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. Steve, Richmond Virginia

    How can one say we "go alone on foreign policy?" Look at all of the allies supporting the USA on the big war against terroism. Ooooopps, that argument doesn't hold up.

    Shut up Condoleezza and go back to stuggling with George in the Oval Office. Just clean up your mess for when Huckabee moves in!!!!!!!!

    December 21, 2007 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  2. Erik

    When did he say it was a "go it alone" foreign policy. I believe he said it was a arrogant, bunker mentality type of foreign pollicy. She's got to get the word "ludicrous" out of her vocab. Make her sound as educated ad Mike Tyson.

    December 21, 2007 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  3. Alexander, Washington, DC, USA

    This just goes to show how naïve and politically inexpereinced Mike Huckabee is. One thing is to criticize the administration for failures that are heavily substantiated, another is just lambasting to pander for the Anti-War, Anti-Bush vote. Perhaps something a Democrat like Hillary Clinton would do.

    In my view, this was a very foolish move for him because the Christian Conservative Right is still extremely loyal to Bush.

    Last time I checked Mike Huckabee was not the GOP nominee, he has a very very long way to go...

    Seriously, he is nobody to challenge Bush on foreign policy. Huckabee wasn't even aware of the released NIE Report, he also joked earlier this month about his lack of experience in international affairs. “I may not be the expert as some people on foreign policy, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night.”

    What a fool! Huckabee does not stand a chance at winning the Republican nomination.

    December 21, 2007 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  4. Farmer TX

    Kudos to Lloyd and the other R's that get past Party loyalty and remember that we are all in this together.
    Now, if we could just get religion out of politics, we'd be getting somewhere.

    December 21, 2007 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  5. Steve, Dulles, Va

    All you have to do is look at recent history and will find Huckabee's coment to be simply true. Retired, (Recently) FSO

    December 21, 2007 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  6. Allen, Cleveland, OH

    Read it again Patrick. Her wording is awkward, but she is saying what she intends to say.

    December 21, 2007 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  7. Ian, Eastham MA

    Why anyone thinks Huckabee is unique, I'll never understand. He agrees with the same neo-con agenda. Is he just trying to say he'd police the world with a smile?

    Ron Paul, on the other hand, has some real issues with Bush's foriegn policy. Let's not talk about that though.

    Shhhh, no one talk about real issues...don't want to tip off the voting public.

    December 21, 2007 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  8. Luis, Sacramento, CA

    Saint Huckleberry is correct
    This current, administrations Foreign policy is
    a "go-it-alone" policy.

    And their Domestic Policy

    What is it that they are doing right?
    ** That is not self-serving?

    December 21, 2007 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  9. TW, SJ, NB

    Rice has no credibility, from WMD forward. Now they're saying they want other countries to pick up the dregs of Guantanamo! If that wasn't "go it alone", I don't know what is!

    Australia voted against their USA b-boy, and I can hardly wait for the same thing to happen in Canada!

    I would truly rejoice to see karma for Bush and Rice in this lifetime!

    December 21, 2007 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  10. Brian

    Rice is a liar. The Bush administration is definately a "go-it-alone" administration. They certainly don't have the majority of the American people behind them, or the opinions of the rest of the world in their favor. Shame on her for standing up for the idiot. I thought she was smarter than that. Guess I was wrong.

    December 21, 2007 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  11. Bubba, Swainsboro GA

    Heck, I agree with 'em both: Huck's ludicrous, and the administration has an arrogant bunker mentality. For once, two 'publicans have said it all for me.

    December 21, 2007 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  12. Tom Dawson, Pacific Palisades, California

    More useless talk from the most ineffective Secretary of State in my memory. She's a part of the worst White House group in history. Who are any of them to criticise others?

    December 21, 2007 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  13. jd, des moines, iowa

    Most comments from Huckabee is ludicrous.

    December 21, 2007 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  14. Jos/Memphis, TN

    Mr Huckabee's description is correct, Bush is operating more like the dictators that is is against, most Americans will not speak against, Rice's stance is expected. bush record speaks for itself, if we don't tap dance around it.

