Huckabee to GOP: make a deal
April 8th, 2011
06:43 PM ET
9 years ago

Huckabee to GOP: make a deal

Washington (CNN) - Former Republican Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee advised Republicans in Congress to strike a budget deal, warning a government shutdown will hurt the GOP politically.

"Don't let the government shutdown because the consequences of that are going to hurt the Republicans, not the Democrats and the Republicans can't win this battle when it gets down to it," Huckabee said Friday on the Fox Business Network. "I think it's important that the Republicans don't jeopardize all of their chances for both the White House, Senate and the House elections in 2012 by arguing over what amounts to less than a penny."

The former 2008 presidential candidate said Republicans should abandon their crusades against National Public Radio and Planned Parenthood, and instead focus on fighting for the budget proposal put forth by Republican Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, that he said "will change America for the future."

"As much as I want to see Planned Parenthood defunded, as much as I want to see NPR lose their funding, the reality is- the president and the Senate are never going to go along with that so win the deal you can win and live to fight another day," Huckabee said.

He also said Republicans are "naïve" to think the media won't blame Republicans for a shutdown.

"If the Republicans are naïve enough to think that the media will say 'oh, you know the Republicans were really trying to save America,' they got to be smoking something crazy," Huckabee said. "I'm telling you, the Republicans have won the battle, take victory, take yes for an answer."

Filed under: Budget • Government Shutdown • Mike Huckabee • Republicans
soundoff (189 Responses)
  1. Mary

    Huck's an idjit. Time to shut this thing down.

    April 8, 2011 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  2. A disgusted former Republican

    Hey republicans, don't listen to Huckabee. He is just trying to deter you from your just cause. Shut down the government and reap the benefits. You will be seen as great leaders who want to go and wander in the wilderness for the next forty years. Full speed ahead, fools!

    April 8, 2011 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  3. T

    Ok you still don;t get my vote...........good looking out for your party of FOOLS !

    April 8, 2011 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  4. Joker

    Repubilcans are morons lol.

    April 8, 2011 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  5. donna burns

    Just shows you they don't care about the American people or our country ; they care about the Rupublican party-first and only!

    April 8, 2011 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  6. Debbie

    I agree with Huck even though I wouldn't vote for him. He's smart enough to see and know what many know and that is the Gov Shutdown belongs and is owned by the GOP/TEA. I wouldn't vote for Huck because while I think he is pretty smart I never can trust a person that was in Gods service to work in politics.

    April 8, 2011 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  7. RuthAnne

    The crux is that governing is not–repeat not–a battle to win or lose. The good of the nation depends on win-win, not win-lose, on compromise instead of my-way-or-the-highway. Until Americans and their elected legislators realize this American democracy will continue to be petty, childish and immature, hardly a "beacon on the hill." Governing a nation is not sports or us-vs.-them intracultural warfare, not good-vs.-evil. This paradigm is not manifesting America's great potential.

    April 8, 2011 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  8. gord

    they don.t want abortion or planned parent hood- what is it they want.

    April 8, 2011 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  9. whoa!

    Wow! The smartest and most honest thing I have ever heard the Huckster say!!

    April 8, 2011 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  10. Ken

    WOW ..... Huckabuck is showing some signs of brain activity.

    April 8, 2011 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  11. grich

    Fox "news" will blame the democrats but wahhhh the dreaded liberal bias. Saying the Republicans are garbage is not biased, it is the truth.

    April 8, 2011 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  12. Geridhenner

    What have riders to do with budget cuts? The GOP is hurting it's chances very badly

    April 8, 2011 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  13. Truthman

    Right wing activists took the position in October 2010 that 17% support for Tea Party candidates would equal the amount of support that American patriots had in 1776. If they could get 17% support, that would be their confirmation that the next revolution would be on; proof that God is on their side. These people are not interested in the rule by the majority, but the conviction that America should be compelled to accept their view of righteousness. Seems to me that some, like Huckabee, recognize that cracks might be forming in their unholy alliance.

    April 8, 2011 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  14. Mary Garcia

    Huckabee when did turn democrat you freakin wimp. You will never the nomination acting like that!

    April 8, 2011 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  15. Donovan

    The Huckster actually saying something that makes sense? That's a first ...

    April 8, 2011 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  16. wakeupamerica

    Go Huck! Can't believe I'm agreeing with him. Women's health issues should not be under the Republicans control. Take social issues out of politics. Congress gets paid – always, and they totally forget the American people.

    April 8, 2011 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  17. daystar

    i am sick of the lies from this mess and i will never vote for any republican. focus if you can on the future of us the people not your reelection. i will see you at the polls in 2012 !

    April 8, 2011 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  18. bob

    Interesting comment from Huckabee. I disagree with most of his positions ( the idea of a clergyman as president totally turns me off) BUT he sounds more pragmatic than the rest of the GOP. Maybe that is why he was so successful as a governor.

    April 8, 2011 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  19. John Wilson

    And this coming from the Pee Bagger clown who ran for president, and lost big time, with part of his platform being to throw out the Constitution and replace it with the Bible...
    I'm sorry, Huckabuck, but you are the one smoking something...

    April 8, 2011 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  20. Chris Willett

    Politics over principles.

    April 8, 2011 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  21. Roger

    Huckabee is wrong.

    April 8, 2011 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  22. Jake

    Huckabee may be more intelligent than I thought....he's still way out of touch when it comes to most social issues, but this proves he may be listening and observing what's going on our world outside of his own religious beliefs.

    April 8, 2011 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  23. once upon a horse

    it's is nothing wrong in my opinion to be anti-abortion, so if that is the case why not support a group that has programs that will teach or help teach young women birth control that will help keep unwanted children fom being concieved and possible abortion ? This also instructs men as well. The only reason I can see why the GOP has a problem with this is because it normally helps low income people which includes minorities and of course that group are nothing but lazy moochers living off the government. Huckabee should be moreso telling the TRUTH about this. Most young women are not as fortunate as Bristol Palin that can make hundred thousands of dollars being a single unwed mother. Of course the GOP looks the other way in that case.

    April 8, 2011 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  24. Charlotte

    Republicans have already lost the spin war. And BTW, why are they preserving about $30 million dollars to pay for NASCAR teams for the Army and Marines if they cannot afford to pay for the CPB? And for help for homeless veterans?

    April 8, 2011 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  25. Sick and Tired

    So it's about getting power and not about solving the problems...that's been the problem in Washington all along. The politicians don't give a damn about solving's just about getting or staying in power.

    What a bunch of loosers...ALL of them.

    April 8, 2011 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
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