May 8th, 2008
08:19 AM ET
14 years ago

Huckabee: 'I got to give Hillary some credit'


Watch Huckabee's comments Thursday.

(CNN) - Former campaign underdog Mike Huckabee said Thursday that Democrat Hillary Clinton should ignore critics pressuring her to end her presidential run, telling CNN’s John Roberts that “she entered this thing to play to the finish line.”

“It’s easy to play horse race with this and say, ‘Gosh, she ought to drop out,’” he said on CNN’s American Morning. “She’s playing by the rules that the party set, just as I played by the rules that the Republican Party set.

“You know it’s frustrating to those of us who spend all of this time, effort and money - we get our supporters out there, we play by the rules that were handed and then somebody says, ‘It looks like the way this is gonna end is different than we want, so why don’t you go ahead and quit?’”

Huckabee faced pressure to end his own White House bid after it became mathematically impossible for him to become the Republican nominee. He stayed in the race several weeks longer, winning several contests, until John McCain captured the 1,191 delegates required to claim the GOP nomination.

On Thursday, Huckabee – who endorsed McCain, and recently launched his own political action committee – said public calls for an end to the Democratic contest were premature. “Now what if you did that in major league baseball, what if we did that in NFL football, once a team has got four or five touchdowns ahead we just said, ‘Look, it’s pretty inevitable here, the math doesn’t work, let’s end the game, so is that the way we ought to play it?’

“I got to give Hillary some credit that: yeah, it doesn’t look like she’s gonna get the nomination. But she entered this thing to play to the finish line - and I think that’s what she’s attempting to do.”

Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Mike Huckabee
soundoff (316 Responses)
  1. Patty

    I find it hard to believe that someone thinks the Hillary supporters have hate in their heart. The majority of the blogs on here are hateful to and about her. The Obama supporters should look in their own closets before speaking the way they do. It's digusting. Be intelligent.

    May 8, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  2. Susan

    Hillary supporters fail to recognize that their candidate cannot even run her own campaign. How do they think she will run the country? Does she plan on loaning millions to the people her and Bill will be putting out of work while they make millions promoting the trade deals??

    May 8, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  3. South Carolina

    She is what she is but it is time she grow up because the silver spoon is not here for her now. Work Hillary Hillary and that way you will know you have won something.

    May 8, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  4. Xango

    so who is the republican and elitist here:

    Hillary has had all alogn the support of Limbaugh without him she could not have won PA, OH and IN we all know it
    Hilary has the support of Hennedy
    HIllary ahs the support of and admiration of all the GOP,

    why does not Hillary joing the Republican party, she and Mccain one and the same
    republican ticket
    McCain _ President
    Hilary 08 _ President

    May 8, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  5. Venus

    To Hillary supporters who are pissed that this race is over for Hillary and you are gonna vote for Mc Cain...

    If you notice or care – that won't stop Obama!

    Face the facts – he won!

    Do yourself a favor and go on Mc Cain's blog and post your nasty comments there and start sending Mc Cain some money –

    May 8, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  6. jay


    May 8, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  7. no2clinton, cambridge, MA

    ....except Huckabee didn't constantly sprewing venom when he was in the race and didn't claim Democratic candidates were better than John McCain....

    May 8, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  8. John, WV

    Guess what?

    A Clinton/Huckabee ticket is a dream ticket!

    May 8, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  9. Priscilla for Obama

    Shut up Huckabee! John McCain is using you to get the evangelical vote. It's amazing how preachers seem to rise to the occasion when there are elections. Whatever happened to the seperation of church and state?

    America for Obama – Yes We Can!!!

    May 8, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  10. fred

    John Carlson, can't wait until Obama is totally expose!!!

    May 8, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  11. Shirley, Silicon Valley, CA

    Your comment is awaiting moderation. ?????????????????????

    Huckabee fought with good principles and honor.

    Hillary Clinton fights with knifes and kitchen sink for her own personal satisfaction. Hillary constantly employees CHEAP SHOTS and chooses LOW ROADS.

    Hillary Clinton SETS HER OWN RULES and CHANGES RULES constantly during the game.