    December 21, 2007 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  15. Jeff from Jersey

    She crawled out of the bunker just for that?I guess she just needed to see some other people.It gets tough when you are alone in a bunker with Bush and Cheney and you're the only real man down there.

    December 21, 2007 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  16. Lou ô¿ô Oklahoma City, OK

    Huckabee's remarks are right's Condi and her job as "spin doctor" that is ludicrously leading us with lies and deceit.

    W's people might as well just be saying:

    "move along, nothing to see here people, move along"

    Shout out to my homeboy: Officer Barbrady

    December 21, 2007 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  17. Picabo, San Diego, CA

    So by using the double negative, she says we are going it alone. Do you suppose that she accidentally misspoke or do you suppose it was deliberate?

    Most people reading this will interpret it as saying "we're not going it alone" – which is what the administration wants – they want us to believe we are not going it alone. Perhaps they realize that we are going it alone and by using the double negative, Condi is being truthful while trying to fool the American people.

    I know certain members of the administration have no problems with lying. But maybe Condi does.

    Just throwing that out there for people to ponder.

    Personally, I think she accidentally misspoke – no one in that administration is that clever.

    December 21, 2007 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  18. Z, St. Louis,MO.

    I don't like kooky huckleberry,but
    Rice has no room to talk.She has done
    absolutely NOTHING while Sec. Of
    State. Her list of accomplishments is
    a blank sheet of paper.In fact she has
    probably stirred up more trouble than
    than she has helped solve problems.
    She's done a number of faux-pas
    diplomaticly and even has blown
    her chance to show off her supposed
    skills in Russian (Of which she is
    supposed to be an expert!) by not
    understanding or answering the
    questions asked on Russian radio.
    She is arrogant and pushy and thats
    not an ideal thing for someone who
    is supposed to be the diplomat to
    the world representing our country.

    December 21, 2007 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  19. Gideon, Chicago, IL

    Don't forget about Poland!
    Posted By Mike, NY : December 21, 2007 12:27 pm

    Ha! Thanks, Mike. I HAD forgotten that gem.

    Huckabee is not only right, he didn't take it far enough. The "go it alone" part actually only includes Bush, Cheney, and a couple of other guys with low IQs and no cajones.

    December 21, 2007 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  20. JM, OH

    Anyone that can get under Condi's skin has earned my respect. I still won't vote for the man, but I respect him for breaking with his fellow Republican sheep, I mean "candidates".

    December 21, 2007 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  21. Ed, Los Angeles, CA

    Kudos to Rice and Jeers to Huckabee!

    God Bless America!

    December 21, 2007 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  22. M. Leing Washington DC

    Rice is a puppet on a string whose nose grows ever longer with all the lies that spew from her twisted mouth.

    Bush, Cheny and Rice should all tuck their tails between their legs and slink the hell out of town...better yet get the hell out of the USA.

    December 21, 2007 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  23. Jeff, Sunnyvale, CA

    It would appear that the Bush administration is going to stick to its guns and refuse to acknowledge reality for the remainder of its time in office.

    White is black, up is down and we went into Iraq with the full support of the global community... yeah.

    December 21, 2007 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  24. Blayze Kohime, Columbus OH

    So she says "And one would only have to be not observing the facts". Okay then, Rice, what facts? Its a pet peeve of mine when a politician says that and does not immediately follow it up with these elusive 'facts' they claim support them.
    I have little respect for Huckabee, but I think many know how good this government is at not keeping fact and fiction separate, and he was dead on with this comment.

    December 21, 2007 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  25. David, Dallas Tx

    UN: Please just wait 2 more weeks for our weapons inspectors to finish their job. They’ve found nothing, and we don't think there are any WMD's in Iraq. Your invasion would violate international law.

    US: Who cares what the UN says? We're going in! HOO-AH!!


    Sorry Condi, I have observed the facts, and I remember. Bush bragged about his unilateral decision to invade.

    December 21, 2007 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
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