July 11th, 2007
05:17 PM ET
11 years ago

Huckabee focusing on Iowa straw poll

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee will place his complete focus on the Iowa GOP straw poll next month, he told reporters Wednesday, saying he will “pretty much” stay in the Hawkeye state from now through the August 11 event.

The poll is a state GOP party fundraiser and has traditionally been viewed as a key test of strength five months before the Iowa caucuses. But Republican presidential candidates Rudy Giuliani and John McCain both announced in June they would skip the event, putting its relevancy this year in doubt.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney leads several polls in Iowa and is expected to win the August vote easily. But Huckabee said he won’t be disappointed with a second or third place finish.

“We’ve never said we have to win the straw poll in order to be considered credible,” he said. “It’s not necessarily the ideal goal. We’ve got to do well, that’s what the goal is. And well is not really a place because - for example - if the separation between first, second, and third place is very tight, it may not be perceived that third place is all that distant from second.”

Huckabee also declined to indicated how much his presidential campaign had raised in the second quarter - which ended June 30 - but said it was better than his first quarter $544,000 fundraising haul.

“We’ve got enough money to go through the straw poll and get through that next major milestone for us,” he added.

All presidential candidates are required to disclose their second quarter fundraising totals to the Federal Election Commission by July 15.

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

Filed under: Iowa • Mike Huckabee
soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Will - Miami, Fl

    I'll bet you $1000 that Ron Paul wins the straw poll (no matter how much Romney spends to buy the state).

    PS. Giuliani is a RAT. Look up "Giuliani firefighters union letter".

    July 11, 2007 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  2. Bruce, Franklin, TN

    This man should do very well if he gets the kind of exposure the top tier candidates get. I encourage everyone to give this candidate a close look.

    July 11, 2007 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  3. bret, atl, ga

    The fact that he's not saying anything leads me to believe he is far less than Ron Paul, and likely Sam Brownback, putting him solidly in the lower chunk of the "second tier." The Huckster was a likeable guy, but he needs to work on his message some (i.e., he needs to get one).

    July 12, 2007 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  4. bjalder26, IL

    “Republican presidential candidates Rudy Giuliani and John McCain both announced in June they would skip the event, putting its relevancy this year in doubt.”

    The relevancy shouldn’t be in doubt anymore, because Giuliani & McCain were claiming that they would skip Ames, then fight furiously for the Iowa vote. Giuliani’s all but given up on the state, and McCain has cut staff and almost run out of money, neither one of them will campaign much harder in Iowa after Ames than they will before.

    July 13, 2007 02:28 am at 2:28 am |
  5. thelastinkling

    Duncan Hunter is the right man for the job, I hope he can get a foothold for Ames

    -He already started a border fence in San Diego that cut the trafficking of humans and drugs by 90% and cut crime by 53%
    -He has an A+ From Americans for Better Immigration
    -He has an A+ from the NRA
    -He has a 100% rating from the National Right to LIfe
    -He has a 100% rating from the Americans for Better Immigration
    -He supports the Fair Tax
    -He has a 100% rating from the Eagle Forum
    -He has a plan to overturn Roe v. Wade
    -He promises to finish the fence within 6 months if he becomes president.
    -He will appoint Constructionist judges
    -He has a plan to balance the budget
    -He has a plan to cut spending
    -He promises to end trade deals with China that are cheating us out of millions, deals enacted by Bill Clinton
    – http://www.selectsmart.com took a poll asking people to describe the ideal candidate without picking names. The results were compared to current candidates, and 69% described Duncan Hunter
    -He beat John McCain in a straw poll in his own state
    -He tied for second in a straw poll in California
    -He has 26 years of experience
    -He is a Vietnam war veteran
    -His son is fighting in Iraq
    -He was Chair of the Armed Services Committee
    -National Journal ranks him as the most conservative member of Congess running for president.


    July 18, 2007 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  6. Colonel Gene McVay, Fort Smith, AR

    I ran against Mike Huckabee for governor of Arkansas in 1998. He spent over a million dollars to defeat me. As governor he increased state spending by over 65% and campaigned to raise taxes. He granted clemency 669 times which is more than the 507 clemencies given by the three previous governors combined. Many of the clemencies were granted to convicted murderers. The CATO Institute gave him an "F" grade for spending and tax policy in 2006, and an overall grade of "D" for his governorship.
    narrowly defeated State Treasurer Jimmie Lou Fisher, garnering 53% of the vote to her 47%. He was lucky that a more formidable candidate did not emerge in that election.
    What does a former governor do with that kind of record? Why, run for president of The United States, that's what.

    August 8, 2007 09:17 am at 9:17 am |