January 19th, 2008
09:45 PM ET
13 years ago

Huckabee concedes, congratulates McCain on 'civil' campaign

(CNN) - Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee thanked his supporters and congratulated South Carolina's apparent GOP primary winner Sen. John McCain for running "a civil and a good and a decent campaign."

"The two of us who finished at the top ran a campaign of civility without attacking each other," Huckabee said. "I'd rather be where I am and to have gotten here with honor than to have won with the dishonor of attacking other candidates."

However, he added, the GOP presidential race "is not an event, it is a process - and the process is far, far from over."

soundoff (116 Responses)
  1. annette

    To all you Floridians: it is my understanding that you do not pay state tax, well under your precious Mike's plan, YOU WILL soon! Hope you enjoy paying the 23%.

    You reap what you sow...

    January 20, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  2. Susan

    Huckbee should give it up.........I believe that he truly THINKS that he is doing the right and honorable thing by running for president, but nothing is further than the truth...He is a VERY dangerous figure....He will bring our country back to a time of fear and discrimination....His efforts to attempt to incorporate his OWN version of faith into our government would set the county back into the dark ages....He is not a man of character as he portrays himself...He is a snake in the grass and a snake with a hidden agenda....Where is the press in this?????....and WHY have I not heard outrage over his comments...people ought to be truly frightened of this man............

    January 20, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  3. Hillphil

    I am a lifelong Republican and I will not vote Republican if McCain gets the nomination. This country is almost gone anyway.

    Send Illegals to South Carolina and New Hampshire

    Nice Book Susan

    January 20, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  4. Samantha

    Wow Mary M. Check out that typical arrogant attitude. I bet you call yourself a Christian don't you?

    January 20, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  5. Rina

    Mary M please be civil. I respect your opinions and was simply voicing mine. There is no need for name-calling, so let's be grown-ups.

    January 20, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  6. D Mills Garland, Tx

    Mary M. January 20, 2008 2:56 pm ET

    Rina – your an idiot.

    Mary M. I read the post by Rina, so your comment is what completely speaks of idiocy and lack of education, where did you get your schooling? I'd bet in a Sunday school classroom where you were taught, "it's my way or no way!" Next time insert some intelligence.

    January 20, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  7. David, Oregon City

    Clearly, Fred Thompson split the ticket and allowed McCain to win as Ross Perot split the ticket on H Bush allowing Billy C. to win in South Carolina.

    Due to what I now call the “Fred Thompson chicken block” on Huckabee, Thompson allowed McCain to win S.C. with an otherwise 2nd place vote count. McCain’s win placed Huckabee supporters with greater national responsibility than before to also correct the Fred Thompson “Vote Block” mayhem of South Carolina and go forward to win Florida. Now that the GOP has started eating their own for sport and the most electable candidates are defending themselves from the “no plan” “no accomplishment” competitors the last one standing may be the weakest GOP candidates.

    Remember, Bob Dole and George H. Bush got hamburger because the young voters would not or can not associate with them and the same goes for McCain, not to mention the other bones in his closet. That means the democrats will win!

    Not only does Huckabee need your strong support now, America needs your support of Huckabee more than ever! Don’t let the elite media get you down, that is their job. Be strong for Mike Huckabee, he needs to see our support and know we are behind him through good time and bad.

    GO Huckabee! Take the fight to the “chicken blockers”!

    January 20, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  8. Chris, Jacksonville

    I find Huckabee to be very disengenous.

    He is not who he says.

    He is the last thing our country needs. The "religious right" has dominated American politics for WAY too long.

    America needs a common-sense 3rd party!

    Leave the religious nuts nuts to the Republicans and looney left to the Democrats.

    Regular folks who actually like our government and care about this country should band together.

    It is not too late.

    January 20, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  9. No way, USA

    President Huckabee? It doesn't even SOUND right! Sorry Huckster...

    January 20, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  10. Lois

    Dear Mr. Huckabee,
    I respect your religion, however, we need a PRESIDENT, not a preacher. Not someone who thinks the "answer" to our problems is to be "saved". Go home and enjoy your life. Go preach to people who actually want to hear it. Leave our Constitution ALONE. Your beliefs are NOT necessarily EVERYONE's. We have had enough of "Christian love" in the past 8 years to last a lifetime. Drop out. Please.

    January 20, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  11. JKRoberts

    If Huckabee is racist, why is the head of the Coalition of African American Pastors endorsing him tomorrow? Huck also won 54% of the black vote in Arkansas in his campaigns, so I think the idea that Huck is racist is ridiculous.

    To those of us in the South, the Confederate flag is not a symbol of racism- it is a symbol of Southern history and heritage. We had hundreds of thousands of brave men die under that flag- not defending slavery- but defending their homes and their states.

    Huck is not going to create a theocracy, and isn't going to force you into being a Christian. We Baptists believe in the freedom of religion for people- we simply disagree on the truthfulness of other religions.

    The real bigots are those who are bigoted aganist someone simply because they are a Christian. People want to call Christians narrow-minded because we believe that it is the only truth, yet those who attack us are doing the same thing- claiming that they have the monopoly on truth. It is our culture of Christophobia that creates such a negative image of Christians.

    Huckabee is far from done. He will place strong in Florida and win many states on Super Tuesday. It's going to come down to the later primaries and perhaps a brokered convention to decide the nominee.

    I don't mean to offend anyone, but some things need to be set straight.

    January 20, 2008 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  12. Mark, Wilkes Barre PA

    TO ALL REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES,,,,, keep up the good work,, We are all proud of your respectful and civil campain efforts. Don't get bogged down with in-fighting like the DEM / LIBS,, there ' I'm angrier than the other candidate" Tactics will fail and crush there hopes for victory . Stick to your message and run a clean campain. America needs this for a CHANGE

    January 21, 2008 06:30 am at 6:30 am |
  13. Sctt

    Keep up the upbeat campaign.I enjoyed your appearence on Leno.I don`t know if anybody has meantioned this,but Obama was a muslim or still is, I believe there could be a possiblity he has been trained and is a sleeper cell for Alcada.These people pose like regulars for years and years.What happens when somebody like that gets in the White House?.Just looking out for the best interest of our country.

    January 21, 2008 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  14. Read a book

    Wow, Huck couldn't even get the good ol' boy vote in SC. Thanks for the memories, Huck. Your time machine back to the 1800's is ready.

    January 21, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  15. Jason NYC

    Susan, I suggest therapy with a healthy daily dose of zoloft. How have you made it so far in life believing what you believe?

    January 22, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  16. Slemmert

    If morals and trustworthiness are important to you, Huckabee is the ONLY choice in a typically split-tongued cast of candidates.

    January 24, 2008 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
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