Huckabee draws contrasts between him and Palin
December 6th, 2010
10:34 AM ET
4 years ago

Huckabee draws contrasts between him and Palin

(CNN) - Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said he hasn't decided whether he'll run for president, but thinks people should be paying attention to him.

"I just don't understand how it is that a person can read these polls day after day and the narrative is constantly everybody but me," Huckabee told Politico.

"Whether I do it or not, the fact is that if one looks at the overall body of information that's available, nobody would be in a better position to take it all the way to November."

Huckabee also drew a contrast between the attention given to former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, with whom he shares a base of support among religious and conservative groups.

Palin, who is also considering a presidential run, has drawn large crowds - and intense media attention - across the country during her book tour for her latest bestselling book, "America by Heart."

"She's brought an enormous amount of energy to the party. As to why she seemingly draws 10 times the attention, I don't know," Huckabee said of his Fox News colleague. Huckabee noted that his own book signings have drawn crowds of up to 1,400 people, a feat the media has largely ignored.

"You're never going to read that. I'm never going to be breaking news because I made a comment on Twitter and Facebook. Why is that? I don't know," he said.


Filed under: Mike Huckabee • Sarah Palin
soundoff (50 Responses)
  1. Josh Grisdale

    Maybe it's because you've never been in a beauty contest?

    December 6, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  2. Don Hughes

    What makes this guy think he should be considered for President.

    December 6, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  3. jennie-fl

    Because you have class, experience and smart, compared to the dim witts that folllow this crazy women and now this idiots want to compare her to lady Diana, please........ Stop now, you are sounding like a bunch of gone mad americans that have this hidious woman and her family as the first family to the convservatives.... Wow it's looking like a nightmare just the thought! People she's a fake, wake up !

    December 6, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  4. Realistic

    Poor hucky feels left out....idiot...

    December 6, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  5. jules sand-perkins

    Image is the reason, Mr. Huckabee.
    You carry the aura of a preacher about you–and an Arkansas preacher, at that.
    That may please Bible Belt voters, but not those smart enough to understand separation of church and state. Anyway, religion is much less in style as churches fail to keep up with social progress in an era of tolerance that is often of more benefit than faith.
    Bill Clinton had a little Bubba in him, but his image was dominated by buzzwords like Rhodes, scholar, Oxford, and think.
    As a Republican, I will worry if Huckabee gets the 2012 nomination, even for VP.

    December 6, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  6. MiddleOfTheRoad

    After Sarah Palin self-destructs, Huckabee can have her supporters.

    December 6, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  7. jerseylou

    HUH.....Huckabee put on some lipstick,dress,wig,and act as if you're notch stupider then palin; you get all the media attention you want .

    December 6, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  8. LGNY

    As candidates go, I think he has the best "likability" factor of the conservative group. He lacks the venom of Palin or the smarminess of Romney. In a room full of Palin, Romney, Gingrich, Boehner, ... he'd be the most pleasant person to converse with. So many of them sound like angry, self-righteous, egotists who would be lousy dinner guests.

    Question remains.... Doe he have the intellectual depth to be an effective leader.

    December 6, 2010 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  9. jules sand-perkins

    Much of Sarah Palin's media domination is a result of CNN's fondness of providing her with forums for ridicule, knowing each blog about her will be filled with liberal whiners' comments that begin, "Sarah Palin is so stupid that..."
    As long as CNN spells her name correctly, they're giving her free PR–or maybe she pays them.

    December 6, 2010 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  10. Jay

    The contrast is that Huckabee can string together a coherent sentence. Unlike the utter imbecile who's just here for the money pretending to be qualified for the highest office.

    December 6, 2010 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  11. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Huckabee also drew a contrast between the attention given to former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, with whom he shares a base of support among religious and conservative groups."
    -----–
    Huckabee, you are (or were) a pastor. Where in the Bible does it mention bad mouthing, fear mongering, divisiveness, and lying as good Christian qualities? Just curious, because most of you GOPers using these tactics for political and/or financial gain also call yourselves Christians.

    December 6, 2010 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  12. Josh in Sacramento

    I don't blame him for being confused. I can't understand why every news outlet reports on every idiotic thing the moron Palin says on her twitter either.

