February 26th, 2009
02:40 PM ET
13 years ago

Huckabee blasts McCain, warns of socialism

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/02/26/art.getty.huckabee.jpg caption="Speaking at CPAC, Mike Huckabee governor took McCain to task for voting for the financial bailout last October, a move the former Arkansas governor said betrayed the party’s core beliefs."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - Mike Huckabee and John McCain got along famously during the Republican presidential campaign, but now Huckabee - possibly mulling another bid in 2012 - is putting some space between himself and the former GOP nominee.

Speaking at CPAC, the annual gathering of conservative activists, the former Arkansas governor took McCain to task for voting for the financial bailout last October, a move Huckabee said betrayed the party’s core beliefs.

“With all due respect, Sen. McCain dramatically suspended his campaign and flew back to Washington not to champion those conservative Republicans [in the House], but to join meekly with Barack Obama in voting for the bailout, a bailout most American opposed,” he said.

Huckabee said he went along with the Republican ticket because he was “a good soldier,” but that the bailout vote may have sunk McCain’s campaign.

“I tell you, that moment was not our best moment,” he said. “It would have been our best shot at winning the White House a chance to offer a true authentic, conservative choice rather than a big government echo, rather than a meek, ‘me too’ way of doing things.”

Huckabee frustrated some Republican primary voters during the campaign because he was perceived as being too supportive of government spending on social programs, but in his remarks Thursday, he stressed his opposition to the financial bailout and President Obama’s stimulus package. Those spending bills, he said, have given conservatives a chance to define themselves against liberal overreach.

“The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics may be dead, but the Union of American Socialist Republics is being born,” he said.

Still, Huckabee struck back at his critics, saying he was "prophetic" in warning during his campaign about the dangers of a "Wall Street to Washington Axis of Power that was out of control."

Filed under: John McCain • Mike Huckabee
soundoff (205 Responses)
  1. Vic


    February 26, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  2. Thune

    Huck will be the 45th president of the United States.

    Obama will be a one-term wonder.

    February 26, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  3. Carolyn

    Actually the top 2% paid the most of the taxes under Bush and under Clinton, however the top 2% paid less under Clinton, read up on it. By the way who do you think creates most of the jobs that Americans work at? If you tax them, they will in turn tax their products, so you can afford even less and inflation shoots up. Or maybe they all just shut down and take their money elsewhere. Then what? Even the insects are smart enough to know that there has to be a queen and a worker.

    February 26, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  4. Steve

    Huckabee is a good guy, but he's a hardcore right-winger, and that simply isn't what this country wants anymore. Reaganomics are a thing of the past, and change is coming.

    February 26, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  5. David

    What would you have done? It's nice to be a Monday morning QB but everyone was saying that the bail out was needed. it just that Bush and Pualson mismanage the funds.

    February 26, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
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