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

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

Related video: CNN's Anderson Cooper takes a closer look at Mike Huckabee.

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, trusthuckabee.com, 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. Dan, TX

    Unfortunately, these idiots are hurting rather than helping Huckabee. This hurts Huckabee because it makes him look unorganized, he can't lead his own supporters, how can he lead the country.

    Huckabee has to smack those "supporters" fast and hard. They just might have cost him the nomination.

    As an independent voter I would vote for McCain, Obama, Biden, Edwards and Huckabee, in that order.

    December 4, 2007 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  2. Tom - Dedham, Mass

    Suckabee is winning nothing and his campaign is getting traction as he is the flavor of the month with the media who would love this WEAK candidate to move up.

    Now that the media has built this guy up, you would think they would take him down as they do EVERYONE else, but they will bide their time with him.

    Even as a Catholic and a Conservative leaner, I can't stand the bible thumping mentality that this guy put's forth.

    Don't hide behind the book, what are your ideas on making the country better for al of us?

    December 4, 2007 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  3. AJ, IL

    That Huckabee, up to dirty politics again! Nominate Rudy or Mitt! They can lose the Presidential race. Ooops, you got me! With a Mitt or Rudy ticket, the Republicans will lose the presidency. So please, Republicans nominate Mitt or Rudy, not Huckabee or McCain.

    December 4, 2007 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  4. David, Dallas Tx

    It is interesting.... A story about push-polls for Huckabee can be found well above the double-line, with a photo and embedded video nonetheless. And no mention of his denouncing the trustHuckabee.com people's actions can be found in print unless you click on the full story link.

    And yet, below the double-line, without any associated multimedia, is a story from earlier today of Huckabee denouncing the push-poll people.

    C'mon, CNN. I'm an avid liberal who would love nothing more than to see the Republican party go down in flames. But I want to see it because they deserve it, not because certain news elements and promoted and others are suppressed in order to misportray the candidate.

    I don't agree with all the CNN bashing that goes on in this blog. But some of the stuff is pretty blatant, folks. Please, try to display a little more integrity and neutrality.

    December 4, 2007 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  5. James, Minneapolis, MN

    huckabee has repeatedly denounced these calls and has no connection to them. good job, cnn for not mentioning that he has, many times since these calls began, publicly said that he wants these calls to end because that is not the kind of campaign he wants to run.

    December 4, 2007 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  6. Steve in SC

    AJ in VT,

    I see you are singing the same old tired anti-christian song! Secondly, it was reported yesterday that Huckabee had nothing to do with these calls, it was done by supporters. This is the beauty of the ticker, you can say what you want even thought you don't have a clue as to what you are saying!

    December 4, 2007 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  7. EUNICE, MARYLAND, U.S.A.

    I think all of you are in serious denial of the fact that this guy is going to be the next President of America. He is the only candidate that makes sense and not a flip flopper like some of you have alleged. HUCKABEE IS FOR REAL. What you see is what you get. He is not interested in telling people what they want to hear. He states the fact and is not afraid to tell the truth. People, please stop believing all those politicians that tell you what you want to hear. That is why they flip flop all the time. They give different answers for the same question depending on the environment or atmosphere in which they find themselves at the time. Look for the ones that will tell you the truth and will give you the same answer anywhere and anytime. Also, for Huckabee, wining this election is NOT a matter of life and death and that is why he is not attacking anyone viciously like we are beginning to see in the campaign and the debates. He is not interested in all that. He has a good heart and the Charisma. He is wining big time and my prediction is that he is going to be the next U.S. President. He has the right personality to be President.

    December 4, 2007 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  8. Marsha, Nashua, NH

    Looks like Huckabee's supporters are the ones really turning into the spammers of this election. They should be ashamed.

    On another note, why would someone support a candidate who's nothing more than a smooth-talking "compassionate conservative" George Bush? It boggles the mind that people still want four years of the same.

    December 4, 2007 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  9. Steven, WV

    Republicans have screwed this country UP! OBAMA/CLINTON 08

    December 4, 2007 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  10. Jackson Mueller, Des Moines, IA

    Also, for Huckabee, wining this election is NOT a matter of life and death and that is why he is not attacking anyone viciously like we are beginning to see in the campaign and the debates.

    Ok, then how do you explain his "razor blades and bathtub" comment against other campaigns from a month back?

    That was plain and simply an attack, and to say otherwise is intellectually dishonest.

    December 4, 2007 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  11. therealist

    Huckabee was a better governor than HillBillary and he can be the same as President. The bar isn't really that high..

    December 4, 2007 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  12. Sarah, el paso TX

    If Hucabee wins he should chose Colin Powell or Condi Riz as a runnimg mate

    December 4, 2007 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  13. Randy S. Lawton, OK

    This country is falling just as the Bible said it would.. NO man can change that.

    Posted By Kat Fairfax,VA : December 4, 2007 10:52 am

    I didn't know the United States was mentioned in the Bible, Chapter and Verse, please. Or maybe you were thinking of Nostradamus. Both sources equally reliable.

    I don't have a problem with anyone's religion, that's an individual choice. But there's no way I could vote for an evolution denier and Young Earth believer. Such beliefs show a narrow mindedness in the face of overwhelming scientific evidence. If some one can with a straight face deny all the anecdotal, historical, forensic and empirical evidence supporting the "Theory" of Evolution, how will they react when faced with politically related facts that don't jive with their personal beliefs.
    I'm afraid that alone is a deal-breaker when it comes to securing my vote. I'm afraid someone like Huckabee would let his personal beliefs influence his political decisions. And we can all see where that has gotten us.

    December 4, 2007 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  14. artificial intelligence

    Would Jesus allow a push poll be done in his name?

    December 4, 2007 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  15. Steve in SC

    Randy in OK,
    Why do believe that someone who believes in a young earth and does not believe evolution would fail to make a good president? Huckabee stated he does not know how God created the earth, but he belives that he did. Your post is narrow minded! isn't security, taxes, healthcare, etc more important than a belief in evolution?

    December 4, 2007 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  16. WEST HELENA ARKANSAS

    WELL HERE WE GO WITH MIKE HUCKBEE WHEN HE WAS THE GOV. OF MY STATE HE DID NOT DO ANYTHING TO BRING MORE JOBS TO THE DELTA WHERE I LIVE WE ONLY SEEN HIM WHEN IT WAS TIME FOR HIM TO BE RE-ELECT OH YEA HE GOT A WEIGHT LOSE PROGAM AT THE SCHOOLS TO WATCH KIDS WEIGHT BUT THAT WAS ONLY WHEN HE WENT ON A DIET HIM SELF TO GET READY TO RUN FOR PRESIDENT OH HE KNEW LOOKS WAS VERY IMPORTANT, BY THE WAY HE WAS BROUGHT UP ON CHARGER HE NEVER ANSWER TO. THANK YOU DO NOT LET THE CLEAN LOOK FOOL YOU JUST COME TO THE DELTA PART OF ARKANSAS AND SEE FOR YOUR SELF.

    December 4, 2007 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  17. Independent Voter, TN

    Mike in Dallas got it right...Huckabee immediately denounced the push polling and insisted that they cease and desist. All you critics need to read the whole story before you get so emotional.

    December 4, 2007 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  18. Bruce Scottsburg In

    Backing the Fair Tax alone should be enough to get Huckabee elected. We american's alone spend $250 billion a year just to comply with the tax code. Then we pay our taxes.

    December 4, 2007 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  19. NO DEMS,LA.

    LOOKS LIKE THE DUMMYCRATS ARE SCARED OF HUCK!!

    December 4, 2007 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  20. Blake

    You want to talk about push-polling? How about the quote, "many Evangelicals consider Mormons a cult" EVERY SINGLE TIME you write an article about Romney or Huckabee? That's dirty on CNN's part.

    December 4, 2007 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  21. ed orlando fl

    sure is funny that all the right wing states with all the almighty religions need another holy roller, I guess you know what you need . Preferablly i like to live my live in a manner that i do not need some one to make me a do-gooder. the country will watch to see who huck follows. hopefully it is not swaggert baker fallwell or hagert,but who knows there are so many to choose from!!!!

    December 4, 2007 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  22. Tom Ellis, Fredericksburg, VA

    I understand people's excitement over Mike Huckabee because he is a christian. But Mike Huckabee is a bad politician. But there is a man who is running who is both a good christian AND a good politician and his name is Ron Paul.

    December 4, 2007 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  23. Karen Houston TX

    Some sincere questions for Darrel of Lone Rock Iowa.

    What appeal does Huckabee have to the "Honest hardworking English speaking" citizens of this county when his record shows that he would inflate their taxes to a strangle hold and then use the taxes collected to pay college tuition for the children of illegals? Which he fought for and defends to this day.
    Why would the "honest" people of America support him when he is not honest in his own dealings and was investigated on fourteen different occasions by the ethics committee and indicted on five counts?
    What is fair in a Presidential race about using religious bigotry to support a campaign for President? Does he not honor the constitution and the first amendment?
    Why would hard working Americans support him when he would increase their tax burden by 47% as he did in Arkansas as Governor of that state causing 105,000 of his constituents to declare bankruptcy?
    If you are correct and he actually still holds the appeal that you claim then it is coming from two sources.

    #1Those who were dazzled by his humor during the debate, and have not been responsible enough to actually do some independent research on the candidates in order to make an informed decision.
    OR
    #2 The conservative Christian republican base of which I am a part. I would like the base to for once in their life be responsible and not blindly follow a candidate because his religion is the most familiar.

    It is important to do the research and make an informed decision based on the political record and abilities of the candidate. The research shows that Huckabee, although funny and nice, is not a good candidate for the Presidency.

    God Bless the USA!

    December 5, 2007 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  24. Karen Houston TX

    It is important to look at the facts. Huckabee has stated that he had nothing to do with the push polls. FINE. New topic.

    According to his record he is not qualified to be President. Another blogger said, "What you see is what you get". That blogger is right! Huckabee's record is available for everyone to review. After an honest and thorough review–if you can still say that this man is your candidate I would have to question your IQ. But hey, this is America do what you want!
    But when you're in the poor house and you can not afford to send your kids to college because you have been taxed to death in order to support the illegals pouring over the border, don't come crying to me!

    December 5, 2007 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  25. NO RON PAUL, LA.

    RON PAUL!! SORRY BUT HE IS TO WEAK ON MILITARY AND FIGHTING THE TALIBAN. WHAT ABOUT MY GRANDKIDS FUTURE? AMERICA'S FUTURE?

    December 5, 2007 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
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