Huckabee clarifies role in new Romney ad
January 16th, 2012
09:51 PM ET
9 years ago

Huckabee clarifies role in new Romney ad

(CNN) - Conservative talk show host Mike Huckabee said Mitt Romney's campaign was not authorized to use his voice in a new web video released Monday.

The ad, "Huckabee," featured quotes from the former Arkansas governor's radio show last week when he called on Republicans to stop criticizing Romney's corporate career at Bain Capital.

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"This in no way is an endorsement of any candidate," Huckabee said in a statement Monday night. "Any attempt by anyone to imply an endorsement of a candidate or opposition to a candidate is not true."

The 2008 Republican presidential candidate added that he will not offer support for any candidate until the Republican nomination has been clinched.

Huckabee was quoted in the ad saying it was "surprising" to see Republicans pounce on Romney's experience as the executive of a private equity firm that bought and streamlined companies.

"They ought to know, that if downsizing can turn around a failing company, then at least it prevents all the jobs from being lost, and sets up a stronger company that can grow and start re-hiring,” Huckabee said in the ad.

While the spot shows images of Huckabee, it does not clarify whether or not the conservative heavyweight was supporting Romney.

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soundoff (43 Responses)
  1. westward

    We don't care what you think, Huckabee. You are irrelevant!

    January 16, 2012 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  2. Dr. Dunkinstien

    Why is this in the news?

    January 16, 2012 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  3. cd in az

    amazing! only a year with GOP control of the house and the economy is improving. 4 years with the dems were on a downhill slide. im switching to the rep

    January 16, 2012 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  4. Thomas

    Mike Huckabee get a real job !

    January 17, 2012 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  5. Noodle Nose Johnson

    So he took Huckabee out of context just like he did with Obama, with the obvious intent of twisting the words to his advantage. Romney is bad news for EVERYBODY. Wake Up!

    January 17, 2012 12:53 am at 12:53 am |
  6. taylor

    Did jobs get shipped to China or not, thats the darn question.

    January 17, 2012 06:30 am at 6:30 am |
  7. Bev

    romney will do or say anything to get the nomination we need to really look @ the other candidates

    January 17, 2012 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
  8. Rudy NYC

    Mitt Romney has very cleverly turned the conversation from one of questioning his claims of 100,000 created jobs to a broad based attack on capitalism. People are not attacking capitalism. People are attacking Romney's claim that he created 100,000 jobs, which is clearly false. Huckabee's remarks are actually in support of Romney's projecting the debate in a new direction away from Romney.

    January 17, 2012 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  9. Dave

    It is definitely true that the Bain issue was a mistake to bring up by Gringrich and Perry. They are certainly getting desperate when they attack capitalism.

    January 17, 2012 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  10. Steven Colo

    This is incredible. Gingrich can't figure out how to get on the Virginia ballot, Romney can't make a video with proper permissions – can the GOP nominees do anything properly?

    January 17, 2012 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  11. Diane

    Maybe it was Gomer Pyle's voice they sound just alike.

    January 17, 2012 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  12. Gurgi

    All I know is the personal scale used to determine if things are going in the right direction. Am I better off now than 3 years ago? No, lost 1 job, got another, but at lower pay.

    January 17, 2012 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  13. GI Joe

    I'm a lot better off han 3 years ago - my children came home from the war. That's what matters most.

    January 17, 2012 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  14. za in dc

    @cd in az – Don't switch too fast. The Republican controlled House has done nothing but blockade bills. Nothing has been passed. What you're seeing is the economy's reaction to the economic stimulus pushed by the Federal Reserve. There are also uncontrollable cyclical economic forces at work as well.

    If you attribute this to a political party, it's probably a good idea to take an Economics class or two so you can actually have an educated viewpoint on the economy prior to letting it be the sole influencer of your party affiliation.

    January 17, 2012 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  15. Rudy NYC

    I know of a lot of folks who lost their jobs 3 years ago and are now working today.

    January 17, 2012 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  16. Al-NY,NY

    So what else is new....Mittens taking someone else's comments and using them to his advantage...doctored or not. Although he will be the nominee, he is being badly damaged. All this information about his busines dealings, etc will be hammered home during the general election campaign and he'lll have nowhere to hide

    January 17, 2012 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  17. Puddin

    Telling their big supporting corporations not to hire while Obama is in office does not improve the economy. The American people should be livid at the sorry politicans in this congress. I hope they all get fired from their jobs and lose their mansions to foreclosure, like many families who have lost their homes, and I hope they have to embarrass themselves scrambling for food and other necessities to care for themselves and their families, and they have to remove their children from their private schools, etc.; they need a taste of the same medicine they have dished out to the American public.

    January 17, 2012 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  18. Fair is Fair

    "What you're seeing is the economy's reaction to the economic stimulus pushed by the Federal Reserve."
    Man, I REALLY hope you're wrong. The only thing that the Federal Reserve can do is affect the money supply. If there is any more qualitative easing on their part, there is great risk of inflationary pressure. In other words, more dollars in circulation makes the ones already there worth less.

    January 17, 2012 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  19. Chumlee

    Who care what this "has been" thinks!

    Go away Huckabee – you are no one

    January 17, 2012 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  20. unretired05

    "You can't use my voice from my radio show, it's copyrighted and I need paid for it. After all I ran for office so I could make money like my good friend $arah.

    January 17, 2012 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  21. Dominican mama 4 Obama


    All I know is the personal scale used to determine if things are going in the right direction. Am I better off now than 3 years ago? No, lost 1 job, got another, but at lower pay.
    Babe don't whine.Your team says that if you're not gainfully employed it is YOUR fault. Count your blessings: you would've just remained unemployed 3 1/2 years ago with your unemployment insurance running out if not completely out. You've got a job. Get some add'l training/education under your belt and re-create yourself and your destiny. Please.

    January 17, 2012 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  22. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Ooops! That was Pat Buchanan that got the ax. Sorry Huck!

    January 17, 2012 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  23. Paul1st

    So Mike does not want to throw his support behind any candidate until a candidate has won the nomination. In other words, Mike wants to sit on the sidelines until other people decide on a nominee. Mike must either believe that there is no difference in the candidates – on balance, they are equally good or equally bad. Basically, Mike will ride the horse he is given and essentially support anyone who is against Obama. If his candidate loses, well, it wasn't Mike's choice in the first place. And people call this man a pundit!

    January 17, 2012 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  24. Jay

    Why is Huckabee important to the 2012 campaign? Why does he receive any coverage? He chose not to run. He is irrelevant. Why does the media make him appear to be relevant?

    A mistake the media continues to make also about Palin's relevancy.

    January 17, 2012 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  25. Myth Romney Million$$$ and his Super PACs Thug Could ONLY Buy him 8 extra Votes

    the BAIN issue is NOT going away anytime soon.....this is just an attempt by the Mitt Morney folks to hide his record, just like he did with destryoing his MA gov. records by buying up computers & destroying hard drives, and his refusal to release his tax returns!

    What does Myth MorNey have to hide? Oh, he Flips and Flops on every majoy issue!!

    January 17, 2012 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
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