July 15th, 2009
08:54 PM ET
5 years ago

Huckabee warns Palin: Don't leave GOP

Huckabee wants Palin to stay in the GOP.
Huckabee wants Palin to stay in the GOP.

(CNN) - Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee has a warning for Sarah Palin: Don't abandon the Republican Party.

The former presidential candidate and potential future White House rival of Palin's said Tuesday he's concerned about speculation the Alaska governor may leave the GOP to become an independent.

"I hope she remains - let me be real clear - a part of the Republican Party," Huckabee told FOX News. "I'm a little concerned when I hear her say that she may sort of branch out and go third party or go independent. That would be a big mistake because we need to rebuild the Republican Party, not abandon it."

The comments come days after Palin told the Washington Times she intends to spend her days out of the Alaska governor's mansion campaigning for both Republican and Democratic candidates whose ideas she supports. That prompted speculation the onetime GOP vice presidential candidate could consider running for office in the future as a third party candidate.

But Huckabee - who, like Palin, is thought to be considering a White House bid in 2012 - said Palin has an important role to play in the Republican Party.

"I want her to succeed, and I'm delighted to see her continuing to use her voice because I do think that she rallies people," he said. "She brought electricity to the Republican ticket last year, when, frankly, there was about as much excitement as you would see, you know, at a - at a Baptist dance, which means there wasn't any, until she showed up for the ticket. And then there was fire going forth."

Related: Poll: Majority of Republicans don't think Palin's qualified for prez

Huckabee - now a commentator for FOX News - also praised Palin's recent Washington Post op-ed attacking President Obama's support of a "cap and trade" program, saying it shows her "serious side."


Filed under: Mike Huckabee • Sarah Palin
soundoff (311 Responses)
  1. Obama Campaigner

    Well, she may not leave the the GOP, but she sure has left her post. As a pentecostal christian, the one she claims to be, she's a disgrace. She made me campaign for President Obama, so that I won't have another hypocrite in office. I mean golly, why must we christians be represented by the most unethical people.

    July 15, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  2. Shawn

    Palin's goofy op-ed in the Washington Post was instantly exposed as a series of exaggerations and lies, as she is now a shill for big oil. Good to know Republicans still admire dishonesty over all else.

    July 15, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  3. Hobart in TN

    Has Fox officially annouinced that it is the mouthpiece of the GOP 24-7, or are they still trying to hide that fact from the public?

    July 15, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  4. mike

    Can not wait for this woman to be out of the news!

    July 15, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  5. Dave C - NJ

    Gerald, Palin has no plan, never had a plan, never will have a plan. Her ghost writer that wrote her Times article got it all wrong, not that that's a shock. She sits on the sidelines and critiques, but has no vision, no strategy, nothing to offer. Just like the rest of the GOP, thus Huck is correct, she should stay.

    July 15, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  6. Neutralizer

    IMHO only Sarah Palin can rally the GOP to work together and go back to fundamental stand of the party, basic principles of the Republican Party. Palin is a new kind of Conservative, not too far right but at the center where it should be – true governance is in the middle and it always succeed be it Republican or Democraps. There's an increasing number of independent voters; the Jackarse and elephant are moving too far left and too far right. The GOP must stick with fundamental laws of the land, that is the constitution. Palin can bring conservatives, moderates and independents into one big umbrella. The democraps hates her because they're afraid of her, the extreme rightwingnuts hates her because she follows the law of man (constitution) not the bible. Palin is a moderate Republican which we all call conservatives, there's nothing wrong with that; this country was founded on conservatism not liberalism or socialism.

    July 15, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  7. Andrew

    I was a huge opponent of Sarah Palin during the election. That being said, I believe that it is a very big step in the right direction for her to step out of the republican line and say that she will support any candidate that has the same beliefs as her, whether that be a democrat or republican. George Washington, in his farwell address, warned our nation about political parties, and he was very right. People need to stop identifying themselves as republican or democrat, especially our nation's youth. These new voters are basing their feelings about issues, like abortion and the death penalty, on their political party instead of on their own true feelings.

    "I'm a republican so I must be pro-death penalty"
    "I'm a democrat so I must be all about increasing taxes"

    These sad misconceptions will one day bring about the downfall of all individual thinking. Thank you Sarah Palin for swimming against the stream. You are an example for us all.

    Andrew

    July 15, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  8. Pete

    Sure, Mike, keep her in the GOP. That will guarantee a Democratic victory next time. Just because she can "see" Russia from her house doesn't make her an expert on foreign affairs; just because Alaska has oil reserves doesn't make her an expert on energy policy. She doesn't know much about the issues that a politician must know to be successful. She likes to be looked at, likes to be in front of adoring fans, some of which fantasize about her sexually, and likes to feel important. She can only be one to slam the opposition, and, just like Limbaugh, and has no ideas to replace the ones she complains about. I'd love to see her at the top of the ticket in 2012, but the Republicans can't be THAT stupid, can they?

