December 14th, 2007
04:49 PM ET

A mistake to nominate Huckabee?


FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Mike Huckabee is the Howard Dean of the 2008 presidential race.

That's according to a piece by Rich Lowry in the National Review. He suggests Republicans would be making a major mistake by nominating Huckabee.

Lowry writes, “Like Dean, Huckabee is an under-vetted former governor who is manifestly unprepared to be president of the United States. Like Dean, he is rising toward the top of the polls in a crowded field based on his appeal to a particular niche of his party. As with Dean, his vulnerabilities in a general election are so screamingly obvious that it's hard to believe that primary voters, once they focus seriously on their choice, will nominate him."

It's worth noting that Lowry's employer, The National Review, has endorsed Mitt Romney, one of Huckabee's main opponents.

Lowry goes on to say that Huckabee would take religion, a strength of the GOP, and make it into a weakness by overplaying it. He suggests other vulnerabilities would be Huckabee's tax history as governor of Arkansas along with his lack of national security experience. In fact, Lowry says Democrats have to be looking at Huckabee "as a shiny Christmas present that is too good to be true."

Here’s my question to you: Would Republicans be making a mistake by nominating Mike Huckabee for president?

To see the Cafferty File video, click here 

Interested to know which ones made it on air:

Joe writes:
It would absolutely be a mistake for us Republicans to nominate Huckabee. Not only will he be an easy target for Democrats in November, but he is hardly the conservative he is made out to be. If you look past his "Christian conservative" label you can see that his policies on immigration, taxes, and the War in Iraq are much closer to Hillary Clinton's than they are to any of the other Republican candidates.

Matt writes:
Huck is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. He thinks he's the chosen one, and looks down upon "little people". If he's elected, with the new powers of the presidency at his disposal, you're looking at a VERY scary situation. I would vote for Hillary 500 times before I'd vote for Huckabee, and I am a Republican. However, I will be voting for Ron Paul because he has integrity, unlike either Huckabee or Hillary.

Melvin from Colorado writes:
I have not voted for a Republican candidate since 1972. But Huckabee is one I could vote for. After what they have offered the country the last few years, he would be a breath of fresh air.

Rickey writes:
Huckabee, unlike most of the rest of the pack, seems like a competent and likable kind of guy. I don't think the country will go down in flames if he were to get elected.

Michael writes:
It would be a mistake if he actually became president. One religious nutcase a century is quite enough for this country. But he probably is the best man available to ensure that a Democrat is our next president. And liberal comedians need new material. The Bush jokes are getting old.

Michael from New Marlborough, Massachusetts writes:
Jack, The Republicans would be making a mistake nominating anyone.

Maybe Jack will read yours Monday.

Filed under: Democrats • Elections • Mike Huckabee
soundoff (228 Responses)
  1. David Cissner,San Bernardino,CA.

    Jack,Mike Huckabee is a nice man and has shown that he that he actually has compassion and a learning curve. I believe that he actually would be a good president and would not let his religious beliefs get in the way of governing the country for everyone. P.S.,I'm a Democrat.

    December 14, 2007 at 2:57 pm |
  2. Terry O'Flaherty

    The Republicans are between a rock and a hard place. The question becomes as always is Mike Huckabee electable ? I believe there are too many issues in his closet when he was Governor of Ark. The Grand Old Party will struggle to come up with a viable canidate right up till crunch time.

    December 14, 2007 at 3:07 pm |
  3. Bert

    Good question Jack. For a moment it seemed like it might be possible for Huckabee to be the Republican nominee. Now I realize that the Ziocon wing of the Republican party could never let that happen. As a man of God, Huckabee would be unable to bend his religion to allow all the lies, atrocities, war crimes and profiteering necessary to continue our campaign or terror in the middleeast in the name of controlling the Caspian Sea oil. No, the right wingers need someone already in the fold; someone with experiece in lies, deceit, coverup and billion dollar inside government contracts like Guliani. Or perhaps Romney who is eager to learn.

