Huckabee builds fancy digs
December 9th, 2010
11:57 AM ET
8 years ago

Huckabee builds fancy digs

(CNN) - As he considers a second run for president, Mike Huckabee is building some fancy new digs in Florida.

According to the Arkansas Times, the 2008 presidential candidate is constructing a $2.2 million home on a lot in Blue Mountain Beach he acquired earlier in the year for $800,000. The beach is located near Destin Florida, on the state's panhandle.

The Arkansas Times, which viewed local tax records - also reports the former Arkansas governor has taken on a $2.8 million mortgage to buy the land and build the home, while paying $250,000 out of pocket. That mortgage is in addition to a near-$400,000 encumbrance on Huckabee's vacation home in North Little Rock, Arkansas, according to the Times.

The new home will consist of 8,224 square feet of living space and nearly 3,000 square feet of deck and porch areas.

Huckabee, who told CNN earlier this week he is considering a second run for president, would of course be excellently situated geographically with a home in the Sunshine State. Florida will hold a key primary in early 2012 and of course usually plays a vital role in the general election.

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soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    FIxed News must be paying HuckaBOOOO a nice piece of change for his misguided views. This guy is supposedly a minister but he works for a network that spews lies and hatred. That's like mixing oil & water; they just don't mix!

    December 9, 2010 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  2. Brad 5013

    Just an ordinary heartland kind of guy gearing up to represent the middle class . . .

    December 9, 2010 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  3. Lynda/Minnesota

    Thoughts of Tammy Faye and Jimmy Baker come to mind every time I view a Huckabee or Palin article. Good to see that both the Huck and Queen Sarah are tapping into whatever it was that Jim and Tammy were selling so profitably all those years ago. Apparently God isn't enough for these folks who seem happy enough to support the Huckabees and Palins of the word by their total acceptance of these fake imitations.

    December 9, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  4. Tracy

    How does this compare against Nancy Pelosi's 25 million dollar winery?

    December 9, 2010 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  5. Kevin H

    Gee wish I were as poor as some who serve God and country. Poor Rev. Huckabee, he can't help it, he grew up and planted a gold spoon in his mouth. Now he'll have to explain that to well wishers who contribute to his presidential campaign. Smart pre-election move – at least the Reagans were bankrolled by rich friends. They had the common sense to at least appear to be humble. I guess for some it pays to be a man of the cloth.

    December 9, 2010 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  6. GOP = Greed Over People


    Apparently, He would build a temple to his ego, just like Billy Graham did with his mountain top "get away" and his private jet or Joel Onsteen and his golden Rolexs embedded with diamonds.

    All you sheeple keep sending in those "prayer cards" with a small donation, the new digs also needs landscaping.

    I am pretty sure a suitable home could be found for 1.1 million and the other million could be given to a charity.

    Keep "walking in the foot steps of Jesus" you Huckster.

    You and the rest of the religious shills will pay severely one day for taking Christ's name in vain for you own financial gain, and may God help you..

    December 9, 2010 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  7. Robb

    Great, another rich, out of touch guy deciding he knows what's best for the country. Glad someone can afford a home.

    December 9, 2010 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  8. GI Joe

    Awwww- poor guy – he really is just like middle-class folks.

    December 9, 2010 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  9. T'sah from Virginia

    TAX CUTS of the RICH and famous buys luxury but does NOT bring JOBS!! The RepubliCAN'Ts are trying to make the Amerivcan people believe that "all rich people own businesses"..... NOT!!! Therefore, why would TAX CUTS for the RICH bring JOBS????

    If I were rich, I would not mind investing more in America if it improves Education and/or our infrastructure and would not complain about it!!! I think most million/billionaires feel the same way....maybe! Huck-A-Bye is just another elitist, like TrumpET, who thinks MONEY can buy everything...........NOT!!!

    December 9, 2010 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  10. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I don't think that it would really matter for Huckabee. He is still from Arkansas and that is where people think he is from. I don't think he has enough support outside the Republicans.

    December 9, 2010 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  11. GI Joe

    It's easier for a camel ........

    December 9, 2010 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  12. Maynard T. Krebbs

    This exemplifies why America is now in the economic toilet, when did elected political figures become the American dream for prosperity? When politicians found they could legislate themselves the keys to the tax chauffeurs is when America took a turn down the path of economic disparity. This reminds me of Florida Democrat Lawton Chiles and his Dog Island multi-million dollar mansion....

    December 9, 2010 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  13. Some member

    He'll definitely get my vote if he runs. Any minister that says that Assange should be executed is an outstanding a-ok guy that truly practices the word of his god! I'm just glad I'm a sheeple and can't think on my own.

    December 9, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  14. Shari from Madison

    Mike Huckabee is nothing more than a Rich Snob Bigot and he only cares for HIMSELF and to He--l to anyone else. He is not to be believed or trusted. He builds this mansion while families and children in our country are starving. Shame on Him.

