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.

Filed under: Mike Huckabee • Mitt Romney
soundoff (190 Responses)
  1. AnaHadWolves

    Gosh. Huckabee chastises Romney and Thompson. Pawlenty jumps on Palin. McCain's people diss Palin. The circular firing-squad is in full use. Republicans rip Republicans. The GOP is being torn in several directions...far right to moderate...and the blame game continues with the Religious Right being blamed by the moderates and the moderates ripping the Religious Right.

    Bring on 2010 and get ready for 70 Democratic Senators! Life is good!

    November 18, 2008 05:34 am at 5:34 am |
  2. Tom in Delaware

    Oh yeah CNN, you're right on the money again...What a cat-fight!!

    Next thing you know, he's going to point out that one of them needed to polish their shoes.

    Way to cover a story...too bad you couldn't have been as vigilant about John Edwards or Barack Obama.

    November 18, 2008 05:49 am at 5:49 am |
  3. Alice Newman Center Harbor NH

    What happened to "turn the other cheek" ? "Love thy neighbor as thy self?" Or is Pastor Huck following his version of the Golden Rule: " Do unto others before they do it unto you?"

    Anyway you publish it, the bitterness does not reflect well on Pastor Huck. I never did care for his naming dead pheasants for his top three rivals ...

    November 18, 2008 05:54 am at 5:54 am |
  4. Jon

    I think Alexander Mooney has a vivid imagination and at least one commenter is buying it.

    November 18, 2008 06:09 am at 6:09 am |
  5. thirstyjon

    I think Alexander Mooney has a vivid imagination and at least one commenter is buying into it.

    Are you out just looking to find hypocrisy with Huckabee?

    I'll vote for him again if he runs again.

    Anybody but Barack Obama in 2012.

    November 18, 2008 06:11 am at 6:11 am |
  6. Rich

    As a former republican, I now find "conservative" a dirty word. To me it means, exploiting the little guy, exploiting minorities, bigotry and religious intolerance. Not to mention, that the rich should get richer and the poor get poorer.

    While i am not in favor of more socialistic policies, I feel that the republicans instead of providing that path to the american dream, have been carefully allowing that path to crumble and decay as they have with much of our infrastructure. (and sometimes building roadblocks)

    At times, I feel that the financial bailout of Wall St was possible because many of them are republicans, while most of the poor souls who will be hurt by the automaker crisis are democrats. ^_^

    November 18, 2008 06:12 am at 6:12 am |
  7. Jim L.


    November 18, 2008 06:22 am at 6:22 am |
  8. Ken in NC

    Huckabee, Romney, Thompson. Pawlenty, and Palin need to get in a barrel and go for the Niagara Falls.

    November 18, 2008 06:28 am at 6:28 am |
  9. Pete

    Making an issue of Mr. Huckabee's retrospective is really unimportant. The GOP needs less volume and more substance in their positions to win back their credibility. This backbiting nonsense is just an old political boil rising to the top.

    November 18, 2008 06:35 am at 6:35 am |
  10. Ted van Tol

    He backs the NRC, a real christian?

    November 18, 2008 06:42 am at 6:42 am |
  11. LET IT GO

    Who cares these two are both losers.

    November 18, 2008 06:43 am at 6:43 am |
  12. scott of utah

    How Christian of him,

    November 18, 2008 06:44 am at 6:44 am |
  13. RJ

    I'm tired of hearing about the GOP. Who cares who their leader is, what Palin says, who is blaming who for what, and all their petty bickering.

    November 18, 2008 06:50 am at 6:50 am |
  14. BK

    Says the man who's biggest endorsement came from Chuck Norris.

    November 18, 2008 06:55 am at 6:55 am |
  15. Barbra, IN

    Who cares? The huckabeast is irrelevant.

    November 18, 2008 07:05 am at 7:05 am |
  16. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    This seems very unlike Huckabee. Maybe he is getting frustrated with those that have the name recogintion or money that he didn't have at the beginning of the campaign. The Republicans have a lot of problems right now. This appears to add to them.

    November 18, 2008 07:05 am at 7:05 am |
  17. Ron

    I voted for Mike Huckabee in the Ohio primary. Mr. Huckabee should you choose to run again in 2012 , you have my vote.
    I feel Mike Huckabee is the first Republican since Reagan who could relate to the common men and women of this great country.
    Mr. Huckabee I wish you and your family well, go for it in 2012.

    November 18, 2008 07:10 am at 7:10 am |
  18. Tim in VA

    "Settling Scores" and "Lashing Out". I don't quite see that. This appears to be yet another typical CNN smear of a conservative candidate. Journalism is dead.

    November 18, 2008 07:25 am at 7:25 am |
  19. Dennis

    This is a non-story. It is a book. He makes some honest statements and now its a cat fight? Give me a break. CNN must be having a hard time finding work now that Obama has won the election. This has nothing to do with "scores to settle."

    November 18, 2008 07:28 am at 7:28 am |
  20. Sue

    I have watched a bit of few of his shows on FOX. This man is divisive, dismissive of other viewpoints, and pretty obnoxious. I doubt mainstream Republicans will embrace him in 4 years.

    November 18, 2008 07:31 am at 7:31 am |
  21. T-Bone

    The best news of all is the Joker (Rudy) says he could still run again in 2012! What a great candidate he was, and what a rousing speech at the convention!!

    November 18, 2008 07:36 am at 7:36 am |
  22. lieNoMore

    Come on!! Huckleberry and the rest of the parochial and brickhead wings of the GOP ought to go home and read The Constitution. And this means using an !!American perspective!! i.e. "individual liberty and justice FOR ALL"...

    If Huckleberrry and friends want a religious state, there are still a few areas left in the Afgan hills welcoming a few good morons. (Better hurry though because we will soon be sweeping the last of those Neanderthals out hopefully)

    November 18, 2008 07:41 am at 7:41 am |
  23. Scott Tucson

    And from reading Campbell Brown article today on Obama's hiring of lobbyists, it appears that Obama is now settling some old scores by bringing them into his administration. No CHANGE there.....

    November 18, 2008 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
  24. just a thought

    sad republicans.

    November 18, 2008 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
  25. Juan Grain

    Gotta love those Christian values! Live them don't talk them. And if you need to learn how just watch President Elect Obama!

    November 18, 2008 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
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