February 2nd, 2010
12:28 PM ET
5 years ago

Huckabee to make political stop in South Carolina

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee heads to a key primary state later this month.
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee heads to a key primary state later this month.

Washington (CNN) – Mike Huckabee, the onetime presidential candidate turned conservative talk show host, will make a political stop in the early primary state of South Carolina later this month.

Huckabee will campaign in Greenville on Feb. 18 for House candidate Rex Rice, who is running to fill the 3rd congressional district seat left open by Rep. Gresham Barrett, a Republican candidate for governor. Rice backed Huckabee's 2008 presidential bid.

Though the campaign stop is in Greenville, the city is actually situated in the 4th congressional district, represented by Rep. Bob Inglis. A Rice spokesman said the location was chosen to accommodate Huckabee, who is flying into Greenville for only a couple of hours.

It's unclear if Huckabee's trip signals an interest in a second run at the White House: his star was tarnished last December by the revelation that as Arkansas governor, he granted clemency to Maurice Clemmons, the man who murdered four police officers in Washington. And Huckabee's political action committee only had $192,000 in the bank at the end of 2009.

He has also spent the last year returning favors for candidates like Rice who endorsed him in 2008. Huckabee has also stumped for Senate hopeful Marco Rubio in Florida, as well as gubernatorial candidates Bob Vander Plaats in Iowa and Andre Bauer in South Carolina

Other potential 2012 candidates who have visited South Carolina in recent months include Mitt Romney, Mike Pence and Rick Santorum.


Filed under: 2010 • Mike Huckabee • South Carolina
soundoff (42 Responses)
  1. Vic of New York

    Where our nation needs to be vigilant is of the destructive campaign the Right Wing is leading to subvert our way of life and impose a Totalitarian Corporate / Christian government.

    This is led by subversionist Ayers and his anti-american "FOX News" organization.

    These people are like the serpent in the Garden of Eden. Fox wants to offer the unsuspecting it "promises" an "Apple of Knowledge". Follow Ayers and Fox and we will all end up in a Hell ruled by Satan himself laughing at how he "out-Foxed" Christians into following him into the tank!

    February 2, 2010 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  2. Mesa Mick

    Looks like 'ol Pastor Mike "The Huckster" is lookin' to launch his 2012 run for POTUS using an Elmer Gantry-type tent revival tour called "I love the Baby Jeezuz, the GOP and My AR-15" in the fertile and friendly political climate that SC is famous for. They just love their religious political grifters down there that's fer shure.

    I can hear the YEE HAWS and shouts of "Obama's not an American" from all those hood wearin', snaggle toothed moonshiners and Talibangelicals now.

    Next stop for the Huckster's tour – A NASCAR race in Tennessee...

    February 2, 2010 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  3. DRCinDC

    maybe he thinks there are too many murderers locked up and wants to free them. this dude is done.

    February 2, 2010 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  4. gt

    stay with fox news and your guitar,,,

    February 2, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  5. Wisconsonite

    So???? He's about as relevant to the current political scene as the Biggest Quitter, Palin!

    February 2, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  6. Wavoter

    It wasn't just that Huckabee let a violent criminal out of jail, it was that he based his decision on a letter from Clemmons (written by his lawyer) claiming he had "seen the light". Clemmon's lawyer knew which hot buttons to push with Huckabee. That letter carried more weight in his decision than the opinion of the prosecutor who convicted him. Also, Clemmon's should have been released only on condition of good behavior and incarcerated at the first offense. None of that happened and he re-offended many times over, with his behavior accelerating into more and more violence. The lawyers in Ark. knew of this blind spot in Huckabee's decision-making process and because of it, Huck gave clemency to more prisoners than the previous 3 governors combined. Huckabee is personally responsible for the deaths of 4 policemen, multiple other assaults & armed assaults, and the rape of a child. No clemency should have ever been considered for Clemmons.

    February 2, 2010 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  7. Jilli

    Is he the candidate for the American Taliban party?

    February 2, 2010 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  8. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    Poor man, he doesn't know that the GOP have already thrown him under the bus!

    Mr. Huckabee, sir, you wont pass the "purity test" the GOP have now, that the Teabaggers have control of the party.

    February 2, 2010 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  9. Disgruntled Progressive

    Another recycled kook making the rounds.

    February 2, 2010 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  10. Paul

    Huckabee should return to school to complete his divinity degree, then focus on just becoming a good Sunday School teacher.

    February 2, 2010 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  11. Bobby Clinkert

    Huckabee is definitely bracing for 2012. I cannot wait to cast my ballot for him. Very exciting.

    February 2, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  12. Pragmatic

    Why always South Carolina? The GOP there believed rove & his lies about McCain's "black baby" and we ended up with Bush! Old southern saying about that state – too small to be a country – too large to be an insane asylum!

    February 2, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  13. Nevada dude

    Huck's actions got 4 cops killed. No one should talk to this buffoon.

    February 2, 2010 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  14. Enitan

    He needs to just keep the negative rhetoric going at that 3rd rate FOX news for his job.

    He released a prisoner that killed 5 cops in Seattle.

    He does not have the judgement to be the president of anything. Period.

    February 2, 2010 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  15. Jill, MT

    This fat pig wants to be president so bad he can taste it. He'll never be president and I'll tell you why. First of all he allowed a convict to leave jail, and that same convict murdered one or two people. Also, he joked about the president being harmed. For those reasons he will never be president. I have a couple more:

    He's fat
    His wife is fat
    His kids are fat
    And he doesn't like minoriites

    Obama girl was on his show and he nearly tripped over himself blushing and making goo goo eyes at her. For the record, she would never be attracted to a fat pig like the Huckster. He's got to be crazy.

    February 2, 2010 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  16. Grin and Bare It

    I'd vote for him. He's definately one of the better ones

    February 2, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  17. Luke Brown

    Rex Rice has been the lead spokesman for Governor Sanford for the past seven years. He thinks Joe "You Lie" Wilson is a wonderful public servant, and that Andre "Stray Cats" Bauer has done a great job as Lt. Governor of SC.

    Thanks Huck ... but no thanks.

    February 2, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
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