December 4th, 2007
06:49 PM ET
15 years ago

Romney calls for investigation into Huckabee push polls

DES MOINES, Iowa (CNN) - One day after a pro-Mike Huckabee group's 'push polling' efforts were brought to light here in Iowa, fellow Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is calling for an investigation into their tactics.

In a statement Tuesday, Romney's campaign asked Iowa attorney general Tom Miller to open an investigation of the "allegedly illegal conduct" by Common Sense Issues, a group that launched a series of automated phone calls that target the former Arkansas governor's rivals but praise Huckabee himself.

Romney communications director Matt Rhoades wrote that "relying on the resources of an out-of-state soft money organization to run your ground game is awful politics and voters are right to be annoyed by this kind of conduct.”

Huckabee has denounced the tactics and urged the group to stop the calls.

He told CNN Tuesday that the efforts are hurting him, adding that the calls are "not in the spirit of the kind of campaign that I'm running or want to run."

"If people want to promote our campaign that’s certainly their business, but I hope they wouldn’t tear down other candidates because that’s not what we're about,” said Huckabee.

He urged the group to stop the calls, but added that he cannot legally contact them himself due to federal law, which prohibits contact between presidential candidates and independent groups advocating on their behalf.

Calls made to the office of the attorney general were not immediately returned.

- CNN's Chris Welch, Dana Bash, and Evan Glass contributed to this report

Filed under: Iowa • Mike Huckabee • Mitt Romney
soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. Laura Tulsa OK

    Both parties seem to be spending a lot of time attacking each other and defending themselves instead of interacting with the American voters . No wonder Washington and Congress is a mess.

    December 4, 2007 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  2. Independent in NY

    "If people want to promote our campaign that’s certainly their business, but I hope they wouldn’t tear down other candidates because that’s not what we're about,” said Huckabee.


    December 4, 2007 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  3. Dan, orlando, florida

    Huckabee played dirty tricks (push polls) like Obama.

    Huckabee is an air head, a talker (being a past preacher) without economic/law substance. Look at his past records: raised taxes, subsidised illegals, etc. He is a fool to propose to get rid of the IRS, as he will not and cannot.

    Shame on you, Huckabee and Obama!

    December 4, 2007 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  4. K Wilkinson MG TX

    I wonder if some of these push pollers are those same God fearing good Christian conservatives that we can rely on to be hoset, fair and ethical?
    Their true colors aren't as pearly white as we might have once thought. Well, I for one am shocked!

    December 4, 2007 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  5. AJ; Montpelier, VT

    Oh please, the only reasong Huckabee is professing outrage is because they got caught. Another lying republican and dirty tricks.

    December 5, 2007 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  6. Vic, Springfield, MA

    come on Huck, you're only saying this because it came out.

    December 5, 2007 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  7. Matt Baker, Chanute Ks

    Romney better keep his thoughts on his own campaign! Thinking of Hucks wrongs and not admitting your own POLL mistakes ( such as rigging the straw polls in florida (

    This man had a bus of people bussed in to vote for him in the straw polls, it was caught on camera, that his supporters were casting 10-80 votes A PIECE! WHAT IS THIS MITT? or can you not control who works for you, LIKE YOUR LAWN SERVICE?

    December 5, 2007 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  8. DANG,LA.


    December 5, 2007 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  9. Jacob, Moscow ID

    Can we get a poll out of Wyoming. They vote right after Iowa and before NH. I think this could be a big factor and no one seems to care. All i have heard is Romney won A straw poll out there.

    December 5, 2007 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |