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. dan in Tucson

    Another case of sour grapes and finger pointing from the losers. Look in the mirror Mr. Republican and see why you guys are DONE!

    November 18, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  2. Andres V., Nashville, TN

    He is a former Baptist minister...isn't he supposed to "turn the other cheek"? But no...he's SLAPPING THE OTHER PEOPLE IN THE FACE for no reason at all AFTER the election is over. He seemed to be the most far-right of all the Republican candidates to me. Mitt Romney wasn't so bad in my opinion, especially BEFORE he changed his views on abortion and gay marriage to pander to the religious right. I do not agree with anything that Gov. Huckabee stands for, but I do admire him for his strong convictions. It seems to me that he wants the Bible to become the law here in the US, so that we can outlaw abortion, gay marriage, & anything else evangelical conservatives don't like because of their religious beliefs. However, I must remind you that we DO have a separation of church and state in this country (or at least we are supposed to). That would be why I think the GOP needs to be more moderate if it wants people to come back to it. John McCain also changed his views on abortion, immigration, civil unions, and other things to pander to the conservative base of his party. I am an independent, but lean Democrat. If he had not changed his views to satisfy his party, I might have voted for McCain. I admire people who keep their own views regardless of the party's opinion...and it unfortunately seems like too many Republicans continue to move to the right to make the rest of the GOP happy.

    November 18, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  3. mitch

    he's an ok republican, but, i'll never forget his "shooting barack 'joke' ". not a surprising remark by a right-wing, religilous pastor. former and current religious leaders should be barred from public office. the KKK discriminates againts blacks. blacks discriminate against gays. and white evangelicals discriminate against all of them. established religions are a disease in this nation.........

    November 18, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  4. Georgie

    I love Huckabee!!! Sorry that I did not have the chance to vote for him.
    BTW, there are some really nasty comments here.

    November 18, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  5. Sharon Kitchen

    Shifting is what Romney is all about. Whatever will suit him and his needs at the moment. This should not be shocking to anyone.
    I wonder if the book will include the Morman church's attempt for over 30 years to complete the genocide on the Native Americans that were removed by McCain's bill in 1997 onto a radio-active toxic dump so that the land could be sold and Peabody Coal could make millions off this land. It involved the "code talkers" know , Navajo that saved the U.S. in W.W.II. Will his book also include the remark he made when the loud noise was heard back stage,"oh,that's just Obama ducking from a shot".??????????pretty crude statement coming from a preacher. I have watched the past campaign and diffently learned alot about "dirty" politics.The GOP leads in this field.
    The race is over.
    Now, is the time for all of us to come together and work getting "our" country out of the messes it is in.
    We have a presedent-elect and he is choosing his cabinet.
    On with the work.

    November 18, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  6. Ken

    Hey Ron, I thought his ability to relate to the "common" man was a major reason you neo-tards voted for Bush in 2000 and 2004. It is stunning, and very telling for the immediate prospects of the GOP, that you strive to make the very same mistake again.

    You [R]s made a terrible mistake voting for Bush and the consequences to the country of that voting mistake have been horrendous...... yet you and your fellow neo-morons are off in la-la land trying to make the same mistake again, only this time with Huckabee. You people have no ability for cogent self-analysis. THAT alone should be the downfall of the GOP.

    The elctions of 2000,2004,2008 were IQ tests, and many of you failed, 3-for-3. The level of stupidity running rampant in this country is incredible.

    November 18, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  7. sky

    The time for settling "old scores" is over. It's a new day. Anyone who spends time and energy settling old scores is just developing new ones.

    November 18, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |


    November 18, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  9. bob

    i use to have a lot of respect for this guy. Who thought he turned out to be a whiney little baby.

    November 18, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  10. Ken

    @Hypocracy has no bounds: You think the [D]s are the only ones to struggle with learning from their mistakes?!!! Just what have YOU and your pathetic [R] party learned from the stunning mistakes YOU made over the last 8 years, mistakes that continue to bedevil this country now and for some time to come. You GOPers are the very epitome of "hypocrisy knows no bounds".

