November 18th, 2008
08:59 AM ET
5 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. Diana Ewing NJ

    The GOP seem to like eating their own

    November 18, 2008 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  2. Brian from Fort Mill, SC

    This is how the Republicans can get back on track.

    Step 1: Stay fiscally conservative – smaller government, lower taxes.

    Step 2: Let go of your so-called monopoly on social conservatives. Social conservativism is dying off with every new generation. That's why you're losing members!

    Step 3: Find ways to gradually attract at least a small percentage of social liberals and moderates. In order to do that, you will need to be flexible on abortion and gay rights. Whether you like it or not, both are here to stay.

    If you do those things, then you can sell yourselves as a pro-capitalism party and still stay relevant on social issues.

    Remember. Not only is Ronald Reagan dead, but so is most of his generation.

    November 18, 2008 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  3. Steve

    This book is about WAY more than "settling old scores" – although I'm not surprised that TIME would pull out a few lines in order to sensationalize their story (and take a swing at the Governor) .....perhaps those commenting here should go buy it and read it before offering their uninformed opinions.

    November 18, 2008 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  4. Chris (SC)

    Could someone in the Republican party please stand up and bring the party together? This is getting silly.

    Not that there are enough republican voters right now to really make a difference but the bickering and in fighting is like watching Jerry Springer.

    November 18, 2008 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  5. Chut Pata

    How is this settling scores? Huckabee's main rival was McCain and he has not said anything negative about him. Mitt Romney is "Mr. Negativity" so nothing said against him can be termed negative by his standard. As for Fred Thompson, who was he? Did he run? :)

    If McCain had chosen Huckabee as VP, maybe he would not have gained some of the far right votes which he did not get anyway. However McCain would have got all the moderate votes that he lost due to Sarah Palin, and maybe got a few more of them due to Huckabee.

    November 18, 2008 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  6. Brian from Fort Mill, SC

    scott l November 18th, 2008 8:35 am ET

    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
    ----------------
    FYI – Obama could not choose Hillary for VP because she and Bill refused to cooperate with the vetting process. They still have skeletons that they want to remain hidden. Don't blame Obama for this. Blame Bill Clinton for not giving donor lists, etc.

    In fact, this could possibly derail Hillary's chance of being Secretary of State.

    Remember, there are always two sides to every coin!

    November 18, 2008 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  7. BRian

    Huckabee is petty, mean-spirited and corrupt. This is a right wing wacko who wants to amend the constitution to follow "God's way (meaning Huckabee'e interpretations). He stated he would refuse to enforce an order of the supreme court - "if he really disgreed with it."

    And I'm a republican!

    He also made the list by the independent Judicial Watch of the Top Ten Most Corrput Politicians list!! Run away people. Of course. the idea that this wacko is going to be elected POTUS is laughable. MOST REPUBLICANS CAN'T STAND THE MAN!

    November 18, 2008 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  8. Cynthia a conservative voter

    Huckabee is just jealous that the Republican party bought Palin clothes and he did not get any new duds himself. I guess he took enough from the Governors mansion when he left. Cry Baby!

    November 18, 2008 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  9. Get over it

    Huckabee can say what ever he wants, he was still near the bottom of my choices for the republican nominee, right next to McCain.

    November 18, 2008 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  10. the

    Huck... Your OK dude!

    November 18, 2008 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  11. Cirena

    A person who lost early shoud not be criticizing other people's campaigns. It looks like he didn't do so well either. Maybe if he had run a more successful campaign, he would have won his party's nomination. I'm just saying.......

    November 18, 2008 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  12. Randy, San Francisco

    Don't you just love these family values candidates? Great to see them showing their true colors: hateful, intolerant, and unforgiving.

    November 18, 2008 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  13. Sarah in the South

    Well Huck, I think you have found the ONLY way to get me to vote for Carl (Marx) Obama. If you were running agianst him, he would finally be the lesser of two evils.

    November 18, 2008 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  14. Milton, Harrisburg, PA

    Republicans are starting to look like the democrats did a decade ago–and not in a good way. Fighting for leadership of the party always will help insure a divided party.

    As for Huckabee, he is as anti-intellectual as Palin but is more dishonest about it and has a better veneer for duping.

    Anyone that doesn't believe in evolution is living in the stone age and thinks the rest of us should live there too.

    November 18, 2008 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  15. Arcy

    When Huckabee dropped out of the race, I dropped out as well. He was the BEST candidate in the race. There is a hatred for those who live the Christian faith, and Huckabee does just that. If you are one of those who think the only way to win is to have a center-right candidate, who is only fiscally conservative with no morals directed by faith, you candidate has already run – AND LOST!

    Many conservatives, myself included, did NOT vote this election because we didn't have a candidate in the race. We will continue to sit out in elections where there is no candidate who represents OUR VALUES. If you want to win, conservatives, the candidate must have a strong socially conservative position as well. I for one would rather have Obama than a phony like McCain.

    November 18, 2008 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  16. Ted van Tol

    To Ron, Mike and all the other Obamahaters on these blogs.

    Your "great" country is in a very, very bad shape. Economical and political.
    The world is sick and tired of your politics over the last 8 years.
    Wach Obama heal your country in the next 4 years.
    You are blessed with such a President. So, trust him and you
    will be a part of his historical presidency. And so am I!

    Ted van Tol
    The Netherlands

    November 18, 2008 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  17. Bob in Kansas City

    I think the pulpit candidacy for a president has lost it's luster and only appeals to the Nazi-rightwingers who have now become irrelevant due to their sole anthem overturning Roe- vs Wade something that won't happen while everything else important implodes due to the neglect caused by this monooptic vision as we are seeing as we endure economic collapse worldwide.

    November 18, 2008 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  18. Doug R.

    The GOP is is a meltdown. They are, for the most part, to blame for the condition this country is in. They don't know what to do. This Mr. Huckabee calls himself a Christian and a moral and ethical person. Huckabee is a two faced hypocrite and a bigot. He's a non entity in my book.

    November 18, 2008 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  19. Catherine

    Isn't Huckabee a pastor? Whatever happened to "vengeance is mine,
    saith the Lord"? As a Christian, aren't you supposed to be taking the high road here?

    I've got 3 words for you, Mike: LET IT GO!!!!!!

    November 18, 2008 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  20. Mike in Oahu

    Mike Huckabee represents one of the real problems in the GOP. The big problem the GOP has is with the religious right hijacking the Party and trying to steer government to a theocracy. American democracy was founded on the principals of reason, not religion, during the European enlightenment period.

    The fiscal conservatism of the GOP has been replaced by religious conservatism. The intellectual base of the GOP stands aghast at how things have degenerated.

    November 18, 2008 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  21. Matthew

    While I considered Huckabee the best of the Republican candidates for the nomination this really doesn't paint him – or the GOP – in a very good light. I've never seen such infighting in a party so well, supposedly, known for unity.

    As America is shifting its focus from moral hot topics such as abortion, stem cell research, gay marriage to topics such as the economy, global warming, transparancy in government, etc the party finds itself on sinking ground. The lack of traction with voters appears to be prompting a lot of name-calling, finger-pointing and nastiness within the GOP... If one didn't kow better, one would think they were Democrats. At least we know we're dysfunctional...

    November 18, 2008 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  22. Brian Hubbell II

    The only person who could have beaten obama was Ron Paul. Obama's message of change would have floundered against the message of Liberty and following the Constitution and slashing the size of government which includes it's spending and includes taxes.

    November 18, 2008 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  23. Mickie

    LOL, when there is so little food to be had, the rats will attack each other. If this doesn't show the true nature of the candidates, I don't know what does. Pres. Elect Obama attacked policies and the current administration, but never have I heard him utter a word against anyone personally. I certainly am happy that we will have someone with integrity in the White House again.

    November 18, 2008 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  24. Michael, Houston Texas

    And the implosion continues. I have to agree with most on here, Huckabee is pouring sour grapes. What happened to that Christian love for one another. I guess that only applies if the other person agrees with you, huh? Listen up co called Christian Conservatives, your time is up. No one cares about your views anymore. This is 2008, not 1958. I know, I know, it's hard to reprogram your life long indoctrination but you will have to change, otherwise, you will remain the minority. How does the right wing Christian conservative movement still exist is baffling to me. Put down your bibles and start using that thing inside your head called your brain. I thought after your prophecy of the world ending in 2000 (some of you 2001 for those that know how to count correctly) would have changed your imaginary views, but I guess you are still out there.

    November 18, 2008 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  25. ken

    If the Republicans wish to live under a theocracy I suggest that they move to Iran; please.
    It is time that we all let the healing begin, I will hug your elephant; and you can kiss my a$$.
    Goodnight and good luck...

    November 18, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
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