December 4th, 2007
08:45 AM ET
15 years ago

Pro-Huckabee 'push polls' irk GOP field in Iowa

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DES MOINES, Iowa (CNN) - On the stump, Mike Huckabee boasts about running a clean campaign that steers clear of smearing his GOP rivals.

But now a group founded by some of Huckabee's supporters appears to be doing just that.

The group, Common Sense Issues, launched a series of automated calls Sunday to Iowa Republican voters offering negative information about Huckabee's rivals, and positive information about the former Arkansas governor.

The group's executive director, Patrick Davis, dubbed the calls "personalized educational artificial intelligence," and admitted they are designed to promote Huckabee.

"We believe that Mike Huckabee has the character and the record to put this country on the right path," Davis told CNN, "a path that is healthier physically, fiscally and culturally."

The calls directed Iowa voters to the group’s website,, which allows visitors to sign up to be a Huckabee precinct captain, an important organizing position for the Iowa caucus.

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–CNN Correspondent Dana Bash

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  1. Jeremiah Grant, Phoenix, AZ

    I'm getting real tired of this. Is Huckabee directly involved with these calls? Who knows? BUT He could definitely stop them if he really wanted to.

    The pattern is becoming pretty obvious people. He continues to let his group make these calls while sitting back and piously saying he doesn't want them....but not stopping them. It's just like the repeated references to his apology to Romney for dragging Romney's religion front and center again (and again and again). Every time he mentions it he gets the same affect as if he had tried to disparage Romney's faith again–only it comes under the guise of appearing the Southern Gentleman who is apologizing. All the while he wants to act as if he's never strayed from the high road while whining and saying he's attacked if Romney runs an ad or mail piece that accurately spells out Hucks' position.

    WAKE UP PEOPLE!!! Forget the charming Southern accent and witty one-liners. Get serious. We need a proven leader to tackle some big problems–someone who has already shown that they can balance a budget deficit without raising taxes, that they can bring people together from both sides of the isle, somebody who really understands the economy. We need someone like Mitt Romney!

    December 16, 2007 02:21 am at 2:21 am |
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