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. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Huckabee used the church to launch his political ambitions just like a snake oil salesman.

    November 17, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  2. Earth to Huck

    This is really stupid on Huckabee's part. It accomplishes nothing (as someone else wrote, who cares?) and it needlessly antagonizes voters and supporters of Romney and Thompson. I would have preferred either Romney or Thompson over Huckabee in 2008 and now after reading this I'm even more in that direction for 2012. Huckabee sounds just childish.

    November 17, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  3. A Woman In California For Obama

    A House Divided.......

    November 17, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  4. shrinkDave

    Huckster is doing what Republicans have been doing for say, about 8 years or so: bully others. This isn't even a good strategy for 8 year olds, but they seem like they're on a roll. Unfortunately, our country needs at least two strong political parties to flourish, and that isn't the case now. Unless the Republicans attempt mature, adult behavior, and learn to communicate about meaninfull things, we're all losers.

    November 17, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  5. Mike

    Huckster, you're nothing but a hillbilly with supporters who border on religious bigotry.

    Romney 2012

    November 17, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  6. PL

    Republicans act like 10 year old school kids. Now let's play the blame game. The sad fact is republican lack a plan for the nation ills. 20 years ago all they had to do was run ads slamming Dems and could win. I think its safe to say that those days are over, Americans demand more, we demand truth and action.

    November 17, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  7. pat

    I think the comments here prove that pretty much only Democrats follow CNN. You just want to sling mud and hatred towards anyone that even looks like a Republican or sounds the least bit conservative. We are fellow americans, we drive ambulances and work in ER rooms, we don't care what your politcal party of choice is. We pay taxes and shop and the same as you do. You throw hatred at Palin, McCain, Lieberman, Huckabee, etc, etc. Pelosi and Ried are pretty left wing if you ask me. But this is not what we need, we need team work to solve issues. If the Dems shove the agenda down our throats, its no diferent that Repub's shoving their agenda down your throats. Grow up, maybe the next blood transfusion you get might be from a conservative. I don't care who comes up with solutions to fix our country, but this attacking each other in the privacy of blogs serves no good. It only promotes CNN more and more as a liberal outlet.

    November 17, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  8. Lt

    Huckabee, who is an evangelical scholar, believes that Christians need to come to the Lord if they want to succeed in politics although as politicians they have a difficult job in remaining faithful.

    November 17, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  9. Ennis, LA

    Huckabee relishes the role of being an attack dog, if only because he
    likes it. He never had a chance at winning anything.

    November 17, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  10. Jack in Houston

    Governer, please get over it.

    Wait, could this be the marketing approach for the upcoming book?

    November 17, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  11. max pargament

    Mike dont be mad because you dont believe in evolution...yet ironically your campaign died off in favor of stronger campaigns

    November 17, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  12. Trang, Fremont, CA

    Well, I thought you were the best candidate in your party – good values, but don't impose your values on others. It's unfortunate to see you become bitter like this. But more important, because you are a minister, you are supposed to think about your fellowmen and how to look after them, especially when they are down. How else can you look at God in the eye when you see your fellowmen suffers and not do a thing, because you know they are all God's children. Something I don't understand the Republicans when they tout they are the parties of values, of religion, etc. and they look the other way when their fellowmen are hurting and say let the free market takes care of itself.

    This is a good time to take a good breath, fills your heart w/ love, and start a new day, expressing it.

    November 17, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  13. independent

    Romney is fraud, Huckabee is right. Romney stabbed his friends in the back in Utah on the winter olympics committee , destroyed there careers and then took credit for saving the olympics.
    He is ruthless and don't be fooled by his smile.
    Do some research in Utah, you will be surprised.

    November 17, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  14. MikeH

    Huckabee would attempt to rewrite the U.S. Constitution into a religious document. I'm not making this up, he said so.

    Absolutely Huckabee, you will not be allowed to destroy the U.S. Constitution to please religious fanatics like yourself.

    November 17, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  15. Chris

    Good Lord. Why does everyone worship future politics? Come on CNN and MSM! Lets give peace a chance for a while. Part of me wants this whole Earth to undergo what conspirators think so we can get rid of thoughts like these.

    November 17, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  16. johnrj08

    The next time Huckabee is asked if he accepts the theory of evolution, he better rethink his last answer if he wants to run for president again. This country is never going to elect a president who eschews the scientific method and thinks mankind walked alongside living dinosaurs. Ask Sarah Palin.

    November 17, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  17. Charlie in Maine

    As long as the next leader of the Republican Party sincerely believes that McCain lost because he "wasn't conservative enough" it doesn't matter to me who that turns out to be or how negative he or she is towards the others. The really dangerous Republican will be the one who realizes that the votes are in the middle. Ironically such a Republican would be dangerous only to Democrats such as myself and a relief to the country as a whole.

    November 17, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  18. Moe, NY

    What all of the above mentioned politicans do not get is: No more Republicans/Neocons are wanted in office. The American people have spoken...we have had enough of the BS, both political and religious.

    November 17, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  19. bill for barack

    Like him or not, Mike Huckabee is certainly one of the most colorful characters to come down the pikein a while.
    But for him to take shots at Romney and Thompson – well now, just how Christian is that ?
    Sounds like someone needs to practice a little forgiveness – or seek some of his own.

    November 17, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  20. Charlie in Maine

    Your party is awaiting moderation. Good luck with that!

    November 17, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  21. John Q Adams

    I wonder how many times he mentions his goblin of a wife. What a freaky looking woman.

    November 17, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  22. Rachel

    You all lost no need to see who the biggest loser was your all equal in the suck department.

    November 17, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  23. Susie oklahoma

    LOL, I live close to Arkansas so when he was here doing his thing it was constantly on the news. Huckabee is nothing but a joke and everyone was glad to see him go. When I first saw he was going to make a run for President I and my family,friends,coworkers..heck even strangers in the surrounding areas laughed our booty's off. I'd feel sorry for America if Huckabee was ever President. Thank god we've got an intelligent man coming to the White House. Thank god for Obama/Biden!!

    November 17, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  24. T-Bone

    The best news is the joker (Rudy) says he might run in 2012!

    November 17, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  25. barbara

    Very Christian of Mr. Huckabee.

    November 17, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
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