    December 14, 2007 at 3:09 pm |
  4. DK

    If Mr. Huckabee is truly going to rid this country of the IRS, and aggressively implement a more fair tax structure, then he's got our votes out here in ranching country.

    Just some concerned citizens in Western Nebraska

    December 14, 2007 at 3:15 pm |
  5. Patricia

    Since I've said this more than once,(sometimes it gets printed & sometimes it doesn't); I WILL NEVER VOTE FOR "MIKE HICKABEE" EVER!!!! I've had it with "RELIGIOUS RIGHTIST" RULE!!!! George Bush claimed he was religious & bigger liar there has never been in office!!! I'd rather vote for Communist rather than vote for a Republican.

    December 14, 2007 at 3:17 pm |
  6. Troy

    Of course. It would be a huge mistake. Huckabee is a nice guy but he does not have any bipartisan support. The only republican that can is one that can draw democrat support in the general election.. Huckabee simply CANNOT do that. The only one that has shown any ability to draw democrat support is Ron Paul. When democrats compare Paul's antiwar record to that of Hillary Clinton they will clearly see that Paul is the TRUE antiwar candidate.

    December 14, 2007 at 3:23 pm |
  7. Scott Emily

    as a former democrat, and now proud lou dobbs independent, mike huckabee
    regaurdless of the polls is the democrats worse nightmare. his zingers actually bring a real chuckle, not a forced smile.

    December 14, 2007 at 3:28 pm |
  8. W B in Las Vegas

    as a Democrate I think Huckabee would make a most excellent candidate for the Republican party because once people realise that he is nothing but Pat Robertson with a line of smooth talk, it would lead to a Democratic landslide in 2008.

    December 14, 2007 at 3:28 pm |
  9. Alan

    It would be a mistake but I don't think it's anything to worry about. Huckabee's "surprise" poll numbers in Iowa are a contrived construct of the old media designed to take a dig at Romney and keep attention off Ron Paul. Don't be surprised when the numbers drop just as quickly when the media changes its tune from "witty and likable" to "Tax Hike Mike soft on immigration." Rest assured, he won't be getting the nomination.

    December 14, 2007 at 3:31 pm |
  10. Scott S.

    The republican party is crazy if they nominate yet another religious wing-nut. Haven't we already seen the damage that can be done by mixing religion and politics? King George should have sufficiently proven the need for a complete separation of church and state lest we become like the muslims run by sharia law. Once the christians get what they want, a theocracy, then it's just a logical step to ideological waring, just like Iraq? I wonder who will offer to bring democracy back to America? Probably nobody. When the money stops flowing out of this country, they don't need us any more.

    December 14, 2007 at 3:32 pm |
  11. Michael

    I for one would like to see Guliani get it. I want to see if there really is any truth to The Religious Right forming a third party candidate just to keep him from actually winning.

    December 14, 2007 at 3:38 pm |
  12. Mark Tross

    I've been watching you since the NBC-NYC days with Sue Simmons and yes, even Matt Lower. I'm glad to hear from you everyday in the Situation Room, while I'm sitting in my living room here in NM, which is a long way from NJ. Congratulations on your book, but I would have to say that it's been getting ugly for quite sometime now and I expect it to get much uglier, especially as we approach the Presidential Elections of 2008. As a registered Republican, I began thinking that Rudy would be the one to pull it all off in '08, because I lived in the NYC area and saw how he turned things around then, which was way before 9/11 and as much as I love Law & Order, I can't see Thompson as our next President, but then again I'm sure plenty thought the same thing of Reagan. I didn't get to respond to Huckabee's comment regarding the Mormon religion, although we are all created by God, we're not all His children until we're born-again. I agree that we're not voting for a Pope and Chief, but after watching the several debates, both Republican & Democratic, on CNN and other networks, I'm leaning more towards Mike Huckabee, because I think he will do his best for all Americans and he's probably the most trustworthy one out of the whole bunch. Keep putting the truth out there!

