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'

Filed under: Mike Huckabee
soundoff (192 Responses)
  1. Jose Card

    I really hope Prof. Conde Rice from Stanford will run for the White House some day.

    December 21, 2007 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  2. RA,Cary,NC

    It may be a dumb question, but isn't Condi 'THE ARCHITECT' of Foreign Policy? If she is so correct, how come our prestige has dipped down in the world we live in? She ought to get a 'Reality Check'!

    December 21, 2007 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  3. fred-tn

    Huckabee is honest. What a difference.

    December 21, 2007 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  4. Mike, Baltimore, Maryland

    Jeff Jones stated:
    "Condi is not a Bush Lackey as many like to think, but rather she is a loyal subordinate."

    Jeff, Jeff, Jeff.

    A 'lackey' is someone who tells the boss what the boss wants to hear. "Pay no attention to those pesky FACTS, here's what you want to hear."

    'Loyalty' means the subordinate tells the boss the FACTS, even if the FACTS are bad, and even if the boss doesn't want to hear the FACTS. Then the loyal subordinate helps the boss to do the right thing for the company, organization, country, welfare of the people, etc., within the parameters of action that are available, given the FACTS of the situation.

    Rice IS the 'lackey', not the loyal subordinate.

    December 21, 2007 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  5. Jose Card

    Ho Ho Ho Huckabee needs to stop lying, or else he won't get any presents from Santa.

    December 21, 2007 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  6. David - Oregon City, Oregon

    The current debate between presidential candidates and the new media is insulting, if not down right disrespectful. Where is Sigmund Freud when you need him to annualize why people talk about subjects they are uncomfortable with.

    I have a name the current “Hot Button” debate between the candidates and news media over religion. “Freudian Pandering”, and Mike Huckabee is responsible.

    It began when the candidates and talk show hosts became scared of Mike Huckabee’s appeal to American’s faithful. So as politicians do, they jumped on Huckabee’s bandwagon and started competing with each other to see who was the most religious and most Mike Huckabee-like!

    “Freudian Pandering”; To “do anything or say anything” to get elected. If you can not beat them, join them!

    December 21, 2007 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  7. Mike, Fredericksburg, VA

    I see that Mitt Romney's company, Bain Capital, is in the process of buying ClearChannel Communications, one of the nation's biggest media broadcast companies ( How interesting that this is timed to coincide with Romney's presidential run.

    December 21, 2007 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  8. Richard Montoya, East Wenatchee WA

    The comments of Mike Huckabee, are real, and are base in facts. This administration had put in place for the last six years the "hardcore, cowboy policy" causing our nation be isolated and despise for most of the democratics nations in the world...kudos to Huckabee for his courage, and straighforward statmentes.

    December 21, 2007 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  9. timbuck, houston, texas

    his accurate description of bush's foreign policy is the only thing he's said with which i agree.

    December 21, 2007 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  10. Debbie, Gig Harbor, WA

    It is ironic, and totally beyond my comprehension how this totally inept, ignorant, corrupt, unqualified do nothing still stands in front of a mike and people actually repeat the rhetoric. Someone please inform me of Ms. Rice's accomplishments as "Secretary of State" What diplomatic strides has she made on behalf of the United States? All I have read and seen pretty much shows her total contempt for accomplishing anything in the interest of our country. Her total indifference and participation in the desturction of a non threatening country, millions of deaths and displaced innocent Iraqis, the melt down of our military, and of course the enabling of unchecked fraud, and waste of millions of tax payer dollars and all of this perpetrated by "manipulation", "deciet", "fear mongering", and the "phony" war on terror rhetoric she helped shove down the throats of the American people. I for one never believed anything these con artists had to say, and that does not make me "unpatriotic" that makes me an American.

    December 21, 2007 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  11. mari

    The thing that is ludicrous is the idea that Secretary Rice, while so bright in other areas, does not acknowledge the factual correctness of the Huckabee statements to describe her boss's tenure. No doubt about it, this administration will go down as the most corrupt, the most secretive, the most inept of any administration in the history of our nation. That Bush gathered a bunch of enablers around him like Secretary Rice is no surprise. Just look at her tainted relationship with Blackwater. These guys who have a history of thieving overcharges of our nation at war, of killing of innocent Iraqi people, and of belligerent practices. Her time as Secretary of State says it all. Ineptness, biased treatment of other countries, and overseers of a bunch of criminals. So I say, you go Mr. Huckabee, you are absolutely correct on this one.

    December 21, 2007 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  12. Kristy Sanborn, Buckhorn, Mo.

    I thought that Secretary of State Rice should have ran for President, but she didn't. I think she knows what she is doing. Huckabee went over the line on this insult, and of the President. The fact that President Bush didn't make a comment about this is one more example of his integrity. I like one of Huckabee's ideas, keep the current one in office, but its not possible.

    December 21, 2007 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  13. Blanca DeBree, Fond du Lac, WI

    She then corrected her statement saying that it would be ludicrous to say the Administration had a "Hitler Bunker Mentality," but it's OK to say it has an "Archie Bunker Mentality."

    December 21, 2007 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  14. Don Longmont, CO

    Why can't a candidate criticize this president who has already made so many errors in judgement. If any candidate is going to appeal to independent voters they must state their opinion on foriegn policy. I agree with Huckabee's opinion, that is why we have lost our leadership position with the rest of the world.

    December 21, 2007 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  15. Steve Mantua, NJ

    Rice is still relevent? Seems like she's just playing frontman for Bush again. Shocker!

    December 22, 2007 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  16. Kay, Las Vegas, NV

    "There should have been four ropes and Rice should have been on one of them" people are pathetic and nasty! I feel dirty every time I glance at these blogs and I feel even more ashamed that you're Americans! And, finally, learn how to spell if you're going to make such negative comments about our leaders. You just make fools of yourselves when your tyring to cut people down, yet can't spell or use correct grammar!

    December 22, 2007 02:26 am at 2:26 am |
  17. Trang, Fremont, CA

    Of course, Rice has to defend Bush. She is closed to Bush and their family. I feel sorry for those who has to defend this president. Huckabee is correct on this one.

    December 22, 2007 03:21 am at 3:21 am |
  18. mark wilkes barre pa

    Dont let these haters bother you condi,,,, I have actually taken the time to look at your resume and life experience,,, very impressive for a person with your qualifications to have no desire to run for president speaks volumes to me. I for one hope you change your mind one day

    December 22, 2007 06:38 am at 6:38 am |
  19. Terry, El Paso, TX

    Hitler, as we all know, spent his last few days in an underground bunker. He spent those days ordering German troops to stand fast, even though they were surrounded by Allied forces, they were out of ammunition and gasoline, and everyone in Germany knew that the war was lost.

    Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, and Rice led us into Iraq. We have spent trillions fighting the wrong war in the wrong country and we have very little to show for it. It has been an enormous waste of lives, money, and national morale. Those who supported the war in the beginning – like me and you – must bear some of the blame. Remember all the yellow ribbons we displayed, the flags on the front porches, and the made-in-China bumper stickers we all bought? Today the ribbons are all gone but the troops are still there. The bumper stickers are yellowed with age and peeling from our bumpers, as if in embarrassment.

    Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, and Rice are not psychologically capable of admitting their error to us, just as we are not capable of admitting that we caught war fever and failed in our duty as citizens to keep America on the right course. Bummer.

    December 22, 2007 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
  20. Woody

    Good for Huckabee, but I would add "Stubborn" also.

    December 22, 2007 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  21. roger, conway sc

    Personally I don't care or would I vote for Huckabee for the sole reason that this nation does not need a Baptist Minister as president, nothing against religion, faith, or believing in a higher power because I do...but I do feel that what he said is true this administration is the most arrogant, secretive, corrupt, & hypocritical of any past democratic or republican administration.

    December 22, 2007 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  22. Lawrence, Seattle WA

    CNN's anti-Bush spin strikes again! This following is a blatant misquote:
    [“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 not a ‘go it alone foreign policy,” said Rice.]
    The above quote changes the meaning of what was said. If you watch the video, you'll hear that Rice Actually said:
    "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,”
    I suggest that people watch the FULL video on CSPAN. I know that is too hard for those who just like to watch hit-and-run smears of President Bush.

    December 22, 2007 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  23. Ben Kelly, Tampa Florida

    The Huckster wouldn't know a bunker from his back sides! He's so busy trying to become a headline that he's become desperate. These Ron Paul Nazis and the peace mongers have everyone forgetting the reason we went to war. Yes, go ahead and bring the boys home. Let's keep the border open and you'll see the next 9/11 in your hometown. (Maybe while your Christmas shopping Infidel) I'm voting for someone who has always been a conservative and doesn't have to apologize for his past position on the issues. That is Fred Thompson!

    December 22, 2007 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  24. Independent in IA

    Jeez, that last paragraph has got to be one of the dumbest statements ever made. I've had my suspicions that the man was ignorant, but he's given the description STUPID a brand new meaning.

    December 22, 2007 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  25. Rick, Chicago Illinois

    I'm surprised Rice stopped shopping for shoes long enough to make that statement!

    At least we know now what will interrupt her mission-critical shopping habits – we all know Hurricane Katrina didn't!

    December 22, 2007 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
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