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. Warren from TEXAS

    Sounds like no UNITY here

    November 18, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  2. J.Crobuzon

    Yeah, very Christian and all. Go away, Huck.

    November 18, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  3. AFAM

    we democrats just have to sit back and relax as we watch the republicans destroy each other.lolas any one ever heard of the word unite.we americans need to unite.

    November 18, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  4. Elle

    Well, a man is entitled to his opinion. I think he's smart enough to know that criticizing his peers won't help him get elected to the white house – but it WILL sell books!

    Smart move, Huckabee. I think a lot of people have underestimated you.

    November 18, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  5. EW

    Really ironic that people are calling conservatives racist seeing as it was Abraham Lincoln, a conservative, who ended slavery and paid for it with his life. Calling someone racist just contributes to the problem. There is only ONE race and that is the human race.

    Everyone forgets that the Democrat party (it is no the Democratic party, do your homework) went through a very similar process during the 80's as the Repubilcan party is going through right now. It goes in cycles. Once one party screws up bad enough we get a dramatic switch to the other party. It's the Democrat's turn at the wheel now. Last time it only took two years to switch back from a Democrat majority. Let's hope they are as wise as they claim to be smart.

    The liberal candidate won, yet the hate from liberals continues. I guess nothing will ever make them happy.

    November 18, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  6. Karen, Arkansas

    Ol' Huck did nothing for the state of Arkansas....don't figure he could do much for the rest of the country either...well I guess he could preach against "liberalism."

    I miss Bill

    November 18, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  7. AL

    Which master do you serve God, or Ceasear ? I had a difficult time voting for Obama, but my choices were limited. I did like McCain but with him came alot of the old baggage the Repuklicans have under the desk so to speak. Can't embrace your type of fundimentalist religion nor your Hippocite Oath. I'd rather take my chances with the Dem's, unless they become like the ultra right and also want to know who what and why the way I think.

    November 18, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  8. Dawn

    Someone tell this former Governor, "Vengence is Mine" said the Lord.
    The old folks arguing will just be them on the back burner and the younger men will carry their party well and the party will not have to pay for their suits either.
    That spending was extreme and should had been a sign to the partyGov. Palin was not the one.
    Maybe after her 7 mill book deal she and her family can step on the stage politically more ready- doubt it but maybe. She saved the men a place in the party by not being a loser. Smiling Faces Tell Lies and she was caught in a national trap which will diminish her in the future.
    I hope she enjoy the book deal and tour: closeness only counts in horseshoes and what you read was not a twisted question. It was a KISS one.

    November 18, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  9. Rachel

    I don't understand the beef with Romney or Thompson. All this finger pointing by the GOP's. They couldn't get their acts together as a group and now they are blaming individuals. Golly are on Fox News what more can you ask for? I thought you were a Baptist Preacher...and you talk about Thompson jumping in late? No one seemed to know you when you threw your hat in the ring.

    November 18, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  10. chrisann snell

    Its unwise to trust anything a politician says.

    November 18, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  11. D.D.

    That party has some angry ole White Men. Don't they? They all feel entitled.

    November 18, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  12. Three buzzards on the Roof

    This guy is the biggest loser since tainted pet food.

    November 18, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  13. Charles L. Shaw, Liverpool, NY

    The GOP is lost, and can not find its way back. They sold their souls to the Big Corportate moneys, special interest, and Lobbist.

    Only Ron Paul is left we a message of salvation. Ron’s message is above the fray and is a message to not only save the GOP, but a savings of an entire Nation.
    It is time to return to the principles of Freedom and Liberty for all.

    November 18, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  14. Vic

    The only thing left for good ol' Mike is to call them "Jerks" ala Palin!!!!

    November 18, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  15. chuck

    Huckabee,Guiliani,Romney,Thompson,McCain,Palin --Recycling will do more harm than good-–They are all GARBAGE.

    November 18, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  16. Pat F

    *Wah* – Romney never congratulated me!

    Geez, what a small, small man.

    November 18, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  17. Paulman

    I think Huckabee is getting unfair coverage on this. While it is arguable whether he is being too harsh or personally insulting to his former rivals (I would argue he is, but perhaps only slightly depending on the context of his comments), the TIME article I read mentioned that attacks are not the main thrust of his book. The corrections and ideals necessary for the GOP to rebuild and move into the future are what he spends most of his book talking about. Perhaps that's why he attacks some of his rivals, because he's trying to show that the GOP should not follow these particular leaders (or principles they stand for) into the future.

    So, I think the media coverage is overemphasizing the negative parts, which by all accounts, is only a small part of his book.

    November 18, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  18. VA Republican

    OK, Let me settle some scores with you Mike H. it is because of YOU the GOP lost bad this year. it is because of your arrogance that we lost the better nominee (Mitt Romney) and ended with the wrong one. it is because of everything you stand for the this party is going down the drain. it is because of the fact the you influenced people to vote against Romney's convections rather than his ideas that he lost the nomination and our wrong candidate lost the election. it is because of your stupidty that this party became something other than what I use to think it was. it is because of you knowing that you stand no chance at all to win the nomination and still your arrogance blinded you from seeing the facts that we lost. I can sit down and write a book about how I low I think of you. if the GOP wants to rebound then they MUST get rid of you and Sarah Palin and everything you stand for and rebuild the party based on the original values it was established upon with enough tolerance to accept that the best candidate does not have to be an evangelical to win the nomination and the vote.

    November 18, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  19. John, Lexington MA

    The guy is a former Baptist minister. It's no secret that Baptists, especially from the South, have an ingrained hatred toward Mormons, or members of The Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Huck would probably do anything not to see Romney as the head of the GOP. Read the book, but do so with caution. There's more than politics in play here for the Huckster.

    November 18, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  20. Saad from NJ

    Huckabee is really a cool man.... Even on channels like Al-Jazeera, sorry I mean Fox News, his show stands out. He is funny, cool and a good man. I wish Al-Jazeera, sorry I mean Fox news had more people like Huckabee.

    November 18, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  21. Disgusted with liberals


    you people just continue to spew hatred, even when you won

    I love it when you hate-mongering liberals try to lump all conservatives to the far right and still say you're christians – fat chance

    you're all going to get what you wanted....socialist america and the end to capitalism and democracy...way to go Obama-maniacs...shall we all pray to the altar of the Obama's now?

    November 18, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  22. hearn

    He try to fool us like shan

    November 18, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  23. katiec

    As usual, finger pointing, postering, ego trips by the republicans.
    They must stop this nonsense and face up to the fact they are
    responsible for almost destroying our country.
    They must put their egos, misguided beliefs on the back
    burner and work on trying to resolve the crisises they have
    given us.
    They must, for once, put the survival of our country first.

    November 18, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  24. Jeremiah Grant

    Go away Huckster!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We know you're bitter that you lost. Please don't bother us again in 2012.

    November 18, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  25. Leah from FL

    The statement by Arcy concerns me:"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." I beg you to take a deep look at how un-rational your statement is. WE (Americans) are a Nation of many different people, and to say you will only participate if there is someone who represents your values is childish, shallow minded, and excuse me for this, UN-AMERICAN. I don't understand this narrow minded and seemingly bigoted approach to Democracy.

    November 18, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
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