December 3rd, 2007
10:00 AM ET
15 years ago

Huckabee comes under fire

CNN's Dana Bash reports Huckabee's record is coming under scrutiny.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Surging in the crucial state of Iowa, CNN's Dana Bash reports Republican Mike Huckabee's record as Arkansas governor is coming under fire from some of his Republican presidential rivals.

Filed under: Iowa • Mike Huckabee • South Carolina
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  1. Tom, Atlanta, GA

    Republicans have had two main accomplishments/objectives in the last 6 years: Trying to replace the Constitution with the New Testament and Out of control spending on a "credit card" instead of pay as you go.

    America doesn't need either this kind of Social or Economic "Conservatism." It only proves they don't know the meaning of the word.

    Because of this, they don't stand a chance... "Thank God"

    Nominate Ron Paul. His 10% crazy gives him NO chance of EVER winning a general election.

    December 3, 2007 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  2. Karen Houston,TX

    Huckabee is the only real Republican candidate!!!

    Posted By JasonV, Oklahoma City, OK : December 3, 2007 1:18 pm
    Are you kidding me? Jason doesn't it matter to you at all that Mike Huckabee will assist you in becoming bankrupt and without a country before his first term in office is up? He has one of the worst economic records ever! I believe that 85,000+ of his constituents declared bankruptcy when he was governor. He increased the tax on fuel in his state by 16%. He increases the cigarette tax by 103%. The average tax burden increased 47% for the citizens of Arkansas! It is no wonder that nearly 100,000 went bankrupt. This is documented information that you are either unaware of or you have chosen to ignore! Not too intelligent! He was investigated by the Ethics Committee 14 times as the Arkansas Governor. He was indited five times that I know of. Where were his good Christian values then?

    Does it not bother you that he would give your nation to the illegal population? His fight for giving tuition breaks to the children of illegal immigrants is well documented and he speaks of it openly now! He has also fought to make identification unnecessary in order to receive benefits which come from the tax base that he is so fond of raising. This guy is an economic and national nightmare! How can you possibly support him so blindly? I'm sorry to sound harsh, but you need to grow up politically. This is not about whose relegion you like the best! Get real!

    I am a conservative Bible reading, church going Christian woman, but I fear that the Evangelical community is in a "fervor" over a Baptist minister and have forgotten that they are supposed to be looking for someone to run the nation, not teach them a Sunday School lesson. I'd be the first in line Sunday morning for a Huckabee sermon, but I will not put him in charge of my country! Come on Evangelicals, don't roll belly up on this one!

    Romney is pro-American, anti-illegal immigraton. He is the ONLY candidate that has a plan to solve the illegal immigration problem that does not include amnesty! THANK YOU MITT! FINALLY!

    Romney is a financial genius and is well known for it! He has the business sense to run Washington. His record with Massachusettes has been applauded by financial experts all over the country.

    Romney supports traditional family values. I don't beleive that he is the flip-flopper that the name callers say he is. He has never voted pro-choice or pro gay marriage, NEVER! Look it up.

    He has shown that he is intelligent on issues of national security.

    Come Jason, can you really say that Huckabee is the, "only Republican candidate"? He is one of the most economically LIBERAL candidates on the ballot.

    A real Christian would honor the Constitution which is a devinely inspred document and not blur the line between church and state. Shame on those of you who do.

    December 3, 2007 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  3. Cable King Pittsburgh PA

    Many "men of the cloth" can not be trusted as they use the cloth as something to hide behind.

    Let the games begin!

    December 3, 2007 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  4. Karen Houston TX

    It is understandable that enthusiasm is running high in those individuals who are supporting a particular political candidate or political party. Many supporters of a candidate or political party are very serious about who they give their loyalty to just as serious as those who support their favorite sports team or religion. Influencing them to switch or change their loyal or religion is very hard, if not imposable.

    We all need to be objective in deciding who will be our next President and lay our preconceived objections to the side and ask the questions “what candidate wishes to serve all the people and is not obligated to anyone or the special interests”.

    The voice of America is saying “Washington is not for sale anymore!”

    Posted By David – Portland, Oregon : December 3, 2007 1:13 pm
    David you hit the nail on the head! Good job and very well spoken. I applaud you.

