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. Jose

    And Condi Rice really is a fair and balanced view point on this? I'm sure reindeer fly too! Not that I care one way or the other about Huckabee – wannabe but come on Condi – do we really care what you say?

    December 21, 2007 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  2. Boudreaux, Hammond, Louisiana

    Rice withouth Gravy is "ludicrous"!
    It's just Rice....

    December 21, 2007 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  3. Gil - California

    The Bush administration is now against Huckabee? Darn, now I may have to consider voting for him.

    December 21, 2007 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  4. Bill, Streamwood, IL

    See, just say something bad about WPE Bush and he assigns one of his minions to respond. In this Mike Huckabee was chastized by this administration's version of Carol Mosely Braun, Condi Rice.

    It speaks volumes about how dysfunctional this administration's foreign policies are when one realizes that we have heard from Osama bin Laden more often than the U.S. Secretary of State.

    December 21, 2007 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  5. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Condi needs to let Bush speak for himself. Condi is being very arrogant speaking for Bush.

    December 21, 2007 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  6. Daniel Bell, Boston, MA

    Independents should never vote for Romney-Guliani or McCain. Huckabee is so right in critisizing Bush's policy and deserves republican nomination. Surprised how independents in NH are supporting Mccain who depite being bruised by Bush-Rove in 2000 follows Bush. Shameful!
    Huckabee for 08

    December 21, 2007 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  7. Paul, Iowa

    Dumb(Condi) and Dumber(Huckabee).

    December 21, 2007 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  8. Cammie, Baltimore, MD

    I would vote for Condee Rice over Mike Huckabee any day. I'm an undecided voter and I'm not impressed with Huckabee.

    December 21, 2007 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  9. Mark New Jersey

    Dr. Rice.....where did you get that PhD? Was it Sears or a Cracker Jack box...

    December 21, 2007 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  10. Matt Butler

    I met then Lt. Governor Huckabee when I was a Nebraska state GOP Finance Chairman. I found him to be an bright and engaging guy, although VERY rotund. Today's Governor Huckabee is a much thinner, likable guy. That is until he starts casting stones at others, and made other serious miscues. I really thought he was intelligent, but he is working hard at showing me that he is not prepared to be leader of the free world. Mitt Romney on the other hand, has shown, grace, class, and accomplishment in business, academics, and politics, but certainly not perfection. Mike, you're not ready for prime-time.

    December 21, 2007 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  11. W.

    Rice is probably the lamest duck most useless, ineffective Secretary of State in the history of the USA.

    December 21, 2007 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  12. Tim, Powder Springs, GA

    Condi.......get a grip. This is about as go it alone as it gets.

    December 21, 2007 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  13. GRACE


    December 21, 2007 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  14. dan judas-goat

    SEC. rice,the truth hurts. huckabee spoke it. and the only countrys falling in line are the ones who are reaping the benefits of jacked up oil prices,[opec] also the US has brought off for their silence for this war russia and china who has also benefited . the us has backdoored and mulipulated the oil and sold iraq oil with sky high prices look deep and you'll find. god is watching all this mess crooks.

    December 21, 2007 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  15. Sharon in Seattle, Washington

    Condoleezza Rice should not complain about any comments about the Bush administration. Bush, Cheney and Rice never tell the truth. I believe most of the individuals in US will celebrate after they are pushed out of the Whitehouse in 2009. I think most people really do not care about what Bush, Cheney or Rice say anything because they have ruined the economy, the enviromonment and have picking fights around the world.

    December 21, 2007 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  16. Bob N, Chicago, IL

    If Condi had any remaining shred of integrity left, she would follow in Colin Powell's footsteps and leave the current administration. I'm no fan of Huckabee, but he is absolutely correct on this one. If Condi believes what she says, then she is in the bunker, and hasn't quite figured it out yet.

    December 21, 2007 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  17. James Gillard, Walla Walla, WA

    Hukabee, since he's care-free with criticism, even his name makes one wonder what side of the mountain he wondered-off. Isn't it remarkable how today's society amass around "trash talk". Definitely a distinct pattern of incongruity in our society. Bickering, name calling, deception of facts.....but nothing getting accomplished but further weakening of our country. Deep pockets, personal agendas and ladder climbers who seem to have a claim to fame for making everything right with their arrogant mouths.

    December 21, 2007 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  18. Mimi, Silver Spring

    "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."

    said Huckabee.

    I am seriously begining to like this guy. I am a first time voting democrat but I might vote for him if the choice came down to be between him and Mrs. Clinton. I like the idea of an honest person who is a straight talker in White House.

    December 21, 2007 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  19. Jeremiah Grant, Phoenix AZ

    Huck is talking out both sides of his mouth AGAIN, and again lying in the process. So much for the Saint Status he's wanted to base his whole candidacy on (because heaven knows it's not his record/judgment which is questionable at best).

    He has clearly attacked and criticized the President, but he also wants to say "I'm quite fond of [him]". So what does that even mean? It means you talk out both sides of your mouth, but if we just take you at your word it says that you're quite fond of somebody you think han bungled things badly.

    Hmmm...try that one on. I really admire this person's leadership, but I think all of their decisions were wrong. Huh????

    December 21, 2007 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  20. Jeremiah, Phoenix AZ

    Once again Huck shows us he's far more liberal than he wants anyone to believe. As he is on taxes and immigration, this is just one more example of why Huck should be running with Hillary Obama and Edwards. His remarks sound so similiar to theirs and all the other anti-Bush, anti-war people.

    December 21, 2007 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  21. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Hey Condi, Colin Powell is keeping your place warm – under the bus!!!

    You know, where the rest of the people in this administration end up when the deal goes sideways!

    December 21, 2007 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  22. Jeff Jones

    Condoleeza Rice for president. In a head-to-head match up Condi would run roughshod over Billary or Mr. Al Qaeda. WOW..not only the first female, but the first black American as well. Regardless, Condi is not a Bush Lackey as many like to think, but rather she is a loyal subordinate. Ah loyalty...that fast disappearing virtue in America. Huckabee sounds like a pandering child begging to be nominated. Understand, Huckabee is using his faith in an unbiblical fashion and is "profit"eering off what he claims are legitimate biblical convictions. Yeah...WWJD? It is a sad day when this Christian, yes Christian, nation is making a mockery of the very principles upon which it was founded. My vote for Condi!

    December 21, 2007 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  23. Wanda Oreilly

    Thanks for letting me air my views. I feel sorry for any poor slob who still believes they can get anything that remotely resembles fact from this venue. Highly dubious... totaly mis-leading, self-serving and devastatingly destructive. HOW MUCH LOWER CAN YOU GO?

    December 21, 2007 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  24. Stephen, Tampa FL

    haha! this woman is HILARIOUS. what's ludicrous is the fact that she is still the head of foreign policy for a 'with us or against us' totalitarian administration. since the day it took office, disagreement with the Cheney-Bush engine has been viewed as nothing short of treason. get a clue Conde!

    December 21, 2007 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  25. newz4i az

    Rice? Bush apologists, please list her accomplishments.

    December 21, 2007 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
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