January 7th, 2008
06:34 PM ET
15 years ago

'Vote for Mike Huckabee and live forever'

The CNN Ticker

Huckabee is hoping for a strong showing in New Hampshire.

CONCORD, New Hampshire (CNN) –­ On a bus ride from a pancake breakfast speech to shake hands at a bakery, Mike Huckabee told reporters that regardless of tomorrow night’s primary results here, he’s optimistic.

“I think if we¹re third or fourth we¹re still in the game because we¹ve got a great situation going on in South Carolina,” said Huckabee who is solidly in third place in New Hampshire polls. “We’re going to a place where we¹ve got a strong organization, good staffing, huge support and Florida¹s the same thing.”

When asked about Sunday night’s GOP debate, Huckabee lit into rival Mitt Romney and what he sees as a double standard. “He’ll say those aren’t negative attack ads, those are just record comparisons. But if anyone says anything about his record it’s a personal attack, they’re just attacking the person. Well you can’t have it both ways, either it’s a personal attack or a record reflection.” He also took Romney to task for several false claims he has made, including getting an endorsement from the NRA and marching with Martin Luther King Jr. in Detroit.

Huckabee wrapped up his culinary tour at a restaurant that named a burger after him – the “Huckaburger,” a beef patty topped with spinach and tomato on a whole-wheat bun. Predicted Huckabee, “Anyone who eats this will lose weight, vote for Mike Huckabee and live forever.”

- CNN Political Producer Alexander Marquardt

Filed under: Mike Huckabee • Mitt Romney • New Hampshire
soundoff (62 Responses)
  1. Tyrone

    Mitt Romney has a balanced approach and I am warning up to Mitt.

    His experience in bringing the world together in the Olympics means he has
    the balanced approach of consultation and acting in a prudent manner.

    McCain a 3 generation soldier seems to want to make my generation soldiers.

    Hucabee should quit being McCain cheerleader.

    Obama serge is more about a dump Hillary Movement, the Clintons have embarassed America enough.

    January 8, 2008 03:30 am at 3:30 am |
  2. Jayton

    CNN, this is absolutely ridiculous. With this headline, you spin a harmless joke into an extremely misleading statement. Taking something that far out of context should be considered unethical, but alas, we live in an age of shameless, sensationalist journalism.

    January 8, 2008 03:51 am at 3:51 am |
  3. Huckster

    Mike will not be the next President. I guarantee it.

    January 8, 2008 05:34 am at 5:34 am |
  4. Susan

    From one Christian to another Shame on you Huckabee...

    "And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men"

    Who are you to say that if someone votes for you they will live forever? Are you God or Christ himself?

    I believe that has to the most arrogant statement that ever came from a presidential candidates mouth....only a true nut case would say something so idiotic....

    January 8, 2008 06:48 am at 6:48 am |
  5. Amy

    I actually saw this moment live on C-SPAN, thought it was a funny off-the-cuff joke, but thought, "he's going to get bashed for making that joke later." The event was mostly over. It was a somewhat dumb event anyway, and this was sort of Huck's final punchline so he could officially end it.

    Ah, the beauty of the internet age. Everything you say and do is broadcast to the world within fifteen minutes. I'm not that surprised that people are misreading it (you would totally understand what he meant if you heard it). It's really a punctuation issue. CNN wrote it correctly, but we're all so bad at understanding punctuation that we're misreading it.

    January 8, 2008 07:31 am at 7:31 am |
  6. Jen Cedar Falls, IA

    Amy, don't kid yourself, Mike Huckabee has been throwing these idiotic jokes around Iowa for several months now. We know he doesn't mean them literally, but for crying out loud, the man is running for President! Get Gomer Pyle type of humor out of this scene, it is embarrassing to the country and I think it sheds a very very very very poor light on Christians (the REAL ones).

    January 8, 2008 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  7. Independent in IA

    Yes, Paula, the Huckster has plans.....to screw the American Public and make them smile while he's doing it.

    I'm surprised folks haven't actually listened to what spews from his lips. Half-truths, innuendo and flat-out fabrication. Instead of chuckling at his lame one-liners, they should study and remember his political history.

    This is NOT the individual to hold the reins of this country.

    January 8, 2008 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  8. JC in IL

    Hey, Jen Cedar Fall, IA. You absolutely have a point. Mike Huckabee is the long lost twin of Gomer Pyle.

