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. opus512

    'the media will say 'oh, you know the Republicans were really trying to save America'

    They will be on Fox News, and in fact have been for the last week.

    April 8, 2011 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  2. Carino14

    Mr. Huckabee has it right for a few reasons, the hypocrisy (The pharisees republicans) want public prayer but make close door deals to take away programs which benefit as our Bible says, Th least of us, and as you did for them you did for me says The Lord, but they (republicans want to take ownership of morals, Christianity) it is laughable and the new American society won't buy it as they did from Reagan. The republican party is the modern sanhendrin from the old testament and what did our Lord say about them? Christians wake up, it is not about being a republican and or a democrat it is about our citizenship in heaven, book of James, chapter 5. For those so called Christian leaders involved in politics, I say embrace the prostitue, the homeless, the disadvantage if you do not you have not read our Bible so don't call yourselves leaders.

    April 8, 2011 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  3. Mark

    Congressional Republicans should not agree to the budget compromise just because they fear being blamed if the federal government shut down occurs. They should agree because it may be the right thing to do in order to keep the goverment going. Fighting these senseless culture battles at every turn undermines their credibility with the American public that they are indeed serious about resolving the major issues that face the entire nation and not just concerned about foisting their own special agenda on the nation.

    April 8, 2011 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  4. Mary

    Deal made for the party not for the PEOPLE.

    April 8, 2011 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  5. Patrick from Minnesota

    The fact that the tea baggers are begging for a shutdown only shows how ignorant they are. Sure they remember '94, but do they remember '96?

    April 8, 2011 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  6. Lisa Mitchell

    Hahahahahaaaaa.....They are turning on each other already! Of course it is the media's fault, but Huckabuck has been known to not tell it exactly how it is before. He has no more credibility than Newt! This man is some sort of minister/pastor whatever he calls himself, and he should know better than to try to deceive ppl with false information. Newt, he is just a deceitful pig, we have come to expect that from him.

    April 8, 2011 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  7. Andrew

    I'm not much of a fan of Huckabee's approach to integrating religion into everything, but I have to admit he is a pretty smart political strategist. He is right on the money. If republicans worry too much about the little things (like they are doing now), they are holding up everything else. They should fight the fights that they can win.

    April 8, 2011 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  8. Carino14

    By the way from a political perspective do what Mr. Clinton did, pain republicans for who they are, push them to the extreme positions they love to take while also taking plenty of money from lobbyists.
    At the end of the day do what is right most people whether democrats and or republicans will get it, we are not all dummies, and once a party or individual does the right thing they weill get our vote.
    This guy from Virginia who is like ML Boehmer's puppy I forget his name, he says dumb things, sounds like a child whose toys have been taken away, republicans would do well to keep him from appearing on TV too much.

    April 8, 2011 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  9. Terry

    That's funny.............the Republicans have been leading the pro-life movement around by the nose since 1973 so how is ignoring it now going to change anything.

    April 8, 2011 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  10. Damien

    He's waiving the GOP banner and declaring victory in defeat.

    April 8, 2011 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  11. steven harnack

    As usual it's all about perceptions for Republicans.

    April 8, 2011 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  12. Blimpy

    I actually commend F*ckabee for even dropping the Republicans "got to be smoking something crazy", he's onto something there.

    April 9, 2011 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  13. Mike Urciolo

    When I first started reading this story, I thought Huckabee had the right idea. Then further in, he seems to be saying that the shutdown will hurt the GOP. I guess those of us who don't worry in the Senate or the House don't count.

    With beliefs like this, are you surprised that the media (and probably the majoirty of Americans) are blaming the GOP?

    April 9, 2011 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  14. Joe

    Well, I've got to admit that Huckabee isn't naive, but he's sorely mistaken if he thinks that this hasn't resounded negatively for the GOP with independent voters. Even a blind elephant couldn't fail to notice that "deals" were struck and then "abandoned", when this spineless speaker went to his Tea-Party-whipped caucus and was told to get those "policy issues" done. He's going to have hell to pay (i.e. Tea Party loons) because he didn't deliver that. I won't be a bit surprised to see the Tea Party folks vote against this deal. Good! I hope that the GOP splinters into a million pieces!

    April 9, 2011 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  15. barb

    Will the Republicans EVER think about ALL the American people instead of how the Republican party will come out of each battle? IT'S ABOUT PEOPLE STUPID!!!!!!

    April 9, 2011 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  16. Anonymous

    Mr Huckabee- what makes up this country? Only what you, the tea party members, corporate America, or special interest lobbyists want? NPR- National Public Radio- is just that- a station dedicated to evryone in the country. NEA- The art are enjoyed by many-maybe not the same group tht supports the NRA, but that's OK. Planned Parenthood was appluaded for years as the responsibly alternative to unwed mothers, over-sized families that poeple coul dnot afford, yet now a small vocal group wants to do away with it.
    How about if you don't want to listen to NPR, don't like the Art or don;t need family planning, you just stay away from these things? I don't own a gun, but I you don't hear me saying get rid of yours.
    If we are really serious about getting out of debt, for every dollar cut from the budget, taxes should be raised to pay down the debt an equal amount.

    April 9, 2011 12:57 am at 12:57 am |
  17. greyhackles

    Hmmm....Ironically, "Just A Boy With A Guitar" might be the smartest Republican out there. He sure has the rest of the righty clown car occupants beat...

    April 9, 2011 01:13 am at 1:13 am |
  18. greyhackles

    "Comments are not pre-screened before they post. "

    The "pre-screeners" are still not comprehending what that actually means...

    April 9, 2011 01:13 am at 1:13 am |
  19. chasmass

    Paul Ryan's budget proposal is not a basis to start discussions. It ignores many obvious spending cuts and tax increases that are necessary to balance the budget.

    April 9, 2011 01:25 am at 1:25 am |
  20. FBMarky

    Hmmm. When will they ever learn? If you keep screwing people, you're going to get sticky! I hope the Republizis do shut the government down next week. Every laid off worker, every hungry student, every starving senior citizen is going to vote Democratic.

    Note to Speaker Boner: People don't think about abortion or gay marriage or illegal immigrants when they're trying to find the money to feed their family. They do, however, take it very personally when you take away their day care, or cut their access to safe family planning or cut grandma's social security so she has to move in with them. Any idiot can see that billionaires don't have a lot a votes out here. That's the beauty of our system – the people actually do have some power. Push us too far and you lose your power. Stop screwing us and start doing your job – run the government. We're tired of your crap!

    April 9, 2011 01:47 am at 1:47 am |
  21. Greg Gilbert

    I never fear abortion becoming illegal in this country. Our country is too secular. Even amongst Republican Supreme Court Justices. Abortion is also a divide amongst the elite and the religious establishment. The conservative elitists also don't like limiting it.

    April 9, 2011 01:50 am at 1:50 am |
  22. 66Biker

    My answer is certainly not "Yes". I think voting both Republicons and Democrats out of office is a much better solution.

    April 9, 2011 01:53 am at 1:53 am |
  23. Tim

    He also said Republicans are "naïve" to think the media won't blame Republicans for a shutdown.
    Have I missed something. Aren't Huckabee, Palin, and other notable Republicans part of the media. Are there any Democrats who are running for office employed by a left wing media outlet? Al Franken was. Biden: was he a commentator on ABC?
    I'm sorry, but I guess am naive to believe that some Fox new commentators are not the media.

    April 9, 2011 02:07 am at 2:07 am |
  24. melvin

    They should've thought about all the money they were giving to craft members years ago. Social security is broke and they've run up a big debt on for children not born yet. They've even admitted on TV that this was a crime but continued to do it thinking no one knew enought about Federal law to do anything about it.But this original stonemason by trade has a surprise for everyone soon.RE; ST MATT 21 verse 42

    April 9, 2011 02:11 am at 2:11 am |
  25. Pete

    Well, that's quite a spin – I guess not losing everything here and now is better than doing just that, but face it – it was a loser all the way through, and all you did was realize you were bleeding much worse than the other side and give up the fight. The only thing I wonder about is why it took you this long.

    April 9, 2011 02:20 am at 2:20 am |
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