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. F. Taylor

    Typical Republican talk about small government and then talk about implementing their personal religious beliefs onto the public. That is not smaller government that is an interfering government.

    November 18, 2008 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
  2. bill, alabama

    Mike Huckabee does not know how to turn the other cheek. His personality and actions do not reflect being a man of God.

    Rather, he is mean and vindictive just like other Republicans are.

    Now that they have lost the election big time, they are all ripping each other to shreds.

    November 18, 2008 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  3. just a thought


    November 18, 2008 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  4. Toyin

    This is why I am taking a second look at called born-again christians seems to be the most ignorant, arrogant, racists, hateful, and self-centered people you can ever find in America

    November 18, 2008 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  5. Jaye

    Huckabee lost all credibility when he joined the fox news team.
    Now he's a laughing stock like the rest of the defeated republicans.

    November 18, 2008 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  6. Wow--Tabby versus Socks

    CNN, you are really bringing out the dirt!! What happened to all of the underhanded dealings of the "chosen one " and the things Hillary (his now friend and colleague) brought out? Thank goodness, for some of us, talk radio and alternative sources of news were available. The stuff you and MSM brought out about Palin and the repubs is idiocy and you know it. Your appeal to the uninformed paid off and now we must pay for it with a "tax and spend" govt. Thanks CNN and MSM. Palin is extremely intelligent and will find a way in spite of Campbell Brown and Co. to appeal to the people next election.

    November 18, 2008 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  7. Frank Lee

    When your opponent is busy punching himself in the head, stand aside and watch the fun. No sense risking injury to yourself.

    The GOP is doing a fine job of self-destructing, thank you.

    November 18, 2008 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  8. Once you vote Black

    This can all be traced back to Uncle Maha Rushie and Operation Chaos. Looks like the GOP has us right where they want us.

    November 18, 2008 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  9. Noah

    AnaHadWolves- This happens every election cycle. This must have been the first election you were old enough to vote in or you have been completely uninformed up until now. Al Gore did the same thing to Bill Clinton and John Kerry and John Edwards absolutely hated each other after the 2004 election. Give me a break lady. Huckabee is hardly a serious candidate.

    November 18, 2008 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  10. Levar Patterson

    Aw Huck.. I liked you when you won Iowa. I liked your stance on giving felons a 2nd chance. But all Republicans lost their credibility with me once you all let Sarah Palin go out and say "Pallin Around with Terrorists"...... and everybody still thinks it was cool.. nobody.. including you Huck.. have the courage to say that what Sarah Palin did was the worst thing ever to occur in a modern political campaign.

    Matter of fact.. as long as you continue to ignore it THE GOP WILL LOSE THE MINORITY VOTE FOREVER<<<<<<<<DO YOU HEAR THAT???


    But noooo... you all are gonna spend the next 4 years thinkin that it was o.k. to go around telling very non-diverse crowds "OBAMA PALS AROUND WITH TERRORISTS".

    The electoral map of 2008 will become permanant until the GOP fixes this problem.

    November 18, 2008 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  11. KofTX

    These guys seem really petty and small. None of them will stand a chance in 4 years.

    November 18, 2008 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  12. Spen

    Why is this guy still around? Republicans need to turn the page and move towards a NEW conservatism. Any candidates from this cycle will be defeated in 2012...including Palin. Pawlenty and Jindal are the future of the party, otherwise, there may not be a party left.

    November 18, 2008 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  13. Chris from Frisco TX

    Down here in Texas, I call him Mr Chuckleby or Mr Hicklby. This man was a minister. Give me a break. He certainly got one as a candidate for GOP. He's right where he belongs. Pickin ' his old guitar and trading comments with Hannity on Faux News. Maybe, he and Palin could do a comedy show together on how much they don't know.