    December 9, 2010 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  15. Ohio red

    The man is a bigot. A bible-thumping hypocritical bigot that believes himself to be the center of his own shrinking universe.

    December 9, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  16. Careful Thought

    Think about it: All that you can come up with to slam Mike is that he bought a nicer house than you. And you don't like some of the OTHER people who work where he works. (I'll bet not one person can quote a single thing they disagree with that Mike himself has said.)

    He's not a televangelist spending donation money. You're twisting the truth. He was a minister 20 years ago for a while and has had regular jobs since. He was governor of Arkansas voted in time and time again. Did a great job for those people and they kept sending him back in. He ran for president and won the Iowa Caucus. He's written several books that millions of people have read, and he has a talk show on the most prominent cable news channel in the world. It should come as no surprise that he gets paid for all that work, and he's entitled to the fruits of his labor.

    As for the pseudo-christian slam that he should be in a rope-tightened robe at the top of a mountain or should give half his income to charity, do YOU give half your income to charity? Do you give ANY? Think about how much you give to charity before you laugh at someone who I'll bet gives more, but that still isn't good enough for some. Also, where in Christiainity is poverty exalted? Everything I read in that book shows me that usually God blesses people with wealth and curses them with famine (poverty). I'm no "Would Jesus Wear a Rolex" guy, but the fact remains that Solomon could buy and sell Bill Gates, and when Jesus died, they didn't want to tear up his robe because it was sewn from one piece of cloth - very high quality.

    In America there is almost no such thing as poverty. The poorest among us have it much nicer than the poor in most of the world, and there is opportunity everywhere.

    Let's root on people that do well in business as we do in sports and not just throw eggs because they're better than us. And all the Liberal name calling without any facts to back it up should have ceased when the country threw them out last month.

    December 9, 2010 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  17. Marie MD

    Wow! Just when you think the rethugs can't get anymore stupid. huckie is building himself a $2.2 million dollar palace when there are so many Americans fighting foreclosure, unemployment, don't have medical insurance.
    My houe is 3,000 share feet same size as his freakin' deck.
    then again, Destin is full of rednecks so they will see this hero of theirs as their savior.

    December 9, 2010 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  18. Marie MD

    @tracy – at least Pelosi is trying to help Americans in trouble right now while the rethugs wanting the President to fail are screwing the middle class.. She probablyt has had thiw winey for years 9first I hear of this) or did she just purchase it to stick it to those who are in major need ot money at present.

    December 9, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  19. Beverly - NYC

    Glad to see someone qualifies for a mortgage and construction loan in these times. I know he's putiing on the pounds again, but isn't the size of this home excessive (8,224 square feet of living space and nearly 3,000 square feet of deck and porch areas). Good luck during hurricane season.

    December 9, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |

    All I hear is class envy from the comments. What would you say about an educated, politically savoy, kind hearted person who could not earn a decent living for himself and family? You would not even consider him/her for your president. When is the last time a "poor " person hired employees. I don't know any successful people who started a business and then remained poor. The educated, the motivated, the hard working, yes, the successful are usually the people who employ people, build homes, buy expensive toys (people had to build these toys). The individuals who expect the successful to give their money to them are losers. All these losers expect others to be losers. They expect the so called rich (I call them hard working successful people) to give all their money away to those who are too lazy or too stupid to survive by themselves. I'll bet Huckabee has given more to charity then all these sad commentators combined by 1,000 times.

    December 9, 2010 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  21. Boatfoot

    "TAX CUTS of the RICH and famous buys luxury but does NOT bring JOBS!!" – T'sah from Virginia

    You're an idiot. Who do you think is going to build that $ 2.2 million dollar house? Workers making money from the employment. Who is going to supply the materials for the house? Local business who pay their own employees who pay money to suppliers.

    The top 2% of incomes in the U.S. SPENDS 33% of ALL CONSUMER DOLLARS every year. A 10% tax raise on the upper 2% would cause a 3% drop in overall consumer spending in the U.S.

    Don't bite the hand that feeds ya'. Try learning economics.

    December 9, 2010 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  22. Rick McDaniel

    Hope he isn't counting on a Presidential salary to pay the mortgage.

    December 9, 2010 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  23. Chet R

    Sounds like a bunch of whiney, jealous people commenting. These people don't like to see people become more successful than they are. I say good for Mike Huckabee!

    December 9, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  24. Whatever

    See what working for FOX can do for you??? Stay there so you can build two or threee more homes. You are keeping several Americans employed more than if you were to actually win and be President! HA!

    December 9, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  25. Whatever


    How does this compare against Nancy Pelosi's 25 million dollar winery?

    * * * * * * * *
    The winery needs to have a staff to run it – – that means people are EMPLOYED.
    Building a $2 million home on the beach just for your family enjoyment.

    Hmmm and you don't know the difference??!?!?!?!!

    December 9, 2010 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
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