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. caribbean admirer of OBAMA

    Not important, the American People has to look forward and give all their support to the President-elect so everybody has a chance to maybe experience the American Dream.

    God Bless Barack Obama

    November 17, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  2. Independent_me

    Huckabee is right on all counts. I really liked him and would have voted for him. I was looking forward to him running in '12 – but now he is one of the unfair and unbalanced FOX team. They are so far right that I cannot trust anyone who works for that company. I voted Obama, but will vote for a moderate Republican who has good ideas (such as Huck's), and one who will try to bring the country together (as Obama is trying to do). That's the beauty of being Independent... you can evaluate a candidate based on his/her ideas, and not just on ideology ..

    November 17, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  3. sammy

    yes, if you put have as much energy into working on the countries issues as you do back biting and power grabbing, you actually might accomplish something. ever thought of that ?

    November 17, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  4. Reality

    Let me get this straight:

    Cherry picking three (3) lines from Huckabee's book to create non-existent discord is A-OK.

    Cherry picking chapters from Obama's book to demonstrate repeat drug abuse and a deep and personal relationship with a hate-spewing racist pastor is NOT OK.


    Has anyone at CNN read Clinton's memoirs? I have. Talk about dirty laundry!

    November 17, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  5. bimeto

    sore losers

    November 17, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |

    What kind of low-road back-stabbing politics did you expect – Huckabee's a neocon-evangelical GOP wing-nut.

    Now his party is about to put millions of auto workers on the street, destroy the largest manufacturing sector of our economy and plunge the US into a depression.

    Country First – you betcha. They are slime

    November 17, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  7. Darren McEwen

    Someone should remind Huckabee that he himself didn't exactly win either.

    November 17, 2008 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  8. Richard Larson

    Redux; Henry Miller has it right. As long as the conservative / evangelical right insist upon cramming religious beliefs down the throat of anyone who dare disagree with them, they very well may become so marginalized politically that events will force them, and the GOP to radically reinvent themselves. What I dread is that either one, or both will be kidnapped by a really radical fringe that may try to gain power by revolutionary means. I actually heard a member of the Young Republicans suggest such a notion in 1968. It would not surprise me that there are those who are actively planning such acts. That is why the oath of office for all federal offices includes the phrase " to defend and protect the constitution from all enemies, foreign and DOMESTIC." tHAT SAYS IT VERY WELL.

    November 17, 2008 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  9. Tammy

    I wish that Mike Huckabee would do the right thing and GO AWAY! Really Mike – what audacity! I don't think you have a clue about doing the right thing. How many ethics violations were filed against you? How many against Mitt Romney? NONE For those who call Romney a flip flopper – check his record, stop taking what Huckabee says as gospel! Mitt Romney governed as a conservative. Huckabee is a typical liberal using the "hate the rich" speech against Romney. Romney graduated from Harvard – Huckabee from Bible College. Romney is a smart business man – Huckabee has a smart mouth. Romney got a good percentage of Evangelical votes – Huckabee got no Mormon vote (and thanks to his deceptive tactics -he never will). I pray that Mitt will run in 2012 because we need a smart man, a decent man, a proven leader and Huck is none of the above!.

    November 17, 2008 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  10. Reality

    Let me get this straight:

    Cherry picking three (3) lines from Huckabee's book to create non-existent discord is A-OK.

    Cherry picking chapters from Obama's book to demonstrate repeat drug abuse and a deep and personal relationship with a hate-spewing racist pastor is NOT OK.


    Has anyone at CNN read Clinton's memoirs? I have. Talk about dirty laundry!

    November 17, 2008 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  11. Harry, IL

    CNN, did you read the book? Why do you give negative report about Republicans. Huckabee was simply pointing out to his differences with Mitt Romerny in few lines. It was not even on a full page. You do not have to publish such negative report about it. You should talk about Sen. Chris Dodd & barney Franks who got benefit from Nationwide, Rev. Jeremiah Wright who was in the pulpit for 20 years while Barack was in the pews listening to him. Get a life and try to give un-biased news. It is better for your future viewership. What happened to Glen beck? No conservative reporter can stay with you. Wolf Blitzer, Campbell Brown are the liberal vopices you have there.

    November 17, 2008 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  12. Syed Shamsuddoha

    Mike Huckabee and Sean Hannity – bot are bullies. These are the ones make money by bullying the good people of America in Fox News. Sean Hannity is a clueless radio talk show host and Mike Huckabee is his supporter.

    None of these two has the proper education to start with – similar to John McCain and Sarah Palin. Are you getting the message, folks?



