October 17th, 2007
02:56 PM ET
15 years ago

Huckabee asks voters not to buy into the money game

Huckabee asks voters to focus on message not money.

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (CNN) - Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee told
Granite State voters Wednesday that it is message, not money, that should be
the focus in the presidential election.

“I do hope that New Hampshire will continue its place, as will Iowa, as
those earlier filtering points so that candidates are going to have to go
and actually talk to voters and sell their ideas, and not just be able to
wave a checkbook around and say, ‘I have a lot of money,’” the presidential
hopeful said.

While often a crowd favorite, Huckabee continues to trail his Republican
competitors by wide margins in the polls, and his third quarter fundraising effort, often an indicator of presidential support, was lackluster.

Speaking before a group of attorneys at a local Manchester firm, Huckabee reiterated
that if “instant credibility” was garnered by money, then the American people would be “the ultimate losers.”

- CNN New Hampshire Producer Sareena Dalla

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soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Paul Thompson, Weston WV

    The Value Voters and other moral citizens will elect Huckabee as the next President. That he doesn't have money at least lets us know that he isn't going to be corrupted to play to the big money contributors. Huckabee is going to be elected by people and not the corporate influence peddlers. Go Huck!!!!!!

    October 17, 2007 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  2. Andrew, NJ

    its always the ones with no money saying money is not important. If you have the right message, then money will follow.

    Huckabee had over 3 months of being labeled a front runner surely that would have helped him raise good money

    But ok...lets hear his message..."telling people to go commit suicide"...very christian of him

    October 17, 2007 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  3. MikeknaJ, Orange County CA

    Huckabee is now polling in a statistical tie with Thompson in Iowa, behind only Romney, who has spent vastly more amounts of money. He is ahead of Guliani and McCain:

    Rasmussen Reports, the nation's most accurate polling firm during the 2004 presidential election, indicated Romney attracts 25 percent of likely caucus participants, followed by Thompson at 19 percent and Huckabee at 18 percent, “virtually tied for second.”

    October 17, 2007 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  4. Charles in Utah

    You know, I really like and admire Mike Huckabee - which is why I hope he will gracefully do the wise thing and withdraw from this overcrowded and contentious race, and encourage his supporters to endorse Fred Thompson. A smart move like this could help put the pressure on Mitt Romney's phoney money machine.

    October 18, 2007 12:49 am at 12:49 am |
  5. Joe, New york, NY

    Phoney Lazy old Fred thompson should withdraw from the race. e's nothing more than a washed up actor.

    October 18, 2007 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  6. Moe, NY

    Get real Huckabee...if you do not have MONEY...you cannot even attempt to run for President of the United States. Do they still teach school children in this country that anyone can be President?...SICK!

    October 19, 2007 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |