Huckabee clarifies role in new Romney ad
January 16th, 2012
09:51 PM ET
3 years ago

Huckabee clarifies role in new Romney ad

(CNN) – Conservative talk show host Mike Huckabee said Mitt Romney's campaign was not authorized to use his voice in a new web video released Monday.

The ad, "Huckabee," featured quotes from the former Arkansas governor's radio show last week when he called on Republicans to stop criticizing Romney's corporate career at Bain Capital.

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"This in no way is an endorsement of any candidate," Huckabee said in a statement Monday night. "Any attempt by anyone to imply an endorsement of a candidate or opposition to a candidate is not true."

The 2008 Republican presidential candidate added that he will not offer support for any candidate until the Republican nomination has been clinched.

Huckabee was quoted in the ad saying it was "surprising" to see Republicans pounce on Romney's experience as the executive of a private equity firm that bought and streamlined companies.

"They ought to know, that if downsizing can turn around a failing company, then at least it prevents all the jobs from being lost, and sets up a stronger company that can grow and start re-hiring,” Huckabee said in the ad.

While the spot shows images of Huckabee, it does not clarify whether or not the conservative heavyweight was supporting Romney.

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soundoff (43 Responses)
  1. Sorensen

    He should stick to bible-banging!

    January 17, 2012 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  2. UNEMPLOYED

    Where are the jobs the GOP/Teaparty house of Representatives promised the American people? How long does it take to create one job?

    January 17, 2012 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  3. za in dc

    @Fair is Fair, It's true. Inflation rates have been moderate during 2011, averaging around 3.4% compared to 1.6% in 2010 and -0.4% in 2009 (deflation). So yes, if we stay the course printing money, borrowing and reducing interest rates, we will start to see a fairly sizable qualitative shift in the US dollar in the coming years potentially pushing our inflation rate much higher.

    3.4% isn't in and of itself alarming. There have been higher rates of inflation in the past, in fact 2008 saw an average rate of inflation of 3.8%. But if the rising trend continues, and given where we are with our current monetary policy – it might, then we may be in for some alarming inflationary pressures.

    January 17, 2012 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  4. K3Citizen

    Romney will say anything to get elected.

    January 17, 2012 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  5. Jay

    Corporate raider Romney's career is catching up with him now.

    January 17, 2012 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  6. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Mike, as you work for the "Unfair and Imbalanced" network, you should be aware of an FCC policy called the "Fair Use Clause". This allows others to do what Faux does all the time – take quotes from people totally out of context in reference to whatever point you want to make. This is like Gingrich complaining after building up the Super PACs about being hit by them.

    January 17, 2012 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  7. Linda

    How can anyone say that the Republicans have had anything to do with the improvement in the economy?!! Talk about wearing blinders. They caused the meltdown, then have tried everything they know to keep it going simply for their own political gains! They are traitors to America and only care about themselves and their wealthy lobbyists and donors. Pres,. Obama and the Democrats have fought tooth and nail to help regular working people in this nation, and continue to support Social Security and Medicare, health care reform that will help all of us and stand up for the real principals of Christianity- help those less fortunate and take care of the planet and its wildlife. The Republican deny science, support continued polluting from burning oil and want to take away EPA standards for air and water. What planet do they think they will live on once ours is destroyed? They must think they will have robbed us all of our wealthy and will space hip themselves and their families somewhere else to survive. They are pretty nutty after all

    January 17, 2012 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  8. excitizen

    Thank you Supreme Court for destroying the election process by doing exactly the opposite of what should have been done. You have now made it possible for people with no integrity nor intelligence to buy elections with PAC ads that lie. Where did the US lose it's way? As stated on t.v. last night – you have stronger controls on food commercials than election ads – that's just wrong!

    January 17, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  9. rick

    Linda, you're so right! The Republicans have no interest in the economy improving before Nov. 2012. Did you hear what Huntsman said when he announced his support of Romney? "He is the best qualified to defeat Obama in November". Not "he is the best qualified to be President". Every Republican should be charged with treason. If a Republican wins in Novemebr, the rich will get richer, the poor will get poorer, our air will be worse than Mexico City's, our waterways worse than China's, we'll be at war with Iran and Syria, we will antagonize every ally we have in the world, SS and Medicare will be cut in half to pay for the wars and make up for taxes the rich and oil companies won't pay. Go ahead morons, vote Republican and then answer to your children and grandchildren. Those that survive the wars.

    January 17, 2012 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  10. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    excitizen - Thank you Supreme Court for destroying the election process by doing exactly the opposite of what should have been done. You have now made it possible for people with no integrity nor intelligence to buy elections with PAC ads that lie
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    But this is EXACTLY how Obama got elected and that happened before the USSC decision. Their decision hasn't changed anything. ANd not sure why leftist always want to stop others from getting their message out while they expect to waltz freely and spread their lies. Ever hear of freedom of speech? It's an all or nothing deal bucko. Thank God the USSC said WE HAVE FREEDOM.

    January 17, 2012 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  11. michaelam

    cd in az-what a joke! What a lie! The majority of the House’s bills have not made it to the President’s desk for a guaranteed veto because they cannot even clear the Senate! The GOP/Teahadists have done NOTHING except obstruct. I will bet a mortgage payment (not a Romney 10K) that the House will once again have a Democratic majority. Can you say, “Welcome home, Madame Speaker; we missed you?” I knew you could!

    January 17, 2012 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  12. Me

    Glad that's clarified. I have been wondering who the pope was rooting for too.

    January 17, 2012 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  13. rick

    To Truth and Nothing but the Truth: with every comment you post on these blogs it becomes more evident that you are uneducated, not very bright, and probably a person who hates the fact that our President is black. Wow! that pretty much describes a conservative Republican supporter, doesn't it?

    January 17, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  14. Sashineb

    Instead of making a fuss over this, he might spend his time in a more productive way, such as by going on a diet.

    January 17, 2012 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  15. Fair is Fair

    rick

    To Truth and Nothing but the Truth: with every comment you post on these blogs it becomes more evident that you are uneducated, not very bright, and probably a person who hates the fact that our President is black. Wow! that pretty much describes a conservative Republican supporter, doesn't it?
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    Such an enlightening and deeply profound expose on the thinking process of the liberal mind.

    January 17, 2012 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  16. carlos

    Truth and Nothing But the Truth.....you are the typical REPUBIC

    January 17, 2012 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  17. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    rick - To Truth and Nothing but the Truth: with every comment you post on these blogs it becomes more evident that you are uneducated, not very bright, and probably a person who hates the fact that our President is black. Wow! that pretty much describes a conservative Republican supporter, doesn't it?
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    Gee, more libtard name calling and the usual racist accusation directed at Obama opponents, some thing will never change huh?

    Allow me to clue you in... highly educated, far above YOUR intelligence level for sure, and hate failure, class warfare and lies no matter what the color of the snake oil salesman is hocking it.

    January 17, 2012 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  18. Gurgi

    @truth and fair,,,,Hilarious guys! And accurate!

    January 17, 2012 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
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