October 28th, 2010
11:21 AM ET
12 years ago

Huckabee: Democrats' Pentagon request a sign of desperation

Lancaster, Ohio (CNN) - Democratic officials recently sought information from the Pentagon on nine prominent Republicans who could challenge President Obama in 2012, according to report by ABC News Wednesday.

Among them was Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor who mounted an unsuccessful presidential bid in 2008 but has since remained cagey about whether he plans to abandon a cushy Fox News gig to take another shot at the White House.

Huckabee called the revelation "flattering."

"It's better than it was four years ago when I was an asterisk," Huckabee told CNN Thursday after a campaign appearance in Ohio for Republican gubernatorial nominee John Kasich.

But he also cast the Democratic National Committee's opposition research effort as a sign of desperation as they brace for a "political tsunami" next Tuesday.

"They know they are going to get wiped out next Tuesday," he said. "They wouldn't be looking down the road in two years if they thought that they really had any shot at winning these races next week."

He compared the Obama administration to "parents who kept feeding spinach to their kids when the kids hated it" and said Democrats have given up all hope of moving their agenda forward after next week.

"They have pulled out, they have given up, they have circled the wagons, they are having prayer meetings and closed doors sessions," he said of the Democratic Party. "They are getting out the Kleenex and starting the crying, and they have done it to themselves."

Filed under: 2012 • DNC • Mike Huckabee • Pentagon
soundoff (48 Responses)
  1. Bob in PA

    Excuse me, but wouldn't that be illeagal ? Any politician requesting any type of information from Homeland Security, CIA, or the Pentagon. Anyone who holds proof needs to identify the culprits and the culprits need to be prosicuted. I'm starting to think we need to define the Death Penalty to crimes related to politics and voter fraud. Anyboy else have a better idea on on to clean up the cess pool ?

    October 28, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  2. Shari from Madison

    Mike Huckabee is full of himself. His record shows he considers women below men. Why would anyone agree with his bashing of the democrats? I don't believe a word this hypocrite says. If he runs for President and wins this country will become one that condones and even encourages that the Rich keep their money and ignore the needs of the poor and middle class and he says that you can put down and step on anyone who doesn't believe everything he does.

    October 28, 2010 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  3. Frank

    He is right, the Dems are going to get wiped out. They came to office on the backs of 'help the middle class' but in reality they have only helped the middle class become the new lower class. They are turning once hard working, middle class Americans into slaves who must beg the Dems to keep their unemployment checks coming. We need a government with the guts to stand up to Wall Street, and the know how to put the middle class back to work.

    October 28, 2010 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  4. Blue State Virginian

    Tell me Pastor Huckabee.....What party would Jesus be affiliated with?

    October 28, 2010 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  5. Lynda/Minnesota

    In case Huckabee has forgotten, the tsunami that hit this country economically in 2007 is still being felt by millions of Americans. I rather think it was the GOPers who circled the wagon and let America down. I've followed McConnell, Cantor, Boehner, and McCain. They have yet to accept responsibility of the economic crisis of 2007, let alone help make policy changes which have benefited any one but themselves. I very much doubt the next two years will be much different. Incompetentcy to lead seems to be a real downfall for GOPers. We'll see if they will be up to the challenge should their predictions of a sweep hold true.

    October 28, 2010 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  6. jules sand-perkins

    The Democrats are having prayer meetings?
    God helps those who help themselves.

    October 28, 2010 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  7. Marc

    Exactly, MIke – parents who feed spincah to their kids, even though they hate it, because it's good for them. Instead of the cotton candy he and his idiotic cohorts hand out. Freudian slips are a bee-hotch, ain't they?

    October 28, 2010 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  8. Dave

    Keep talking, Huckabee... You won't get elected to dog-catcher in 2012...

    October 28, 2010 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  9. LouAz

    Spinach ? Yes, the Dems have given us good food. Father HucKabee and his Flat Earth Repubs and TPers want to feed us candy, while Wall St. steals what is left in the pantry. Remember – Reagan Trickle Down Economics = Golden Showers. You betcha !

    October 28, 2010 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  10. Frank

    To continue, what Americans need is not bank bailouts, but that same money to be used as finacial incentives to build factories here in the US instead of abroad. If we had spent 700 billion to build high tech factories, that Intel, Dell and other high tech companies could use, that might get them to stop outsourcing jobs. Instead we gave it to sickeningly rich evil bankers who lined their pockets and refuse to lend it.

