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. preciseinc

    I think that because she has uncertanties about politics in general she probrably wants to see what eles is out there...and frankly for those that say they want to rebuild the Reupublican party I would think they would want some of the old ways of thought that was never helpful to their party to die out so that it can be rebuilt.

    July 15, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  2. Shirley In California Now On The Fence Re Obama

    She rallies people alright. You'll see just how much when we go to the polls again!

    July 15, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  3. Lisa

    As a Republican who would like to see President Obama limited to one term, I hope she DOES go independent. Running her in 2012 would be a guarantee of '4 more years' for Obama. She is not very bright and a major disaster for the Republican party. Republicans do not vote on gender so she brings nothing to the table.

    July 15, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  4. Daniel

    I think that Palin has every right, if not a duty to leave the Republican party if she feels that her expectations are not being met. I am far to the left of the Democratic Party, but because there is nowhere else to go (yet), I often vote for Democrats who let me and their base down every time. This happens to the right as well. They give the most ardent support, contribute the most money and are given the shaft. This "bipartisan" rubbish must go. To me "bipartisan" simply means class collaboration and compromise. I think it's time to put an end to the so-called two party system monopoly, the dictatorship of the corporations and begin to form other parties that address the issues that people want addressed. I, of course don't like Palin and her message, but I understand where she might be coming from.

    July 15, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  5. allen

    So let me see, Palin wants to do something truly bi-partisan – support candidates whom she agrees with regardless of their partisanship – she catches flak for that?

    This is precisely why so many people disagree with the republican party. They are so entrenched in their beliefs that they will not for one second consider anything outside of their scope to be worthy and good.

    July 15, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  6. Brian

    I wish she'd just go away and the news would quit reporting her every move.

    July 15, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  7. Craig

    ANOTHER Palin story...CNN's love affair with her continues...I'll mention her over morning coffee tomorrow morning – make sure you guys cover it.

    And display my post this time Big Brother...

    July 15, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  8. Anny

    Oh please, this man doesn't know what he is talking about, she is more harm to the GOP than good and for him remember he lost......if this is all you have GOP then you are still in a world of HURT

    July 15, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  9. California Gold

    The Independents don't want her!

    July 15, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  10. sheilah anderson

    this woman needs to go away she has nothing to offer either
    party and now she is in the spotlight because she likes it and
    she wants money for her new fond fame which will not last long..
    I am sick of hearing about her.... wh is not impressive and not
    very smart at alllll...

    July 15, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  11. PFFT

    She's just too far to the right. And I'm a devout Catholic white woman. So you know how far she is. However, I applaud her attempts, and she has shown that women don't have to be a parody to make something of themselves. Unfortunately, she's also demonstrated just how "okay" it is to make fun of someone who belives in morals and values.

    July 15, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  12. Eleanor

    It doesn't matter which party La Palin belongs to, or affiliates with. Her days of political office are through. She'd have a difficult time getting elected dog-catcher in Wasilla, Alaska! If Huckabee and the rest of that bunch of losers pins it's hopes on the Pageant Queen to save them...then great!!! It'll be a goooood loooooonnnnggg time before Rep's see the light of day in another elected office, and I say AMEN TO THAT!!

    July 15, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  13. John

    So, now, the Republicans hate Baptists?

    At what point does it get so silly and full of headline-making non sequiturs that all faith is lost.

    And I mean that in the most respectful sense.

    No, reall! I haven't lost my faith.


    July 15, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  14. jaxson

    Huckabee is laughable. What a "nut job".

    July 15, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  15. JS007

    Ha ha ha, Palin will be the end of the GOP! Thank you Sen. McCain! Without the right wing Evangelical ditto-heads who support Palin the GOP will be nothing more than a bunch of old rich guys trying to convince the American middle class that they (the rich) need more tax cuts to buy yachts and mansions. Good luck guys!

    July 15, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  16. E.C.Coleman

    Too Bad that Palin wasn't running for President.
    McCain was a totally lack-luster candidate.
    Big Mistake.............

    July 15, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  17. Susan

    And the Republican Party wonders why they're not getting elected? ....this is why! GET A CLUE!!!!

    July 15, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  18. John Poggendorf; Prescott, AZ

    Mr. Huckabee:

    Please know your desires regarding Ms. Palin have the heartfelt support of something in excess of 89 Million voters in the US.

    We are collectively known as Democrats, aka the party of ideas, nuanced thought, science, inclusion and progress. And while these are alien concepts to you, please know you carry our fervent and most heartfelt desires with you on your journey into history's landfill.

    Holding fast to Palin would seem to be the political equivalent to stuffing rocks in your pockets en route to a swim, and we applaud your desires.

    Bon Voyage' and good riddance!!!

    July 15, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  19. SickofPalin

    Oh MY God! If this is what the republican Party is placing it's bets on for the future I say the Democrats will be in power for a long time to come. When will they realize that the majority of Americans are no longer lingering in the past with all these backward and negatives ways. All Sarah Palin ever did was to incite bigotry and racism within the hardcore republican party. She never brought one intelligent idea to the forefront. Instead all she did was incite the bigots of the party to spwe their hatred of anything different. Younger America saw right trough these tactics and showed the Republican PArty the door. I only hope Americans never let this crowd of bigots back in.

    July 15, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  20. Alan

    Yes, Sarah - PLEASE don't leave the GOP. They need you to keep the party completely divided and confused...just like you are.

    July 15, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  21. bea

    Palin should keep out of politics, she should take care of her children and be a better mother. She could not complete her term for Governor
    of Alaska, can you imagine trying to be President of the entire U.S
    The woman is all Bullsh-T and no Brains, all she wants is fast money.
    There are a lot of different ways for her to make fast money.

    July 15, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  22. RAG

    I hope she heeds Huckabee's call to stay in the Republican Party. That leaking boat needs another anchor to insure its final destruction and Sarah is a one ton kedge.

    July 15, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  23. Nutmegger

    Sarah Palin is nothing but a puppet for talented speech writers - like a ventriloquist's dummy. Anytime she has opened her mouth unscripted, nothing but incomprehensible, inconsistent gobbledy gook comes out.

    Mr. Huckabee should be honest. He wants Mrs. Palin to remain a Republican because he knows that she makes him look good by comparison.

    July 15, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  24. Jo

    She will be a disaster for the Independent Party also. People why do you think this crazy women has what it takes to be Prez. Do we want another Bush/Chenney in the White House. The Republicans are better off by themselves and Independent alike. Don't let the Palin grass fool you people. Remember it is not what's the other side of the mountain that counts but what's on this side of the mountain. Remember a lot of people make mistakes lurking for the other side of the mountain in which they can't see or judge.

    July 15, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  25. RO

    Sarah,,, stay home!

    July 15, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
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