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. JL

    Remember when every right-winger out there was accusing Obama of "spreading the wealth around" without ever listening to the actual conversation that took place between Obama and Joe the Opportunist? Twisting Obama's words to mean something they didn't?

    Right-wingers like Huckabee and Romney shoving their religion down my throat by turning our nation into a theocracy based on their hypocritical form of christianity is much more scary to me than the pretend scenario of wealth redistribution.

    November 18, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  2. Love My USA/Do You?

    It’s amazing how the liberal can twist things that benefit their liberal brain.
    Liberals in time will realize that voting for BO is going to come back and bite them in their pockets, not to mention the possible threat to the USA.
    If the Liberals take full control of the house with their 60 votes, you will start to see the country going so left, your taxes going up, and your freedom being taken away.

    If you all believe that there is no in-fighting within the Democratic Liberal party, WOW, are you all in for rude awkening.

    BO has quite a few pay backs to his Liberal Democrats who help him win this election.

    PS: I am sure ACORN, FannieMae and Freddie Mac will also be there with their hand out.

    November 18, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  3. CM in AR

    This is one SCARY dude! Don't want him anywhere near the white house!

    November 18, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  4. Jag

    Wow – these Republicans are sure busy trying to eat each other aren't they? Why don't they just call themselves "The Donner Party" and get on with it?

    November 18, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  5. AEK

    Okay ladies, let's try to get along for the "good of the party". Remember the eleventh commandment..."Thou shalt not speak ill of another Republican". On the other hand, it is an amusing side show to watch.

    And on another note, two words for the folks posting on CNN, spell check, dictionary and proofread. Okay I know, that's really three words, but at least they're all spelled correctly!

    Obama/Biden 2012

    November 18, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  6. Appalled American

    The hatred being spewed from the left is very unbecoming. Keep it coming, thus turning the country away from you. Please make our comeback in 2010 easier.

    November 18, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  7. Jen, Cali

    Levar Patterson November 18th, 2008 8:27 am ET
    . . . what Sarah Palin did was the worst thing ever to occur in a modern political campaign.

    Wrong, Levar! The Obama campaign and election were the biggest MARKETING SCAM ever to occur in modern politics !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 18, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  8. Casaba King

    It is amusing to see the dagger-tongued people on this blog criticizing someone for criticizing someone.

    November 18, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  9. Pablo R

    LOL... He's still angry at something that already finished... It was better when he was a quiet man. You need therapy, Mike!

    November 18, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  10. recycle washington

    hey Hucka bee,

    - u can't fool're no better....

    go away

    November 18, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  11. lucinOH

    Let's see if CNN post this:
    Arcy, are you serious? People hate Christians? I think what you mean is that people hate the fact that very conservative Christians (AKA Sarah Palin supporters) insist on shoving their conservative views down everyone's throats. I have friends who are very conservative Catholics and I love them as people but I just do not agree with them on anything political. I think what you meant to say is that very conservative Christians hate people who do not agree with them. Please keep your paranoia in check.
    And to the rest of you Obama haters: Give it up. He's not even in office and has put more thought into his job (starting 1/20 mind you) then your man has put into his ongoing job for the last eight years.

    November 18, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  12. Vicki5

    Speaking as a democrat who really should be republican except that I keep things in context better than most evangelical Christians, Mr. Huckabee would have made my decision in the election much tougher. I see Huckabee as one who could lead the conservative republicans. Don't like Romney, but perhaps he can lead the moderate republicans and call themselves the independent party.

    November 18, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  13. Alaskan Fame Junkie

    I don't agree with anything that Huckabee stands for, but I do think he seems like an all right guy.

    November 18, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  14. Geraldine Coleman


    November 18, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  15. Laverne

    The republicans are throwing each other under the bus by the dozens. Sounds like a shift in power to me. This is sweet!

    November 18, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  16. Atlanta

    You Democrats are still at it. You won the election now move on and let the Republicans re-group.

    November 18, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  17. Geraldine Coleman

    Louisiana will not be voting for Jindal again.....He's outta here.

    November 18, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  18. Gracie


    November 18, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  19. TrueIndependent

    Someone get him a dentist

    November 18, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  20. Anchorwind

    Anyone who does not understand the separation of church and state should be disqualified from federal office. Ignoring that concept violates the principles found amongst our highest documents. Concepts such as: 1) not establishing a federal religion, or favoring one religion over another, 2) life, liberty and the persuit of happiness, 3) life, liberty, and property 4) and the very clear "the united states was in no way founded upon the christian religion" as found in the Treaty of Tripoli, ratified by congress. We can expand this thought process, but hopefully this should be sufficient to illustrate the original point.

    November 18, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  21. Pat

    Interesting, scanning down this lits of comments, seems like everything is just being mean. The majority of comments are from Democrats singing hate – yes that is what it is hate towards Republicans and conservatives. The remaining comments are Republicans being ugly towards their own party. The Democrats didn't like the Republican agenda pushed down their throats and Republicans don't like a democratic agenda pushed down our throats. We need solutions but non-politicians to solve our financial issues. Every politican has a personal agenda to get elected and do whatever it takes, spend whatever it takes and say whatever it takes. And the majority of these comments are from people that believe them.

    November 18, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  22. thomas

    A man cannot serve two masters. Huckabee should make a choice.

    November 18, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  23. Mike

    Huckabee represents a divisive set of principals and morals. He'd be the first in line to replace the constitution with the Bible. Perhaps he'd be better off in Iran where a Theocracy is more tolerable. This man is a hate-filled hypocrit that will promote religion regardless of the desires of The People.

    November 18, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  24. Larry Coury ( Houston, Texas )

    If I was a conservative, (which I'm NOT) Huckabee would be the one I would have VOTED for.....Because of his one tax plan idea. a percentage of what you make all across the board, and eliminate the I.R.S.

    that's the best thing I liked about the "Huck"

    Larry Coury
    Houston TEXAS

    November 18, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  25. ran

    Huckabee is one of the reason the Republicans are in such deep trouble. His ideology is not needed or wanted in our politics. He need s to just go away like Palin and the others who are more interested in dividing this country then bringing us together. People :abortions/stopping gay rights and the other single minded agendy of the far right of the republicans are not going to happen so they need to get over it.

    November 18, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
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