    November 17, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  13. Michael ATL GA

    Get a grip;
    U didn't win the nominations DESPITE those losers you whine about. Inspite of the diluted herd, U still couldn't win the nomination. Doesn't speak too highly of yourself. Just like Palin, your time is up. Enjoy your Fox news show. I sure don't. It sucks.
    Time for Pawlenty, Jindal etc to rise and shine.

    November 17, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  14. Philadelphian trapped in Texas

    Even this strong liberal and an atheist can LIKE Mike Huckabee, and can admire his honesty. Calling Romney the hypocrite he is, and Thompson lackluster, may be bad politics ... but it's straight talk like we never heard out of McCain. Mike, keep telling it like you see it. I'll never vote for you, but I'll sure respect you.

    November 17, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  15. Texas Teacher

    And the beat goes on.... the beat goes on.... drums keep pounding rhythm to the brain.. 🙂

    These Republicans are sore losers... but sometimes in the case of Huckabee, you just gotta call a duck a duck... if you know what I mean! 🙂

    The Republican party is falling apart.... they know they are wrong....!they know the last eight years have been wrong.... actually, I think it is hitting them that they made a wrong turn way back in the Clinton witch hunt. Their actions were not just wrong, they were obscene. They sold their souls to the devil.... literally, in the name of Kenneth Starr and his cronnies. What they reaped from that obscenity is the Bush/Cheney years. Yes, Cheney, lest we forget he is the voice behind the scenes... and Daddy Bush along with him being coached all by Karl Rove and the like! And now they are all buried in a deep hole watching the sides cave in on them.... They have gotten rich off the last years.... but at what price? The emperor has on NO clothes... and we all see it now! They have more than mud on their faces... they have blood on their hands.

    Obama will have to hit the ground running to dig us out of this mess! He will choose the people HE FEELS are best for his administration. I have complete confidence in the man! But even if he can't do this in four years... at least, it won't be as bad as it has been. We will be onhe the way up, instead of down.

    November 17, 2008 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  16. chester

    Hillary should run as a Republican, that would stop all this irresponsible nonsense

    November 17, 2008 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  17. Texas Teacher

    Gary.... the real deal is a pitiful claim... there was nothing REAL about the campaign that McCain/Palin ran! It was full of evil lies and unfair attacks. I don't know how any of them can look themselves in the face of a mirror. If that is what you call the "real deal"... all I have to say to the likes of you is that it was maybe Real for you... and Fun in a comical way to the rest of us.... but NOT REAL FUN or we would not have voted you bozos OUT of office! Wake up and smell the stench of your party's policies... nothing REAL about it except that it DOES stink!

    November 17, 2008 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  18. meteorcrater

    Nice guy, but we've seen what a born-again can do when he forces his religious views on the Country. Never again. It retarded medical research and education so that we're neck and neck with Slovakia rather than leading the world in science and math. On the plus side, we do lead the word in dressing and acting like airheads, hookers and pimps. That's gotta count for something.

    November 17, 2008 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  19. Jay Arr

    Wow.. Hey Reds keep the bickering going's what you do the best...blame everyone except yourselves. Huckabee, Romney, Palin are all out of touch and will never amount to anything. Let em cry. The only Red who has anything meaningful to say is Louisiana's Jinto. Watch out for him. He could be the Obama of the Red eyes.

    November 17, 2008 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  20. Dylan, Los Angeles

    You tell em Huck...I won't be voting Republican ever but still think you're a million times better than jerks like Romney and Ghouliani.

    November 17, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  21. scoreboard

    sounds to me more like he is losing big, rather than settling any scores

    November 17, 2008 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  22. scoreboard

    to me more sounds llike he is losing big, rather than settling any scores

    November 17, 2008 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  23. Franky

    Poor, poor GOP. So much to learn in so little time. Is sad that they can't even get on the same page.

    Boy, are they going to need a good "draft" in the upcoming season. Who will emerge? Who will be the biggest free agent? This party is gonna need to do more rebuilding than the Clippers had in ALL of their seasons combined! You cannot have a good gameplan if you don't have a good quarterback, right? You cannot have a good scheme if you cannot protect your quarterback, right? To come and think about it, they probably don't have it as bad as the Bengals! LOL!!!

    But get this first though. They gotta have an identity...

    I gotta say, this is more big news than the Cowboys for crying out loud, LOL!!

    November 17, 2008 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  24. Jay Arr

    The Repubs can't figure out how to fight and win a war. For all the Repub rhetoric of social demons and fiscal values, why did they get the entire world to hate America and drive us 10 billion dollars into more debt?

    November 17, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  25. Independent voter

    I truly believe that the republicans will be waiting for a long time before they get back into the graces of the American people and I don't think they'll be in the white house for a few decades. I have no doubt that Obama will set up shop fo rthe dems for a few decades to come.

    November 17, 2008 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
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