Huckabee defends Trump against Club for Growth
April 19th, 2011
03:29 PM ET
4 years ago

Huckabee defends Trump against Club for Growth

Washington (CNN) – Mike Huckabee is coming to the defense of potential GOP-presidential rival Donald Trump following criticism of the billionaire's stances on taxes and spending by the conservative Club for Growth.

The Republican anti-spending group condemned Trump on Monday for his past endorsement of universal healthcare and proposal to raise taxes on Chinese imports.

Huckabee, the former presidential candidate and current Fox News host who has said he is thinking about running another campaign, said he remembers when the organization made similar attacks against him in 2008.

"According to that group, I'm also a tax-loving socialist. During the 2008 election they cherry-picked some factoids out of context from the deals I had to make from a ninety percent Democratic Arkansas legislature," Huckabee said in his daily radio commentary.

Huckabee also criticized the organization for being so focused on cutting taxes.

"I never understood when it became a mark of conservatism to run up debt on your children's credit card instead of biting the bullet and paying your own bills," Huckabee said.

Huckabee clarified that his defense of Trump should not be confused as an endorsement but vowed to study the real-state mogul's full resume instead of taking Club for Growth's "word for it."

"Under their criteria the things that Ronald Reagan had to do as governor and as president probably would have made him a tax-loving socialist unfit for the White House as well," Huckabee said.

The Club for Growth posted Huckabee's radio commentary under the tag, "Crazy Liberals."


Filed under: 2012 • Club for Growth • Donald Trump • Mike Huckabee
soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. CNN watcher

    In-party fighting already?

    April 19, 2011 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  2. GI Joe

    He's worn down by over-seeing the construction of his mega-mansion in Florida – PAID FOR BY ARKANSAS TAXES. YOU FOLKS ARE IDIOTS. THE EYE OF THE GOD'S NEEDLE IS TOO SMALL FOR HIS FAT BANK-ACCOUNT.

    April 19, 2011 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  3. GrogInOhio

    Wow.. Club For Growth labels Mike "6000 year old Earth" Huckabee as a liberal? I'm loving the GOP eating its own!

    April 19, 2011 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Trump has no political skills what so ever, except perhaps on front. He just might be the type who cannot be led by the nose by the Koch brothers. Trump might actually pose a growing threat to their hold on the GOTP. Trump might be a birther for now, but he has not always been a far right winger. Maybe, just maybe, that is why we have so many conservative voices rejecting Trump.

    Is Huckabee demonstrating a misguided wish to be Trump's VP pick as a possible Plan B? He's not exactly overpowering the most polls with great numbers. If he is, then he's demonstrating bad judgement.

    April 19, 2011 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  5. Kateslate

    Huckabee released a man who killed four police officers in Washington State. Huckabee raised a son who tortured a dog. Huckabee now makes millions with Faux News. How is his opinion relevant to anything at all? He has proven that he does not have good judgement when it counts.

    April 19, 2011 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    I love the way conservatives have the ability to spin the facts until new truths emerge. I'm tallking about Huckabee's Reagan remarks near the end of the article. Reagan had to raise taxes 9 times during his 2 terms. Yes, 9 times. I don't know what spin Huckabee is trying to put out. Apparently, the spin hasn't fully evolved yet.

    He had to do that because his tax cuts precipitated recessions and his spending policies were creating an alarming deficit. In other words, Washington had a revenue problem. At the time, Democrats had characterized it as a spending problem. The only viable solution was to raise taxes, which amazingly brought us out of the two economic recessions that Reaganomics had created. Yes, 9 times. More than anyone else.

    April 19, 2011 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  7. Kathleen Farrell

    Republicans keep talking about running up our childrens debt but they want to cut Pell grants, rescind a healthcare bill that helps our kids get otherwise very costly medical care and force them to pay for Medicare now while trying to ensure it won't be there when they get old.

    April 19, 2011 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    "I never understood when it became a mark of conservatism to run up debt on your children's credit card instead of biting the bullet and paying your own bills,"

    Really, Huckleberry, you can't figure out when that was? You can't figure out that as soon as you sold America the pooison pill of trickle-down economics it was a never ending slippery-slope justification for making everybody except the rich and corporations pay the bills for our children? You don't happen to realize that was the whole point of was to invent such a cakcamamee theory to sell it to the idiot masses because it sounds good, even though it ignores reality and has exactly the opposite effect of what it promises? That the end result of it has been a massive decades-long shifting of the wealth and assets of this country into the hands of the already wealth and corporations and away from the middle-class, which has begun to disintegrate because their household debt has multipluied several times while their salaries failed to compete with inflation? Newsflash to Reverend Rube: YOUR PARTY IS THE REASON IT'S ALL HAPPENING BECAUSE YOU PROMISED THE SMALLEST BUT RICHEST PORTION OF THE POPULACE THAT THEY DIDN'T AND DON'T HAVE TO PAY FOR ANYTHING.

