Huckabee draws contrasts between him and Palin
December 6th, 2010
10:34 AM ET
12 years ago

Huckabee draws contrasts between him and Palin

(CNN) - Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said he hasn't decided whether he'll run for president, but thinks people should be paying attention to him.

"I just don't understand how it is that a person can read these polls day after day and the narrative is constantly everybody but me," Huckabee told Politico.

"Whether I do it or not, the fact is that if one looks at the overall body of information that's available, nobody would be in a better position to take it all the way to November."

Huckabee also drew a contrast between the attention given to former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, with whom he shares a base of support among religious and conservative groups.

Palin, who is also considering a presidential run, has drawn large crowds - and intense media attention - across the country during her book tour for her latest bestselling book, "America by Heart."

"She's brought an enormous amount of energy to the party. As to why she seemingly draws 10 times the attention, I don't know," Huckabee said of his Fox News colleague. Huckabee noted that his own book signings have drawn crowds of up to 1,400 people, a feat the media has largely ignored.

"You're never going to read that. I'm never going to be breaking news because I made a comment on Twitter and Facebook. Why is that? I don't know," he said.

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soundoff (50 Responses)
  1. Kenneth Krieger

    Sarah draws attention because she does something and stands for something. She takes stands and campaigns for others. She is a doer. You are folksy and are hoping that your personality carries you. Sarah is more of a man than you. Man up or don't run . Ken Krieger Cape Coral, Florida

    December 6, 2010 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  2. Peace

    Unfortunately Hackbee is not a good campaigner. I never forget the bad joke he made about the President while campaigning in 2008. If he is still the same, he better not even try to enter the battle!

    December 6, 2010 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  3. Doyle Wiley, MI

    Huckabee here are the answers, yes you will run for President in 2012; and, no we don't want you or Palin for President.

    December 6, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  4. Take America Back from the Libs

    That is a quite simple question, and here is your answer; The Liberal Media (and all Liberals alike) are cowards at heart and cannot have a debate or confrontation w/a man.....they only pick on women, (or anyone else who cannot defend themselves as a man can)!
    I was beginning to worry that CNN would go through a day w/out slamming Palin over something.

    December 6, 2010 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  5. Ani

    Why people don't pay attention to you Mr. Huckabee? Because 1) you are not stupid, 2) It is hard to make fun of what you say. mainly because you are not stupid.

    December 6, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  6. Martin

    I wonder if FOX News are just going to feature ALL of their pundits as Presidential candidates.

    President Rivera, President Beck, President Hannity, President O'Reilly, you get the idea. So far they are putting forward the ideas of President Palin and President Huckabee, both FOX pundits.

    If anyone votes for any of these clowns, you'll get what you pay for.

    December 6, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  7. LeRoy Miller

    What I enjoy is seeing Palin may a virtue of stupidity. Bush did it for 8 years. Why not her. Keeps them from being the hated "elite".

    December 6, 2010 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  8. Nancy Pelosi, the wicked witch of the west, the DemocRAT gift that just keeps on giving

    Because the lefty lame street media is completely OBSESSED with Sarah Palin! It has exceeded the creepy level. It is as if they were stalking her. Deep down they love her and just can't hide their uncontrollable crush. Even all the lefties that post here deep down wish they were "close" to her.

    December 6, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  9. Jeff in Virginia

    Huck, the problem is that you are a religious nut-job. "Ordained Baptist Minister" is not something that most people are looking for on a presidential resume.

    December 6, 2010 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  10. vicki

    Go Sarah, Huck does not have a chance...YOU R THE ONE!

    December 6, 2010 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  11. Terry - Indiana

    Frankly, neither Huckabee or Palin offer anything that would encourage me to vote for them.

    December 6, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  12. Michael in Houston

    Lets be clear Huckabee.....its some in YOUR party that is enamored with Palin...not the country.

    December 6, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  13. Sniffit

    "If anyone votes for any of these clowns, you'll get what you pay for."

    Actually, what's remarkable about it is that they won't have paid for it...corporate America will have paid for it. Ergo, corporate America will get what it paid for...while the rest of us get, well, what corporate America paid for. The capacity of southern religio-fascist numbnuts to vote against their own interests shoudl NEVER be underestimated.

    December 6, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  14. tess

    he's showing the same pettiness, and curlishness he did when he ran the first time. he portrays himself as a preacher but he's like jimmy carter – a phoney, angry man who can't understand why people don't think he's as wonderful as he thinks he is. i couldn't stand him the first time around and hope i won't have to see or hear him again this time. his jealousy was aimed at romney last time – now it's palin! he's just a jealous individual – ugh!!!!!!!

    December 6, 2010 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  15. Rick McDaniel

    We do NOT need a religious leader for a President, under any circumstances.

    December 6, 2010 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  16. Loopman

    Hey, Huck. Face it, they're just not that into you. You self-destructed in '08' so what keeps that from happening again. Not that Palin the answer, but why does it have to be about you anyway???

    December 6, 2010 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  17. Scott F

    They are both rocks. They belong to the IQ less than 50 club!!

    December 6, 2010 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  18. CNN=Fox

    I read an op-ed in the NYT this past weekend that lamented the observation that Palin wouldn't be popular if only the left wasn't so preoccupied with her. I was puzzled by that statement, because nobody I know (I'd consider myself from "the left") even talks for one second about her, unless it is to tell a joke. But what I do see is that it is not the so called "left" in this country that is preoccupied with her, but it is the very "lamestream" media (her name for it, not mine) that seeks to keep her in the limelight. We could give two $hits about her, but you guys in the media – for whatever reason – just can't seem to leave it alone. Talk aobut Fox news propping up the crazy old lady that is always barking about the kids playing in her flowers. She doesn't know a dam thing about anything, but the important this is that she is LOUD.

    So how many election cycles do we have to endure before corporate america / corporate media gets the message and we FINALLY quit hearing about this twit?

    December 6, 2010 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  19. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    The problem with both Palin and Huckabee is that they're both diluting the politically unifying message of "It's the economy!" with their divisive promotion of religion and social tenets derived from religion. There's no apparent reason why fiscal restraint has to be linked to social conservatism. To a lot of us, being told what we may or may not do, what we must or must not do, because some religion to which we do not subscribe presumes to dictate that behaviour, is offensive.

    December 6, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  20. Jim

    Sniffle... I feel so bad for Huck... wait, no I don't! This guy is a male version of Sarah Palin. Both dumb, both crybabies, they should run on the same ticket. That way, they can BOTH get their butts trounced.

    December 6, 2010 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  21. Mike, Albany

    There's no reason for anyone who has accomplished something of even minor importance to be jealous of Palin. While it is true that she has succeeded in making a lot of money and a name for herself, she has done so by exploiting American ignorance (nobody ever failed overestimating American ignorance) and selling a cheap, useless product that will fade away very quickly in the annals of history. All anyone will remember about her is that she cost the republicans an election in 2008 and damaged their success in 2010. She has nothing to be proud of and has caused us, as a nation, nothing but embarrassment. We should be ashamed to count her among our citizens. As for Huckabee, well, he will inspire no one should he decide to throw his hat into the race.

    December 6, 2010 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  22. Jim


    You are kidding, right? Like Jimmy Carter? Maybe you should read some history, or try to learn about Carter. Carter has won the Nobel Peace Prize, he brokered a peace between Israel and Egypt. That's not the kind of thing "...angry little men" do. Granted, Huckabee is a cry-baby mama's boy, but that's what the country seems to want. So let's put this guy in office and see how long it takes to break the country beyond repair. Because with the tax-cuts deal, and the Republican's refusal to cut defense spending (The biggest of big elephants in the room) we are headed in that direction.

    December 6, 2010 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  23. NamePatrick Ujad

    Poor guy!! If you become as mischievous as Sarah Palin, you will get more attention. Say more nonsense things like ask the president to have his wife, daughters and mother go to the airport and get patted down by TSA officials. That was dumb and you got coverage for it.

    December 6, 2010 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  24. Joe in PA

    It's simple....we just love Sarah....not you! LOL

    December 6, 2010 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  25. Kam A

    We need to keep religious leaders out of the White House... Plain and simple... Faith has no place in our government!!!!!

    December 6, 2010 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
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