February 6th, 2008
04:00 PM ET
14 years ago

Blitzer: Huckabee deserves credit

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(CNN) - As I suspected, Super Tuesday turned out to be a long night. We went on the air in The Situation Room at 4 p.m. ET, and didn't get off until 2 a.m. ET.

It was a good night for both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. On the Republican side, it was a good night for John McCain and Mike Huckabee. Mitt Romney didn't have such a good night. Super Tuesday did not wrap up the presidential nominations. Now, we get ready for the next contests, beginning this weekend.

I've been thinking about the finalists in this presidential race, and those who didn't reach the finals. A year ago, all of us believed that Hillary Clinton and John McCain would be major presidential contenders. Mitt Romney was always taken very seriously as a candidate. Some thought Barack Obama had a huge future ahead of him, but might not yet be ready for a presidential run. And few gave Mike Huckabee a real shot. Outside of Arkansas, most Americans never heard of him.

But the former Arkansas governor deserves a lot of credit. He has outlasted several much more visible and well-known Republicans, including Rudy Giuliani and Fred Thompson. Other former governors, including Tommy Thompson of Wisconsin (a former Secretary of Health and Human Services) and Jim Gilmore of Virginia, were initially taken more seriously than Huckabee. But he persisted and proved his critics wrong.

He has convinced a lot of people over the year that he is a gifted politician. He certainly didn't have the money or staff of the other major candidates. But he made up for that with a lot of grit and hard work. He was determined.

Years ago, I interviewed him after he lost more than 100 pounds. He had just written a book on his struggle with the early stages of diabetes because of his obesity. He went on a strict diet and began exercising. He documented it all in his book which I read.

You can certainly agree or disagree with his positions on the different domestic, foreign policy and social issues of the day. But you still have to give this politician credit in getting to this final stage of the game.

- CNN Anchor Wolf Blitzer

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soundoff (41 Responses)
  1. Renee

    We have prayed for Huck, and GOD put him in the race! GOD got Huck this far, and it will be GOD to put him in office as Pres or VP, if He so choses! Huck is a true Christian, where Romney is not. How can people trust a guy (Romney) who's beliefs are based on a false religion, a cult made up by a human (Joseph Smith), a heretical religion from a heretical human?

    Our Christian Bible says, " I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book. And if anyone takes words away from this book of prophecy, God will take away from him his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book." (Revelation 22:18-19) God has VERY strict warnings about making up false teachings and religions, and adding anything else to Jesus' words, and the Bible as a whole!

    Mormonism is just that- adding the false testimony of Joseph Smith (called the Book of Mormon) to the Bible, claiming that it is "another testament of Jesus Christ". It is a cult, no matter how you look at it. So, yes, we need to do everything we can do to keep a Mormon out of the Presidency! We don't want a President who makes his decisions with the help of a cult and a heretical book!

    We want a President, i.e. Huckabee, who looks to Jesus Christ as his help in every area of the job. When the President is faithful to the Lord spiritually and morally, and commits his ways to the Lord, then the Lord will make his plans succeed! (Proverbs 16:3)

    February 6, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  2. June (California Voter)

    Huckabee is surprising me.

    February 6, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  3. Larry

    Obama as Commander and Chief would be an obamanation.

    February 6, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  4. Jonathon F.

    Credit? Sure. Now Mr. Huckabee, now that you re the "other candidate", lets see your past sermons and what you espoused before your rise to the national stage.

    February 6, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  5. America Forever

    The only reason Huck is still in....because he isn't decent enough to drop out and stop dividing the party. Yes, Huck, Romney has more delegates than you and when you count the popular vote, he is within inches of McCain....NOT YOU. Get over the Mormon thing....we all see you as a bigot now.

    February 6, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  6. Willy

    Huckabee is the right man for 2008!

    February 6, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  7. James


    A lot of people have died fighting for the separation of church and state–a value which is precious to the American constitution. Whether our president is Mormon, Muslim, or Christian should be irrelevant. Please recognize that your fanaticism is as offensive as religious terrorists', and focus your energies away from matters of faith (that only apply to people exactly like yourself) towards matters of life as experienced on a day-to-day basis (that apply to all Americans).

    February 7, 2008 01:09 am at 1:09 am |
  8. rs wood

    Considering that Huckabee JUST missed S. Carolina and MO, and Romney was further back, it is obvious that a vote for Romney boosted McCain to his current position. Not only would the gap be much smaller, but McCain wouldn't have gotten his rocket-booster of "momentum" and things would be very different–Romney himself may even have fared better in places like CA.

    It's time for fence-sitting Romney supporters to stop holding Huckabee back and switch, for the sake of the Republican Party.

    February 7, 2008 04:02 am at 4:02 am |
  9. Connie

    Huckabee 08!

    He is a man of integrity!

    February 7, 2008 07:44 am at 7:44 am |
  10. AJ

    Now that I think about it, better Huckabee than Obama.

    February 7, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  11. vicki $$$$$$$$



    Watching the results being tallied after super tuesday,, I was alarmed to find that Hillary victories where due to as you called it

    1, Less educated
    2. latinos
    3. Asian

    This is the deciding vote for Anerica .!!!!!!!!! Isn't that a scary thought !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    February 7, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  12. phil texas



    February 7, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  13. Steve Blaine Washington

    Huckabee better take the for job of head of the Christian right of jerry Falwell.
    If he looks to McCain to give him the job of Vp he will get fooled. That job is for his pal Joe Liberman. Who do you see around McCain in picture. If you do not see Joe Lieberman look again.

    February 7, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  14. Jason Rickenberg

    Ohio for Huckabee! May God continue to Bless America.

    February 7, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  15. Steve Blaine Washington

    You spout the most religious bigotry that I have heard in a long time.
    You should read your own Bible and remember one thing throughout the Book that Jehovah is Jesus Christ. You might learn something instead of anti Mormon propaganda spoken by your leaders.

    February 7, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  16. Doug

    Huckabee is to John McCain what Gilligan is to the Skipper.

    The idiot to do his dirty work ! !

    Would we elect this Gilligan to be President.

    Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha

    Now THAT is funny.

    February 7, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
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