July 15th, 2009
08:54 PM ET
13 years ago

Huckabee warns Palin: Don't leave GOP

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/07/15/art.huckpalin.gi.jpg caption="Huckabee wants Palin to stay in the GOP."](CNN) - Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee has a warning for Sarah Palin: Don't abandon the Republican Party.

The former presidential candidate and potential future White House rival of Palin's said Tuesday he's concerned about speculation the Alaska governor may leave the GOP to become an independent.

"I hope she remains - let me be real clear - a part of the Republican Party," Huckabee told FOX News. "I'm a little concerned when I hear her say that she may sort of branch out and go third party or go independent. That would be a big mistake because we need to rebuild the Republican Party, not abandon it."

The comments come days after Palin told the Washington Times she intends to spend her days out of the Alaska governor's mansion campaigning for both Republican and Democratic candidates whose ideas she supports. That prompted speculation the onetime GOP vice presidential candidate could consider running for office in the future as a third party candidate.

But Huckabee - who, like Palin, is thought to be considering a White House bid in 2012 - said Palin has an important role to play in the Republican Party.

"I want her to succeed, and I'm delighted to see her continuing to use her voice because I do think that she rallies people," he said. "She brought electricity to the Republican ticket last year, when, frankly, there was about as much excitement as you would see, you know, at a - at a Baptist dance, which means there wasn't any, until she showed up for the ticket. And then there was fire going forth."

Related: Poll: Majority of Republicans don't think Palin's qualified for prez

Huckabee - now a commentator for FOX News - also praised Palin's recent Washington Post op-ed attacking President Obama's support of a "cap and trade" program, saying it shows her "serious side."

Filed under: Mike Huckabee • Sarah Palin
soundoff (311 Responses)
  1. Just Me

    Palin has the right idea. It's about the issues, not the party. Party loyalty is dividing this country and turning us into hypercritical idiots who can't focus on what's important. People need to learn to focus on the issues and admit that sometimes the solutions might come from someone who belongs to another political party or no political party at all.

    I actually think that the leaders of both the Republican and Democratic parties get a good chuckle out of the fact that people lock themselves into one party and blindly defend that party to the end. They thrive on the party-to-party bickering.

    July 15, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  2. Jim

    personally speaking, i don't really care what sarah palin does. I doubt very, very much she'll have any real impact on this country, other than showing the rest of us just how poor of a choice she really is for any government office.

    July 15, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  3. Shay

    I keep saying, the only reason the Republicans think Palin is okay is because they believe she is "attractive".

    A Susan Boyle would never have been McCain's pick for VP, even if her thought process was the same as Palin's.

    It's all about looks for the Republicans. In other words, you can be as dumb as hell, but if you "look good", you can run for the Presidency.

    Thats a sad commentary for the Republican party!!

    July 15, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  4. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    One loser advising another. Sarah Palin an independent? Get serious! She is the "extreme" right wing of the republican party.

    July 15, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  5. addon

    Palin / Huckabee in 2012 – Great...we're all looking forward to it

    Right ! Anyone want to join me in a barf bag?

    July 15, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  6. aware

    Sarah Palin is the one person who is not "politics as usual" but an authentic voice much needed in the world today. Her courageous walk matches her talk!

    Its not all about party when both sides demonstrate corruption. We need a voice that will speak truth to power! 🙂

    July 15, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  7. Shucks

    Yes Mr. Huckabee, you definitely need to rebuild the republican party, but neither of you are the "new" building blocks that the republican party needs. Your religious views scare the majority of Americans as they are outdated and would repel us backwards in time. Your idea that the constitution needs to be religiously atune is just plain lunacy. Americans had enough of your religious rhetoric during the last election, let alone the racist, hateful comments spewed by both of you. If I were you I would start praying now that the republican party can even muster a worthwhile candidate by 2012. If you and Palin are going to be the republican candidate in 2012, the republican party has already lost the election.

    July 15, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  8. Laverne

    Yea, she rallies people. Unfortunately it is the devisive, hate monging people that she seem to rally which says a lot about her as a person and quite frankly is troubling. If Sarah Palin had her way, she would lead this country back to slavery and division where according to her the "real Americans" rule. She is a scary figure and I hope and pray that this woman never, ever make it to the White House!

    July 15, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  9. Robrob

    "the Alaska governor may leave the GOP to become an independent."

    Please, oh please, please, please!

    July 15, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  10. Tom R

    So Huckabee backs a person who quit and turned her back on the people who put her in office. Palin quit for the money she can make and the fact that we here in Alaska saw her for what she is a self serving diva. As soon as she stoped getting her way she ran away just like she has done many times before look at her record.

    July 15, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  11. brad

    yes please stay republican. I'm an independent. Although a vast party of different ideas, I don't want it smeared with Palin's ideals. They just don't gel.

    July 15, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  12. Puff the Magic Dragon

    Huckabee and Palin are both a joke. Let them roost together on the same perch.

    July 15, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  13. Eric

    Of course she has a vital role in the republican party. With her running the primaries, she can lose and then it will be Mitt Vs. Obama. If she goes off on her own it will be Palin Vs. Mitt Vs. Obama with palin and mitt splitting the same voters and Obama Winning every single state.

    July 15, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  14. Henry

    Palin's op ed piece is sooooo shallow. He has no comprehension of what the issues are. She is so simplistic.

    July 15, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  15. Aunt Bea and Opie

    Mike,have you bought a clue yet?Your only role is to make the party look stupid.Gee Opie,just when we thought it was safe to go outside,along comes Goober.Hide the dog he just may bite him.

    July 15, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  16. DX in TX

    Come on Mr. Huckabee stop with the warnings All you have to is pay Palin for her services and she will stay.

    July 15, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  17. roy

    two of a kind!!!!!!!!

    July 15, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  18. Celia Loudermilk

    If the Republican party would wake up and represent the people in this country, the party wouldn't have to worry about Palin. The Republican party is PART OF THE PROBLEM just like the Democratic party is part of the problem. You guys just don't get it. The system is broken.

    July 15, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  19. KirksNoseHair

    Sarah Palin is a professional victim and a wholly unqualified and clearly unprofessional politician who couldn't even take the pressure of being Governor in a state where Caribou outnumber humans. She should do all of us a favor now and just move on to some nice cushy job as a talking head on TV or something. She was an embarrassment as a vice presidential candidate and thought it was perfectly fine to make wild and ignorant sweeping hogwash claims about Obama "palling around with terrorists" but when the heat got turned up on her just a little bit, she quit.

    'nuff said.

    July 15, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |

    whether she stays or goes, who cares

    July 15, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  21. Duck

    Mike Huckabee you will be better off with out S. Palin she's a space head.

    July 15, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  22. Kevin B

    Sarah will go independant, she has no loyalty to the GOP. Just as the GOP establishment showed no loyalty to her.

    July 15, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  23. kevin

    Sheesh. Let her go!

    July 15, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  24. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    Well let's put it this way: the Democrats and Independents sure don't want Palin. So her options are to remain with the GOP or splinter off into a third party. The latter is preferable because the lunatic fringe she'd attract wold never muster the votes to make this pin head a nationally viable candidate.

    July 15, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  25. Larry

    "Baptist dance"? That will get you some mail from the Baptists.

    Huckabee, if you need Palin to help hold the Republican party together...

    Well that's just plain pathetic.

    July 15, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
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