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. Wayne Messer

    Someones bitter.

    I guess it is better to blame someone for your losses other than reflect back on what you did wrong and correct them.

    It's more sad because the republicans do not get the reason they lost is GW. PERIOD!!!!!!

    Oh and their inane stances on the "RIGHT-WING-NUT JOBS social issues.

    True America does not hold those self-righteous, condesending views.

    Or did the landslide fool you??????????

    November 18, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  2. Anonymous

    Does anyone else see that Huckabee is just like most politicians...he wrote a book to make $$$$....I'll bet he & his GOP buddies that he wrote about are sitting back laughing as people line up to purchase a copy of the book...

    November 18, 2008 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  3. Stacy from Loudoun County VA

    We knew this was coming...the 11th Commandment is being broken all over the place. This is like watching the Democrats back in the 1980s after Ronnie beat the dickens out of us…what doesn’t kill you will make you stronger guys!

    November 18, 2008 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  4. Wayne Messer

    Ken for President.

    Great line and so true!!!!!

    November 18, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  5. bags

    Huckabee, for good or bad, is simply too divisive a candidate to rally the GOP. He is well-liked by about half of evangelicals but the economic and security wings of the party CAN'T STAND THE MAN. And I doubt the LDS folks are too fond of him either. ANd his mixing of religion with politics makes him unelectable in a general election

    Unfortunately, Gov. Huckabee also has a reputation for being vindicitve and never one to let a slight - perceived or real - go. This is not going to help the perception that he is petty and mean-spirited. The GOP needs to look to the next generation or at least someone with a broader base.

    November 18, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  6. Matthew

    to Arcy,

    It's not a hatred of Christianity... snap out of it, will ya? Try being a Muslim or Hindu in this country and see how much you are disliked and ridiculed.

    Religion, of any kind, does not belong in government. Period. It is not the government's job, not should it be to legislate and enforce morality. It doesn't work. Want an example? Look at Afghanistan or Iran. It doesn't matter what religious faith it is, government should be free of an inordinate amount of religious influence.

    November 18, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  7. Get over yourselves

    Quit trying to stick labels on the President-elect. Use all that energy to do something help someone who is unemployed, homeless, or needs food for Thanksgiving. It will make you realize how lucky we all are to be living in the USA. Remember that Sonny and Cher song, "United we stand, divided we fall..."? There's some truth there if you just stop yelling and think about it.

    November 18, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  8. Brooke in PA

    Wow, some good Christian Huckabee is. Geez.

    Hey Brian in SC, were you one of those people hating on the Clintons during the primary, wanting Hillary out, but then whining when they weren't helping Obama? I'll bet you were. You people are nothing but hypocrites and you have absolutely NO IDEA what you're talking about. Were you around in 1998? The Clintons skeletons have all been out of that closet for some time. The finances aren't anything to worry about, they're just checking to make sure there is no conflict of interest. And according to the Guardian UK, Hillary has already accepted. So you're clueless.

    November 18, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  9. john

    This man lost all credibility with me when while channel surfing I came across his show and he was interviewing Joe the plumber and Tito the builder. Three losers all beating a dead horse. Go away please.

    November 18, 2008 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  10. Alicia

    Wow, I am so glad to hear that the right-wing fundamentalist ultra conservatives are going to sit out any election that doesn't have someone who represents them. Thank God! Perhaps this country can get back to its glory days, when it truly cared about its people, and sought to improve this world.

    I am a Christian, and I am very, very disappointed in the narrow, hateful sect that has come to power in this country. The sect that tries to say it represents Christ. When did Christ ever spew hate towards anyone? When did Christ ever say we should hate or fight anyone? The scriptures I read say that we are to "have a readiness to avenge all disobedience, when OUR obedience is fullfilled." And we should "first take the log out of our eye, before trying to take the splinter out of our brother's eye. That way we can see clearly to remove the splinter from our brother's eye." All I see these days is a bunch of hippocrates that have huge issues and problems, trying to tell everyone else how to live their lives. These people should first learn to walk the talk. Otherwise they will have a lot of explaining to do when they stand before God.

