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. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    I didn'y hear Former Republican Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee's opinion about Bristol Palins big payday setup, from traveling as an unwed mother working for grifters. Why not?

    April 8, 2011 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  2. Ptown

    Won what battle huck? America sees how the tea party runs the repubs. YALL LOST!!!!

    obama 2012!!

    April 8, 2011 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  3. Charlotte

    ....and then there's the mind-boggling myopia of the GOP to boot. If they defund Planned Parenthood, just who is it who is going to suddenly be unable to prevent pregnancies? Where are the biggest population increases going to occur? You betcha, wink wink! Poor women and women of color are going to have a baby boom going of poor babies and babies of color. Guess what. These kids will grow up to be poor voters and voters of color. Amazing. The GOP is doing the Democrats' gerrymandering for them, and the Dems, who will have overwhelming majorities for at least one if not several generations, will have their hands completely clean of it! How short-sighted can you get. Dumb, dumber and stupid. 🙂

    April 8, 2011 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  4. Broke

    Typical of a politician, always for the sake of power and pretty, never about American people

    April 8, 2011 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  5. rick

    Well after this Huckabee has lost the right wing wackos that make up the GOP "base". He knows the party of the Karl Rove, Rush and Fox News will not win this one, but now that the GOP has sold their soul to the Tea Party to win back the House it will bite them in the backside in time and that will hurt his chances. It is not that just the media will blame the GOP, Middle America is just not that dumb.

    April 8, 2011 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  6. malcolm

    Why are people complaining. This is what you voted for. When you vote hatred into office, you shouldn't be surprised that some of the crap comes back to haunt you.

    April 8, 2011 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  7. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    "As much as I want to see Planned Parenthood defunded, as much as I want to see NPR lose their funding"

    Because that's what Jesus would do...

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

    and that is why we won't vote you in

    April 8, 2011 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  9. Barbara Wilderbuer

    What a sickening disappointment! Huckabee is more concerned about public image than doing the right thing. Boooo-hiisssss!

    April 8, 2011 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  10. Thank God I am a Democrat

    What do the A holes have against the NPR? Is it because they are tax payer funded but can't be made to spread repub propaganda? Huck is right for though. If the Repubs want to take down PP and NPR that is a fight for another day. That has no business in this conversation.

    April 8, 2011 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  11. Lynne

    Ohhhhhhhhhh, come on, let them show their true colors to America...the colors of their corporate donors that is!!!! Cause those Republican's sure are not on the side of the average American!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 8, 2011 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  12. BooBear

    So Huckabee withdraws his position against Planned Parenthood huh? I'm glad to know now that his ambition exceeds his principles. He's out of the race!

    April 8, 2011 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  13. C. archer

    His only concern is the Rep. party???? What about the people of this country! If we remain divided we will fail ...

    April 8, 2011 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  14. Jenny Hodge

    I can't believe it, Huckabee has something of worth to say. I'm shocked! I still think he would make a horrible president, but this particular opinion is what I think the right wingers should be listening to.

    I think my version of hell just froze over...

    April 8, 2011 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  15. Will wonders never cease?

    Rove and Huckabee can see the writing on the wall for the GOP.

    Planned Parenthood and NPR are just small drops in the money bucket.
    But the Republican party stands to loose a lot more as far as financial support and votes if they keep pandering to the extremists in their party.

    April 8, 2011 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  16. CedarRapids

    lose the battle to win the war.

    April 8, 2011 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  17. Republican Robber Baron

    What does abortion have to do with the budget. Not a single penny of taxpayer $ is spent on abortion...and it was Nixon that started funding Planned Parenthood in 1970. Get over it you Taliban fundamentalists.

    April 8, 2011 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  18. Heywood Jablome

    "Take Yes for an answer" An answer to what? Let me guess, Flag Burning, Sharia Law or Gay Marriage. All terribly pressing issues of our time. How did we ever get here?

    April 8, 2011 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  19. ED FL

    To late now if GOP parents could see what hateful racist people that their offspring would turn out to be they would have made it mandatory to have abortions.

    April 8, 2011 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  20. John

    Well, what do you know, a red leg that talks the truth.

    April 8, 2011 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  21. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Again, Huckabee like the rest of the GOP don't give a darn about how their actions affect the American people, just how to save their own behinds in 2012. I wouldn't support a Republican knowing they have approximately 38 junior congress people(tea baggers) who have never served in a government and they are taking marching orders from them instead of caring about the American people. Whose holding who hostage Mr. Gingrich, you piece of garbage.

    April 8, 2011 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  22. jason

    he is asking the republicans to ignore the issue of abortions for the sake of obtaining power, not for the sake of the country.


    April 8, 2011 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  23. Jess C

    Actually, no, the Republicans will never win the "battle". They don't represent most of America and are getting so far to the right they are losing ground quickly and looking like Neanderthals. Only the naive and self-serving who are too naive to see through their veil of crap still vote for them. They are great at blaming others and off loading any accountability for the economy (wars, recklass Wall St., etc.). The fiasco in WI is proof they are desperate enough to have a cheating clerk oversee the votes. Unbelievable at best; smacks of the Florida scandal with Bush and Gore.

    April 8, 2011 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  24. Les

    Huckabee you are wrong! The 2011 budget crisis pales compared to the upcoming 2012 budget debate. If a decision can not be made with the 2011 budget, there is no chance for any success for the 2012 budget. Unfortunately, the budget battle has lready started, therefore, discussions on both budgets are needed now. As far as the media is concerned, they were already going to spin the Republicans as the evil doers. Bottomline: I do not want my children or grandchildren to pay for my generation (and previous generations) mistakes. I will sacrifice my benefits for them!

    April 8, 2011 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  25. Stephen OBrien

    And there you have it folks, proof that the whole budget passing issue comes down to the Republicans not giving a darn about the actual BUDGET and only planning to get their racist, bigotous, butts in power. Thank you Mr Huckabee you just proved what a moron you are.

    April 8, 2011 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
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