    December 14, 2007 at 3:52 pm |
  13. Patricia

    ROTFLMSAO!!!! Yep, just what the Republican party needs... St. Rudy, the patron saint of 9/11, who placed the Emergency Response Unit in the Twin Towers!!!!

    December 14, 2007 at 3:57 pm |
  14. William, NC

    I do not know if anyone else has noticed this or not but doesn't Huckabee look a lot like Nixon? Physically I mean? maybe mentally too?

    December 14, 2007 at 4:00 pm |
  15. D. J

    He seems like a jolly kinda guy. Definately personable and probably would be just as lousy a president as the rest of them (Both democrat and Republican). But I wouldn't worry too much. The chances he is nominated are probably as good as Jesus Christ walking through Times Square with a popsickle in winter.

    December 14, 2007 at 4:05 pm |
  16. Lucas P.

    Jack, the Republicans would be making a mistake to nominate anyone for president. After the mistakes of the Bush administration, do they even have a chance at the presidency 2008?

    December 14, 2007 at 4:12 pm |
  17. Charles Goodin

    Jack, it would be a huge mistake if we intend to win. The only Republican who stands a chance against the Democrats is Ron Paul. If he's not nominated, we will be punished brutally for Mr. Bush's war.

    December 14, 2007 at 4:17 pm |
  18. EF

    Yes. It's a mistake for us Republicans to nominate a liberal just because he can talk God.

    December 14, 2007 at 4:20 pm |
  19. Winston Parsons

    I have lived in Arkansas all my life. My friends, to make a long story short: If Mike Huckabee becomes president then we all are in deep trouble. Any of you who read my post get a pen and paper and write down what I just said. Put the date on it and where you got if from and keep it just in case he does become president.

    December 14, 2007 at 4:20 pm |
  20. G. Beckett

    A Huckabee nomination would be the worst possible thing for the GOP. They have already lost their base; its time for a change. Even from north of the boarder it is apparent the Republican party has fallen from grace and is need of a Reagan-esque figure......Dare I say Ron Paul. Take the red pill, its time for Pax Veritas.

    December 14, 2007 at 4:20 pm |
  21. JJ

    Mr Huckabee ( the gomer pyle clone) is like that box of chocolates, you never know
    what you are going to get.

    December 14, 2007 at 4:23 pm |
  22. Melvin

    I have not voted for a Republican candidate since 1972.
    But Huck is one I could vote for. After what they have offered the country the last few hears he would be a breath of fresh air.

    December 14, 2007 at 4:25 pm |
  23. mike savage

    Huckabee would have a bigger religoius problem than Romney. As an ordained minister, how could he truthfully say his religious ties would have no effect on him or his policies without destroying his credibility or loyalty. Also, would he want the same rights (througout the entire USA) for illegal immigrants but on a larger scale , such as drivers licenses, ID cards, free medical care, college scholarships etc similar to the instate tuition that he proposed for illegal students in Arkansas? When we moved from Ohio to Florida, my kids did NOT qualify for instate tuition until we met the requirements. Nobody waived them for us.

    December 14, 2007 at 4:26 pm |
  24. Patricia

    Whoa...!!! I thought that I only noticed that "Hickabee" looked like Nixon.
    But, D. J. that's the problem, the Republicans are not being Republicans. The party has been high-jacked by "religious rightist" who want to scare "real" Republicans into believing that Jesus will be walking in Times Square with a popsickle in winter. It's how come have they have hung to power so long.

    December 14, 2007 at 4:26 pm |
  25. Rickey LoDico

    Huckabee, unlike most of the rest of the pack, seems like a competent and likable kinda guy. I don't think the country will go down in flames if he were to get elected. It's not as if he's Guilliani or Romney or McCain. Of course, I won't be voting for any Impeachment Party slime anyway, but I won't jump off the front step if it's Huckleberry.

    December 14, 2007 at 4:27 pm |
  26. Steven Avila

    I dont heart this Huckabee, it belongs to Ron Paul

    December 14, 2007 at 4:29 pm |
  27. Alan

    Nominating Mike Huckabee would be a huge mistake for the republican party. The mistakes he made during his run as governor of Arkansas are obviously being revealed, and some aren't pretty. He'd make a much better story teller then a president.

    December 14, 2007 at 4:29 pm |
  28. Mike from Phoenix

    It's a mistake to nominate Huckabee principally because he's liberal on many issues, and has confused compassion for justice. I really believe people are attracted to him because they are so disenfranchised with the other candidates. Hopefully they discover Ron Paul, a true conservative, who really wants to rid the country of the IRS and replace the Income Tax with nothing, not the Flat Tax.

    December 14, 2007 at 4:32 pm |
  29. Matt

    Huck is a wolf in sheeps clothing. He thinks he's the chosen one, and looks down upon "little people". If he's elected, with the new powers of the presidency at his disposal, you're looking at a VERY scary situation. I would vote for Hillary 500 times before I'd vote for Huckabee, and I am a republican.

    However, I will be voting for Ron Paul because he has integrity, unlike either Huckabee or Hillary.

    December 14, 2007 at 4:32 pm |
  30. Michael Wilkerson

    It would be a mistake if he actually became President. One religious nut case a century is quite enough for this country. But he probably is the best man available to ensure that a Democrat is our next President. And liberal comedians need new material. The Bush jokes are getting old.

    December 14, 2007 at 4:33 pm |
  31. Corey Fawcett

    I think Huckabee would be a great president of the Baptists central clergy. He should be nominated and elected immediately. The question is do we Republicans really want a religious nut in the white house? I think we're dealing with too many religious nuts in the White House and the Middle East as it is.

    December 14, 2007 at 4:34 pm |
  32. Joe M.


    Huckabee? Are you kidding me Jack. I know you have been paying attention to the IRAN report. Guess who got that right. Oh yeah RON PAUL. ANd who is talking about the effects of the Federral Reserve on the USD and the economy. Oh yeah, RON PAUL. Amazing he does not have an economics advisor. Jack if he does not win this country is in bad shape. Huckabee is solely a creation of the media, he sounds like another Slick WIlly from Arkansas, remember that guy. Enough said on Huck.

    December 14, 2007 at 4:34 pm |
  33. James

    This answer is simple. Republicans would be making a mistake electing any one of these candidates of either party. With the exception being, maybe, Ron Paul.

    December 14, 2007 at 4:34 pm |
  34. Matt D

    A history of taking corporate gifts, corruption, excessive abrasivness, raising taxes, and giving benefits to illegal aliens. I think he's running for the wrong party.

    December 14, 2007 at 4:35 pm |
  35. sandshark

    right, he's a preacher..and he wanted to round up everybody with HIV/AIDS...now he says"If I knew then what I know now"...great.....that's all we need.Another Politician with 20/20 hindsight...I think the country needs someone who is a little wiser and has better vision and fore thought.....hindsight is always 20/20.I don't see one candidate who doesn't pass the smell test.They all stink...I've always voted republican.....not anymore,not after all the lies and dishonest antics that my party has pulled in the last 7 years........I'm looking at Biden or Dodd...

    December 14, 2007 at 4:36 pm |
  36. Mora Melisma

    Huckabee is a criminal and will lose because Ron Paul will win.

    December 14, 2007 at 4:43 pm |
  37. Melissa

    Jack the answer to your question is YES this would be a mistake by the GOP to nominate this guy, come on do we really need another religious nut in office. The current one got us in this mess and Huckabee would do the same more war. Oh and he might lock the gays up so I guess if that is the goal of the POTUS then we are doing good.

    December 14, 2007 at 4:44 pm |
  38. Kevin

    Yes, Republicans would be making a mistake. Huckabee's surge has been a result of Iowans realizing that the former Arkansas governor was once a Baptish minister. Many casting votes for him in the caucus won't be looking at his foreign policy or immigration proposals but his committment to God. I find it very sad that the role religion plays in our electoral system may well determine the next president.

    December 14, 2007 at 4:44 pm |
  39. Kory

    Jack, Mike Huckabee has been the Republican sweetheart ever since the November 28th Florida debate, when he played a line that sounded suspiciously familiar to Ron Paul's position on the IRS. What Huckabee did not mention, however, was his intention to replace the IRS with a Sales Tax Bureau.

    Huckabee strikes me as just another big government politician who will stand behind the most appealing positions without giving us the whole truth. I can't predict whether or not Huckabee would be a good nomination in terms of electability, but he is not the straight-shooter the American People want and need.

    December 14, 2007 at 4:47 pm |
  40. GR, Atlanta, GA

    Jack, I am somewhat lost on why you guys at CNN are so anti-Mike Huckabee. His Republican nomination is inevitable. No Senator has won a Presidential race since John F. Kennedy in 1960. Let's see...the Democratic front-runners are SENATORS Barack Obama, John Edwards, and Hillary Clinton. Contrary to CNN's overcriticism of Mike Huckabee, Republicans are not going to select a Democrat in GOP clothing. This means Mitt Romney's New England flip-flopping fails and Rudy Guiliani's cross-dressing have no hope. Fred Thompson looks like the walking dead and actually uttered the words Soviet Union in public!!! Huckabee is a Governor from a Sun Belt state. Six of the past eight Presidential elections have been won by Governors from Sun Belt states. Odds are that if you want a winner you select a Sun Belt Governor. No matter how many people that Wolf Blitzer places on camera to critique Governor Huckabee, this is a surge that is going to last (Jack, remember all of the CNN experts that wanted to assist poor Barack Obama in his race against the mighty Hillary Clinton machine...hum). The 2008 Presidential race is to see who Huckabee is going to beat in November. Remember Jack, U.S. Senators never fair well in the General election.

    December 14, 2007 at 4:49 pm |
  41. john

    Yes, they would be making a huge mistake. I am a Reagan Republican, I know Reagan Republicans, and Huckabee is not a Reagan Republican. I WILL NOT vote for another religious zealot, let alone another southern religious zealot who would continue Bush’s “Salem witch hunt” approach to foreign policy and preserving our unalienable rights.

    December 14, 2007 at 4:49 pm |
  42. Rich, McKinney Texas

    If I want a sermon I go to church. Once a preacher always a preacher. You can take the preacher out of the pulpit but you can not take the pulpit out of the preacher. No thanks I will find someone besides Huckleberry to vote for.

    December 14, 2007 at 4:52 pm |
  43. Joe Boudreau

    It would absolutely be a mistake for us Republicans to nominate Huckabee. Not only will he be an easy target for for Dems in November, but he is hardly the conservative he is made out to be. If you look past his "Christian conservative" label you can see that his policies on immigration, taxes, and the War in Iraq are much closer to Hillary Clinton's than they are to any of the other Republican candidates.

    December 14, 2007 at 4:55 pm |
  44. Patrick

    Theres only one Republican candidate that can salvage a hope for the GOP. Ron Paul is the only candidate who even remotely resembles a Republican. This current administration and the other Noecons candidates have morph into the bizarro world. A couple more terms under one of these clowns will have us speaking spanish, eating chinese, on the bread lines and thinking the Constitution is a myth similar to the Holy Grail. The only good thing we could look forward to is a bid fat super highway to leave on.

    December 14, 2007 at 4:55 pm |
  45. Carolyn

    It beats me why people are so afraid of a candidate that might actually do what he says and is who he appears to be. It seems that those who would try to torpedo Gov. Huckabee would feel safer with a candidate that says anything, does nothing, and changes to please anybody. It 's time for those who are afraid to be bold and join the rest of the American voters who see in Gov. Huckabee a chance to become America again. ( You know, the one that has a flag that is respected, a government that understands its citizens, a land that is shared and loved, and new generations that have a promise of hope in a secure and safe home.) Get out of the way....Huck- a – boom is just beginning!

    December 14, 2007 at 5:06 pm |
  46. Joe

    Yes they would be making a mistake. We are just finishing up with a "religion on his sleeve" president who has been an abysmal failure. We don't need to follow up with a
    Baptist preacher. –Joe.

    December 14, 2007 at 5:07 pm |
  47. William

    It's not a mistake to nominate Huckabee if the GOP wants someone who is willing to exploit religion and raise the taxes he promised to lower.

    December 14, 2007 at 5:08 pm |
  48. suzieperlstein@hotmail.com

    Is it a mistake? Of course not. After all what could be wrong with putting a guy in charge of this country who doesn't "believe" in Evolution, who thinks he is being called by Jesus to be President (where have I heard this? OH yes, BUSH), and is a bigot to boot.
    Look, we have a mess here. We need someone who can work to correct and diffuse the horrible global problems Bush/Cheney/Rice will leave us with. We need a President who actually knows and understands the place of science in our lives so we can once again compete in the Global Business and Technological community. And we need a president who understands that being a country with a lot of Christians living in it does NOT make this a Christian Country. WE have NO state religion, BY LAW.
    Haven’t we had enough of the cherry picking of the Constitution? I mean, can we elect someone based on Substance as opposed to style? We are the most immature country in the world because of the way we choose our leaders. We picked a guy we would like to have a drink with, who, by the way, should not be drinking, and we got Bush/Cheney. So NOW you want a guy who might be a great preacher and sounds “nice”????? We need a leader who actually knows what they are doing. And Huckabee is not that man.
    Of course it really doesn’t matter, because in order for the GOP to win the WH again, the Dems would have to AS A PARTY withdraw completely from the race. And that ain’t happening.

    December 14, 2007 at 5:09 pm |
  49. Alice

    I think it would be a great thing for the Republicans to nominate Mike Huckabee. But the Republican party is not known for nominating the best person for the nation ex. (George Bush instead of John MCCain). I am a moderate Democrat and I would not be totally devasted if he were to beat a Democrat in the General Election. What I like about him is that he doesn't seem angry and he sees the importance of trying to unite the country if we want to move forward at home and internationally. I think he has a big challenge to win the nomination because the extremist right-wing pundits like Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Glen Beck, just to mention a few are trying to bring him down. They would rather have a divided nation and power so there going to do their best to slander him, something they are good at, to nominate a candidate that has their mentality.

    December 14, 2007 at 5:10 pm |
  50. Anthony G.

    im a democrat and i hope that the obama – clinton ticket is what we take into november 08. However, if i remember correctly, another "aww shucks" governor from arkansas defeated george h.w. bush, coming out of nowhere himself. and im only 23.

    December 14, 2007 at 5:11 pm |
  51. Edward P

    No, picking Huckabee is not a mistake! If they are trying to guarantee a loss Huckabee is the perfect choice.

    December 14, 2007 at 5:11 pm |
  52. Ed Early

    It's no mistake to nominate Huckabee. He's the most likely to give Kucinich a tough race.

    December 14, 2007 at 5:11 pm |
  53. Diane Woods

    Sure, go ahead and nominate him, SUCKERS! Heh heh heh

    Diane, Houston

    December 14, 2007 at 5:11 pm |
  54. brendan

    mike huckabee would be a great nominee. im a democrat.

    December 14, 2007 at 5:11 pm |
  55. Lynn

    Huckabee would be a big mistake. He's not a conservative, just a shill in "conservative clothing". Preacher? Think of the disgraced preachers that have been paraded by in shame in the past - and we've had a fair warning in the case of Huckabee. Ethics issues with gifts while Arkansas governor, favoring influx of illegal aliens. Think about these things before you succumb to Huckabee's siren call, fellow Republicans!

    December 14, 2007 at 5:12 pm |
  56. Scott

    Jack, I agree. I'm a fellow "Southern Baptist Evangelical Christian" and I would NOT vote for Gov. Huckabee. It will be a disaster if Huckabee wins the nomination, regardless if he wins the presidency. The fact that Huckabee can't run on his record as governor, but is running on his religion is sad, and that doesn't make him any more qualified to run than myself.

