December 2nd, 2007
03:01 PM ET
15 years ago

Huckabee: 'It's a different day for us'

Mike Huckabee says he is "very pleased" with how his campaign is moving forward.

(CNN) – White house hopeful Mike Huckabee was optimistic about his progress in New Hampshire, even though he wasn’t the person winning the endorsement from the New Hampshire Union Leader.

“I fully understand the Union Leader's endorsement. John McCain is a good and honorable man, and I have come to admire and like him. I have no qualms with their endorsement. I wish it had been for me, obviously,” said Huckabee after a Sunday morning worship service at Grace Fellowship of Nashua in New Hampshire.

Huckabee spent the weekend campaigning in New Hampshire and was floored with the attention and turnout at his events.

“I came here a few months ago and there might be one print reporter who wrote a couple of things down in the notebook and wrote a page 6D story. This time I am here and there are more reporters than we used to have people coming to house parties, and the people are so pressed into a house that I am afraid the floor is going to collapse. It is a different day for us for sure,” said Huckabee.

Within the last month, Huckabee has seen a major surge. “We have raised more money in the month of November than we raised in the entire campaign up until then. So something is going on that is just simply amazing,” said Huckabee.

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soundoff (25 Responses)
  1. Andrew, Haslett, MI

    And Ron Paul's campaign has raised more money in this quarter than everyone else last quarter and more money than you in November. Glad to see Romney's taking a hit thanks to you, Mike, but if you think you're getting the nomination, you're in for a surprise.

    December 2, 2007 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  2. Tom, Iowa

    Huckabee freightens me. All I see is Bush Light.

    December 2, 2007 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  3. Karen Houston TX

    I do not like Huckabee as a candidate, but it doesn't really matter because the Evangelical community would follow him to the moon and back. I am a conservative Christian myself, but it is a terrible mistake to mix church and state. When Jesus said, "Feed my sheep" he wasn't asking you all to act like a bunch of sheep! You are all following a preacher, not a President. Wake up people. It takes more than a good sermon to be President.

    December 2, 2007 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  4. Anne Detroit MI

    don't be so humble, Governor. You're the only Republican some people who are on the fence, can agree with. Huckabee is set to win many supporters in the coming weeks n doubt

    December 2, 2007 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  5. Independent in NY

    Yeah Mike, people are getting to know you and they like you; so do I.


    December 2, 2007 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  6. Bryan, CA

    Republicans are being smart. They are going to choose a candidate that bring the country's moderates and independents together. Which is why the Democrats must do the same and nominate Obama. There is not much to attack Obama with as far as character, intergrity, and willingness to bring republicans and democrats together. This is what we need right now. Huck and Obama would be a great election and very close. Go OBAMA!!!

    December 2, 2007 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  7. Lorretta

    This is the man for the United States presidency! Honest, hardworking and representative of traditional American values based on God. Huckabee gets my vote!

    December 2, 2007 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  8. curtis in WI

    I'll never vote for Huckabee because of his views on things that are important to me - but I will give him props for being gracious.

    December 2, 2007 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  9. MS Johnson City, TN

    Huckabee gets my vote as a standup comedian.

    If he, as an ordained minister doesn't know what Jesus would do about an important issue like death penalty, then he should stop pretending as a religious authority. If he knew and took the politically correct approach, then he is just another politician.

    If people are looking for honesty, they would do better looking elsewhere.

    December 2, 2007 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  10. Paul Thompson

    Mike Huckabee has the greatest potential. To All the negative commentees....please tell us, the USA, who you're for and why?

    Go Huck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 2, 2007 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  11. David, Oregon City, Oregon

    Huckabee's surge is America saying "Washington is not for sale"...again!

    December 2, 2007 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  12. Tim,Minneapolis

    Huckabee will be too influenced by the rapture/world-ending religious nuts. They will convince him to use the nucleur weapon because God and the bible told them so. Another phony that requires his supporters(if he really has any) to look at his past.

    December 3, 2007 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  13. Robert M. Reidy N.Y.

    Halayluya! Halaluya brother! Praise the lord and pass the plate!!!


    This throw back Elmer Gantry has to get this one thing – Get the state out of your brainwashed church head. Go stand on a box somewhere with your holy rants, Wow this is the best the Republicans can do!?!?

    December 3, 2007 01:46 am at 1:46 am |
  14. Youknowit, Orlando, Fl

    Sorry Huck, but God is on Ron Paul's side.

