September 9th, 2007
12:03 PM ET
16 years ago

Huckabee: 'I'd be worried' about Romney spending

Huckabee took on Romney's spending habits Sunday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee took on fellow Republican candidate Mitt Romney's spending habits Sunday on CNN's Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer. The former Arkansas governor said: "I would be worried if I were a voter if a person is spending millions and millions of dollars to barely be in double digits. I'd be beginning to think I don't want that person in charge of the Federal Treasury."

Huckabee was responding to comments Romney gave Friday in an interview with the Associated Press: "If Huckabee raises $20 million this quarter, like we did in the first quarter, then he'll become a front-tier candidate."

Huckabee doesn't think that degree of funding is necessary. He told Wolf Blitzer, "I appreciate his budget advice but we're not spending money like he is. We don't have to raise it, and we're getting where we're going by being frugal just like I would want to be with the Federal Treasury."

- CNN Associate Producer Jennifer Burch

Filed under: Mike Huckabee • Mitt Romney • Race to '08
soundoff (25 Responses)
  1. Justin, Ada OK

    Get a clue Huckabee. Big campaigning has nothing to do with managing the federal treasury. They call it a presidential "race" for a reason. The whole reason you raise money is so you can spend it to advertise and get your message to the people. Duh! Huckabee is just a kid trying to play with the big boys. But, we understand, little articles like these are just a result of the media trying to stir things up to "make" some news.

    September 9, 2007 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  2. Mr. Tracy McAfee, North Augusta, South Carolina

    I agree with Huckabee.... I was at the Iowa Straw Poll and the money that Romney spent was obscene. You shouldn't be able to "buy" your way into the presidency. I think Huckabee is a better conservative candidate than any of the others including Fred Thompson. I could care less on how much money Huckabee raises, I care about values and straight answers...that's why I'm supporting Huckabee. The media is spreading his ideas and stand on the issues when they interview him. He's uses his resources wisely and that's they type of president he will be.... wise.

    September 9, 2007 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  3. m, michigan

    The funny thing about your comment is that you are probably one of the people that whine about the deficit, yet don't think that the financial responsibility of the candidates campaign is any indication of where they may lead this nation in the future. Hmm.... it certainly is interesting what Huckabee has done with so little. He is already demonstrating that he is the right man for the job. The other boys can keep playing their raindeer games while Huck continues to focus on what is really important (showing the American people who he really is).

    In due time... more will be shouting "I Like Mike". Go Huckabee!

    September 9, 2007 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  4. Kevin Charlotte NC

    Huckabee is a canidate the media has chosen to prop up into top tier. He hadd no support until then and still does not. By doing this he probably will be Vice President for whoever wins it.

    September 9, 2007 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  5. Dale Fitzpatrick, Hamilton, Massachusetts

    Justin says,
    "Duh! Huckabee is just a kid trying to play with the big boys."

    Yeah, an 2 term governor from Hope, Arkansas who is not a millionaire and has little name recognition 15 months before an election has no chance.

    Oh, wait.....

    Sad, that conventional wisdom has dumb-down to the point that only the rich need apply for the White House. A man with a message, executive experience, crossover appeal to Democrats and a clear contrast to, of course, America wouldn't want that

    September 9, 2007 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  6. We need a change in 08

    Romney is a cut taxes for the rich and raise the burden on the poor Republican....Just another Reagan/Bush Republican!

    September 9, 2007 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  7. Oklahomans for Huckabee


    Huckabee needs to tap Oklahoma Gov. Brad Henry as a running mate....Great breath of fresh air and leadership! Romney is about money and photo opts...not real people!

    September 9, 2007 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  8. Steve, Corinth, Texas

    Thanks for giving a good candidate some coverage. Gov. Huckabee is by far, the most sincere of all the GOP hopefuls. He has been more consistant with issues that are important to moderates and conservatives alike and I don't think we can say that, for the so called front runners of either party. I am an independent and former conservative (JFK) democrat. I cannot find anyone in the democratic party I trust with our country and the republicans are not a sure bet either.

    September 9, 2007 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  9. Justino, Ada OK

    Yes, Huckabee doing so much with so little is precious...enjoy the moment. In the end, the only thing that matters is who gains the most votes. The candidate with the most-votes-per-dollar-spent will be nothing more than an interesting statistic. We need someone who can afford to spread his message beyond his home state. We need someone who will get the votes to defeat the democrat ticket. I have nothing against Huckabee, but let's be realistic, he is just a good VP candidate.

    September 9, 2007 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  10. brian

    You would "be worried if I were a voter..." You're not a voter? And you think you should be president?

    September 9, 2007 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  11. Brad, CA

    If Mitt really believes in his campaign, why doesn't he give money to the campaign rather than loaning it? Romney's vast wealth is certainly not representative of any typical American.

