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. Stop

    I am a Republican and disagree with the party's stance on gay marriage, abortion, stem cell research and generally social issues...however people need to stop berating Christians. Would you say the same thing about the Jewish or Islamic faith in this blog? Would expect some religous tolerance from the open minded...

    November 17, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  2. box of rocks

    He should stay in Mayberry,fixin cars and goin fishin with Opie.

    November 17, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  3. Texas Democrat



    November 17, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  4. John

    Have you liberal twerps taken into account that the spotlight is now on your shoe-shine boy to actually do somthing? And, that if the Demo-rats screw it up it will set your Communist movement back a 100 years? Who ya going blame now ... When everything you believe in fails ... as usual? HA HA hahahahahahahahahh ... have fun twerps, cause we who make the country run are going fishing. Get it? No income ... no tax base. YOU are now the rich & taxable. HA HA HA hahahahahahahahaahh .... (gasp)

    November 17, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  5. Stan

    Huh? Huckabee talking about how bad someone else's campaign was?

    I don't see a "President-Elect" in front of your name, Huckster.


    Says it all.

    November 17, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  6. Ambrose Smith, Borrego Springs, California

    They are all trying their best to "outconservative" each other.

    Don't they know conservatism is yesterday's news?

    November 17, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  7. Desert Storm Vet

    Huckabee ran Arkansas like a Democrat, what does he know about being fiscally conservative?

    November 17, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  8. Doug

    Jason Sieckmann.....great comment! Religious loons is dead on!

    November 17, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  9. mrsblue

    Why do Americans afraid of a true Christian candidate to lead them?
    Why! Why! Aren't you glad you don't live in China or North Korea or Russia? Why do you take Christianity for granted? Some Americans, even the so called Christians don't want a preacher in the White House.They even say that it's alright to hear their pastor preaches to them ,but not from a president preacher. America used to have president preacher, a son of a preacher.What's going on now? What happened to the a land where majority of Christians live?Do you want to become like Great Britain now? Where God's glory departed?Don't let that happen to America. America has become the laughing stock of the world now.
    Huckabee with the help of God Almighty will mend this country, if you Americans let him and give him a chance. If you give a former Muslim a chance,why don't you give Huckabee a chance. Please don't bring up the fact that his son killed a dog.Huckabee 2012. Remember: a true Christian is not always popular. The good I mean bad old Devil
    is always after.He's not after those he already owned.Oh my, it may not be posted. I'll take a chance.

    November 17, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  10. Brenda Morrisey

    Mike Huckabee is a conniving little weasel. Anything, but the upright conservative holy man he claims to be. Talk about a phony. He never did get more of the electoral vote than Romney even though he stayed in until McCain got the nomination. I am one conservative who would pick Mitt Romney (or Fred Thompson) over him any day of the week.

    November 17, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  11. Kenneth Burchfiel

    "Mike, I think you're a nice guy, but but so long as you commingle politics and religion, you're not going to get my support–I just can't trust the judgment of people who take religion–institutionalised, codified, superstition–seriously."

    Note all the people who seem to be against Huckabee BECAUSE of his religion. Are they any better?

    November 17, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  12. hitobito

    The GOP is sliding into the cesspool of mediocrity. RIP!

    November 17, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  13. Rob

    Fred always said he didn't really want the Job. I think he was just tring to get things moving and make some $$.

    November 17, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  14. FEH

    Yes, very Christian. Nevermind that whole "turn the other cheek" thing.

    November 17, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  15. Richie


    November 17, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  16. Tim E

    I absolutely cannot wait for 2012! Let's fast forward the Obama Presidency and get right to the nitty gritty of a Palin-Huckabee ticket. I am thrilled by the prospect of blogging on the candidacy of a down south, evangelical, guitar picking, bible thumping clown running as #2 to Wasilly Sarah and her 'goshdarnbejesusgoldarnyoubetchathere" platform to transform America into the North Slope Hillbillies. With his guitar as accompaniment Sarah will finally get to showcase her talents. With or without wardrobe. She may not know the difference between Africa as a country and Africa as a continent, but Huckabee knows exactly what to export there. Wherever. You betcha.

    November 17, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  17. DC

    I am a independent and can honestly say that Huckabee has zero chance of getting the nomination. He has a glaring infiriority complex that flares up when he has to face actually qualified presidential candidates. Romney is so much more the man than Huck. Huckabee holds Romney in disdain because of his wealth yet everything Huck does is to "build his brand" so he can accumulate wealth. And his blatant bigotry toward Romney's mormonism was pathetic and ugly, just like him. His true colors continue to show and, yes, by their fruits ye shall know them. America will never elect a baptist preacher.


    November 17, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  18. joe smith

    snipe,snipe, snipe, who cares. the real deal is how the democrats can even suggest having lieberman remain on as a powerful chair. looks like they are pandering to the good ol' boys or girls in a certain foreign country founded in 1948..when are politicials in this country going to shed way of thinking...

    November 17, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  19. Obama rules!

    NEWSFLASH: no one cares about these people!!

    November 17, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  20. Willy Brown

    You Rock Huckabee! Kick those RINO's...

    November 17, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  21. craig

    Huckabee is a religious bigot. If the republicans gather around him they will loose even worse than this year. He is not scoring any points by slamming the other canidates. He has proven his lack of credibility and dishonesty. I am registered republican and have been a precinct chair. I would never support his silver tounge of deciet.

    November 17, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    And Huckabee was the one who always said he would never run negative comments about his opponents...YEAH RIGHT

    November 17, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  23. Roshan Bagga

    What do expect from the bunch that believes that God created the world in six days and took the seventh day off to play golf!

    November 17, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  24. Karisa and John McAllister

    Sore loser.

    November 17, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  25. down but not out

    I agree that Fred Thompson's campaign was rather dismal. When I saw Fred in the debates, he looked tired, sickly (kept coughing and blowing his nose), and frankly uninterested in being there.

    I would have expected better behavior from Romney, though. Being unwilling to congratulate the winner is petty and childish. Wow, I laughed when hearing about Palin considering a 2012 run, but I guess she may be all the GOP has. Has Romney already dug up dirt on Jindal and Pawlenty? If not, then don't count them out.

    November 17, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
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