September 3rd, 2008
10:27 PM ET
12 years ago

Begala: Did McCain consider Huckabee?

Huckabee mistakenly attributed a Gerald Ford quote from 1974 to Abraham Lincoln.

Huckabee mistakenly attributed a Gerald Ford quote from 1974 to Abraham Lincoln.

Did McCain even consider Mike Huckabee for the ticket?

In his speech tonight he stuck the knife in Joe Biden but he did it with wit. ("Sarah Palin got more votes running for mayor of Wasilla, Alaska, than Joe Biden received running for president!") One historical correction: Huckabee said Abraham Lincoln once said, "A government big enough to give you everything you want, is big enough to take away everything you have."

Watch: Mike Huckabee's entire convention speech

Problem is, Lincoln didn't say that. Gerald Ford did – on August 12, 1974. Gerald Ford was a great Republican. He deserved credit for his line. And once again, never once was the name "Bush" mentioned. Poor George.

soundoff (34 Responses)
  1. Valerie

    Ha – Palin just made a sexist joke:

    "Do you know what the difference is between a hockey mom and a pit bull? Lipstick."


    Talk about a double standard. It's OK for Sarah to belittle women, but not OK for anyone else to question her experience.

    September 3, 2008 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  2. Nevada dude

    McCain/ Huckabee would have been a decent ticket, except for the warmongering. McCain blew it.

    September 3, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  3. Terry from GA

    Rudy, Mitt and Mike can say what they want about Barack and Joe but Joe was selected as Barack's VP. So while Rudy, Mitt and Mike go home tonight to watch television, Barack and Joe will be on the campaign trail trying to get us out of this 8 year depression caused by the republicans.

    September 3, 2008 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  4. Klippa

    Who needs Mike Huckabee? McCain has made the fundamentalists delirious by choosing Sarah Palin. (And for those of us who prefer misquotes and slip-ups I'm sure Palin will be more than capable.

    September 3, 2008 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  5. MIchelle

    Shame on Mike Huckabee for his continued allegiance to the corrupt Republican Party. Many of us would love to see Roe vs. Wade overturned but cannot and will not tolerate more of the Republican filth and sleaze in order to achieve that end. The Republican Party does not represent true Christian values.

    September 3, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  6. Go Obama!!!

    Why did Guiliani rehash what we heard Thompson say last night??? We KNOW he was a POW.

    And how dare he be so dismissive of Obama being a communit organizer - are Republicans really opposed to public service?

    They are truly shameful.

    September 3, 2008 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  7. Gracie

    If I was McCain I would be kicking myself just about NOW. Huckabee would have been a far BETTER CHOICE than Gov. Palin. I may have switched my vote had Huckabee been on the ticket. NOW that would have been a good match.

    His speech is MUCH better than Gov. Palin's. She's reading the Teleprompter and her speech is too robotic, not natural at all. This comes from lack of experience on a "national level" and lack of exposure. She doesn't come off very convincing at all.

    September 3, 2008 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  8. JT - SoCal

    Ahhh – Cornbread!! These people love drinking the Kool-Aid and eating some warm cornbread.

    The RNC is a country club that never quite gets it that the party is over.

    It's funny she wants privacy for her family, but she makes a thinly veiled slam to Obama's wife.

    Gotta love the Hypocrisy of this whole thing.

    4 more years of the country club with Muffy and Biff Dirt Bag running the show is intolerable.

    These people will say anything to stay in power evidenced by the pandering of this pick.

    She has no business talking about internation affaiirs. The only international affair she knows about is the Great Caribou invasion of 2005 and the Polar Bear conspiracy of 2007.

    September 3, 2008 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  9. PJT

    Biden did get more votes (or delegates anyway) than Palin. It is a silly argument to compare them but it is a false statement. Check the Wasilla Town website they have the election results listed.

    September 3, 2008 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
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