    December 3, 2007 06:37 am at 6:37 am |
  15. Chip Celina OH

    Bryan, CA

    I think you are right on the mark. I believe if it came down to Huckabee and Obama, we could see one of the MOST CIVIL camapigns in recent memory. I believe the debates would be with two candidates expressing their opinion on how things work and the character assasination that has been part and parcel of recent politics would take a back seat. This country could really use that. I think it would be really cool if those two got their respective party nominations that both would forego a 'running mate' and run as individuals. The winner becomes president, the second place guy becomes vice-president.

    I know it's pipe-dream, but wouldn't that be a breath of fresh air?

    Have a good day!

    December 3, 2007 08:07 am at 8:07 am |


    December 3, 2007 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  17. AJ; Montpelier, VT

    Matbe this hate filled Bible banging bigot can start having revival meetings. That is sure to bring out more of his kind.

    December 3, 2007 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  18. L, NY

    Hey AJ,
    Who's filled with hate? I never heard Huckabee express any ill-willed sentiments out of his mouth. Listen to yourself!

    Jesus told Peter to "Feed my sheep". He never told anyone not to run for the Presidency.

    It does take more than a sermon and Huckabee's the man.

    December 3, 2007 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  19. xtina chicago IL

    Gov. Huckabee has my attention, too but not for his conservative religious views. His Fair Tax idea is an idea whose time has come. The thought of finally getting to look at your paycheck and see the amount you earn without any taxes taken out is very appealing, isn't it? Why would anyone say they want to continue to give the Congress 28 or 30 percent of their paycheck to waste, when you can control your own tax spending by paying only on what you spend. And what incentive is there to think, "oh I really want to become successful and make more money so that I can give the government 40 per cent of it?" I like the Fair Tax because it forces the people who make money illegally such as drug dealers and oh let's say - undocumented workers - to pay into the federal revenue system by taxing them on all purchases above a certain amount ! It's very well thought out , too because we get a rebate to account for basic necessities such as food and medicines, so that we really don't pay 23 percent on what we buy, but mostly on discretionary items. Huckabee's idea is a no-brainer in my opinion, and Im going to read more about him in the coming days.

    December 3, 2007 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  20. Laura - Tulsa OK

    why do people who comment think that because someone holds religion in their heart that they are going to try to convert America to their way of thinking? When did Gov. Huckabee as a Governor make people of Arkansas conform to his religion? And when did he preach as Governor? Why are people afraid of someone of faith? George Bush hasn't forced anyone to convert to Christianity nor has he forced it upon them.

    And to answer those who wonder why Christians believe war is necessary – yes , it IS the obligation for good men to find evil and destroy it. When goodmen sit around and do nothing, evil can flourish. That's the basic biblical view on war, and it's right IMO.

    December 3, 2007 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  21. Glen, Land O Lakes, FL

    Those of you who are so worried about this man's religion and hate religion need to listen to yourselves. You are doing exactly what you, yourselves preach against (separation of church and state). Why don't you separate yourselve from this man's religion and begin to listen to his positions on the issues. You are the ones that are making his religious beliefs a big deal. He is trying to stick to the issues the countries faces. Take time to listen he might surpise you.

    December 3, 2007 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  22. steve in SC

    AJ in VT,

    OK! OK! We get it! You hate Christians and everything we stand for! We aren't perfect but (newsflash) neither are you!

    December 3, 2007 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  23. jw arkansas

    my is in ark. i don't want any more of this preacher

    December 3, 2007 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  24. HUCK,LA.


    December 3, 2007 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  25. Robert M. Reidy N.Y.

    Laura, Tulsa

    Well Laura you must admit that post 325 A.D. so called Christianity, that is after the Council of Nicea when the infamous bishop Iranaus reduced Christianity from 120 gospels to the 4 synoptics and ordered the burning of all the rest on the directive of emperor Constantine – the way of love
    was virtually extracted from this tradition. Also the gospel of John was
    reluctantly left in by the book burner
    when part of the church threatened to
    revolt. What we have now is an aggressive exclusionary ego driven
    prideful sect hardly resembling the teachings of the master.

    Huckabee and Bush are the same warped war mongering religious zealots who defend bigger jails and death penalties. I for one am ready for a change to tolerance, love, peace and
    unity with respect for all people and
    diverse cultures.

    Barak Obama is that kind of a Christian
    and he is determined to assist the paradigm shift that will greatly reduce suffering worldwide.
    We are the world!

    May the universal life force bless Barak Obama a man of love with a heart for the people.

    Time for a change NOT Armageddon!

    December 3, 2007 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |