November 17th, 2008
07:17 PM ET
13 years ago

Huckabee settling old scores?

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=" Huckabee's new book is out Tuesday."](CNN) - Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee appears to be settling scores with two Republicans he battled during his bid for the Republican presidential nomination.

According to Time Magazine, Huckabee takes shots at onetime rivals Mitt Romney and Fred Thompson in his new book hitting stores Tuesday, a move that is likely to fuel speculation that the former Arkansas governor still harbors White House ambitions.

On Romney, Huckabee sharply criticizes the former Massachusetts governor for shifting positions on key conservative issues shortly before he decided to run for the White House, saying his record was "anything but conservative until he changed the light bulbs in his chandelier in time to run for president."

Huckabee also lashes out at Romney for what he said was the former governor's refusal to offer congratulations when Huckabee was the surprise winner of the crucial Iowa caucuses in January. Many political observers say it was that loss that ultimately derailed Romney's bid for the Oval office.

“It’s hard to imagine Romney losing the GOP nomination after winning the Iowa caucuses,” notes CNN Senior Political Researcher Alan Silverleib. “Combine Romney’s deep pockets with the momentum of an Iowa win and a campaign shifting back to Romney’s home turf for the New Hampshire primary, and the most likely scenario is a Romney nomination by Super Tuesday.”

On Fred Thompson, the former senator and television actor who jumped into the Republican presidential race significantly later than the other candidates, Huckabee calls his campaign "amazingly lackluster."

"Fred Thompson never did grasp the dynamics of the race or the country, and his amazingly lackluster campaign reflected just how disconnected he was with the people, despite the anticipation and expectation that greeted his candidacy," Huckabee writes.

Filed under: Extra • Mike Huckabee • Mitt Romney
soundoff (232 Responses)
  1. bob in LA

    Who cares? If he held that much weight , that his opinions or comments were valued, he would have been at least VP.
    Fact is he wasn't the second man left standing, he was just the last to figure out that he lost!

    November 18, 2008 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  2. Alex

    All is fair in love and war and that ould include elections. I do like Huckabee though.

    November 18, 2008 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  3. Somewhere in Texas

    Huckabee needs to be quiet and go home like the rest of the Republican candidates that lost. As someone who tends to vote conservative for powers for government and fiscal spending, I think it's ridiculous for Huckabee to think he's the champion of conservatism. He spent just like Bush when he ran Arkansas. And the way he treated Romney solely because of his Mormon faith is flatly un-American. And then he blames people with libertarian views for costing the Reps the election on Hannity today. What an idiot. Get over yourself. We all have our values, but your religious agenda is not the same as conservatism. Stop trying to ram it down everyone's throat. And you wonder why people are turned off by the Republicans.

    November 18, 2008 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  4. Rud, NY

    It doesn't seem particularly spiteful. His criticism of Romney sounds consistent with what other republicans said about him and he's right about Thompson, any pundit would agree with that he was a disappointment given the amount of hype surrounding his entry, and that he never seemed really knowledgeable about the issues. The Huckster's not settling old scores. If he wanted to settle old scores he'd send Chuck Norris, and you'd never hear about it.

    November 18, 2008 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  5. Jeff

    Geez the Obama loving CNN is still going! Come on – this was one page in a 250 page book!

    Trust me – by 2010 – all the people above will be begging for the GOP – as Obama will be a disaster spending money like a drunk sailor

    November 18, 2008 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  6. nkc46

    i like mike. i'm an atheist and i've been turned of by politicians spouting religion before but mike seems different.

    November 18, 2008 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  7. dan

    only in America the religion got a place in politic . We elected bush because of
    his religion

    November 18, 2008 03:21 am at 3:21 am |
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