December 21st, 2007
05:57 PM ET
15 years ago

Rice calls Huckabee comment 'ludicrous'

Rice had some sharp words for Mike Huckabee Friday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told reporters Friday that Mike Huckabee’s recent comments criticizing some aspects of Bush administration foreign policy were “ludicrous.”

“The idea that somehow this is a ‘go it alone’ policy is just simply ludicrous. And one would only have to be not observing the facts, let me say that, to say that this is now a ‘go it alone foreign policy,” said Rice.

In an article in the January/February issue of Foreign Affairs, released last week, the Republican presidential candidate characterized the Bush administration’s foreign policy as an “arrogant, bunker mentality.”

Many of Huckabee's GOP presidential rivals have attacked him for that description. Mitt Romney, who now trails Huckabee in the key early-voting state of Iowa, has kept up a steady stream of criticism over the Foreign Affairs piece – at a campaign event Wednesday, he again said the former Arkansas governor had made a "significant error in insulting the president."

President Bush himself declined to comment on Huckabee’s piece when asked about it during a press conference yesterday.

UPDATE: Speaking to CNN's John King Friday, Huckabee said he has "great respect" for Rice, but questioned whether she had read the article.

"I'm not sure if she's actually read the article, or maybe she's reacting to the headlines, because I think some of the people who have spoken about it when asked have admitted they have not actually read the article and what I was specifically referencing."

"I wasn't criticizing the president, who I'm very fond and think has handled the overall situation of protecting America quite well," Huckabee continued. "I've been very complimentary of him, particularly the surge, but if we are so unable to point out policy differences and how things would change under a new administration, then maybe we shouldn't run for president, we'll just keep the current one in office."

Earlier: Huckabee: 'I don't have anything to apologize for'

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soundoff (192 Responses)
  1. janet,boston,ma

    Helloooo madam secretary? How is your boss. Did he send you to come and clear his name? He has already ruin it big time!

    December 22, 2007 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  2. David - Oregon City, Oregon

    I understand Rush Limbaugh, Michael Reagan, Ann Coulter, Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham have made comments lately about how Mike Huckabee supporters have begun blogging their web sites.

    How dare those true American conservatives who do not have a Talk Show to spread propaganda across America merely blog the web sites of America’s most elite Talk Show Hosts.

    How dare those little people that supported and raised the rating of those elite Talk Show Hosts now disagree with them.

    Well, they (elite Talk Show Hosts ) have made it big and made millions of dollars from their support of America’s sheep-people but most of America knows a confidence game when they see it, as the elite Talk Show Hosts try to put down their non-preferred candidates because they are not Wall Street or Washington power broker approved.

    December 22, 2007 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  3. lynn

    Kudos, to Secty Rice, she is a brilliant representative of our country.
    All those that are critical of her, are either racist, bigoted whites, or others who are jealous, that she made something of her life, while they sit on their cowardly behinds critizing her.
    What a wonderful story she has to tell,
    she is a great example to all, that hard work, and intelligence, and a lady with a lot of class.

    December 22, 2007 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |


    December 22, 2007 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  5. mark wilkes barre pa

    independent,,,,,, your saying you didnt mind the whole article when it was bush/condi bashing until huck stated he was fond of bush and complementary towards the president and staff in the last paragraph ? And thats when huck gave the description of stupid a whole new meaning ? Hmmmm

    December 22, 2007 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  6. dilmont

    Of course it is ludicrous that Huckabee says Bush & Co, have an 'arrogant, bunker mentality' with regard to foreign policy. They have that mentality across the board in all policies.

    December 23, 2007 01:11 am at 1:11 am |
  7. Steve, Lyons, CO

    "Negative comments in a national forum regarding the conduct of war or foreign affairs in regard to that very war on a sitting President encourage action by combatants on the other side and cost American lives...."

    Anyone NOT speaking out against criminal traitors like Bush and Cheney, currently destroying our Constitution and our country, is a coward. Because EVERYone knows now what they're up to, even you.

    Hmm. What does that make you?

    And you know how bad religiously deluded anti-science goobers like Dubya are as president. You don't want THAT again, do you?

    Worst. President. Ever.

    " If this type of action is legal it certainly should not be legal."

    Try reading the Constitution your President Stooge is dismantling. It protects free speech, even speech as red-necked and brainless as yours.

    Maybe you should be arrested for interfering with people's right to free speech.

    December 23, 2007 01:55 am at 1:55 am |
  8. mark wilkes barre pa

    Steve lyons CO,,,,,,, I have read many of your comments in the past. most of them I disagree with some I do. AS I am not a religoeus fanatic, I am open to the hope and possibility that there is more than what we see on this earth. I personally find your comment "religeously deluted anti-science goobers " un – necessary two days before christmas. I have to ask knowing what you have written in the past on the subject if this was a pointed comment you have been trying to slip in at christmas and finally got the chance or was this coincedence ? Knowing how smart you are by your own comments telling us day after day , YOU also know science has no evidence of mans evolution from sub species. What does that make you ? merry christmas MR. lyons

    December 23, 2007 06:14 am at 6:14 am |
  9. mark wilkes barre pa

    steve ,,scrollup and check out what W C FIELDS wrote in negative comment in a national forum, Your saying "THAT" makes him a patriot ?

    December 23, 2007 06:25 am at 6:25 am |
  10. mark wilkes barre pa

    one resume comming up,,, former prophessor of political science, standford University, former provest standford university,fellow of the american academy of arts and sciences,frequent member of the board of the board of directors for major corporations,former senior director ofsoviet an eastueropean affairsin the national security council,former special assistant to the president for national securities affairs, national security advisor,secretary of state,pianist of considreable talent,named by forbes magazine in august 2004 as worlds most worlds most powerful woman. Bachlers degree from univeraty of denver 1974, masters degree universaty of notre dame 1975, PHD> from graduate school of international studies universaty of denver 1981, has been awarded hoerary doctorates from morehouse colledge 1991, U of alabama in 1994,U of notre dame 1995,U of national defense 2002, mississippi college of law in 2003,U of loisville and michagan state in 2004 ,,, as for life experience I could go on for ever,,, Now ,, who's resume is this ?

    December 23, 2007 08:02 am at 8:02 am |
  11. Anom cal

    What in fact does Rice do, and why is she on the payroll?

    December 23, 2007 08:04 am at 8:04 am |
  12. Kristy Sanborn, Buckhorn, Mo.

    "arrogant, bunker mentality"
    what, exactly, is 'bunker mentality'?
    Sounds like some kind of slam on the military or something, to me.

    December 23, 2007 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  13. Arrthur Elmer

    Huckabee was right on the money with his anaylsis of this administration. Bush has been out of control since the day he has taken office.
    He acts more like a dictator than a president and should be impeached, but then we would get worse in Cheney.

    December 23, 2007 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  14. owen mathias wv

    name me one candidate that would not have a negative about them. I think mike would make the best president .we better think about the saftey of our country.

    December 23, 2007 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  15. Lawrence, Seattle WA

    Thanks to CNN for correcting their misquote after I found it!
    All the "double-negative" analysts are now proved to be to stupid to watch a video and find the misquote themselves!

    December 24, 2007 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  16. Anom cal

    I believe Rice has had her head in the sand for to long, time for her to go!

    December 28, 2007 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  17. Steve

    He better be careful or he might upset our Micronesian ally. They're all we've got left.

    January 18, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
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