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.

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soundoff (232 Responses)
  1. Watchin' the GOP Implode!

    Circle the wagons and fire in boys!! It's time to play the blame game!

    The Reagan Revolution has been exposed for what it was...the rich, right wing, politicos convincing social conservatives that they were on the same side. They robbed you blind and destroyed this economy in their own self interest while convincing you it was all about unborn babies!

    Now that the Bible Belt has been gutted of jobs by corporate greed-mongers who shipped the American textile and furniture industry to Mexico in the name of increased profits, at least you can rely on the Federal Government to provide an unemployment safety net...oh, that's right, they convinced you that they needed a tax cut and this safety net was only good in supporting minority un-wed mothers who were only having babies for the money!

    Well, at least you still have your Guns and God!

    History will once again prove that it is the Republicans who make the messes and the Democrats who are the only ones capable of cleaning them up!

    Obama 2012!

    November 17, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  2. Nathan- a liberal Christian who Cares for the poor and the environment

    and who was huckabee? The only reason his campaign had a shot at all was the fact that Iowa sometimes likes to pick the underdog. He is very out of touch with the rest of the country not unlike the rest of the GOP candidates. Besides, you could criticize him all day for staying in the race far past even any literal chance of him winning, wasting money and soaking just a little more limelight.
    But we can say bad things about every candidate... remember "We are not as divided as our politics suggest." -Next Commander and Chief

    November 17, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  3. strong

    Why does everyone have to write a book? If you buy Huck's book, it will just be a warmed-up rehash of squabbling and name dropping. We are sick of it all.

    No thanks.

    November 17, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  4. FreeNLovIt

    Our President needs to be someone with judgement, vision and patience and I believe that Huckabee has it. His agenda seems to reflect policies that will benefit all of America. According to his track record in AK, he made tough un-popular decisions, that benefitted his state. That's what I call a MAN!!

    November 17, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  5. Up quark

    When you're as dumb as a sack of rocks your best move is often to attack your opponents. As Huck proved throughout his campaign, his deceit is only exceeded by his hypocrisy. If this idiot is taken seriously over the next four years, then Republicans will deservedly be out for eight years.

    November 17, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  6. Lilarose in Bandon, Oregon

    We need to keep religion out of politics.

    There is too much religion in American politics now, which means alot of dodo birds are involved in running our country.

    Huckabee is one of them.

    Move to Alaska and help Sarah out there.

    November 17, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  7. Douglas in Texas

    Huckabee may be a christian, but he certainly doesn't act like one. I am so tired of the Christian Right Candidates trying to ram their beliefs down our throat. This is a country that needs to remember the seperation of church and state. I would never vote for a Baptist Minister to be prisident of the US and I am a christian. The Christian Right movement with its devisiveness, hate speech ect. will never win again if they continue with their hate speech and fear tactics. Remember the golden rule. It is a very important part of what Christ taught and this group of people have no idea what it means. They are mean spirited and cause people to be harmed. Look how much Sarah Palin increased the anger at her rallies. If someone or a political party can cause the audience to yell out some of the threats against Obama as occured in the campaine they have no business running this country.

    November 17, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  8. The End of the Right

    Huckabee is a religious fanatic. He needs to be kept a safe distance from government!

    November 17, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  9. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    Who would Jesus throw mud at?

    November 17, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  10. Bob

    Do only Liberals leave comments here?

    November 17, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  11. annie - never again a dem.

    And the 'good ole boys' network is trying to pretend that Gov. Palin does not exsist! Good try! It's this same bunch of 'good ole boys' who have run the Republicans into the ground. Step aside and let a real human being come forward who can unite the party if the 'good ole boys' will put their egos aside!!!!

    November 17, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  12. FreeNLovIt

    Dont laugh at the ELEPHANTS! Obama will need to be STRONG and STAND FIRM. Hopefully Obama will move to the center and not be too liberal. If he wants God's blessings, he better not be endorsing policies that are too far left. Right now, we're entering the age of the AntiChrist and Obama is the perfect candidate, to help usher him into society.... (embracing all religions... embracing just about anything..)

    November 17, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  13. Mark Knox

    Not a huge fan of Huck's, but being a resident of Tennessee, his comments on Thompson are dead on. Fred either didn't want it, or was arrogant enough to think he could drive his famous red pickup straight to the White House merely on his "Big Fred" persona. There was such a palpable air of anticipation here prior to his announcement, and he just let it all slide sideways once his hat was in the ring. Whenever I see a holdover Thompson supporter now and then still sporting a "Tennessee is Thompson Country" bumpersticker, I want to stop them and ask if anyone has told Big Fred that...

    November 17, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  14. SD,Michigan

    Rev.Huckabee, not very Christian-like of you to attack fellow Republicans...Don't they have enough problems? Jeez...
    You seem like a nice fella, but when you say that "separating religion from government is impossible" lost me forever. I don't wanna even hear the rest.

    November 17, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  15. Dennis

    Mike who?

    November 17, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  16. RICK

    Fred was a dud.
    Mitt was OK.
    The HUCK is super!

    Only the Huck is worht looking at in '12 – the rest are goners.

    November 17, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  17. ken

    sure way of marketting books. Who care about republicans and their book deals!!

    November 17, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  18. Bob Stephens

    Another Republican loser. Maybe he can team up with Palin in 2012. They wold be lucky to carry 5 states.

    November 17, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  19. Herman In LA

    Just go away....

    November 17, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  20. rebekah

    I am so sick of the religious right! Have they forgotten our country was founded on the separation of church and state? It's about high time the churches who are pushing their political agendas should start paying taxes like the rest of us! People need to stand up to the religious intolerance, hatred and bigotry of the churches and demand that they start paying taxes because they are pushing a political agenda! You betcha they would change their tune if they had to pay for it!

    November 17, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  21. Aaron from ohio

    This is more fun than watching two drunk aunts at the family reunion pull each others wigs off. You want to break up the fight but wind up getting another beer and egging them on.

    November 17, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  22. Roy

    I truly believe a Huckabee/Palin ticket could knock out.....say.....100 eletoral votes in 2012!! Who puts the 'Con' in conservative baby?

    November 17, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |


    They both submit to the Lordship of Christ and Speak in tongues on sundays. Weekday they baptise their opponents as terrorits and capitalise on their ill-informed base by spreading fear and rumors.

    FRO Palin talk, i actually thought Obama will appoint Osama as Secretary of State!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    November 17, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  24. Gene

    Though I don't agree with Huck's tendency to want to incorporate staunch Christian religious principles into government.. I will say that as a person, I really like Huckabee. He's very polite, open, down to earth... just a nice guy. Would I want him for president.. no. Would I have a beer with the guy? Absolutely. Will I buy this book? lol no. Would he have fared better than McCain in the general election.. I doubt he would've won.. but I think he might have done better than McCain.

    November 17, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  25. Matt of Boston

    This guy couldn't win the governorship of Arkansa – he is toast – So is Romney and Thompson.

    November 17, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
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