November 17th, 2008
07:17 PM ET
6 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. Annjell

    I think the GOP is about to wither away. Hey Republicans, watch the Independents replace your party.
    Gee, it's amazing, they bring Huckabee, reminds me of the show with the cop named Barney – "Why, golly Sarg." Thompson, a wanna be Reagan, and thinks he can win because other actors have won. And Palin, is she HIGH? I can't stand listening to her garbled speech and try to figure out exactly what she is saying. Imagine, she name her kids, trick, slick, tick, tock, or whatever, why'd she do that? She and hubby Todd have normal names, again, is she HIGH?

    November 17, 2008 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  2. meme

    What's the G.O.P. again? There's nothing grand about this party. It's so over, they need to change their name. They truly look like a joke as if they've always been some sort of high school clique, and now they're all fighting for the top dog spot. Get it together Republicans, this is why you lost. You're a joke to this country, you have no values, the only value is how much something cost. You guys suck!

    November 17, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  3. Phil Newton in Murphy, Oregon

    Huck is the one Republican I might have considered voting for.

    But with what we face as a country now, I say...THANK GOD FOR BARACK OBAMA!

    November 17, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  4. Daniel from FL

    Hmmm. And we thought we were not going to have any more juicy stuff to talk about now that the election is over. Watching the Republican party eat itself alive is going to be quite interesting indeed.

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

    huhum, this is why I moved away from the Republican party.

    November 17, 2008 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  6. Nija

    This is the only man during republican debate that said let us be careful how we talk about Obama and today those idiots Romney, Guliane and Fred Thompson and just but a mire gusty wind.

    November 17, 2008 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  7. Unshrub

    The last thing we need running the government is a right wing religious nut trying to impose his views onto others.

    November 17, 2008 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  8. Michael Ray Thompson

    Wow! What do you know? CNN was wrong about all of these candidates. Unforturnatly, the Republicans chose their worst possible nominee and he lost to the worst possible President-elect this country has ever had.

    November 17, 2008 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  9. Steve

    Let's be honest here. If it wasn't for Huckabee, Romney would have destroyed Obama in the general election.

    November 17, 2008 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  10. mrsb

    Just what the Republican Party needs – another right winger who can tell us how to think and appeal to men over 50! I left the party when the religious nuts took it over. Wake up – there are women (most are pro-choice and don't want the government dictating their values), Latinos, African Americans and many young people who are now engaged in the political process! The Republicans have to regroup and not with a right winger leading the way! Can you spell inclusive?

    Republicans also need to revisit what conservative means.........not meddling in people's lives.

    November 17, 2008 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  11. ROCHELLE

    Almost All of the Republicans are liers, cheaters and sore losers. They need to just stop the hate, racism, bigotry and help to bring America back in good stead again. After Bush, Palin, Mccain and the like messed it up

    November 17, 2008 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  12. David

    All that matters is that Obama is President! lol Foolish Reps.

    November 17, 2008 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  13. Obama08 but...

    Mike Huckabee could have EASILY given Obama a run for his money. How McCain and Romney were the top chosen is beyond me.

    November 17, 2008 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  14. Terry

    Between Sarah Palin and Mike Huckabee, I can not decide which one I would not vote for first. I liken both of them to an experience I had as a youth, "watching paint dry". If this is the future of the GOP – we are in for a long run of the Democrats Controlling the Senate, the House, and the White House. Where do old GOP wannabees go? Why to Fox News, of course!

    November 17, 2008 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  15. fatherof5

    Huckabee was an opportunistic spoiler, who marshalled the evagelicals to do just enough damage to Romney's bid to cause him to drop out. This book is another in a series of taking advantage of any possible shred of publicity he can get. Huckabee is a clown, certainly never had a possible chance at getting the nomination, but acting to spoil Romney's chances, giving us McCain who was destined to lose the election. It was clear a year ago, and it has played out. Now he has the nerve to take shots at Romney, who is by far the better man.

    November 17, 2008 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  16. zgomer

    Hickabee stabbed Romney in the back in the WV primaries, he made a big deal of his LDS faith, so why is hillbilly Mike crying about! Nobody will read his book, so what does a weashed up old has been do...he cries! He still a gomer Pyle look a like and he is a pile of...!

    November 17, 2008 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  17. fred

    Yeah, like that's all huckabee's book is about. Huckabee only ever speaks the truth, and these statements he said were all true.

    November 17, 2008 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  18. KJL

    You could dam the Colorado River if you piled up all the books that have been written by or about politicians in the last ten years. You could keep the homeless in San Francisco warm all winter if you incinerated them. Maybe there is a better use than reading material.

    November 17, 2008 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  19. Lisa

    Just confirms this is a party of mean spirited right wing zealots who are out of touch with real issues and would rather castigate each other.

    November 17, 2008 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  20. endlos endlos

    Poor, poor liberal Democrats. How little it matters how little they know.

    November 17, 2008 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  21. chuckles199

    who cares?

    November 18, 2008 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  22. DOCS 3

    IT IS NO WONDER S. PALIN HAS A CHANCE TO LEAD THIS DEFUNCT
    PARTY. THEY ARE LIKE THE NEWS MEDIA AND THE REST OF THESE TALKING HERDS THAT FINALLY GOT A POLITICIAN THAT THEY CAN READ. I JUST HOPE THAT OBAMA KEERP THEM RUNNING AROUND LIKE CHICKENS WITH THEIR HEADS CUT OFF. THAT IS WHAT MAKES HIM STRONG.

    BY THE WAY BLOGGER GARY. THE REALITY IS THAT WE REALLY BELIEVE THAT S. PALING AND HUCKABERRY FINING IS THE REAL DEAL. THE PROBLEM IS THAT WE HAVE NOT FIGURED OUT WHAT IS THE "DEAL". "ENQUIRER OR SITCOM" ONE RUN FOR A WEEK ON THE STORE SHELVES AND THE OTHER MAY RUN FOR A SEASON, BUT, EVENTUALLY BOTH GO AWAY. "WORD UP" ON THAT FACT (DEAL).

    November 18, 2008 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  23. Jon NY

    please let them all run again in four years, we will have another Obama victory.

    November 18, 2008 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  24. chuck

    Huckabee and Romney,Two wasted politicians. I would call off recycling these two dummies.They are just like Rudy Gui-–the garbage face idiot.

    November 18, 2008 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  25. Objective Mike

    Since when is offering OBJECTIVE thoughts based off one's personal experiences, in this case as Gov. Huckabee LIVED them, to be considered unbecoming of a Christian. Christians are allowed to have fight in them, too. In fact, in certain matters, they are instructed to protect and defend with all fervor. You people who gleefully chastize and ridicule people who have values rooted in Judeo-Christian principles are ignorant to the history of the very country in which you live. The values held by people like Gov. Huckabee are largely the same as those that were held by the likes of George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and the list goes on. Other than that, I see your point - those evil Christian people and those commandment things they subscribe to - gosh, they're a real problem (sarcasm as rich as possible is implied). Get real and get informed, people. Don't just live for today.

    November 18, 2008 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
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