing.

    November 17, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  22. Louisiana man

    Like dogs fighting over a bone!!!

    November 17, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  23. former gop

    Karma. Just like the polar bears the conscienceless republicans refuse to protect, they're eating each other.

    November 17, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  24. Ron

    The extreme Rush Limbaugh Reublican party is dead on arrival. The last 2 elections prove it. The conservatives must unite with moderate Republicans and independents or no more victories. REMEMBER IT IS CALL THE REPUBLICAN PARTY,

    November 17, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  25. FreeNLovIt

    To Gary
    HuckleBerry is not McCain or Palin. He is a man in his own rights and he stands by his principles that founded this COUNTRY–> God, Guts and Guns.

    Russia banned God from their society for 40 years. They woke up and they raised generations of EVIL men with no understanding of the purpose of life. Russia had to open the doors to God's love.

    November 17, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
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