    November 18, 2008 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  11. kellsbells

    who buys these lame books anyway? save your money or donate it to someone who really needs it.

    November 18, 2008 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  12. ProgressiveChange

    The GOP is a thing of past history they won't even exist by 2012 .

    It was going to happen eventually and now it has internal fighting among Conservative Republicans Moderates etc it over .

    Thank God the GOP is dead.

    To CNN and other media outlets do the American People a favor and don't try to help revive the Republican Party let them sink below the sea as they should .

    November 18, 2008 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  13. Heather

    Huckabee was never a canidate that I supported. I personally was all in for Romney or Thompson. Both of those canidates had the country first in their hearts. But Huckabee and McCain both took out Romney, who would have been a better ticket for the GOP going up against Obama. Huckabee thought that he would get the nod for veep from McCain that is why they conspired to throw Romney under the bus.. I hope he isn't the option in 2012.

    Although I do not like Obama, it is what it is and he will be our next president, so I will support him when he does well and critisize him (as i have done Bush) when he does wrong. I just pray that this country continues to stay safe and we have the best intrests of our allies in mind.

    November 18, 2008 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  14. Steve A. , New Braunfels , Texas


    November 18, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  15. Bruce

    Interesting...I thought henwould believe in turning the other cheek, and not fiorgiveness because of his beliefs,,,
    Once again the hypocrite.

    November 18, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  16. bags

    Jindal, Romney, Guiliani, Thompson, Cantor, Pence, Hunstman, even Palin are all fine - just no Huckster!!

    November 18, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  17. Seattle Sue

    Huckabee is inserting too much religion into politics.

    November 18, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  18. CanIcallyouJoe

    Romney – out-of-touch racist zealot.
    Thompson – Hypocritical out-of-touch racist zealot.

    Huckabee – All of the above.

    GOP = 1940

    November 18, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  19. Phil in KC

    Gotta love this Republican in-fighting. Unless he really screws up, it looks like Obama will cruise to re-election.

    November 18, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  20. NJ Republican

    I thought the election was over....stop reporting on all the your new President even if you didn't vote for him and lets all help get this country going again...

    I, and alot of others are tired of living with this anxiety of "what is next?" We have no idea....what's coming is going to come anyway....with you or without you...

    Let's put or best foot forward, climb the hill and move toward a stronger America!

    November 18, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  21. Tony from Brooklyn NY

    You know this is why the republicans win a lot of elections. They don't wait till it's time to fight they fight all the time. The democrat who wants to be in the white house in 2016 should be warming up. Get the name out there; start showing us what you got that’s better than your rivals. If the democrats wait around and relax for the next 4 or 8 years they will loose again. We got the republicans down, or at least on the ropes. It's not time to celebrate yet. Keep after them! We can't be happy until the politicians who are left are much moved to the center! We must get the neo-con politicians out of office everywhere. Take religion off the table!!!! Get back to common sense for the common good of all!!!

    November 18, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  22. Maggie from Virginia

    Well said Ken...

    November 18, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  23. Huck-You in West Virginia

    I thought ol Huckabucky was illiterate..........

    November 18, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  24. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Huckabee is so easy to critizes others-what is his take on why he did not win the Republican nomination for President? Is that addressed in his book. An empty barrel makes the most "noise." Looks like "sour grapes" to me.

    November 18, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  25. EDDIE

    ATTN: WOW TABBY VERSUS SOCKS, 'palin is intelligent"? where do you draw that from? her many intelligent statments,her total ignorance of foreign policy,her constant lies.This lady would be great as Minister of information in Iraq.I heard there was an opening.Well cheers to seeing Russia from your doorstep and lets wait for Putin to rear his head.

    November 18, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
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