    Just like she said yesterday, if she could use Republican's rule in the Democratic race, she would have won the Democratic race????? Hillary can keep running and moving herself straight into a psychiatric ward!

    Again and again, Hillary proofs herself to be DISHONEST AND UNTRUSTWORTHY!

    May 8, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  12. NC independant

    hahaha, you will see the final loser is going to be Obama! Hillary is working hard to save the party and the USA. Look at the Democratic party leaders, they setup the rules that play different with general election rule?!!! And what a mess they made for FL and MI voters during the primer?!!! I strongly support Clinton, a respected and excellent leader. Unfortunately the one from the Democratic Party will be the loser and the president will go to Republic this year whatever you want or not.

    May 8, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  13. shelly

    If Hillarys staying in is "just playing by the rules", then Florida and Michigans ballots should not be counted,The RULES were set before the race began and she needs to play by all the rules not only the ones that would be in her favor.

    May 8, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  14. John, WV

    Don't give up, folks!

    Hillary will be our next president and she will be the best president in U.S. history.

    Hillary will not quit like Gore. Go Hillary!!!!!!!!

    May 8, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  15. Ex-GOP

    What makes Obama a "shyster"? Is it just the fact that you don't like him? With your angry tone, bitter words, and the implication that you also make the decision for your "significant other", it is pretty clear to me that you truly are not an Obama-type voter. Obama's campaign is premised on a positive vision of the future, not recriminations and "gotchas." If you like that kind of bitter politics then tune to Fox "News" and Karl Rove will tell you who you should vote for...

    May 8, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  16. Inevitable

    READ THIS DEMOCRATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Quoted by Concern Democrats "Those democrats that feel the need to support McCain are only hurting themselves. If Obama lose, he'll go back to the senate and he'll be alright. However, will you be OK with a failing economy, a continue war in Iraq, health care unresolved, conservative justices, etc…"

    May 8, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  17. Maggie

    WE are full of hate? It was brought on by your almighty candidate Obama. He is the hate attractor for all of your hate support.

    If you want to see hate, just take a look at Rev. Wright and his teaching to Obama. There is your hate. My God doesn't hate....what about yours?

    May 8, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  18. Navy Vet.

    People misunderstood. He means he's got to give her a line of credit... It was just another instance of misspeaking!

    Obama '08

    Yes We Can

    May 8, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  19. Maggie

    Looks like Chris in CT has been downing the Kool-Aid. Chris, Put it down and walk away...Run Chris RUN....

    May 8, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  20. Maggie

    Chris, you and Most Obama supporters are: Highly educated.....No commonsense...Illconceived and misinformed....just the folks we need picking our President....NOT

    May 8, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  21. Glenn

    I want Hillary to follow Mike Huckby's advice. He was a real loser and Hillary will be the same1

    May 8, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |

    I want to know is what idiots in the Democratic party thought up this primary chaos? One would really have to work hard to figure out a more confusing, stupid way to elect their party's nominee than this lunacy.

    May 8, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  23. Matt, PA

    I am with a few people on this, one being Mike Huckabee. Hillary has no reason to drop out of the race. The Obama campaign and supporters are just afraid that if Hillary stays in the race, she will put enough pressure on FL and MI to have their votes count, or atleast have their delgates seated, and with that she has a good possibility of pulling ahead. They are just afraid and get over theier fears. Obamas not presidential material in my eyes. Hes just "another politician" saying that he'll do something, but actually wont. HILLARY IS NUMBER ONE AND ALWAYS WILL BE! VOTE HILLARY CLINTON FOR PRESIDENT!!!!

    May 8, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  24. Darrell

    I am from Florida I voted I want my votes to count we have 50 states last time I looked not 48 if the DNC dose not allow us to vote and count our votes then we will vote Republican

    May 8, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  25. Cindy

    I still [HEART] Huckabee!

    I think the reason people have been asking that she step down is because she's been so negative... if she didn't play dirty, people would agree... she has every right to continue.

    Even when Huckabee continued on, he never dissed McCain. That's the big difference between Huckabee and Hillary continuing on.

    May 8, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
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