January 13th, 2008
03:20 PM ET
10 years ago

Romney: Huckabee is 'channeling John Edwards'

(CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney accused rival Mike Huckabee of “channeling John Edwards” in his economic stump speech as the two men tangled over taxes again Sunday.

“This kind of divisive, populist approach is like he's channeling John Edwards. It is not working for [Democratic candidate] John Edwards. It's not going to work for Mike Huckabee,” Romney told Wolf Blitzer on CNN’s Late Edition. “He said he’s cut taxes. How disingenuous can that be?”

The former Massachusetts governor was reacting to a Huckabee campaign ad running in Romney’s home state of Michigan in which the former Arkansas governor says, “I believe most Americans want their next president to remind them of the guy they work with, not the guy who laid them off” – what some have interpreted as a veiled jab at Romney, a former businessman.

Huckabee defended his fiscal record, and fired back at Romney. “I hate to say ‘poor Mitt,’ because a man with that much wealth is hardly ‘poor anything,’” Huckabee told Blitzer in a later interview Sunday.

“But you know, it's almost sad to watch him make these kinds of claims. He raised over half a billion dollars of fees in his own state,” he said. He also repeated claims that Romney had attacked Ronald Reagan.

Shortly after Huckabee’s CNN appearance, Romney’s campaign sent reporters another release criticizing his Arkansas record on taxes and government spending.

Romney and Huckabee have waged an increasingly brutal war of words since the closing days of the Iowa campaign. Two new polls show Romney in first place and Huckabee in third in Michigan’s Tuesday primary.

- CNN's Peter Lanier

Filed under: Mike Huckabee • Mitt Romney
soundoff (83 Responses)
  1. James Martin

    Obviously CNN and the rest of the media know what is best for America. They don't want anyone but Clinton and Obama on the Democratic side. If this were not the case they would admit there is a third person on the democratic side. Edwards will be dismissed even after he shows well in Nevada. He noe stands 3% below the other two but the media speaks only about Clinton and Obama. Real Balance.

    January 14, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  2. Evsgar

    It's easy to talk the talk, but a lot harder to walk the walk. Mitt walks the walk. I say,
    mitt for Mitt. (In case some people don't know, the State of Michigan is
    shaped like a mitt. See your atlas.) mitt for Mitt! Yay!

    January 14, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  3. Evsgar

    What do you mean? My comment is awaiting moderation?

    January 14, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  4. Blade NYC

    Mechelle (??) posted "The educated and business savvy are for Romney."

    I am highly educated and an entrepreneur and I would NEVER believe or vote for such a lying, desperate sleaze ( Mitt Romney ). He is scary.

    Look into those shifty, blinking, desperate and mad eyes- the eyes tell a lot.
    Romney is a nutjob.
    His wife and sons now look very depressed. They know he has no chance now.
    Romney did nothing right in Massachusetts- do NOT give this madman a chance to do the same for our great country !

    January 14, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  5. leslie

    The United States media is undermining the candidacy of John Edwards by ommitting virtually any coverage of this outstanding candidate. Why?
    It is remakeable that he continues to gain support given this blatent lack of attention.
    I hope the citizens of your great nation will stand up and call out the media against this injustice. Surely your electorate deserves the opportunity of being informed of this viable candidate with such substance and spirit. John Edwards could bring enhanced stature and respect for the United States world wide.
    I admire Americans for their sense of justice and fair play – I hope you decide to contact your media and demand coverage for John Edwards. Your democracy deserves no less.
    John Edwards, isn't it time to give him a chance to be heard?

    P.S. You cannot ascribe to being the best political team if you fail to report on the candidates.

    January 15, 2008 12:49 am at 12:49 am |
  6. Plain Truth

    If you are considering Mitt Romney for president, you had better read the last paragraph of this blog and do some research on your own. There is a reason that Mormons largely keep their faith to themselves...they don't want you to know what they believe. You won't even believe it until you google up the research yourself. I have and I sure as heck couldn't vote for Mitt. If he's the nominee, I will stay home on election day along with a huge number of republicans. A vote for Mitt is a vote for the democrats. Some bloggers here have been displaying an amazing irnorance of what Christianity is and what the Bible says. Might I suggest that you understand something before you comment on it. Read the Bible. It will be good for you. Then if you still decide to hate the Word of God you will know exactly what you are doing. Now, as far as Mike Huckabee is concerned, let's talk issues...

    Middle East…Huckabee has been there at least 20 times. He has a deep knowledge of the issues there and is an excellent communicator. How many times has Romney been over there?

    Immigration...Huck will build the fence...without polarizing the legal immigrants and other minorities. Mike Huckabee cares about people. He will not punish the children for the sins of their fathers but he will not let us be overrun by illeagals either.

    Education…Arkansas schools are currently ranked 8th in the nation by a study conducted by Education Week and the Editorial Projects in Education Research Center (check the AP story) Arkansas is the only state west of the Mississippi in the top 10. Huckabee drastically improved education in Arkansas.

    Economy…Arkansas' economy also drastically improved during his governorship. I know. I live here. Although Huck did raise some specific taxes (for instance the tax on tobacco) the overall tax burden on Arkansans went DOWN. Huck LOWERED taxes 94 times! Arkansas currently has one of the lowest tax burdens of any state, certainly MUCH lower than where Romney governed.

    Experience…Huckabee was the highest ranked politician (Governor) in Arkansas for 10 1/2 years. He won 2 seperate elections to the Governorship in this overwhelmingly democrat state. In addition Huckabee was elected to the second highest political position in the state (Lieutenant Governor) and held that position for several years before becoming governor. Mike Huckabee has over twice the senior leadership experience of any other candidate running for president…republican OR democrat. He is highly electable and he has proven it.

    Having a firm faith in the God of the Bible does not disqualify a man from being president. In fact every good president this country has ever had held that same faith.

    January 15, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  7. mickey

    i think that the whole issues are very good but i am only going to vote for someone who i really believe will take care of all 0f the health issues because i am a doctor and i have a very young child and i want him to stay healthy but that is a problem for him because he gets sick way to easily

    January 16, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  8. mickey

    i think that all the
    issues are very good but i am only going to vote for someone who i really believe will take care of all 0f the health issues because i am a doctor and i have a very young child and i want him to stay healthy but that is a problem for him because he gets sick way to easily

    January 16, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
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