January 30th, 2008
09:32 PM ET
15 years ago

Schneider: Huckabee makes a great case

This is one of the better answers for why a governor should become president I’ve ever heard - a very compelling and eloquent answer. This is how he scores points in debates - in this case, a well-spoken defense of federalism, a very deep Republican theme.

He simply speaks in terms people relate to. He makes sense.

Related: Watch Mike Huckabee and Ron Paul debate the Iraq war

- CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider

Filed under: Bill Schneider
soundoff (119 Responses)
  1. RR

    completely agree. i leave debate feeling i would tend to vote for huckabee.

    January 30, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  2. Brian

    CNN should be embraced, as should all republicans, as well as, our country! This was the worsted political debate ever! This was nothing more than the McCain-Romney Bickering Show. Seems to me that Ron Paul was the only Candidate that brought up and wanted to discuss anything that related to the will of the American People. What is CNN and BIG MEDIA so afraid of? The will of the American People? Maybe they should be. The Stock Market is volatile right now. How well would their stocks do if every angry American decided to boycott them for not holding respectable debates? How about discussing the issues for once? How about equal talking time for each Candidate? Is this too much to ask? You have to ask yourself... Are the big media corporations trying to sway my opinion? If so, for what reason? Would it have anything to do with the fact that these media outlets are owned by the same corporations that profit off of war? The same corporations that are making billions in profits while the rest of us are watching the economy decline, and negatively affect our wallets?

    Thanks CNN for opening my eyes!

    I don't think Romney, McCain, or Huckabee could out shine Ron Paul in a one on one debate. He’s also the only republican that could win by a huge landslide against either democrat.

    January 30, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  3. C. B.

    Huckabee did great for the small time he was given... I'm voting for him.. forget the other 2...liberals

    January 30, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  4. RR

    if you want change... how could you possibly like mccain or romney tonight?

    January 30, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  5. doreen q

    i wonder why Huckabee and Ron Paul were left out most of the time especially Ron Paul, Huckabee is the best. the good people of Iowa started somthing different that ought to be followed

    January 30, 2008 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  6. linda

    Mike Huckabee proved he is the true leader amoung the candidates. His answers were very inspiring and shows he relates to all people of every level. What a great way to end the debate with his eloquent response about Ronald Reagan. Huckabee gets my vote!!!

    January 30, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  7. Thomas Richard

    Huckabee might be running for 2012. In the meantime he will help McCain on Feb. 5.

    January 30, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  8. Diamonds

    Huckabee doesn't care about the kids, he consolidated all of Arkansas schools under 300, and planned to go to 1500. Now we have mixed consolidated schools, kids of all ages forced to go miles and miles other than where they are used to, talk about possible emotional problems for kids?
    When will someone ask why all the hard drives in the Governors mansion were paid to be destroyed, tax dollars at work to hide whatever he was doing.
    When you think this person is ordinary, you better look really deep and hard, there is something he wants, and that is a job, because he is out of one now. So sorry Huckabee get back to the real world and face these kids you moved around the state! Tell us what was on those hard drives and where did the funds go that were to go to the next Governor, for your campaign???

    January 30, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  9. Everette

    Huckabee is the most clear thinking, honest talking, level-headed Republican candidate. I had not even heard of Huckabee until maybe the third debate. I think he has stood out over the other candidates in most aspects. It's too bad that the media does not give him a chance. Like most media, it relates back to ratings $, therefore, the bickering and fighting between the two heavy weights gets all of the attention. I'm very disipointed in CNN and Anderson Cooper for being so biased towards McCain and Romney for giving them so television coverage during the debate. To be honest, CNN should get a D- for their performance. Huckabee gets and A for sure!!!! Go Huck

    January 30, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  10. Cheryl

    Mike Huckabee is the BEST candidate out there. He has won every debate so far, in my opinion. He is professional, courteous, intelligent, and very well-composed. He impresses me more each time I see him under fire, and he holds his composure far more substantially than any of the other candidates. There is no one else I would vote for, and I pray that more people get their eyes open about him and see that he is undoubtedly the most qualified, dignified candidate to be the next president of the United States. A true gentleman who knows how to conduct himself. Thanks, Bill for realizing and recognizing that he won the debate tonight!

    January 31, 2008 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  11. Jennifer Merica

    Governor Huckabee is the type of man who makes me proud to be a conservative. HE makes me proud to be an AMERICAN! HE certainly is a man to be admired! I <3 HUCKABEE!!

    January 31, 2008 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  12. Ron

    In Amerian Politics, good people are always treated badly by the press, for CNN to give Huckabee credit is almost unbeliable.have they CHANGED?

    January 31, 2008 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  13. Steve

    Sorry Diamonds, I have to disagree. I was born and raised in Arkansas. I remember years of being ridiculed as being the state with the 49th worst public school system in the country, the only one that was worse was Mississippi. You neglect to mention that a major change to the structure of the school system was not only the morally right thing to do for our children, but it was also mandated by the courts! You may not have liked the solution, and that's fine, that's your right. But the results speak for themeselves. Arkansas schools are no longer in the cellar. There are times we have to choose results over convenience or sentimentality, especially when it comes to our kids! Mike Huckabee had the courage to lead the state through a difficult change. For his leadership he was widely recognized around the country as one of the best governors of ANY state, a leader among his peers. NO SOLUTION would have satisfied everyone, so he chose the one that would produce the best results. THAT is the kind of man I want leading our country. I was not only a citizen of Arkansas under Huckabee, I also served under him in the Arkansas National Guard. I was proud to serve under him and if he were president I'd be glad to come out of retirement and serve under him again!

    CNN... I only came to this site to comment on the debate. I'm done with you, your cable station, and your website. You are now blocked in my house. Your treatment of Mike last night was pathetic. Where is the journalistic integrity that was once the hallmark of American news media? The media should report the news, not use its power to shape the news. Mike is not a Ron Paul, who hasn't won a single state and isn't competetive anywhere. He does have a win and a substantial number of delegates in his column, has been competetive in the other races, and has a decent chance at winning a few states on Tuesday. You treated him like a red headed step child. Your performance as a journalistic entity in America was pathetic. You're no better than a cable TV version of the National Enquirer. I hope your kids are proud of you, and I hope you can sleep at night. I couldn't.

    January 31, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  14. James A. Garfield

    Wow! Huckabee did great, I'm not voting for McCain now in the primary.

    January 31, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  15. nick

    cnn&msnbc & fox news station are picking our next presdent due just covering the most poular candate in certain area . by not covering all the candates equally.

    January 31, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  16. bearable

    Clearly, it's going to be McCain and Guiliani vs Romney and Huckabee. Ron Paul for the US Supreme Court, please. Duncan Hunter for Secretary of the Interior and Tom Tancredo for Secretary of Transportation. That's it for me. Oh, yea -may the best ticket win.

    January 31, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  17. Steve, Lyons, CO

    He wants to remake the Constitution in the bible's image. He thinks people need religion to hold political office. He doesn't believe in evolution.

    He makes no sense at all.

    There will be no more anti-science Luddites as president. We've just suffered through 7 years of the worst president ever, another buffoon who thinks God told him to commit war crimes and murder innocent Iraqi civilians based on 900 lies by Cheney/Bush.

    January 31, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  18. bearable

    For Alvin Berry
    Don't think so, bro; latest and clearest poll tracking out of January 29 have Obama with almost no hope now for the nomination; 50% of the American voters hate Clinton and would never vote for her. Clearly, the Republicans need to nominate a noble team to head the ticket and lead our nation again.

    January 31, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  19. Hillphil

    Huckabee Better than Juan McCain, Fer Sure

    January 31, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
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