November 18th, 2008
08:59 AM 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 (190 Responses)
  1. FreeNLovIt

    Hey, I read somewhere that the Wall Street bailout is working. Really? After giving CEOs and upper top management their pay and bonuses and RELEASING thousands of workers, it's working? We should have NEVER bailed out Wall Street and the government should have just taken oven the entire industry to provide CREDIT and get the cash flowing. We should have let the CEOs apply for unemployment and welfare, the way I did for not being able to find work.

    We should ask these people to do community service.

    November 18, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  2. Angie-OHIO

    more back stabbing by another losing repub.

    November 18, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  3. dittohead with forty names

    Poor Huck,Opies calling you to go fishin today Huck and Aunt Bee baked a pie.I got to go and get my daily talking points from my Savior,"Rush Limbaugh",the man with the golden microphone.Be back soon kids with some new Rush hate lines,out right lies and half truths.

    November 18, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  4. Obama08 but...

    Huckabee would have given Obama a run for his money. I don't know how him and Ron Paul didn't squeeze out a lot more voters. Seems to me there needs to be a new Republican party for people like me that have conservative values but don't want to support big oil and good ol' boy joe this and joe that. Go Mike! I like Obama, but that he's even CONSIDERING ANY Clinton, makes me wonder about the whole idea of "change".

    November 18, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  5. j7

    Romney was a flip-flop and the right saw through it, that is why he was on the outside looking in.

    I am still laughing at Guliana paying $30,000,000 for exactly one delegate, I think. At that burn rate, he would have needed a couple of trillion dollars to secure the Republican nomination to amplify his "911" based campaign platform.

    November 18, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  6. Tulsa

    Huckabee's a funny guy.... I don't like his political views mainly because they are infused with too much religious fervor, but he'd be a "good hang".
    It's something to see the Republican party fall apart like this. I just love it!

    November 18, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  7. chuck

    Hey, Huckabee....what kind of former minister are you? As a former man of God, aren't you supposed to forgive?

    Shame on you!

    November 18, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  8. James

    Obama certainly inspired his followers to vote no on gay marriage at a time when the movement really needed his support . I still don’t understand how you rationalize this....because you think his intentions are good? A Republican not supporting gay marriage is bad! Obama not supporting gay marriage is ok because his intentions are good.

    November 18, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  9. Catholic-mom-4-OBAMA

    @ FREENLOVINIT...... that's fine that GOD gave us laws. Here is the problem, NOT everyone believes there is a GOD, not everyone shares YOUR BELIEFS!

    So, when the self-righteous-holier-than-thou-religious Republicans try and shove their values down our throats, it will backfire every time! IF you read the Bible, GOD is clear, that HE will not force Himself on anyone...... WE ARE FREE TO CHOOSE GOR OR NOT. YES, there are consequences, BUT THAT'S IS NOT UP TO.......YOU to decide who is or isn't saved! GOD IS THE ONLY JUDGE. Thank GOD!

    The Republicans will continue to fail over and over, as long as they continue to spew hate, lies, fear, and division!

    November 18, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  10. just a thought

    republicans gone forever? maybe.

    November 18, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  11. Romney brought the devil in him

    He seemed like such a sweet guy too...

    November 18, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  12. gg

    While President-elect Obama is reaching out to his opponents, going beyond the election campaign and trying to create an inclusive administration, Huckabee is a typical republican with a "holier-than-thou" attitude. He is out for the money, writing a weak commentary, being critical of other republicans and pushing himself with Hannity.

    I have voted for republicans in the past, but voted for Senator Obama this time. The republicans have a long way to go to gain any credibility back. The likes of Huckabee, Fred Thompson and Palin will not be able to give that to them.

    November 18, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  13. Sugarsmax

    Dear God please save me from your followers and the faithful followers of the Republican Party and the NRA !!!!!!.........they seem to be a bunch of ignorant , bigoted and self absorbed people who are full of hate

    November 18, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  14. jr california




    November 18, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  15. kenny cole

    we demo are laughing at you now tear yourself down

    November 18, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
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