December 4th, 2007
03:14 PM ET
15 years ago

Romney calls Huckabee's surge an 'initial infatuation'

Romney campaigned in New Hampshire Tuesday.

WINDHAM, New Hampshire (CNN) - Mitt Romney brushed aside former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee's recent gains in the polls as an "initial infatuation" in an interview with CNN Tuesday on the trail in the Granite State.

"We started off with the McCain surge, the inevitable candidate, then it became the Giuliani surge, and then it was the Thompson surge, and now we have the Huckabee surge," the Republican candidate said.

"There is an initial infatuation and people take a close look on a person's issues and decide whether they want to support them or not," the former Massachusetts governor told CNN.

According to the latest USA Today/Gallup national poll, released Monday, Huckabee has surged to second among Republican voters, behind former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani. The margin of error was plus or minus 5 percentage points.

- CNN Political Assignment Editor Katy Byron

Filed under: Mike Huckabee • Mitt Romney • New Hampshire
soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. Ryan, New York, NY

    "Initial Infatuation," after Huckabee's been a candidate for how long?????

    December 4, 2007 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  2. Harold, Seattle WA

    An overall observation:

    I'm asuming that the poll took a random sample of likely voters througout the USA. The problem is that we don't elect our president on the popular vote, it's done through the electoral college, and isn't really meaninful if you want to predict who will be the next president.

    I'd like to see a statistically valid poll weighted for how electoral college votes will be cast by each state.

    December 4, 2007 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  3. Dan, Saint Louis, MO

    Romney is absolutely right! Huckabee has great one-liners and he seems like a descent enough person, but you need a whole lot more than that to be president. Bob Novak said it best: besides being pro-life and anti-gay marriage, Huckabee is basically a liberal. He has a record of presiding over a big government that tells people how to spend their money, what they should eat, etc. That's nice, but it's not Republican.

    December 4, 2007 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  4. Shawnie Cannon, Grants Pass OR

    Huckabee's poll numbers are already flattening out. The last two Iowa polls show Romney still ahead.

    December 4, 2007 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  5. Dan, Saint Louis, MO

    American needs a tough, intelligent problem-solver, not a folksy minister. Romney '08!

    December 4, 2007 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  6. I am Canadian, little itty bitty country above you

    I’m not American but do admit that your politics are quite interesting. You Americans are so funny. You preach about freedom of religion and yet are ready to pounce on a presidential candidate that is not Baptist or Pentecostal. How is the rest of the world supposed to believe the American view of freedom of religion when many of you won’t consider Mitt Romney for president simply because he is not of your faith?

    Common people, I listened to your GOP debate last week and clearly Romney came across as the most presidential. His statements on immigration are logical and his reasoning for switching on the abortion issue made perfect sense. Sure he doesn’t promise to get rid of your federal income tax system but maybe that’s because he is being realistic. Do any of you really think that Huckleberry can and will accomplish this if elected?

    Good Luck America!!

    December 4, 2007 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  7. KJM, New York, NY

    Romney and Giuliani can't be trusted. Ron Paul is a Libertarian. Fred Thompson is an also-ran and Hunter and Tancredo aren't even on the radar.

    Say what you will, but Huckabee and McCain are the only two Republican candidates I trust to be the next President of the next United States.

    December 4, 2007 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  8. AJ, IL

    Mitt should be afraid! Very afraid! True, Huckabee has come on strong with great one-liners and likable charm. Once Mitt starts openly talking about his Mormon religion in a political context. The evangelical right are going to wipe out the big guns. How will Mitt respond to questions like, do you believe the garden of eden is in Missouri? Do you believe Joe Smith (founder of Mormonism) is a prophet? Do you believe that man ascended to become God? Do you believe that the Book of Mormons trumps the Bible?

    I could go on and on...but you get the point

    December 4, 2007 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |


    December 4, 2007 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  10. Jason, Jackson, MS

    Yeah? And Romney's support is about as organic as an Amway sale's campaign.

    Oh well, Marie Osmond says that she supports Romney because she'd like to see a Mormon in the White House. Someone please ask Mitt if he believes that this is a good reason to support him.

    December 4, 2007 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  11. karen nj

    it's true, tho; there was initial excitement when Fred thompson's video introduction came out. now he's a dud.

    December 4, 2007 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  12. Arlen Hunsaker Pocatello, Idaho

    Really, Huckabee isn't that bad of a candidate. I think Romney is more of a consistant conservative (besides the whole pro-life issue) and I would vote for him before I would vote anybody else, but if Huckabee was the candidate come november 2008, I would feel right voting for him.

    December 4, 2007 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  13. Karen Houston TX

    To Dan in Saint Louis,
    You couldn't be more right. I want a man with a better record as my president. I am worried about the direction our country is going on so many issues. Huckabee is a "nice guy" but his record shows that he is not a great political leader. His record shows that he actually hurt the state of Arkansas with his politics.

    I'm sticking with Romney. He has the best record on the issues that are important to me.
    1.Illegal immmigration. He is SO Pro-American and I find that refreshing in a leader. He is the only candidate that I have heard present his plan to deal with illegal immigration that does not involve amnesty.
    2. The economy. He would be a wiz in this area and we need it so badly. He has the intelligence and ability to even out the international trade mess and bring more jobs to Americans.
    3. He has good values. Regardless of what his opponents want to say he has ALWAYS voted on the side of conservative social issues.

    December 4, 2007 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  14. Mike, New Braunfels, TX

    This isn't a "surge". Huckabee's support has slowly and steady been growing since the beginning of his campaign. In fact, the momentum of support has continued to grow as people become more familiar with him. Furthermore, polls taken to determine the strength of committment by supporters has shown that Huckabee's supporters are stronger and more certain of their support than supporters of Romney and most if not all of the other Republican candidates. Support for Huckabee has a strong foundation built on slow and steady growth....and all of this not because of a huge spending spree as in the case of Romney, but because of grass-roots, in-the-trenches hard work by Huckabee supporters and especially by Huckabee himself,.

    December 5, 2007 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  15. Ken, Ashland, KY

    Though I'm not voting for you Mitt, you are correct. Huckabee is nothing but a Bush disciple.

    December 5, 2007 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  16. Joel - Raleigh, NC

    You trust Huckabee? Despite his dodging and outright lies regarding his tax/spending record as governor, and despite his ethical problems of using taxpayer money for personal reasons?

    I would expect a preacher to be above the typical lying politician, but he really isn't.

    December 5, 2007 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  17. Joseph, Grand Rapids, MI

    Romney is correct! Huckabees record speaks for itself. Come on people he has great one liners but he is not presidental. Mitt Romney is the only one who can take on the Democrats in 2008! Romney has my vote!

    December 12, 2007 11:17 am at 11:17 am |