    It's time that "real Americans" take a hard educated look at all of the candidates irregardless of the candidates relegion and choose the best man for the job.
    For me that is so obviously Romney. I like his business sense and his Pro-American stand on the illegal immigration problem. He has also shown himself to be socially conservative which is important to me.

    I don't care that Huckabee is Baptist, that Romney is Mormon, that Kennedy was Catholic, or that Bush is Methodist. What I care about is what kind of President will they make.

    I fear that too many people are still busy rooting for their favoritte relegion though. So much for the first ammendment. Thomas Jefferson would be "flip-flopping" in his grave!

    December 3, 2007 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  5. Soldier, Ft Benning GA

    Instead of voting for Tax-Hike Mike, why don't we vote for a man who has NEVER voted to raise taxes: Ron Paul. Additionally, he is the only Republican who adheres to the principles of the founding fathers. Just to name a couple:

    "Commerce with all nations; alliance with none, should be our motto" – Thomas Jefferson

    "Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both." – Ben Franklin [note that this is exactly what all the other Republicans, save Ron Paul, ask us to do]

    December 3, 2007 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  6. Independent in NY

    I believe he can take the heat and come forth "shining as gold".

    HUCKABEE 2008!

    December 3, 2007 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  7. karen nj

    I liked it better when he was the underdog

    December 3, 2007 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  8. Michael S., Alexandria, VA


    Mitt Fraudney SUPPORTED amnesty for illegal immigrants, and only changed his position in 2006 when he decided he had presidential ambitions. He also employed illegal immigrants in his mansion. Flip-Flop Romney is one of the most dishonest, deceitful politicans at least in my lifetime. GO HUCK!

    December 3, 2007 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  9. Dave

    Nominate Ron Paul. His 10% crazy gives him NO chance of EVER winning a general election.

    It's funny that people have to resort to ad hominem attacks against Ron Paul. The only thing you ever hear is that he's crazy, but nobody ever stands up and argues point for point exactly what their problem is with his platform. The truth is, he's the only candidate with a consistent, logical philosophy from which he draws his conclusions about ANY given issue on the table.

    December 3, 2007 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  10. Alice Newman Center Harbor NH

    "The Republicans have a political agenda laid out and I feel it's the best course for America…"

    ... ha ha ha The GOP has 6 years of unbridled power to run of the country and have done nothing, nothing that didn't have to do with getting re-elected. They average at least one scandal a week .. either ethics or sexual ... all the top GOP senators/representatives are jumping ship to join the lobbyists so they can play robber barons for another couple of years.

    It's always interesting to hear from the 25%er who will follow Bush to the ends of their flat earth. Blind faith and talking points replace facts and rational thinking.

    December 3, 2007 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  11. AJ, IC, IA

    The future: By Jan 3. my fellow Iowans will see the pansy who is not tuff on immigration, has no military experience, wants to not only confuse the tax system but figure out ways to increase taxes without us knowing (yeah right) for his liberal feel good spending. But he can sure tell a good joke... Yeah like the ones my grandfather tells, over and over. Real funny Hickl-libby [sic]! Maybe you can woo Ahmadinejad with one of your quick oneliners about Jesus.

    December 3, 2007 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  12. Dale Davis, Glendora, California

    To all Evangelical voters out there. QUIT LOOKING FOR YOUR COUNTRY BUMPKIN CANDIDATE!!! Ya'll might think you have the big voting block power, but the rest of the nation will not vote for another Southern Disappointment this time around. So, get over it!!! For ya'll out there in Iowa, FYI, Hillary feels MOST threatened by Romney. (Many Washington insiders know this too.) The Clinton Sleaze Machine is laughing at you behind closed doors. I thought Iowans were more intelligent than that. Obviously not. You guys are falling for the bait. If you don't want to split the vote, LIKE ROSS PEROT once did, you can prevent another Clinton from getting in. GOT IT?

    December 3, 2007 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |

    This is expecting especially now that he is winning. This is not going to stop the lead. He is focused. He has no interest in dirty politics.

    December 4, 2007 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  14. barbara mason gulfport,ms.

    I know this is not a hot topic to most but I am so sick of men like Mike Huckabee,and other political figures, allowing crimes against women to be treated so non-chalantly. Until theserapists and stalkers of your fellow mother and sisters are dealt with swift and serios sentances that hold firm, these crimes will never stop. I do not see such a religous man.

    December 6, 2007 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
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