    January 8, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  9. Bob - Chicago, IL

    ATTENTION New Hampshire voters!

    Huckabee NH voters should vote McCain to help get Romney out of the race.

    Nobody wants someone in the race that is going to cast negative ads like Romney is doing. Bush did it in 2000 and 2004 and he definitely wasn't the best candidate and look at the mess we are in now!

    Romney will not sit well in the General Election. He is too pro-corporate America and a lot of Americans won't like the idea that he used so much of his own money to finance his campaign. Romney is the Republicans weakest candidate at winning in November against Clinton or Obama.

    January 8, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  10. James

    this man is a moron in the highest degree. he shows his colors when he cannot take any kind of record comparisons. me angry, me vent, me not like Mitt. folks, this guy's record as a governor sucked. and fair tax? spare us, Huckster. you'll ruin this country. you are making this country a bit dumber just by running. just visit taxhikemike.org if you want some real information on this doofus.

    January 8, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  11. greenplant

    Obama can't win the electoral college- this will be revealed during the general election- the majority of Americans that vote are moderate and middle class. Look on Obama's website- his views won't fly- too many black men are being wrongly accused and put into prison, non white children are being trapped in failing schools so they drop out, in favor of amnesty for illegals that have broken into the United States. Obama has no sense of a philosophy of personal responsibility. The Democrats were stupid not to pick a moderate like Clinton. Now they will lose in the general election. Thanks.

    January 8, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  12. Dr. Demento

    It's illuminating to look at the number of ways you can divide America into two groups. There are people who own a house and people who don't own a house, people with tattoos and people without tattoos, people who like vanilla ice cream and people who don't like vanilla ice cream. I'll try to be a little diplomatic here. Dividing America into two camps, the Judeo-Christians and the Post-Modernists, reveals a complete lack of understanding of the world as it is. Despite the ravings of talk show hosts, post modernism, except for its impact in art and literature, is taken seriously as a philosophy by about 1% of the population, concentrated mainly in English departments. You can be a Christian or a Jew and be a post modernist.
    In my humble opinion, a more instructive parsing of the country would divide us into people who believe in the existence of a real, physical world and people who don't. People who don't really believe in reality include both postmodernists and fundamentalists of many stripes, and also Christian Scientists, Scientologists, etc. People who do believe in the the existence of physical reality include many Christians and Jews as well as atheists and believers in other religions. Here's a clue: if you think the earth is only a few thousand years old, you are a denier of physical reality (and either think God is a liar or that there is some alternative creative power). If you think God created the universe billions of years ago, you may not have any evidence for your belief but you don't deny the reality of the physical world.
    We are now just beginning to reap the harvest sowed by a series of governments based on faith, gut feelings, and warm fuzzy happy talk. We have had an almost unbroken run of poor government since the Kennedy assassination, but the last seven years have been much the worst of a generally bad lot.
    The problem is the unwillingness of the people in office and also a large section of the American public to face reality. This never works well in the long run. You must accept this at some level because you don't walk out in front of cars. The Bush administration has been the most aggressive denier of reality in the history of the United States. They have carried out organized suppression of facts obtained by intelligence agencies, reports by experts in many fields, and censored science when it didn't support their self-serving and often childish notions. The Republican leadership and rank and file in congress went right down the line withe them when it counted with almost no exceptions. I don't know why they did, but I don't consider them worthy to hold office. Pelosi in particular has also spit the bit and needs to go.
    I love the spin being put on the Iraq 'war'. Who is opponent in this 'war'? What does the U.S. stand to gain from it? Aside from the loss of life and the horrible wounds suffered by out troops and civilians, we have basically put the development of the U.S. on hold for the Bush presidency because we devoted everything we had to a pointless exercise planned by the New American Century project before Bush was even elected. Europe, China and even Russia used this time to close the gap on us in some areas and move ahead in others. We owe China so much money that we are broke as a nation. Our days as the number one country in the world are over, and we have lost the respect of both our allies and our enemies. We have the energy problem, the economy and jobs problem, the global warming problem (Yeah, deny that too, dingbats. Every serious scientist in the world knows it's true. Look at some images of the ice caps.)
    Meanwhile, some of you peabrains evaluate candidates for running the country based on their sincerity as born agains, and others babble on about charisma.
    As TJ once said, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just.

    January 8, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
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