    July 15, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  9. JayG

    Although I'm not a huge supporter of Palin, I dont see why there is sooo much hate against this woman. Everybody calls her stupid and a moron, but I've heard some dumb things come out of Obama's mouth and nobody says anything. If people in the media were attacking Obama's children like they did to Palins everybody would be screaming racism! double standard is not fair at all. Leave the woman alone.

    July 15, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  10. Zenichi-maro

    Funny how the GOP seems to be rallying around its loose canons, rather than securing them.

    I humbly suggest that extremists like Palin (and, to a great degree Huckabee) are exactly what the GOP does NOT need in order to survive and remain relevant. Why does this, the Party of Lincoln, look more toward flash and sparkle, verve and image than to substance and well-argued public policy? If I wanted a Barbie doll for president, I'd vote the Mattel ticket. However, wishing to have intelligent, articulate, moderate, and educable human beings occupying high office, I shall continue to avoid the GOP.
    -znm

    July 15, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  11. once upon a horse

    looks like there seem to be more Republicans throwing darts lately than "LIBS" as you all like to call them. But when they attack their own I guess it's alright.

    July 15, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  12. JGB

    Geez, enough already. CNN you have done your job in destroying her. You just love to read all the idiot posts you create? People around here get their facts from Saturday night live!

    July 15, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  13. Gasman

    As a commentator for FauxNews, Mike Huckabee has lost all claim to any vestigial decency that remained after his presidential bid. It doesn't matter whether Palin is in or out of the Republican Party, she will kill it either way. If she leaves, she takes with her the inbred cousin lovers who have skulked in the darkest recesses of the party for decades. If she stays, she drives away nearly any Republican who has a brain.

    The GOP is made up of far too many moribund cave dwellers who cheer when Palin utters inanities. The sooner the party implodes the better. Maybe a new party will emerge from amongst the ashes of the GOP that will serve our country better. It can't happen soon enough.

    July 15, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  14. indyreader

    Frankly, I'd love it if Sarah Palin left the GOP and formed her own party. What would be left in the GOP then, might actually be worth voting for.

    July 15, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  15. John in Tampa

    Mr. Huckabee, I'M an independent. Ms. Palin cannot BE one, so rest assurred she will stay Republican or we will all die laughing. I don't mean it is a club, I mean she is incapable of thinking in any way that 'independent' people think.

    It is not what SHE does, it is what the Republican Party does. You need to dump this quitter-person or you will never be taken seriously again either.

    July 15, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  16. Steve

    The Republican party will be dead by 2012. Its main support nowdays
    is in the South with people who are Baptists which is the Church almost everyone belongs to in the South. Huckabee fits well with this group.
    Rupublican Party will become a third party and a new party will dominate the country if not in 2010 it will sweep the country in 2012.

    July 15, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  17. Mike

    I agree with Palin's views, but if she joins a third party it won't be taken seriously just like she wasn't taken seriously.

    July 15, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  18. Brett from Oriskany,VA

    Yes, Sarah, by all means stay in the Republican party. It will assure independents and Democrats that Republican means "wing nut" and assure a second term for Obama. Only the super rich, racist poor whites and assorted wing nuts can support either Palin or Huckabee. Oh, and change the name from Republican to American Taliban, it suits your philosophy.

    July 15, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  19. Shawn - GA

    Love her or hate her that is your right. One thing that can not be ignored is that she is important to both Dems and Reps.

    If she was as useless and pointless as many of you try to say, she would be ignored and left behind. Instead major people are paying her major attention.

    July 15, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  20. Cathy in AZ

    His comments prove why we was not the nominee either! I have no problem with Gov. Palin staying in Alaska. i just would like her to stay out of national politics!

    July 15, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  21. Tim

    Clearly Huckabee's afraid of a third party or independent run by Palin because he knows she would take votes away from him.

    July 15, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  22. Third Party Palin

    I support Palin's bid to run as president under a new third party:
    The Egotistical Party.

    To Gerald @ 2:54: and "progress" is not a verb.

    I sure hope Palin "progresses" in her effort to start a third party.

    July 15, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  23. Jon

    How bad off can the GOP get, when even Palin makes noises about leaving it?

    The GOP is on life support right now as it is. If Palin goes, it's another nail in the coffin.

    The only thing is how many nails can that coffin lid hold already? It seems that it should be pretty filled up by now.

    July 15, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  24. Sarah/Irrelevant

    Yeah...stay on Sarah. You level of intelligence is less than 1%. You might have the looks but no "BRAIN". The GOP is the biggest joke in the world to support this nut case...

    July 15, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
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