    November 18, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  11. James

    ProgressiveChange November 18th, 2008 9:38 am ET
    "Thank God the GOP is dead."////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////
    You can’t be serious? Just four years ago Republicans controlled all of the Congress. Even in this election 47% voted for McCain. The Dems will do what dems always do-stray too far to the left and the Republicans will come roaring back.

    November 18, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  12. Reality

    Explain this to me please.

    Why is it A-OK to take three (3) lines out of Huckabee's book to create non-existant discord among the GOP.

    But it is NOT OK to take five (5) chapters out of Obama's book to point to drug abuse and a deep relationship with a racist pastor?

    Have any of you read Clinton's memoirs? If you think Huckabee's book is bad what do you have to say about them?

    CNN keeps deleting the truth!

    November 18, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  13. Mike, Neb.

    I cant stand Huckabee. I tuned into his Fox Noise show for 2 minutes the other day and had to change the channel. He was talking about the prop 8 protests and how much the protesters were turning "violent" against the "innocent" religious counter protesters. Give me a break, this guy just doesn't get it and hopefully the Republicans decide to stray away from these types of candidates or else their party will really be extinct.

    November 18, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  14. FreeNLovIt

    Huckabee is NOT Bush. McCain is not BUSH. They both would have done a WAY better job at overseeing America. I believe in my heart that Huckabee and McCain would have never CRASHED the economy.

    November 18, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  15. Texas Trail Kitty

    Mike, Sweetie, let it go. For the record I think you would have been the best running mate for McCain. You still may not have won, but the Republican party would not have been relegated to a laughingstock. Sarah Palin was the gift that kept on giving – to the Democratic party. Maybe James Dobson was right, she was sent by God. Be careful what you wish for, you may get it.

    November 18, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  16. Morman church?

    Ms. Kitchen, I have heard of the Mormon Church (and have not heard anything about an Indian genocide going on within it), maybe you could explain a little bit more about what the Morman church is you speak of?

    November 18, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  17. James

    From what I am reading here you feel that Huckabee is terrible person and too much of a Christian???????? THEN how do you Dems rationalize the fact that your President Obama is deeply religious and is against gay marriage?

    November 18, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  18. Josh, MA

    Huckabee/Palin ticket 2012!!!!! This would be great, I can imagine the debate conversations now... talking about the country Africa, Pakistan being under Marshal Law, weight loss programs, clothing discounts, and how I did not get congratulated from my opposition in the 2008 campaign. Needless to say, this will all be said with horrible accents while giving subliminal messages of "I am a better christian" with hidden crosses. Go Republicans!!!!! You are definitely going in the right direction.

    November 18, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  19. patriot

    GOP = Gone Old Party

    November 18, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  20. FreeNLovIt

    Thank God for the religious rights and their principles which IS aligned with God. Without them, Judgement will be upon US all, faster than we can blink. When we deteriorate in our moral judgements, so goes the entire country.

    Let Wall Street be an example. When you remove all the laws and start acting according to your fleshly needs, the economy collapsed under the laws of GREED. We all lose.

    November 18, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  21. FreeNLovIt

    Dont hate laws that God has bestowed upon us to make sure we are successful as a society. Remember Wall Street! We took the laws and rules that it must follow and it crashed under the weight of lawlessness.

    Marriage is between a man and a woman. Eighteen days after conception, that embryo has a HEARTBEAT. Anything that has a heartbeat is ALIVE. I struggled with it, but I realize I live because I have a heartbeat, so abortion is killing. We should strive to PREVENT abortions.

    The Universe has laws and scientists study them everyday and realize that the laws are perfect for the Universe to stay its course. God gave us laws, let's not ignore them.

    November 18, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  22. Rick

    This is a man who knows the meaning of truth and would open up his life to any questions the american people have. Obama will not even give us proof as to his birthplace or where he raised all of the campaign money.

    November 18, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  23. FreeNLovIt

    The Republican Party MUST live and this machine must NOT die. This country cannot live on JUST the principles of the DONKEYS. Like I said before, they are both joined at the hips and they both need each other, to stabilize America.

    November 18, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  24. Guy

    God'll get them for that...

    November 18, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  25. MiMi

    Well James, the difference is that Obama has never legislated with a Bible. He may be religiously adverse to gay marriage, but he respects equality and would never, ever consider amending the Constitution based on a sick misuse of religious dogma.

    November 18, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
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