February 28th, 2008
05:00 PM ET
12 years ago

Huckabee takes a swipe at Obama

 Huckabee went after Obama Thursday.

Huckabee went after Obama Thursday.

TEXARKANA, Texas (CNN) - Republican Mike Huckabee prides himself on running a positive campaign and has stayed quiet while rival John McCain has recently targeted Democrat Barack Obama.

But on Thursday, the former Arkansas governor went after the Illinois senator for ideas he says would cost Americans $287 billion.

“I hear Barack Obama say that he's going to provide everybody with health care and college tuition and pave the streets with gold,” Huckabee said to laughter from the crowd, “the proposals he's put on the table so far, already are going to cost about $287 billion dollars, so far. Now that's a lot of money.”

“What we don't know how to figure out is how much will it cost us when we walk away and leave Iraq in a mess and the Middle East blows up, how much will that cost?” added Huckabee.

After spending just one day campaigning in Ohio and Rhode Island each, Huckabee began a swing through Texas on Thursday that will end with the state’s Tuesday primary. Of the states holding their primaries on March 4, Huckabee is doing the best in Texas, though a CNN/Opinion Research poll has him trailing McCain by 25 percentage points.

In true Huckabee fashion, he laced his last jab at Obama with humor. “If we were doing the Mastercard commercial we'd simply say we know what some of the costs are. Some of the items on his agenda? Priceless.”

- CNN Political Producer Alexander Marquardt

soundoff (279 Responses)
  1. Paula

    Dang.... This is one hateful world! I can't believe the hate comments that are on this blog. Huckabee said on an interview one time when asked about Bill Clinton, "Whatever you may think about the man and his morals, you have to admire someone that came from a nobody in a disfunctional home, to rise to president of the United States." He has treated your "gods" with respect. At least you can be respectful back. Can we possibly start acting like a more civilized people PLEASE. Or please stay off of the blogs. This should be place to
    dis-cuss issues, not "just cuss".

    February 28, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  2. Suzanne

    It's obvious from the dozens of blogs referring to Huckabee that either CNN is censoring most of the favorable ones from appearing here or we have proof that the media's game is working. That is, those who are poking fun of Mike have not examined his record nor know the facts of his platform nor have been accurately informed on his hugely successful years as Governor. The media has told America that Mike doesn't matter (i.e. millions of Americans' votes don't matter), and the only ones really getting all the free coverage are the Democrats. Even McCain wouldn't be in the news if Mike threw in the towel now. Today's news is getting mighty stale. Everyone – Democrats and Republicans – would benefit from a good Republican
    debate. Is McCain afraid of the challenge?

    February 28, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  3. Obama 08

    Ann, Hillary's agenda is the same as Obama's except that she wants to mandate that everyone buy health care - which is far less "moderate" than Obama's plan. I do not begrudge you your sour grapes in the waning days of Sen. Clinton's failed bid, I'm sure it stings. I just hope you and the rest of the "I'd rather have Mccain than Obama" Hillary supporters come to your senses and get over yourselves before November. Do you think that Clinton would prefer Mccain over Obama? Come on, lets "get real."

    February 28, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  4. Tim, Texas

    Huckabee who?????

    February 28, 2008 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
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