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. Dr. Alan G Phillips, Sr

    Earlier it seemed MH was for the shutdown, now he wants the GOP to agree to keep the government open since Republicans would be blamed. Mike I am an American first and a Republican second, I am not concerned about protecting the GOP, I am opposed to it because it hurts the nation. We have children who have raised money for their band/class to come to D.C., we have soldiers fighting tonight for our freedoms who will not get paid if this shutdown occurs, and many obligations that won't be met. I am opposed to this action because it will hurt America.Americans must come first not politics.

    April 8, 2011 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  2. PC Phillips

    You idiotic Republicans lost me a long time ago, and I actually used to be a member of the party. Religion and its judgemental belilefs about abortion have NO place in government. If you would focus on things that actually matter to more of us regular everyday people, we wouldn't have the problems we have with government today. I could care less whether a pregnant woman decides to have the baby or not. I don't want to have to pay for its care with my tax dollars if she doesn't want to take care of it. Mind your OWN business, and stay out of everyone else's!!!

    April 8, 2011 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  3. Jerry in NC

    Hey Huck! What exactly, is that battle that your buddies have won???? You ALL have lied, cheated, distorted facts and made false accusations every single day since President Obama was sworn in. This country was already in debt up to it's azz, long before he even won the election! The money, the current administration has spent, was essential to preventing millions of americans from ending up in soup lines. You phony republicans crying about reducing the govt. debt, yet less than 6 months ago, you strong-armed the President into INCREASING that debt, by continuing tax cuts for the rich and corporate america. Now you want to reduce the debt, on the backs of "working-class" america AND remove any and all social programs that are desperated needed by millions. And you claim to be CHRISTIANS??????? Keep it up rethugs and america is going to end up like Egypt and Lybia, with a violent and bloody revolution!

    April 8, 2011 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  4. Harley

    I'm not a big Huckabee fan, but that's the first smart thing I've heard from either side.

    April 8, 2011 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  5. Guest 1

    A country divided can not survive! It would appear to me that the destruction of America has GOT TO BE DELIBERATE !!!
    and then you have to ask...."Why"??

    April 8, 2011 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  6. Karen S

    For God's Sakes, would everyone in government grown up????????????????

    April 8, 2011 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  7. dale

    If women incorporated their uterus, the republicans would stop trying to regulate it.

    April 8, 2011 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  8. itsa

    Huckabee is a clown, a hypocrite, and a bigot. He can take his opinions, whatever they may be, and file them under WWJD – '
    What would jerks do'

    April 8, 2011 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  9. Nick

    He is damn right. I am an independent and I will blame the republicans if they shut down the government. Though I am not retired, I hate Ryan Paul's proposal to cut medicare. Shame on you guys.

    April 8, 2011 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    Palin is irrelevant. The news should stop giving her so much press. Then perhaps she would just go away.

    April 8, 2011 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  11. bkgrandma

    The Republicans saved the bush tax cuts for their rich friends but they don't want poor women to have medical care.
    They also want to allow their rich corporate friends (and donors to their party) to be able to keep poluting. All they care about is getting re-elected and they need corporate money to do that. WHAT HYPOCRITES!!!

    April 8, 2011 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  12. Michael

    So much for this being about principles.

    April 8, 2011 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  13. Poppy

    I think that is the smartest thing I've heard from a Republican yet! Thanks Mike.

    April 8, 2011 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  14. Jacqui

    The first genuine Republican who has demonstrated some measure commonsense and compassion for the middle class and the poor. I guess, he lives the Word and is not merely a talker.
    I do hope that he can be of some influence to those who have proven to be very disingenious and hypocritical.

    April 8, 2011 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  15. Eric of Reseda

    No Mike. The media won't blame the Republicans for a shutdown. The majority of the American People will. And why? Because once again, the GOP has painted themselves into a corner. A lot of tough talk, a lot of demonizing Liberals – and by the way, FDR was FAR more Socialist than Obama, and he left the U.S. the most powerful nation on earth militarily and economically, so Liberals might not be so bad for America – a lot of pandering to ignorant voters who think the government runs on sound bites. As Wisconsin voters found out, the GOP sounds like a good choice, but ultimately, they are not. Ten years of Coolidge/Hoover gave us The Great Depression. A Dem got us out. Twelve years of Reagan/Bush 1 gave the Recession of '82 and a MASSIVE deficit. A Dem brough prosperity, balanced the budget and lowered the deficit. Eight years of Bush 2 pretty much destroyed us. And the FACT is, the economy IS improving under the Obama Administration. And now, the GOP wants to SHUTDOWN THE RECOVERY for nothing more than politics and 2012. Who gets hurt? You guessed it, the American People. The "liberal media" has NOTHING to do with any of it...

    April 8, 2011 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  16. Francisco Cardenas

    Huckabee is right ... but even without a shutdown of the government everyone outside of Corporate executives and the VERY RICH already have a VERY GOOD reason to vote out every GOP politician that is up for election! The arrogance of this party that wants to benefit the rich on the backs of the poor and working class in this country! And don't think the Middle Class isn't concerned either .. too many of those who were Middle Class are now realizing they too are funding the VERY RICH and the Corporations!

    April 8, 2011 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  17. Tina

    The republicans have not won anything. I do not understand how Huckabee can say that they won the battle. They have won nothing.

    April 8, 2011 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  18. TJeff1776

    WHY are we allowing these Repubs to lectures us on fiscal policy ??? They haven't an ounce of credibility. America has experienced two massive crashes, to wit: 1929(Hoover) and 2008(Bush) in the last 100 years. Both instances
    under Republican administrations. Big business', lawyered by the Repub, propaganda AND a gullible public is the two ingredients that comes to mind.

    April 8, 2011 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |

    Very Pathetic politiking with reality. This place is messed up really!!!

    April 8, 2011 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  20. Chris

    I didn't realize before what a reasonable person Huckaby is. I am quite impressed. The man recommends Republicans take their deserved victories, but not get so blind fanatic that they destroy their chances for true change. Fanatics are crazy, bottom line. Whether it's religion or politics, whether it's the left or the right, anyone that is crazy fanatic is not thinking straight. I think Huckaby can make the fiscal revolution that is needed, but be smart enough to know how to navigate in this democracy where 50% of the population won't necessarily agree with him. Now if only the tea party will agree to compromise, then they might be a movement that actually lives more than 1 year and actually changes America for the better. They can't change America running around with guns shooting people who disagree. They have to convince some of the left 50% that their ideas are solid, and many of their ideas are. It's all in the delivery.

    April 8, 2011 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  21. PMonson

    The Republican" Tea Party Agenda " is tearing our country apart. They are anti-seniors,children,women,education and now the troops. To consider not paying our military personnel is outrageous! The Republican's are forcing their agenda and are unwilling to negotiate at all costs. I hope after the next election they all have the experience of being jobless.

    April 8, 2011 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  22. Robrob

    Wow, this guy talks sense!

    April 8, 2011 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  23. Brad

    Wow....the arrogance of the republican party is hard to believe. They are disgusting.

    April 8, 2011 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  24. JB

    Fighting for Ryan's proposal means pretty much screwing every elderly person out of health care coverage. Not sure that's the horse you want to back.

    April 8, 2011 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  25. kurt

    or country is circling the economic toiletand we're compromising!? when we suffer a complete economic collapse and the chinese come to collect remember who did this and shoot them.

    April 8, 2011 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
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