    November 18, 2008 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  14. scott l

    Looks like Bohack is picking hilary. I dont get why we didnt just vote hillary in for the big spot. He has picked all clintons. where is his ideas and people..........what a joke

    November 18, 2008 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  15. xddy4u

    The REPs want Obama to mend fences across Party lines, but the REPs can't mend fences in THEIR own Party. Please stop puting McCain and Hillary in the same rivalry catergory, McCain is of DIFFERENT Party with Bush's Policies, Hillary is of the SAME Party as Obama, wanting to take this Country in tha SAME direction as Obama.
    McCain is an ENEMY rivalry. Hillary is a FRIENDLY rivalry. Obama don't owe McCain jack, other than a HAND SHAKE.

    November 18, 2008 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  16. Hypocracy has no bounds

    So the NY Times posted the lobbyist that are Obama's Cabinet. Looks like the washington machine wins again. Oh wait since democrats picked them they are good lobbyist and have the country in mind not the industries they lobbied for. Backlash will be coming soon just like there was one in 1994. Too bad people refuse to learn thier history. Which is why its always repeating.

    November 18, 2008 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  17. Pam

    What a creep! Sourgrapes I would say...

    November 18, 2008 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  18. LyonsPhilly

    Grown men acting like girls....Unbelievable......

    November 18, 2008 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  19. J.Crobuzon

    Whoa, I actually agree with Huck about something. "Sleepy Fred" Thompson ran as if he were in a coma. He seemed barely awake and kept showing up late or not at all. Why were you all so excited about him? Huck, on the other hand, secured the coveted "Chuck Norris Endorsement" and generally made himself look like a clown act instead of a contender.
    A wise man once said that watching Republicans blame each other is more fun than watching a dog eat peanut butter.

    November 18, 2008 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  20. Michelle, PA

    Yet another sign the GOP coalition is going up in flames. Although I'll be glad to see the current loony "leadership" go down at the hands of its own, I hope the party rediscovers its roots and regroups in the future. There is a need for a traditional conservative force in American politics, just not a hopelessly backwards, deliberately polarizing, mean-spirited and intolerant one. Here's hoping!

    November 18, 2008 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  21. NYFN08

    Frankly, they all need to re-examine their idea of conservatism, even Huckabee. The Republicans must make sure their concensus version is flexible enough to keep up with the changing times or else they will stand no chance in 2012. The people of America sent a message this year by voting against stale, old ideas.

    November 18, 2008 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  22. JB, Nashville, TN

    One thing I admired about Huckabee: During Giuliani's and Palin's nasty RNC speeches, I saw him in several crowd shots looking really uncomfortable while those around him got whipped into a frenzy.

    November 18, 2008 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  23. Dallas, tx

    Tom in Delaware – in my opinion, crying "unfair" every time a republican is criticized is weak. Huckabee brought this article upon himself because he wrote a book with inflammatory comments about republican colleagues. In fact, I am betting that Huckabee wants this article to be written so that his book sales increase. I would strongly expect that a similar article would get written about Obama or Edwards if they had written similar claims. Can you imagine how many articles would have been written if Obama wrote negative comments about Hillary?! Man, I get tired of that line of 'victimhood' nonsense that is propagated by rush, foxnews and the other conservative talk -media and consumed by so many americans.

    November 18, 2008 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  24. Jen, Cali

    I have watched every episode of Huckabee's new show on Fox so far. He is inclusive, accepting of other viewpoints, highly entertaining, and absolutely charming. I don't see how folks of either party would find anything objectionable about it - unless they're intent on doing so from the get-go.

    November 18, 2008 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  25. Jon

    Hopefully this infighting will result in a new GOP that focuses more on smaller government and less on social issues. I mean seriously, I couldn't care less if two people of the same sex whom I don't know want to get married. Republicans need to focus on issues that affect every American, like taxes and Gov't spending, and not on issues that affect a small percentage of Americans, like gay marriage and abortion.
    That's just 2 cents from a fiscally conservative, socially tolerant American.

    November 18, 2008 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
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