November 17th, 2008
07:17 PM ET
9 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. Farmer Mikey

    While Huckabee has gone out to pasture with his own FOXnews soapbox, we all continue to agree that Romney's economic credibility may have been just what John McCain needed to fend off the campaign disasters that resulted from the economic meltdown. A confident voice in his corner (as opposed to Ms Palin, who offered very little comfort or authority) may have kept him in the race. Huckabee is of Palin's camp, someone who uses moral indignation to mask contempt. I left the party out of fear for politicians of Huckabee's ilk and stayed away because Palin presented more of the same. As long as its politicians frown on intelligence and education by labeling it "elitism," they will continue to shed its most able supporters.

    November 17, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  2. Dan in Chicago

    Psh... Huckabee wouldn't have stood a chance in this election and he's just as doomed if he wins the nomination in 2012. He's also no conservative... maybe socially, but that's all.

    Huckabee, Romney, Palin, Giuliani, Thompson, Gingrich, etc. all would meet defeat, even after 4 years of Obama.

    November 17, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  3. I'm with Henry Miller.

    I do not want anyone mixing religion with politics.

    BUT, while I don't support Huckabee politically, I think he is the most genuine and decent guy out there.

    Just watch his show once. He really is a nice man.

    November 17, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  4. Simmy

    Still irrelevant, and that show he hosts will only survive on Fox. You know, 'like minds?'

    November 17, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  5. Richard

    The repubs tried to sling mud at Obama and that didn't work, so now, to calm their withdrawel symptons, they are slinging it at each other. So, the message from this democrat to the GOP – PLEASE PROCEED!!!! Popcorn anyone??

    November 17, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  6. Sevin

    I do not believe that it is smart for Huchabee to beat up on potential Republican leaders. The mudslinging, instead of focusing on the issues, cost the Republicans the election. This party is going to have to get to a point where they lay out their agendas instead of belittling others.

    November 17, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  7. Simmy

    Did you say Huck... was a Christian or a Kristna?

    November 17, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  8. pam Eugene OR

    And we are supposed to believe Huck-a-joke was the perfect candidate.
    He was a looser right out of the gate. Most Americans could not even hold their noses long enough to vote for Huckabee. I could have voted for Romney had the situation been different but Obama stole my imagination!
    Maybe next time for Mitt but Huck-a-joke will, never get a majority vote.

    November 17, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  9. don

    This guy is a TOOL

    November 17, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  10. Meka

    Must say, Huckabee was the ONLY candiate . . . that stood a chance!

    And I'm a committed Democrat for President Elect Obama.

    November 17, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  11. BTGH, Streamwood, IL

    It will be interesting to read these comments in the full context of the book.

    On face value, they confirm my view that Mike Huckabee was not, is not, nor will ever be a suitable GOP presidential nominee.

    November 17, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  12. bill pike

    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE. get video of hagee/parsley/other right wing republican supports AND mickie. they put down catholics/jews/blacks/muslims/anybody that does not believe the way they do–romney to get nomination for this party????? dobson went after him in the primaries. i am an ex republican who fits their profile-white/small town/business owner/born again/spirit filled/against abortion. the other part of that bible–feed the poor/take care of the sick/homeless/etc--they must have torn that out. Won't even talk about an illegal war that criminal charges need to be filed.

    November 17, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    Huckabee, get over it and stop being a sore loser!! You really never had a chance....

    November 17, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  14. LMJ

    I am from Arkansas and I know Huckabee. He is conceited, self-centered and amazingly egotistical. Half of the bridges, wildlife areas and boat docks in Arkansas are named after him or his wife. If a preacher is supposed to be humble, somebody forgot to the the Huckster. He also DOES

    November 17, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  15. Perusing-Through


    Huckabee reminds of the character "Lonesome Rhoads" played by Andy Griffith in the movie "A Face in the Crowd". Just a good 'ole country boy armed with a barrel of beguiling charm, but laced with a jug of rattlesnake venom.

    November 17, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  16. Rhiannon

    Huckleberry is a rube who will not go away. He is among the most self-serving of all politicians of all time. He spent his entire time in Arkansas promoting himself and furthering his own agenda for national office. This guy is a phony of the highest degree. Ask yourself, if the people are Arkansas were incredibly happy to see his back-side leaving the Governor's Mansion in Little Rock, why would any one want to consider taking this guy on even for dog catcher?
    Little Rock, AR

    November 17, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  17. Jk

    like the saying goes, 'fight baby, fight!!! not drill baby, drill!! rep make me sick!! GOP=GREEDY OWN PARTY!!

    November 17, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  18. LMJ

    I am from Arkansas and I know Huckabee. He is conceited, self-centered and amazingly egotistical. Half of the bridges, wildlife areas and boat docks in Arkansas are named after him or his wife. If a preacher is supposed to be humble, somebody forgot to tell the Huckster. He also DOES hold a grudge.

    November 17, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  19. John

    Nothing more entertaining than watching GOP clowns cannibalize each other.

    bon apetite

    November 17, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  20. chris

    Huckabee should please get a life.

    November 17, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  21. Is Obama the tolerance President?

    Evidently not since he refused to support gay rights. He refused to come out against Prop. 8 and refused to say anything while gays were marching over the weekend.

    Evidently Obama only believes in rights for certain minorities, not all.

    He's just a slick politician who doesn't walk the talk.

    November 17, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  22. DOCS 3


    November 17, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  23. Drill, Baby, Drill

    Nice lavender tie, eh!

    November 17, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  24. Cynthia a conservative voter

    Sour Grapes! Huckster take all that you stole from the Govenors Mansion in Arkansas and from the people of Arkansas along with your sarcastic attitude staight to HELL with you. You are a cry baby. You like to throw sharp barbs, then cry foul when they are returned.

    November 17, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  25. Dave

    Are you kidding me? This is the "likable, honest," christian? What a pansy... Being Christian myself, I would rather vote a abortion loving democrat in over some loser that doesn't even "practice what he preaches".

    November 17, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
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