    October 28, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  11. ficheye

    Mr. Huckabee let a criminal go from his jurisdiction who came to Washington state and killed 4 police officers. He'd like everyone to believe that it wasn't his fault, but, you know, he had to cut the budget over in his state... what better way than to let a known murderer go? This guy will say anything to stay in the limelight, like most of the other conservative candidates, as well. Saying that our system is broke is a complete understatement.

    October 28, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  12. a health economist

    "They wouldn't be looking down the road in two years if they thought that they really had any shot at winning these races next week."

    So does that comment go for Republican's during the Bush administration too? It would explain how they ignored their principals and spent like their was no tomorrow. I'm not sure about Huckabee, but I prefer it when my politicians look down the road 2 years and further. But yes, most can't see beyond their next reelection bid.

    October 28, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  13. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    But he also cast the Democratic National Committee's opposition research effort as a sign of desperation
    Actually, Huckie, we call that research, as in the gathering of FACTUAL information ahead of an impending event: the 2012 Presidential election. This administration is known for fact-gathering, and preparation. Both of these concepts is something that your Party appears to be wholly unfamiliar with. Your ilk relies more on creating "facts" that would make you appear to be the better choice in any given contest. Notice how well that worked for you in 2008.

    October 28, 2010 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  14. rdepontb

    Mr. Huckabee, why don't you put that sandwich back down (you had done so well!!) and let the brain rest, away from the Fox fumes you have been inhaling.

    There is NOTHING improper in what the Dems have done, and it is hugely ironic that you use them as an excuse for face time on legitimate media sources. You guys should vet your own players a lot better-Palin's lack of stick-to-it-tiveness, Miller's lack of truthiiness, O'Donnell's lack of, it seems, any understanding at all. Get back looking at your own team-we sure will.

    October 28, 2010 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  15. Dave

    Sorry "Tax Hike" Mike, you'll never have my vote or become the prez. Turned us off with his holier-than-thou attitude in 2008. Stay with your news gig, Gomer.

    October 28, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  16. JOhn

    An asterisk is all Hukabee will ever be. What a joke.

    October 28, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  17. jim

    But.... spinich is really good for kids even if they don't like it. Sooooo.... thats sounds like a compliment?

    October 28, 2010 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  18. Me

    Who cares. Republican have a really short memory. Remember Bush Cheney and all the crap they caused...

    October 28, 2010 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  19. jules sand-perkins

    How many readers remember the countless taunts by Obama's Kool-Aid addicts on this site, "WE WON–GET OVER IT?"
    Not for long, children!

    October 28, 2010 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  20. angry liberal

    Why is this any surprise? The democrats and republicans operate from the same seedy play book. Now that we see our Graet Change President is nothing more than another career lawyer politician, we can now call the party the DemoPublicanReCrats.

    Time for a 2nd party to gain some power. For a change.

    October 28, 2010 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  21. Norm

    Stay with Fox Huck. Those are your people.
    Don't embarrass yourself with another run at the Oval office.

    October 28, 2010 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  22. Malcom

    And this isn't a top news story why? Oh yes, b/c it's Democrats doing the requesting. If it was a Republican asking, the ACLU, NAACP and Al Sharpton would all be booked for a media blitz on CNN denouncing the move, but CNN tows the line when it comes to reporting the activities of liberals.

    October 28, 2010 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  23. Chris-Chicago

    Say what you will about the man, but "Huck" has a point.

    October 28, 2010 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  24. Dan in Chitown

    You mean feeding spinach to kids, which is really the most healthy thing they can do?? Or should parents let their kids steal their credits cards and go buy billions of dollars in junk food? Sounds like ole Huck is telling everyone that some of the things that Obama has done may not be pleasant for everyone, but it will eventually make the country healthier. Cheers to that......

    October 28, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  25. T'SAH from Virginia

    "They know they are going to get wiped out next Tuesday," he said. "They wouldn't be looking down the road in two years if they thought that they really had any shot at winning these races next week."

    Oh PLEASE – Huck-A-Bye – The RepubliCAN'Ts have been in campaign MODE since 2008 and they will continue until 2012 – My case and my POINT!!!

    You guys DID NOT want President Obama to succeed and you stated it from DAY ONE!!! So go somewhere with that CRAP and make someone in your family believe it!!!

    DEMOCRATS – do not get DISTRACTED and get out and VOTE – This is 2010 and we will begin to worry about 2012 on November 3, 2010!!!!

    Go SCOTT MCADAMS in AK – You will WIN and CNN will miss out on your VICTORY!!!

    October 28, 2010 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
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