    September 9, 2007 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  12. Dan, TX

    I feel for the republicans. I consider myself fiscal conservative socially moderate. I used to think of myself as a republican, but not anymore. So I'm looking for candidates that share my view and can't rely on parties anymore. So I have to go to the web sites of all the candidates and read what they put up there. Turns out I can see very well who has views that most match mine. The internet is great, pay attention to the campaign web pages, and only play on these blogs to get your frustration out.....

    September 9, 2007 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  13. MS Johnson City, TN

    paging Dr. Paul
    paging Dr. Paul

    September 9, 2007 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  14. Shawnie Cannon, Grants Pass OR

    Romney is mega talented with money. He fixed dozens of broke companies.

    The assertion that he doesn't know how to manage money relies on readers ignorance. And I see several swallowed it hook, line and sinker.

    Dozens of major companies turned around, swooping the Olympics out of a 100 million dollar deficit and not taking any pay for that or for being governer? And you're worried about how he manages money. What a sophmoric sentiment!

    September 9, 2007 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  15. Andrew

    the reality is in between their statements.

    Do you need 20 million to win? Not if you have a huge grassroots following. But you also need some spending money.

    Huckster has neither. He does not have Ron Paul's dedicated grassroots network. And he is hurting for cash. In Q2 he had only $437K in cash on hand.

    And yes Romney is getting propped up...but thats why people like him need the millions. To buy the votes.

    September 9, 2007 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  16. i stomach huckabee, nyc, ny

    Mike Huckabee is a perfect illustration of why the primary schedule should put Iowa and N.H. first before the bigger states go. If the bigger states were first, or if we had a national primary, small funded people like Huckabee would've been drowned out by the richer crowd. But in small states, face to face meetings are more important.

    Not sure if Mike would make it to President, but I think he'd definitely make a good V.P.

    September 9, 2007 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  17. New Bern, North Carolina

    that may be true if rimney had not already peoved he can cut taxes in a democratic state huckabee lol – this guy is as desperate as it gets....

    September 9, 2007 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  18. Arlington, VA

    I agree the huck looks a little desperate now – i think him and most rep no that romney would be the only real tax cutter thats for sure....and why is the guy who can't raise 2 mil bitter and useing silly remarks to boost himself – i don't know. Hey huck most of us are smart enough to know that lots of support for a candidate translates into the 14 mil rudy rasied and the 21 mil romney rased so feel free to join the real world HUCKABEE! even your name is a folly as well as you silly joke against a candiates who have the support and YES money that you need to win!

    September 9, 2007 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  19. John Thomas, Edina, MN

    Huckabee would make a terrible president. In EVERY debate, he spews baseless, sentimental non-sense. His prepared responses are so sickeningly written to conjure up emotional reactions while avoiding the issues.

    On the other hand, you have Ron Paul. He speaks with logic, facts and historical precedence. He is educated on the issues and that was clearly exemplified in the Fox debate.

    September 9, 2007 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  20. Sandy, Grand Junction, Colorado

    Mike Huckabee is right. He could win the nomination.

    September 9, 2007 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  21. Arlington, VA

    HUCKS a darn fool were does he think the money rudy rasied as well as romney come from? trees! NO! it called strong support from the public. For a guy who can't seem to raise 2 mil he is very bitter. Join the real world HUCKABEE or get out of the race a soure looser..

    September 9, 2007 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  22. Sean Beaverton, OR

    Wow... wow. wow. I can't even fathom.. lol. Ron Paul as President. interesting. I think it's funny that they don't think Huckabee is sincere. annnd I LOVE what Kevin in Charlotte, NC says:
    Huckabee is a canidate the media has chosen to prop up into top tier. He hadd no support until then and still does not. By doing this he probably will be Vice President for whoever wins it.

    Well... he still has no support... buuuut he'll prob be VP..... lol wow.
    maybe because he deserves it, and has earned it....???

    September 9, 2007 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  23. windy - kenner, la.

    Sad but true that money makes the world go 'round.

    September 9, 2007 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  24. hawnstyle

    John Thomas,you are absolutely right... Huckabee and McCain always spread it on thick just to get the emotional charge. Ron Paul kicked ass on the exchange between the two, and when Huckabee realized he was losing, responded with emotional garbage. I like Ron Paul, he's doing better than I ever thought he do, but I don't think it'll be good enough. GO ROMNEY!!! Peace all

    September 10, 2007 12:47 am at 12:47 am |
  25. WDRussell, East Liverpool, Ohio

    omney and Huckabee are the two America has to fear the most. They are the ones who will have their decisions made for them by the religious right.

    September 10, 2007 08:41 am at 8:41 am |