June 18th, 2008
12:00 PM ET
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Huckabee: Demonizing Obama is a ‘fatal mistake’

Mike Huckabee delivers a speech at Foreign Correspondents' Club in Tokyo.

Mike Huckabee delivers a speech at Foreign Correspondents' Club in Tokyo.

(CNN) – Former GOP presidential contender Mike Huckabee called Barack Obama's candidacy "a landmark achievement" Tuesday, and warned fellow Republicans not to demonize Obama.

"Republicans will make a fundamental if not fatal mistake if they seek to win the election by demonizing Barack Obama," Huckabee told reporters in Tokyo, according to a report by Agence France-Presse.

Huckabee praised the country for getting "to a point where we did not see his color but we truly saw his charisma, his message and what he brought to the campaign trail."

"When people are really hurting - and they are right now - they're not looking at a person's race," he added.

Huckabee said he hopes John McCain beats Obama, but that Republicans should focus on policy differences, not race.

Huckabee suggested questions about whether he might join McCain on the ticket were premature. "You can't accept an invitation to the prom until the football captain asks you. So I'm not going to go out and buy the outfit just yet," said Huckabee, according to AFP.


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  1. chris seattle

    FINALLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    These are very powerful comments not because its GOP vs Democrat.. It should not be about race, gender or religion.. It should be about the policies in which we support and what will get the US good people out of the "subpar recession" and taking care of our troops that risked their lives along with the familty sacrifices they have made.. Dont be sore losers – support the who ever wins and make this country the best in the world!

    Thank you Mr Huckabee for being a great human being!!!!!!!!!

    June 18, 2008 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  2. shelly

    Good for Huckabee

    June 18, 2008 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  3. Tony, Miami

    Huckabee is more aware of politics than McCain whom is out of touch. McCain always praising Clinton and denying Obama any quality.

    June 18, 2008 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  4. Duckula

    Have to respect that outta Huckster even if he's not my favorite politician. Demonization is a pathetic tactic.

    Speaking of current events, why is it that Conservative Bible-thumping Christians were out in force protesting gay marriage in Cali the last few days but you didn't hear a word from them in protest regarding that Christian Cult in TX who were forcing children into marriage?

    It's not ok for mutual consenting adults to marry but it "is" ok for 50 year old Bible thumpers to force teenage kids into marriages and pregnacy?!

    June 18, 2008 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  5. Moss

    AMEN.

    June 18, 2008 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  6. Ascardo

    I couldn't agree more Mr Huckabee. Unfortunately though, it seems that's exactly what the GOP is intending to do; demonizing Obama, making him seem weird and unconventional American and I sincerely hope it back fires.
    You are a smart man Mr Huckabee!

    June 18, 2008 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  7. Marge Hibbing Mn

    Well you know that. Since the first day he started his campaign whenever any of his many negative actions were posted, if the didn't blame what he did on Hillary they called people racist for even mentioning it. What do you think is going to happen when we get into the campaign. We all know what the main issue is going to be.

    And look at the way all the comics made jokes about Hillary Clinton especially, and all the other candidates except obama. They don't dare tell a joke about him....they are afraid they will be labeled "racist"...this is the only thing he has going for him,..ALL THE MSM AND EVERYONE ELSE ARE AFRAID OF BEING LABELED RACIST IF THEY REPORT ON THIS GUY.

    June 18, 2008 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  8. Jim

    I'm impressed...

    June 18, 2008 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  9. Ryan

    Wow, Huckabee actually speaks the truth..

    June 18, 2008 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  10. Peter

    what a wise man.

    June 18, 2008 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  11. MMN - Milwaukee WI

    Well stated Huckabee!

    We’ve been Cheney-ed to Iraq and bad economy by Bush for 7+ years. We can’t afford to be McChain-ed by McCain for another 4 years of bad policies.

    Like you stated and I hope your fellow GOP folks will listen, the old and tired GOP election tactics will not work this time.

    June 18, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  12. CHELLEY

    right on!

    June 18, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  13. Robert

    I did not support him as a candidate because I was in the McCain camp during the Republican primaries but as he was starting to get pushed out of the race, I really grew to like this guy. He really seems to be a genuine, good hearted person and I think he actually would've run the gentleman's campaing that McCain promised to run. McCain can't choose him as a VP because he'll say things like this and make McCain look petty in comparison.

    June 18, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  14. NYC

    HUCKABEE MAKES A GOOD POINT. WE SHOULD PICK THE SMARTEST PERSON FOR THE JOB. WE ARE NOT JUST HIRING A PAINTER OR A MECHANIC. DO THE RIGHT THING PEOPLE...........

    June 18, 2008 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  15. Jim Shimmer

    At least someone has brains in the GOP.

    Nasty tactics and FEAR-MONGERING will not work –

    NOT THIS TIME!

    June 18, 2008 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  16. Heidi

    Amen

    June 18, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  17. Chanda Cincinnati Ohio

    This coming from a man who joked about Obama being shot at...PLEASE GO AWAY GOMER!!!!

    June 18, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  18. Shelly

    Now if Huckabigot will take his own advice and stop demonizing Mormons.

    June 18, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  19. Enlightened Voter -

    Thanks Huckabee, you are correct. The only demon in this race is john mcwar. BTW he voted last week against two bills to extend unemployment benefits for those out of work and he voted against a bill that would guarentee equal pay for women. The week prior he voted against a GI bill to enhance benefits for veterans. He could care less about average americans, he is only for the rich. He flip flopped on another issue yesterday about drilling for oil. Does anyone know what he believes in including himself?

    June 18, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  20. Moss

    AMEN to focusing on policy & not race. May Obama win. He's the best hope for a better future not only for America, but the whole world.

    June 18, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  21. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    "You can't accept an invitation to the prom until the football captain asks you. So I'm not going to go out and buy the outfit just yet," said Huckabee, according to AFP.

    Nice image! Will you be wearing the flag thong?

    June 18, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  22. Joseph

    Beside demonizing Obama what else can they attack him on. The reason huckabee is saying this now is because he has a sense of what other country see as an opportunity for america to regain its moral value once again. McCain has no issue where he can beat Obama, so instead he's attacking his race, his wife and calling him naive. Hamas has just agreed with Israel to stop fighting I wonder how they came to an agreement if they had not talk. McCain is liar, He will say or change position on anything if not everything to become president. Some of his Earlier position was correct but since he needs money he will say anything so big companies can donato to his campaign.

    June 18, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  23. Kareem Rashad From Hampton, Va

    Wow! Just think if he was the Repub. nomination! We may actually have a threat!

    June 18, 2008 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  24. THE TRUTH WILL SET you FREE!!!

    CNN) – Former GOP presidential contender Mike Huckabee called Barack Obama's candidacy "a landmark achievement" Tuesday, and warned fellow Republicans not to demonize Obama............THE Truth is OBAMA FOR CHANGE we can believe IN!!!!!!!

    June 18, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  25. BILL

    He make a good point. I would hope that this is about issues and not race/age.

    Obama = 2nd Carter term. Obama said he was willing to negotiate with those enemies directly and "without precondition" that sound like Carter. Would he have done this with Hitler in 1940? This is a major issue.

    I am not against Obama b/c of lack of experience. That is a non-issue IMO. I am against him for his views and lack of them.

    June 18, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
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