November 28th, 2007
09:11 PM ET
15 years ago

Romney and Huckabee's class war

(CNN) - What started as a debate on immigration turned into a bit of a class war between former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee at Wednesday's Republican CNN/YouTube debate.

Huckabee was asked a question about a program he proposed in Arkansas while governor that would have allowed children of illegal immigrants to qualify for certain academic college scholarships.

"Mike, that's not your money," said Romney. "That's the taxpayers' money."

Huckabee quickly answered saying, "You know something, I worked my way through college. I'm standing here on this stage because I got an education. If I hadn't had the education, I wouldn't be standing on this stage. I might be picking lettuce."

"In all due respect, we're a better country than to punish children for what their parents did," Huckabee continued. "We're a better country than that."

Huckabee's reponse could also be interpreted as a veiled attack on Romney's own upbringing; his father was former auto industry titan and Michigan Gov. George Romney.

- CNN Political Producer Xuan Thai

Filed under: Mike Huckabee • Mitt Romney
soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Pavlina:

    Anderson is no good as a moderator.
    He does not allow everyone to answer the questions asked by the u tube candidates..infact he keeps posing the questions only to Mitt and Rudy

    November 28, 2007 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  2. vp omaha, nebraska

    Gov. Huckabee did the right thing. helping young people get ahead is the American way, even if the family is here illegaly from Poland..........
    Huckabee for President

    November 28, 2007 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  3. Carl Fergus, Madison, WI

    I agree. Of course hes going to throw a couple immigration questions to Tancredo and a question about the Bible to Pastor Huckabee, but the more pressing issues should have been spread around, let all of the candidates speak on important issues, not just Romney and Giuliani

    November 28, 2007 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  4. Mrs Wadsworth in Oakley, ID

    Romney worked while he was in college too. Huckabee should not reward illegals or their children but send them back, and at THEIR expense by selling their belongings for the tickets! I think it is not right to not only give illegals free education which our taxes pay for, but then let them compete for scholarships to our college with legals! Have their parents been paying taxes all the years they were growing up? Have their parents helped protect our freedom and law and order or are they corrupting our country (theirs already is rife with bribery!) by destroying respect for the rule of law- right in front of their children??

    November 29, 2007 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  5. Anthony Lilja | Aurora, IL

    Where's the North American Union question?

    November 29, 2007 12:54 am at 12:54 am |
  6. Karen Houston,TX

    I agree with Mrs.Wadsworth. Huckabee's rush to hand over our hard earned money to educate illegals while my children work their way through college is disgusting. In my view he is a traitor to the children of America.

    Romney takes a stong stand on the immigration issue. That is only one of the reasons that Romney has my support.

    November 29, 2007 01:10 am at 1:10 am |
  7. Ivan, Chicago, Illinois

    The republicans are using illegal immigration as a diversion from the failed leadership of their party.
    There's 12 million illegal immigrants in the country so they tell us, but they really have no idea how many are in the country. And they expect these people to come foward volunterally and identify themselves, so they would then go to the end of the line to become legal immigrants, would you?
    The truth of the matter is straight forward, the ones here have to be put on the road to citizenship, eliminating those with criminal background. And a honest sealing of the borders to those sneaking across, and harsh penalties for employers hiring illegal aliens. Even if that means foriture of their business.
    A President that called for a war on terror should have made a priority, the stopping of illegal immigration which this President [Bush] did not.

    November 29, 2007 02:41 am at 2:41 am |
  8. Andy, Chicago, IL

    This article is horrible. Guess it doesnt take much to be a political writer.

    This was simply an important discussion that needs to be had on an important issue.

    I think they should not be eligible for scholarships because that is encouraging parents to bring their kids here illegally. But no matter what you think, this important discussion needs to take place.

    November 29, 2007 09:46 am at 9:46 am |