    December 6, 2010 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  13. Me

    I like Mike Huckabee, a lot, as a matter of fact. But I won't vote for him. Won't vote for Palin, either. I'd rather have needles driven into my eye. But I most definitely would invite Mike Huckabee to a dinner party. He's smart, funny and genuinely cares about his fellow man. Palin I would invite to take a short walk off the side of a cliff.

    December 6, 2010 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  14. NVa Native

    The Repubs are delusional in thinking any of these Fox media celbrities are quialified for anything other than their brand of faux news. But at least Huckabee acts human and is likable.

    December 6, 2010 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  15. TM

    Maybe you should quit your day job, have someone write a couple of books for you, and get a reality TV show. Oh, and don't forget to practice a fake, folksy, "you'bet'cha" accent. A solid understanding of facts, and a talent for solutions are worthless in today's GOP.

    December 6, 2010 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  16. IVOTE

    Mr Huckabee...Sarah and her family are a traveling circus. Any one with a clear presence of mind does not believe this woman can run the country on her best day. Seriously

    December 6, 2010 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  17. MAhole

    I'm not sure why he would want to stoop to Failin' Palin's level, but the Republicans don't have a chance or a clue when it comes to 2012 anyway so why does it matter?????

    December 6, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  18. Superhiro

    Sorry Huck, you're just not stupid enough I guess. IMO, you should be milking that Chuck Norris endorsement you got for all it's worth.

    December 6, 2010 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  19. MikefromWV

    Neither one of them should be getting any attention. Palin in as dumb as a rock. Huckabee is almost as conservative and right wing as Palin. Neither one of them has a prayer of a chance of winning the Presidency. The right always refuses to see that Americans want someone in the middle, moderate, column of politics, not wing nut right wingers.

    December 6, 2010 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  20. T'sah from Virginia

    Because the media, mainly CNN, has a FETISH for Palin. Maybe it is the media's way of putting IGNORANCE out there so the American people – who are otherwise BLIND by LQQKs and "Dumb Brunettes" (because she is even dumber than a BLONDE) – can see what she is all about. The MORE she is out there with her blank scary stare; the more obvious she will seem to be NOT the person for President!!

    I agree with Hucka-BYE in this case because CNN has yet to write a story about Kamala Harris – the NEW Attorney General for CA and she is a STRONG – Woman of Color from the LEFT that is NOT an Airhead and has substance!!! I am counting the days and I have NOT seen it yet!!! AIRHEADS and DUMBNESS seems to take center stage!!!

    In the meantime – President Obama better get some backbone and ward off these RepubliCAN'Ts who feel that they can continue to make the RICH richer and NOT extend the tax cuts for the RICH. Once President Obama accomplishes this, we can continue to MOVE AMERICA FORWARD!!!

    December 6, 2010 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  21. Robin Bray

    If Palin said yes I am running then other candidates could demand equal TV time when her sad TV show is broadcast. More drab series for TLC.

    December 6, 2010 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  22. Edwin in Coralville IA

    CNN has started again. How about another subject not on Palin? Folks, count from this day; count the top posts on this Political (Palin) Ticker; I can assure you it will ALL be about Palin -at least 9/10. Just go back one week and check for yourself. CNN, this is truly a Palin obsession. Tell us about some other person...please.

    December 6, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  23. Dave Harris

    it's a legit complaint. He just doesn't emote that message of "I'm stupid, like ya'll" that Sarah does so well. Between Huck, Sarah, and Newt the Republicans are certainly coming up with an impressive lineup for 2012. It's a good thing Jesus isn't running.

    December 6, 2010 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  24. Milton K. Wiah

    America has more comedians than any other country in the world. Bush was more a comedian than president.
    So is Huckabee and Palin. I think Americans like these kind of people to be president.

    December 6, 2010 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  25. Mark Henriksen

    Yes, Palin is unfit to be any sort of leader because she in poorly informed and given a set of facts, unable to make logical conclusions. But Huckabee's answers make him look like a Jimmy Carter with delusions of grandeur. Take it all the way to November...LOL.

    December 6, 2010 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
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