January 7th, 2008
06:34 PM ET
14 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. chuck

    I hope that the run for the roses becoames more interesting than this race has
    becoame so far. Pettiness and designed misinformation seems to be the main
    diet here. So much for the "fat burger". I'd like to see if anyone will really take on the hard issues facing America like the Islamic threat to take over the world or the
    corruption of our country's basic core values. Immoral people can't truely leader
    a moral country so maybe at least Huck maybe be on the right track. The sub prime problem is mainly one of greed, but of coarse nowadays that seems to be where America is anyway!

    January 7, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  2. Eugene MA

    huckabee's gonna lose, he's playing the underdog and hes playing the evangelicals, its that simple, but he doesnt have enough money, heck he has less money than the candidates that dropped out, trust i know people who worked on congressional campaighns, once the money runs out you cant do anything, even the volunteers leave because even they need to have their gas and etc. paid, so hes gonna run out of steam in about a month or so, i predict, maybe less, as for the burger, well i hope he enjoys iit because he wont enjoy too much victory anytime soon

    January 7, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  3. john

    Gimme a break, Ike. You're a wealth of distortions and misinformation. Is your hate directed toward Huckabee in particular, or evangelical Christians in general? I'm voting for Huckabee because he's the best candidate. If he were't in the race, I'd be voting for McCain. can anyone ACTUALLY vote for a guy who says, I f you're going to it me please don't mess up my hair????

    January 7, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  4. Jerry

    Go Mike,
    You've got the old Republican Regine on the run. Keep stirring it up, we need a President with your convictions. Romney or Obama will not be able to compete when you get down where all the Christians live!
    We'll be voiting for you in November!

    January 7, 2008 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  5. Jake, Brussels, BELGIUM

    It's all personal for Huckabee and McCain. They are unstable to say the least. Romney is the one who has no ethical violations and has kept clear of the Washington swamp.

    But he's got to fight fire with fire. Romney has avoided personal attacks, but since these guys hate him anyway, the time has come for him to respond to their personal attacks.

    I want him to bring up McCain's adultery, ethics violations, Keating Five, bottom of his class at the Academy, class clown mentality, age, etc.

    I want him to bring up Huckabee's real views and record, ethics violations, his son's horrendous behavior and his maneuvering to cover it up, and his lying about his own resume...how dare he say that Romney has fudged his resume when Huckabee himself has claimed a "divinity" degree he never received?

    Neither of these guys would have him as a VP anyway and everyone seems to have forgotten about these key character flaws...so fire away, Mitt!

    I should add that I was a fervent McCain supporter in 2000, but his time has passed.

    January 7, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  6. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Gosh, I didn't know that Mike Huckabee is God and by eating one of those beef patties I will lose weight and live forever. Boy, this baptist minister sounds more and more like a used car salesman. I beginning to think a vote for Huckabee might be a vote for the devil himself because I sure don't trust him.

    January 7, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  7. Ryan, St. Paul, MN

    Okay... so I am a lifelong Republican from New England... and having lived in Massachusetts for several years I am very familiar with Mitt Romney. Can someone honestly please explain to me how you can see him as anything other than an arrogant snake who changes his positions for the moment and is about as genuine as a Romex watch?

    I never liked John Kerry for obvious reasons... but when you think about the effective (and honestly repulsive) smear campaign that was launched against him for one verbal gaffe ("I voted for it... before I voted against it") that became a hallmark of Bush's "flip flopper" argument... is it not clear to all you folks that support Romney that he has given the democrats 100X the material with his changing positions. This guy was 100% pro-choice not more than 5 years ago... and now he is as pro-life as they come... same deal with gun control. Romney is a snake oil salesmen who disrespects other candidates and lies through his teeth. I honestly question whether or not he is a practicing Mormon or if he just likes to use Mormonism as a badge of faith when he knows few people are going to question him on his religion because they don't understand it.

    I wanted Chuck Hagel to run for president... and I am hopeful and he and Bloomberg decide to run as a third-party ticket because the Republican party is becoming less about fiscal conservatism and small government and all about big corporations and pandering to the rich and in-your-face religious.

    January 7, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  8. AJ, Iowa City, IA

    Huckabee was able to pull the wool over the people of Iowa's eyes... lets hope the rest of the country can see through his no substance one liner references to the Bible. He USES the Bible as a shield against his poor record and then USES it as an attack tool. A (so called) "Man of God" USING Jesus for personal gain. This man is an oppurtunistic wolf that the very Good Book he uses warns against. Mitt Romney has much more respect for that sacred scripture because HE KEEPS IT OUT OF POLITICS!!!!!! People, this is all Huckabee knows is how to USE religion to manipulate the masses. He went to school (but never finished by the way despite his claims, and he said Romney lied?) to learn how to manipulate others into GIVING HIM MONEY!!!!

    Let us not fall for this man's dirty shameful and dishonest trickery. A typical "Christain" says one thing and does another (attack ads).

    "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. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward." (Matt. 6:5)

    [Ooh! Look at me! I am a "Christian." I am better! Pick me! Pick me! Pick me! Ohh... Dawrn!] – My childish side had to come out on this one.

    January 7, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  9. Ginger

    Huckabee was too polite in the last debate. He could take a lesson from Mitt the mouth and just say the first thing that comes into his head or out of his mouth. But "THAT" is the difference in them. Mitt thinks out loud or not at all, not sure which. Wonder which of them would make the best president? Let me think..............................................................

    January 7, 2008 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  10. Elwin Kern

    The wonderful thing about this election for president is that it is a win-win situation. No matter who we vote for, Republican, Democrat, Independent, dog-catcher, etc. after the destruction of our great country by seven years of Bush, there is no way but up.

    January 7, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  11. Jay Bee, USA

    Huckabee is a liar when it comes to taxes. His first speech as a Governor stated, "I will not raise taxes." And yet, last night Huckabee got caught in what is called "Political Speak". He refused to answer a direct question THREE TIMES. Political Speak is the classic do not answer a direct question.

    The guy is a slick politician, he positions himself as the anti-Romney candidate – I am more of a Christian than you; I play a bass guitar and you don't; I support McCain in NH because he supports me in Iowa; I never earned a Masters degree and you did; oh yeah, and because I never stuck in there and got my Masters degree I never achieved the American dream like you. He makes a lot of sense for someone that doesn't want a prosperous America!!!

    A vote for Huckabee is a vote to fire 115,000* IRS employees right off the bat with his "fair tax" policy! Not to mention the hundreds of thousands of tax professionals that would lose their jobs as well; from tax lawyers, to financial tax planners and tax assistance experts (imagine no more Liberty Tax high school students decked as Lady Liberty). For perspective, the US only added 43,000 jobs in November of 2007.

    Huckabee wants to tax the very internet connection you are using now to read this message. Huckabee is not smart for the economy!

    *As of 2005

    January 7, 2008 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  12. Mark

    Romney is a slick phony who will say anything to get elected.

    I'm voting for Huckabee. I like his intelligence, his morals, his experience (10 years as governor), his sense of humor, and his fresh new vision for America.

    January 7, 2008 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  13. Hananiel

    The truth is Huckabee is the most likeable candidate and his is ruled by his principles. For example, has anyone noticed he didn't change the message for Libertarian NewHampshire? He is the candidate of the *right* change. Change for what? for worse? When people say they will be bipartisan, you have to take it with a pinch of salt, because when they are in power tomorrow, they have to deal with two fundamentally different world views – Judeo/Christian vs Post modern – Atheistic. It's my belief we need a candidate of convictions more than a candidate of change. I believe Huckabee can be that person of "Change" that we seek, with the convictions we need. I for one don't understand how Obama can be christian and pro-abortion at the same time?

    January 7, 2008 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  14. Jen Cedar Falls, IA

    This man has tried to make a joke out of running for President. It's time for him to go back to the pulpit. This is a very serious time in our country and although a joke here and there is a breath of fresh air, he's over the top.

    It's becoming obvious that Mike Huckabee's preferred style of communication is HUMOR. It's all he really uses (other than the pity-me card for being picked on).

    I think his humor-choice of communication is an avoidance behavior of intelligent conversation. He doesn't have the knowledge, so he throws a joke left and right to avoid being caught without an answer or a good idea.

    It's no longer funny. The man has had very few intelligent things to say all these months. Believe me, I'm in Iowa, I've heard them all.

    This is not what we need in a President, a Commander in Chief, the Leader of the Free World.

    January 7, 2008 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  15. Bob

    So eating a burger makes one healthy, counts as a vote for Huckabee, and ensures immortality. Or is it voting for Huckabee or eating a burger make one healthy and immortal? Either way I have trouble believing a twit like Huckabee is actually in the race, not to mention getting favorable reviews. Enough with the jokes and dodging your past Mike, simply put up or shut up and then sit down. One more "look at me I lost 300 lbs so you should vote for me" joke and I am registering as a democrat so I don't even have to worry about getting Huckabee mailings when they come to my state to pander.

    January 7, 2008 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  16. stunnedsilence

    I shudder when I hear a voter say "he seems like a genuine person, or a likable guy." If you use the word" seems" in a sentence describing what made you choose a presidential candidate, you should be appointed a handler or a sane family member before you cast your ballot. And this is especially true with those voting for Huckabee on his value as a likable guy. It should be a federal offense to admit in public let alone vote for a president on the premiss of likability in this day and age. If a block of, or a majority of voters ever again get a president elected in any way, on whether he seemed nice, the sheer naiveity of it should bring on the calimity it provokes

    January 7, 2008 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  17. Michelle

    Supporting Huckleberry because he is a nice Christian is such a noble thing to do if he actually did Christian things. Instead he does bigoted things. He is a threat to all we have worked for in this country to remove bigotry. He will never win.

    January 8, 2008 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  18. Daniel, WA

    I am sick of the mud slinging between all candidates, and in this case Romney and Huckabee. I will say this, Huckabee does not seem to explain himself, where as Romney does. Both have said things that were wrong, but only one seems to say anything that shows what a loony he would be as President....Huckabee. Romney says he saw his father march with MLK, you have to watch your words as a politician because if it can, they will be taken the wrong way. Or maybe he really was trying to pass that off, but he explains himself. Huckabee keeps making decisions and saying things that make him look ignorant and unprepared for this responsibility. Yet Romney is the evil one.

    Look up Romney's "attack" ads on youtube....you decide. This is why I get so annoyed when others make personal character attacks on live forums...instead of attacking records like Romney will do. This is because their records don't hold up or can't be properly explained....Ex: McCain's bill involving Amnesty and Hucks numerous infractions as Gov of Arkansas. People need to stop going off what CNN says or headlines they read...Just like Huckabee's joke with the burgers....harmless joke, taken the wrong way. Do your homework people.

    January 8, 2008 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  19. Charles Borgo

    I am just glad to see so much interest in the political process and to see some potentially good candidates for once. Refreshing start so far.

    January 8, 2008 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  20. jesse

    What is scary as hell is there is a lot of people that sincerely believe his message.
    Family, Faith and All that nonsense. I like most of the comments posted especially the ones that attack and hate mike! I love the intolerance and anger. Its Great! You should feel great for discussing issues in this manor, It accomplishes so much. No one actually can agree on anything that comes from someone they loathe and distrust so much in such a personal way (because we really know them uh? all we have to do is know our self right?), so no real movement happens, no issues are really honestly debated, all kinds of your preciouses time is wasted with your upset feelings taking seconds, minutes and hours out of your life to enjoy (unless you find enjoyment in that kind of thing and thats even better). so why would you want to have any respect for any message delivered by a foul able and less that perfect human politician or for that matter fellow bum! Let us not talk with respect for each other or have a kind hearted question on a matter and lets just forget about trying to understand any thing thats "Scary" to us from someone else's perspective.
    Come on people lets put aside the anger and share our views, respect each other and try to show some patience when learning and schooling each other.
    put the knee jerk want to retaliate attitude away and both sides could come together on some of the real important issues and actually elect a good prez.

    Well I feel Better. Sorry for the neg on the first part.

    January 8, 2008 12:49 am at 12:49 am |
  21. PAUL

    Huckabee has demonstrated repeatedly that he cannot disassociate church and state. We do not need a president that will be quoting scripture everytime a crises presents itself. For example, in case everyone has forgotten, Jimmy Carter spent untold months sequestered in a back room of the white house praying for a good outcome when the hostages lay bound and gagged in Iran. Will Huckabee just pray for good things to happen, or will be able to actually lead our nation in a productive way? We can't be sure, but his behavior up to this point is not encouraging. We don't need another religious extremist in the White House.

    January 8, 2008 01:05 am at 1:05 am |
  22. Jose Card - Independent

    Huckabee likes the forever word. He likes to threaten the voters jokingly.
    Vote me or else you will look like those dead birds.
    He may think he is the closest to God. He actually knows what forever means.
    Can you imagine what else he will say from the White House?
    God told me that you should ....

    January 8, 2008 01:20 am at 1:20 am |
  23. Rob

    Huck is a toad.

    January 8, 2008 02:02 am at 2:02 am |
  24. Shannon, Charlottesville, Virginia

    christians are the reason we were stuck with 8 years of bush 43.

    voting for someone because of his religion demonstrates a lack of understanding about democracy and liberty.

    back to reality. impeach bush and let's heal the divide through obama.

    January 8, 2008 02:04 am at 2:04 am |
  25. Jen J, Foristell, MO

    I am so tired of the evangelical bashing. Do all non-evangelicals believe they are the only ones with a brain? Get some real arguments and quit picking on people who believe in God and have a value system. They are the people who will end up helping you when you're down.

    January 8, 2008 02:52 am at 2:52 am |
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