    April 19, 2011 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  9. Anthony

    "I never understood when it became a mark of conservatism to run up debt on your children's credit card instead of biting the bullet and paying your own bills," Huckabee said in criticizing the Club for Growth's focus on cutting taxes.

    I can't believe it. A Republican who understands that tax cuts create debt when they are not matched with spending cuts?

    April 19, 2011 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  10. rusty155

    All of these people running on the Republican should have there Brain check, I think they are none of them worth voting for. they are all IDIOT.

    April 19, 2011 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  11. Jason S.

    Considering Reagan raised payroll taxes to pay for Social Security (*gasp*), expanded the Alternative Minimum Tax (*double gasp*) and turned the United States from a creditor nation to a debtor nation, Reagan would be vilified in today's Conservative Tea Party sphere as a RINO.

    April 19, 2011 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  12. Kenny

    Huckabee is being the adult in the Tea-Publican Room. He comes to the defense of Donald "The Chump" thereby making it a little harder for "The Chump" to be highly critical of him. Smart move on the part of "Huckabuck".

    April 19, 2011 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  13. Boisepoet

    Hasn't Huckabee figured out that the club for growth is actually the 'Club for Greed'?!?!?!?!?

    April 19, 2011 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  14. gt

    of course ... the hucksters personel wealth is nearly as much as donalds....birds of a feather....

    April 19, 2011 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  15. LouAz

    Is Huck hustleing for a job from the Donald ? The only thing either of them will be doing in 2012 is hoping that "the Apprentice" continues. They are both ideally suited for that.

    April 19, 2011 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  16. NYC REPUB

    I support Obama, however Huckabee's analysis of his own parties twisted ideology is very on point.

    April 19, 2011 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  17. Rudy NYC

    2008-2009: Budget by Bush with a $700B deficit, which had a $700B TARP added on. Deficit = $1.4T

    2009-2010: Budget by Obama with a $800B deficit, which had a $700B stimilus added on. Deficit = $1.5T

    2010-2011: Budget by GOP & Tea Party with a $900B defict, which had a $800B tax cut added on. Deficit = $1.7T

    The exact numbers are not the point. Where the overspending comes from is the point. Please don't your blood pressure all raised up over this people. You cannot argue the facts.

    April 19, 2011 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  18. independent

    What? I agree with Mike Huckabee?! Shows you that in politics everything is relative!

    April 19, 2011 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  19. Stacey

    Heeheehee. I just love it when these buffoons eat their very own. Keep the entertainment coming, republicans!

    April 19, 2011 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  20. The Day of Financial Reckoning is HERE - The Great Democrat Welfare Society Ends

    Congratulations America.... The looney leftists have now arrived and control the country. It is a world in which the money you make and don't have to hand over to the government, is "tax spending", not "your hard earned money". Yes, the money is THEIRS FIRST, and NEVER YOURS. If they deem their tax spending too little because their other spending is too high, well you just need to learn to live on less because the rights of the government to your money come first. Welcome to the commune Comrades.

    April 19, 2011 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  21. Roscoe

    This is not new....hillbillies have often fallen for hucksters.

    April 19, 2011 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  22. they call me "tater salad"

    I don't care either way what "preacher man" say's, think's or feel's about anything.

    April 19, 2011 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  23. The Day of Financial Reckoning is HERE - The Great Democrat Welfare Society Ends

    Rudy NYC distortions:
    2008-2009: Budget by Bush with a $700B deficit, which had a $700B TARP added on. Deficit = $1.4T
    2009-2010: Budget by Obama with a $800B deficit, which had a $700B stimilus added on. Deficit = $1.5T
    2010-2011: Budget by GOP & Tea Party with a $900B defict, which had a $800B tax cut added on. Deficit = $1.7T
    ===========================================================================================
    2008-2009: Budget by Bush with a $700B deficit, which had a $700B TARP added on. Deficit = 700B (TARP funds repaid)
    2009-2010: Budget by Obama with a $800B deficit, which had a $700B stimilus added on. Deficit = $1.5T
    2010-2011: Spending by Democrats $3.7 TRILLION with $1.7 TRILLION defict, which maintained the same tax rates as the last 10 years Deficit = $1.7T (even with those"Draconian" pennies cut!)

    April 19, 2011 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  24. Sniffit

    I read somewhere that Trump and Boehner are now in a secret contest to see who can become the most disturbing shade of orange without getting melanoma or needing skin grafts. or, say, an ear removed.

    April 19, 2011 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  25. Kim

    The republican primary is turning into a real clown show. The absolute lack of seriousness is astounding. You could hold a gun to my head and I still wouldn't vote for any of their nominees. They're a sad, pathetic joke.

    April 19, 2011 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
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