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. notagain

    Sarah is all about bringing people together. Oh please someone stop me!

    July 15, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  2. Sir Craig

    Please, please, PLEASE stay with the GOP, Sarah! With your influence, along with such luminaries as Huckabee, Gingrich, Limbaugh, Coulter, Craig, Vitter, Ensign, Coburn, etc., the GOP will wither and die from complete irrelevancy that much quicker.

    July 15, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  3. Jonzer

    That's one of the kookiest things I've ever heard from that googly-eyed cookie monster, a.k.a., Huckabee.

    First, it doesn't matter her party, she's as right-wing as right-wingers get.

    Secondly, does he really think her being a republican actually "helps" the GOP?

    No one can stand her. If he were smart and were truly concerned about his party, he'd convince her to leave and bid her a fond farewell.

    July 15, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  4. Bob in Pa

    Rev. Mike always says it like it is, as does Ms. Palin. The two of them together might make for an awesome ticket in 2012. That is If there is anything left to run.

    I am of course referring to the galactic alignment that is to occur in 2012 bringing about the End of Time. Hmm, maybe BO is the AC after all ?

    July 15, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  5. Seriously?

    LOL, Huckabee, way to insult Baptists. Palin has no chance for national office on the Republican ticket and will have even less than zero of a chance as an independent. This has to be the dumbest person ever.

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

    Whoever said Palin was leaving? I think Huck is trying to patronize Sarah but in the end the Left just see this as more infighting. In 2010 and 2012 Sarah will lead victories over Obama and his economic disasters.

    July 15, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  7. Gary D.

    Palin is an independent idiot.

    July 15, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  8. Marie MD

    Does any intelligent person, or anyone with a half a brain, really think that this woman will be huckabee's, or anyone else's for that matter, rival to the White House in 2012?
    And Huckie, the Post piece was written for this dimwit. She is not able to put two sentences together much less a whole article. Then again, you are now a fox news puppet!

    July 15, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  9. GP

    For being a religious man, Huckabee is at odds with the christian faith. His little 'joke' during the primaries about noise backstage scaring Obama spoke volumes to his mean streak. Definitely something us northerners would expect to hear from a southern gentleman.

    I've watch Huckabee on FOX and plainly he is a hard right partisan and will use any rhetorical device available to serve his cause. That he works for FOX alone is an indeictment to the mans integrity.

    July 15, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  10. CMG

    Maybe he doesn't recommend that she leave the GOP. However, leaving the country with her dysfunctional family wouldn't be a bad idea.

    July 15, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  11. You lose all credibility when you say Palin is smart

    Excellent news if she does run as an Independent. That gaurantees that President Obama will be elected a second term.

    Go Sarah go!!!!! Destroy yourself and take the Republicans down with you.

    July 15, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  12. bayo

    pls, leave this poor woman alone, end of her political career is near.

    July 15, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  13. Hazel

    What difference does it make if Sarah goes or stays? The GOPasaurus is just as close to extinction with or without the Wasillabilly Wahoo.

    July 15, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  14. skeeve

    Yes, Please, let her brunch out and let he take Huckabee and the rest of religious conservatives with her. What remains will be meaningful constructive opposition build on issues rather then the Bible.

    July 15, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  15. Jay

    Just what we need...Huckabee and Palin, two anti-science morons in the Republican party.

    July 15, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  16. Ted

    Yes, Sarah, stay with the GOP. your electricity short circuited its efforts to mount a successful campaign for the White House. your talents will be needed in 2012 so that President Obama will be reelected without any close GOP competition.

    Go Sarah.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    July 15, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  17. Elle

    Palin's not leaving the GOP. She just says whatever she thinks will get the most media attention.

    July 15, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  18. Seattle Sue

    From one bag of hot air to another.

    July 15, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  19. k

    Wow, what do you really want Sarah to do? One day the GOP wants her to sit down and shut up and the next day they are saying, "Sarah don't go we need you to stay so that the GOP membership numbers don't drop."

    This is why people don't trust the GOP because they want it both ways especially if it gives values to the party and not necessarily for the good of the country.

    July 15, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  20. history repeats

    haha rebuild the republican party. you cant rebuild intolerance and ignorance especially when the rest of the country realizes they have been bamboozled by you phonies! your best bet is to do what blackwater did: change your name. but that might not work. your base is practically braindead and they might not catch on that the NEW party is actually the same party with a different name.

    "she brought electricity to the ticket last year"?!?!?

    huh?! why?! because shes pretty?! because she said some ideological nonsense that was written for her by bush's speechwriters? jeez how in the world can you say that you would want her to STAY in your party? how can you not realize it was her fault that mccain got killed! i mean ive always known how stupid the repubs have been it just is amazing everytime you hear them talk. it never gets old.

    July 15, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  21. dave

    you should leave the party

    GOP = PARTY OF NO *

    NO IDEAS *** NO FUTURE

    July 15, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  22. Cassandra Washington

    Huckleberry must be as nuts as she is. If the GOP needs her ... they are really in trouble.

    July 15, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  23. Lisa V

    Although I admit Palin rallied people for about two weeks back in September 2008, Huckabee must be delusional if he thinks that she still rallies those sort of crowds. About the only crowds she would rally now would be burned out bikers, high school flunkies, Army rejects, and Aryan brothers.

    July 15, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  24. Nathan,

    Will she ever go away. Take Huckabee with you.

    July 15, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  25. MSH, Miami, FL

    If Huckabee were smart, he wouldn't get in the way if Palin chooses the leave the GOP. He should, in fact, hold the door open for her and escort her out as she leaves. After all, why shouldn't she quit the GOP? Quitting is the only thing she does well.

    And please, none of this "Palin scares Liberals" nonsense. We don't fear her - we pity her. Her delusions of grandeur are truly pathetic.

    And to CNN, I say keep the Palin stories coming. It's like watching a train wreck that never stops....

    July 15, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
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