Huckabee offers advice to eventual winner of Ames straw poll
August 13th, 2011
03:40 PM ET
11 years ago

Huckabee offers advice to eventual winner of Ames straw poll

Ames, Iowa (CNN) – One of the big winners from the last Ames straw poll issued some advice to whoever comes out on top Saturday: don’t rest on your laurels.

Mike Huckabee gave that advice as he toured the grounds at the critical contest in the Republican presidential race.

Huckabee placed second in 2007’s contest in Ames, just behind former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. Huckabee’s win helped propel him to a win in the 2008 Iowa caucus.

“Don’t assume what happens in the straw poll is tantamount to winning the caucus,” Huckabee said. “You’ve got to go from here and build on it. It’s a platform. It’s not a termination point.”

The former Arkansas governor also called Iowa’s vaunted political exercise “the toughest political process that’s possible.”

Why should so much attention be paid to Iowa’s contests when the winners don’t necessarily go on to win their party’s nomination or the White House?

“Well the point is it shows the capacity of a candidate to organize and sell his message," Huckabee said. "Without this, I think that candidates really don’t understand the value of retail politics.”

Huckabee continued: “I want the guy sitting in the Oval Office to understand what real Americans are having to put up with every day. And not just the ones who go into a rah-rah at a rally.”

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  1. lynn

    Looks like he's been eating a few too many of those fried Twinkies. When he was our gov. he bragged about his new found healthy lifestyle, encouraging Arkansans to follow his lead. Typical of all politicians, say one thing and do another.

    August 13, 2011 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  2. Larry L

    Huckabee seems to be eating well since God told him not to run for President. That only leaves a handfull of ignorant bigots God has asked to run. I think God really begged Rick Perry during his prayer day! Too bad God didn't bring any rain or help with our failing schools here in Texas. I guess he was too busy with politics.

    Funny how God chooses to talk to a bunch of rich white people but overlooks their hostility toward the poor and underprivledged folks in America. If these right-wingers were created in his image one wonders if God is an overweight, tatooed, angry, white guy wearing a NASCAR ball cap, an NRA shirt and sporting a Confederate flag from his pickup window? I liked the old God better – the one who looked like Willkie Nelson.

    August 13, 2011 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  3. ThinkAgain

    When it comes to rights, Republicans say corporations are people. But when it comes to the responsibilities of personhood – like paying taxes, being sued for negligence or criminal manslaughter, that sort of thing – their response is "Are you crazy? We're talking about corporations here, not people."

    August 13, 2011 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  4. GOP = Greed Over People

    Has anyone mentioned the Huckster hog, that gluttony is supposed to be one of the seven deadly sins?

    Now I understand the palace by the sea, they can use the wench in the boat house to get him out of the lawn chair!

    August 13, 2011 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  5. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    It doesn't matter because there are two people missing from the straw poll - Perry & Palin. That's okay because the winner doesn't seem to go and win the nomination.

    August 13, 2011 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  6. Seattle Sue

    I personally would not believe anything Mr. Huckabee says.

    August 13, 2011 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  7. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Huckabee is never seen with his wife, I think he's learned to keep her hidden.

    August 14, 2011 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  8. T'sah from Virginia

    [“Don’t assume what happens in the straw poll is tantamount to winning the caucus,”]
    Because as you know – I won in Iowa – and then went on to LOSE the ‘public’s trust’
    It’s strange how all of the LOSERS got all of the right advice and then…
    they keep coming back only to learn – AGAIN – they will LOSE in the end!!

    Huck-A-Bye – Pah-leezzzzeeee!!

    August 14, 2011 08:29 am at 8:29 am |