December 11th, 2007
08:00 PM ET
13 years ago

Huckabee: Romney 'desperate'

Watch Dana Bash's report about the immigration war between Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney.

(CNN) - Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney launched a new ad on illegal immigration targeted at Mike Huckabee.

CNN's Dana Bash was on the campaign trail with Huckabee in Iowa and filed this report about Huckabee's response to Romney's ad and about an endorsement Huckabee received Tuesday.

Related Video: Watch Romney's new ad.

Filed under: Immigration • Iowa • Mike Huckabee • Mitt Romney
soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. David, Oregon City, Oregon

    Candidate challengers… for you lives! Huckabee is coming! Huckabee is coming!
    Defend your political war chests, run more attack ads, switch to a negative campaigning…

    What will it take for you to understand America is saying Washington is not for sale anymore..!

    December 11, 2007 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  2. Karen Houston, TX

    The add is completely accurate, so what is the problem? Doesn't Huckabee want people to know the truth?

    Don't worry Huck, the truth doesn't seem to matter.

    December 12, 2007 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  3. Ryan, Rexburg ID

    In my opinion, Huckabee is not the first recipient of a negative ad; he is the first deliverer of a negative ad–against Romney.

    Referring to himself as the "Christian Leader" in his Iowa ads in the beginning of December, Huckabee is inferring that the other front-runner, i.e., Romney, is not "Christian"; thus Huckabee plays on religious prejudices of the Evangelical voting bloc, much to his advantage. A negative ad that doesn't look anything like one; brilliant.

    Frankly, religion shouldn't have any bearing either way (read Article VI in the Constitution), but nevertheless the religion wedge has become a very effective tool in Huckabee's belt. And using the "code words" rather than a direct assault on Romney's religion makes it even more subtle.

    December 12, 2007 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  4. Shannon NY

    He sure is cocky for the of "passing fancy" of the moment. He should remember there is still a month and where were his numbers a month ago? I like him a lot less now then I did a week ago.

    December 12, 2007 03:25 am at 3:25 am |
  5. sal lincoln nebraska

    He looked like he was taking all the key note parts from his speech writer word for word..Why would you look so suprised and disgusted at an ad that wasnt offensive in any way...Listening to the likes of Chris Matthews talk it up like Mitt Romney said something like I personally saw Mike Huckabee and jesus handing out phamphlets on how much fun abortion is and the benifits of socalized medicine...Arnt they supposed to talk about the diffrences betweem then...Whos Mitt Romney anyhow he wasnt even Anti-abortion until he started to run for office...As far as the mexicans coming across the border thats what we get for having a third world nation right below us if we dont like it maybe a sound foreign policy and not WTO politics and use some of that money we toss at them for a fake war on drugs for the people not corrupt politicans...Neither Romney Not Huckabee know a single thing about foreign policy

    December 12, 2007 05:16 am at 5:16 am |
  6. Shawnie - Grants Pass, OR

    Schmuckabee, you haven't had any media attention, just wait until they get a hold of your large treasure chest of gaffes. You're a cross between Ross Perot and Gomer Pyle. To the journalists, you ought to have fun with this guy.

    December 12, 2007 07:07 am at 7:07 am |
  7. Raymond, El Paso TX

    With the power grabs and turmoil the minute men have gone through, that's not much of an endorsement. Also, given Mike's previous stance on immigration, it sure makes him quite suspect now.

    December 12, 2007 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  8. Joseph , Grand Rapids, MI

    Huckabee? Why is he cocky? Simply because he has taken the lead in IA? Please, he will not win in NH, or MI. Romney is the real deal.The fact is Huckabee is soft on taxes and illegal Immigration, and everyone knows it! Some have decided that just because he says he is a Christian leader he will know how to run this country. I think he is basically a good man, but he doesn't stand a chance against any of the Democrats in 2008! Wake up Republicans, you better get over Romneys Mormon issue and realize he is the only one who can beat the Democrats in November 2008!

    December 12, 2007 10:09 am at 10:09 am |


    December 12, 2007 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  10. Shaney, Lehi Utah

    Everytime Huckabee opens his mouth, garbage falls out. Your 10 minutes of fame is up.

    December 12, 2007 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  11. Ferguson, san antonio ,tx

    IF Huckabee wins God will hold back his judgements on America. If he loses then watch out people fire and brimstone is on its way!!!

    December 12, 2007 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  12. Tom - Dedham, Mass

    IF Huckabee wins God will hold back his judgements on America. If he loses then watch out people fire and brimstone is on its way!!!

    Posted By Ferguson, san antonio ,tx : December 12, 2007 11:01 am

    Thanks for the chuckle, that was a good one.

    He may actually "smite" us.

    December 12, 2007 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  13. Luke, North Port, FL

    I thought Huckabee did the best by far in this debate today. He had very precise answers and several very simply laid out plans of attack to solve these problems that we will face in the near future. I understand that the debate was very scripted, but I appriciate all the canditates for not attacking each other and helping the veiwers better understand where they are coming from. I am hoping we can all avoid the negativity for as long as possible. It doesnt help anybody and it turns voters away from canditates that go that route.

    December 12, 2007 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  14. MMataele Honolulu, Hawaii

    Why didn't the story cite Romney's campaign's point of view to the Huckabee's comments? It seemed like a Pro Huckabee story without it.
    The anchor says it was the first negative ad on the GOP side. Who deemed it such? It seemed editorialized without attribution.
    Also, it states Huckabee's comments toward Romney are done "Huckabee style" whereas Romney's comments toward Huckabee are attacks. This indicates a bias.
    Please try and be more objective. I didn't realize how biased this story was until I watched the same story on the Today Show and read it in other major papers.

    December 13, 2007 03:32 am at 3:32 am |
  15. Willard Scott Orem. Utah

    Did Huckabee catch hoof in mouth disease from Al Sharpton?

    December 13, 2007 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |