December 31st, 2007
06:02 PM ET
14 years ago

Protesters block Huckabee

Protesters lined Huckabee's Iowa campaign quarters Monday.

Protesters lined Huckabee's Iowa campaign quarters Monday.

DES MOINES, Iowa (CNN) ­ - Anti-war protestors and Ron Paul supporters both kept Mike Huckabee from entering his Iowa campaign headquarters through the front door Monday.

Three people who managed to break inside - holding a sign that said "What Would Jesus Bomb?" - were arrested and led away, yelling and singing.

Around two dozen Ron Paul supporters outside chanted 'Legalize the Constitution.'

Filed under: Iowa • Mike Huckabee
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  1. Dorsett Bennett

    TO: DeeAnnaRobertsWillNeverVoteForHillary

    FROM: Dorsett Bennett

    You said the following 'jewel'-–"Ron Paul Supporters are nothing but a wide variety of nuts. Left Wing Loonie Nuts and Far Right Rabid Nuts."

    With people as silly and vapid as you against, us gives me real sense of joy. How will it be possible for Ron Paul not to win when his opposiion has people like you?

    🙂 [This means I am smiling-just in case you do not know.]

    Ron Paul 2008

    January 1, 2008 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  2. Virgil E.

    Well as usual anyone with only half of a brain would pull stunts like trying to block someone from entering a building. Of Course we want huckabee leading this nation otherwise we will end up with someone who would either have relations with thier other wife(s), or someone who will continue to feminize the military further from where the democrat led congress left off from or maybe she will get a chance to cheat on the first man! or someone who will perhaps end up having a chocolate cabinet or chocolate congress where the white man will end up secluded on pacific islands.

    January 1, 2008 01:12 am at 1:12 am |
  3. establishmentdoesnotrule

    I hope Ron Paul supporters show up in droves on caucus day. FWIW, I have watched political coverage on the major cable networks and CNN has been the fairest. Fox constantly slams Huckabee, as does MSNBC. Poor John Edwards seems to be ignored unless he is being interviewed and Ron Paul has been totally ignored in an apparent attempt to marginalize his campaign.

    Was it Rove who commented that politicians invent news stories? I can understand why candidates with less money would want to create media moments for more publicity and news coverage.

    As for Huckabee's "floating cross," did you notice the triangulation of the three ornaments? Hmm..... what's that supposed to mean?

    January 1, 2008 02:58 am at 2:58 am |
  4. ChrisG

    Michael Bloomberg for president. Now more than ever.

    January 1, 2008 04:48 am at 4:48 am |
  5. Larkin G. Mead

    I sincerely hope that the Huckabee campaign continues to rise above the divisive and desperate rhetoric of the Ron Paul supporters. Mike Huckabee is and has been fervent about uniting this nation, not dividing us. "A nation divided agailnst itself cannot stand"! Mike would welcome Ron Paul supporters to come over to his campaign because there are more issues that unite the Ron Paul and Mike Huckabee supporters than divide us.

    It is imperative that both sides recognize that there is a real dark looming cloud hanging over the prospects of our country's last hope for maintaining and sustaining this Republic and our democratic principles. Ron Paul and Mike Huckabee supporters and all independents, "BEWARE"!

    A movement is underfoot at this very moment to steal the election process away from the American people. Yes, you and I are about to witness perhaps the ugliest and meanest onslaught of "Special Interest", "High Powered", Heavily Financed" pirating of our electoral process.

    The 'Unity 08" group, who are meeting at Oklahoma University later this week, are determined to wreak havoc on our democracy. These folks, former Senator Danforth of Mo., former Governor Whitman of New Jersey, former Senator Sam Nunn of Georgia and others will be meeting with current Mayor Bloomberg of New York, a billionaire several times over, to form a THIRD PARTY that has the potential to steal the election away from the American electorate. All this will be done under the guise of unifying America by including both Democrats and Republicans, together, and they will spend billions of dollars to destroy our two party system.

    In addition, the "Club for Growth", purportedly, a conservatove fiscally responsible watch-dog group, are spending millions of dollars to derail the candidacies of all our candidates, save two. Those two are Rudy Giuliani and Mitt Romney, two of the most socially liberal and fiscally irresponsible candidates in the race for President of the United States.

    Let none of us forget that we, the people, are the Federal Government and all of these candidates come from us and we elect them to serve as "servants" of the people, you and me! Mike Huckabee has not forgotten from whence he came and like-wise, Ron Paul has a firm grip on who these people are who hold the power over all of our heads. These powerful groups dicatate to all of us who our leaders will be through extremely sinister and well orchestrated positioning of the candidates that have been bought and paid for by their dirty money.

    Beware! The Socialist movement, as espoused by Clinton and Obama-Leninist ideology is a death nell for America. If we become a social welfare state, our taxes will go through the roof and you can pretty much rest assured that the working middle class in this country will pay dearly. To pay for all of the social programs as espoused by Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama will require that all Bush tax-cuts of both the wealthy and middle class, will be reinstated, our military defense will be "gutted" as was done during the Carter and Bill Clinton administratons, leaving this nation vulnerable to terrorist attacks unlike anything we Americans have ever seen. Rest assured, the working middle class in America will see almost 50% of their pay-checks going to support social programs in the United States. By financially beating up American corporations is not the answer. Jobs will be lost, revenues will be shifted over to off-shore bank accounts and economic growth will come to a halt. Big Government will dictate our destinies.

    If we are going to take back America, we, the people must resolve to be the 'Masters of Our Own House"! I recommend that the Mike Huckabee, John McCain and Ron Paul campaigns convene their own meeting/coalition to develop a strategy that will stop these "Special Interest" groups and the Socialist movement in this country from destroying our Republic and the democratic principles that have sustained us since our Declaration of Independence from the acts of tyranny,oppression and over-taxation.

    This may well be our last stand. Let us, we the people, be victorious!

    January 1, 2008 05:25 am at 5:25 am |


    January 1, 2008 06:56 am at 6:56 am |
  7. Cody Harding

    I've noticed that the Paul Supporters are pretty fierce about this 'WE DIDN'T PROTEST' Banner they're waving.

    If he's against the war, then why the hell not protest? Just because CNN will look at you if you do?

    Sure, his headquarters were down the street from Huck's. This proves either one of two things. A} Ron Paul supporters can't even find their own campaign offices, or B} They were justly protesting the war by being part of the crowd. I think it's A, myself...Haven't seen much in the way of brain useage in the Paul campaign.

    Besides, I would find it just a wee bit creepy if three dozen people lined up outside a building and started chanting like a cult. It would be better if you just admitted they were protesting.

    January 1, 2008 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  8. Jeff Burke


    January 1, 2008 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  9. Jake

    The Ron Paul Rally did NOT interfere with Mike Huckabee getting to his campaign office. They were not even on the same street that the front door of Huckabee's office is on, but were in front of the Ron Paul headquarters!

    I don't believe the "who would Jesus bomb" protesters (who are not even affiliated with Ron Paul, BTW) actually blocked the door either. They DID, however go inside his office with a big sign!

    How about some video proof that one of the Ron Paul supporters was nice enough to put on youtube...

    January 1, 2008 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  10. W.D.Russell, East Liverpool, Ohio

    Note to Ron Paul supporters.
    I hope you now understand that the major media wants another phony Christian, like Bush, in the whitehouse, not a conservative.

    January 1, 2008 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  11. mark

    The Ron Paul supporters were in front of THEIR OWN CAMPAIGN OFFICE.

    They had NOTHING to do with the people blocking Huckabee or the ones getting arrested.

    Funny how the media doesn't bother to tell you that the Ron Paul's office is nextdoor to the Huckabee's office.

    Youtube has better coverage.The Corp/Media loses credibility once again.

    January 1, 2008 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  12. Ambrose

    Ron Paul is a clueless, senile fool, whose fantasies are even greater than those of his equally clueless, entranced, starry-eyed college boy / girl fans. Let's not make America an even bigger embarassment than it currently is by electing this crackpot.
    Huckabee, despite his sometimes obstructive Christian faith, is a man of confidence, honesty and common sense. He is not a Bush "yes-man". Despite his Christian faith, he is realistic and knows how to deal with and fix real problems. He is an independent-minded Republican, guided by his faith, and has his own independent convictions about the problems of poverty, illegal immigration, and global warming, unlike other Republican groupies. He says he would even allow atheists in his cabinet.
    Anyone in the 2008 field will make a tolerable President, except perhaps Romney and MOST DEFINITELY NOT Ron Paul and his cowboy-and-Indian, comic book politics. Although I am a mostly liberal Southern cynic, I have seriously considered voting for Huckabee in 2008. He seems to be the wisest, most authentic of the bunch.

    January 1, 2008 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  13. Duncan, Richmond, VA

    "Ron Paul supporters are nuts."

    You should be a reporter for CNN. Ron Paul supporters are generally well educated people. Many of them have never donated before, never attended a rally, never even voted before... but they have become so angry at what has happened to our country that they have mobilized behind a candidate who has the same beliefs as themselves.

    In my opinion, Ron Paul supporters are TRUE Americans.. those that still believe in the Constitution and the original intent of the founding fathers. They are also people who believe that our current polices will be the downfall of this great nation.

    Nuts?, no.. Angry?, yes .. were angry at the way the media has treated Ron Paul (this story is a prime example). We are angry that any true American would vote for any of the other candidates. We are angry at the erosion of our liberties, of our nation debt to fund a foreign war..

    We are Angry that Americans care so little for our country that they would vote for someone like Clinton...

    January 1, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  14. Jon

    Ron Paul is a phony conservative, just like Bush. He couldn't get anything done as a LIbertarian, so he's trying to hijack the GOP and turn it into the Libertarian party. His supporters are, by and large, crazy people who thrive on this unreasonable attention the media is giving him, and have little understanding of politics or respect for GOP tradition. People like Paul are dangerous, and anything good Republicans can do to disrupt his campaign should be done.

    January 1, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  15. Duncan, Richmond, VA

    If you bother to research, you will find that GOP tradition is about small government, small taxes, freedom, states rights, liberty and to live your own life without government in your face. Ron Paul is the only true republican running.

    Maybe you can let us know what you believe the GOP used to stand for and how it relates to Bush or the other Republicans?

    January 1, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  16. Tannim

    So Huckabee gets blocked from his campaign HQ on a public sidewalk by a huge crowd of three anti-war protestors, and CNN blames Paul supporters. Huckabee calls the cops in typical cowardly fashion. Earlier in the day he held a press conference where he tried to eat his cake and have it too by claiming he wasn't going to do any more negative ads and then promptly aired a negative ad that he "wasn't going to air". How hypocritical!

    Someone ought to tell Huckabee that "Enough is Enough" is a Libertarian Party slogan from the 90s, and it should be noted that Tax Hike Mike is no libertarian in the slightest...

    So while Huckabee is claiming his opponents are being dishonest, he's actually being dishonest himself. I would expect honesty from a preacher, and I get this. No thanks! He's corrupted.

    Meanwhile the Paul detractors continue with no substantive arguments, just namecalling, and CNN still gets the story wrong in what is either a deliberate smear attempt or just very shoddy journalism.

    Is it any wonder why Dr. Paul continues to gain support with his simple message of Peace, Prosperity, Freeodm, and the Golden Rule?

    January 1, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  17. Thomas Wells

    If Ron Paul isn't running in the General election, I'm not voting. It won't matter who wins the general as both sides are the same. And unless you posters are shills, you can't get a grasp on this. I hope this year you open your eyes to what is real.

    January 1, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  18. Tannim

    What REALLY happened:

    Note not a Paul supporter in sight!

    January 1, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  19. Hello? Are you receiving this?

    It says "Who Would Jesus Bomb" not "What." I know it may not be much of a change but it's simple mistakes and misunderstandings that change the way a person views anything.

    January 1, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  20. William Drake

    YAAAAY!!! Media Spin!!! If anyone ever does anything beside watch MSM for their "news" they would know the proximity of the 2 campaign HQs...(kind of) like what "Iraq Marine 4 Ron Paul" said...the Huckster is a STRAW MAN, chock full 'o flaws, being set up to be scattered by the democratic "neo-con" who will win (due to distrust of the repub. party)

    January 1, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  21. Todd

    I think anyone who supports our constitution no matter who the person is, is a true HERO and PATRIOT. Why anyone would pay 100,000,000.00 to get a 300,000.00 dollar a year job just tells me one thing!! Wake-up America and take the time to think Hitler said it's easier to control the masses of people then it is to control one person who can think on his own!!!!!

    January 1, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  22. Sandra

    I just watched the YouTube videos of the event over at and it's clear that the above story is misleading. The Ron Paul office attracted more and more supporters next door to take advantage of the media presence, but they weren't anywhere near the Huckabee office door.

    January 1, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  23. Doug Scherer

    Fellow Citizens!
    Where is your sense of enlightened self-interest?
    Refuse to support any candidate that will not:
    1.Stop The Iraq War. Recognize that toppling Saddam (the only force of stability in that Brit cobbled together nation) was only a not-that-clever PR campaign by the war profiteer politico class to get their precious dream of War Ad Infinitum. "George, this war thing is BANK!" Let Osama walk out the back door of Tora Bora for he is our raison d'etre.
    The Patriot Act
    The Warner Military Commissions Act
    All other acts, regulations, or Presidential signings that have violated our Constitution and Bill Of Rights.
    Recommission another truley independent 9/11 Investigation and if elements within our government were either complicite, refused to prevent, or were grossly incompetent in preventing the attacks; move to impeach, try and if warranted convict and either lead those responsible to prison or the gallows for their coup d'etat, which has been so far, successful.
    Ron Paul and Dennis Kucinich are the only candidates standing up to or in any way addressing this madness that assumes you can simultaneoulsy maintain a domestic democracy and a foreign Empire.
    Ron Paul with the Constitution and our support will reel in the rogues. Dangerous but essential for our survival as a free representative democracy. Dangerous for the perps that is!

    January 1, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  24. Max in WA

    > 3 people were able to BLOCK Huckabee
    > from campaigning!!! What seems to be
    > illegal is Christianity!

    When did the killing of millions of people, unprovoked and without cause, become a Christian value? Hopefully, there's an especially hot place in hell for those who wear a Christian facade to commit murder.

    January 1, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  25. Ian

    Ron Paul is nuts? Maybe I missed something but I thought a politician following the rules was a good thing. If following the constitution is such a crazy idea these days, then perhaps we should just throw it on ebay or put it in a museum.

    Maybe all I need to change my mind on Ron Paul is for someone to tell me the positive things the federal reserve, IRS, department of homeland security, and the department of education have done for us. I would have thought that printing our own money interest free would be the way to go. I would have thought the FBI and CIA could be revamped as opposed to creating a whole new department, and I also don't know of any teachers that approve of no child left behind. I can't find any positives which is why I have a hard time accepting that we have to foot the bill for this stuff.

    January 1, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
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