    December 14, 2007 at 5:12 pm |
  57. Tim Williams

    Jack, they would most certainly be making a mistake, Mike Huckabee seems to me to be a candidate who's plan for his presidency doesn't go beyond the 66 books of the bible. He is appealing to a base this is to out of touch with the mainstream of America. He is a man that time and time again has proven to be ill informed about key issues regarding the federal government (remember the Iran Revolutionary Guard confusion) his comments about AIDS patients being quarantined, and his latest Mormon comment. This is a man that is nor prepared to be our commander and chief, and he will be tarred feathered and run out of town in the general election!

    December 14, 2007 at 5:12 pm |
  58. Jose

    Huckabee is no Reagan and never will be PERIOD. He's a Carter and those who vote for him are just voting for a PASTOR IN CHIEF. Iowans don't do it

    December 14, 2007 at 5:12 pm |
  59. Abhinav

    Huckabee is going nowhere in the republican nomination. It is just a last minute "revenge of the bigots" who are desperate to make their voice heard before the Giuliani vs Clinton match takes off and evangelicals eat humble pie and queue up to vote for Rudy.

    December 14, 2007 at 5:13 pm |
  60. Reid

    The Republicans could nominate Donald Duck and we would have a better selecton than "W". Think about it Goofy for Vice President, what a breath of fresh air from the War monger Cheney, Minnie Mouse would be a grand first lady, and Heuy, Dewey, and Louie could bring some smiles to the White House. Huckabee could be only so lucky

    December 14, 2007 at 5:13 pm |
  61. Joseph from NY

    The Republicans are always making nomination mistakes, nominating George Bush was one the biggest....but he still won!! The Democrats are such fumbling idiots when it comes to running a campaign that the Republicans can nominate Bin Laden and still find a way to out smart those foolish Dems!!

    December 14, 2007 at 5:13 pm |
  62. Lawrence Haun

    If Huckabee runs against Hillary, say hello to President Bloomberg.

    Sonora, CA

    December 14, 2007 at 5:13 pm |
  63. Dan Virtue

    Mike Huckabee is the best choice of the Republican field. We in the middle of the country realize that you "coast" people are afraid of someone that believes in the values that this country was founded on, but we are not and Mike is the most honest and genuine candidate we have!

    December 14, 2007 at 5:13 pm |
  64. Jason Copenhaver

    I could not vote for Huckabee. I've done much research over the past several weeks on mainly the Rep. candidates, and Huckabee has on multiple times not shown a high level of integrity in his speeches, interviews, and debates that I would expect from my president. There, however, has been one out of the bunch that has shown this to me, Ron Paul. Paul consistently stands up for what he says, does not back down despite media criticism, has voting records to support what he says, and I think more people should be willing to inform themselves on the candidates more.

    December 14, 2007 at 5:13 pm |
  65. Jack

    Jack, Are you kidding this guy cant even brush his teeth nevermind run the country

    December 14, 2007 at 5:14 pm |
  66. Susan

    I think it would be a mistake to give anyone other than the solitary candidate of integrity, Ron Paul, the nomination. It's time for a change .... a big change .... donate.....choose liberty! RONPAUL2008

    December 14, 2007 at 5:15 pm |
  67. Rick

    NO, Jack! Not at all. It would be wise of the Republicans to nominate the Huckster. I'd vote for him myself in the primary, but those jerks won't let me, being a registered Democrat and all. Check into Huckabee's claim that he "beat the Clinton political machine in Arkansas 4 times". You'll find that he never ran for anything of importance here until the Clintons were already in the White House. He must consider all Dems in Arkansas as being part of the Clinton machine. Either that ... or he's lying. But we know the brother wouldn't do that, don't we?

    -Rick Baber
    Springdale, Arkansas

    December 14, 2007 at 5:15 pm |
  68. Jjc2007

    Would the republicans nominate Huckabee?
    Of course. This is the party that put this dolt of a president in office. This is the party that still thinks Ronald Reagan was a hero.
    This is a party that supports taking from the poor to give to the rich.

    And like you has this libertarian mentality of "me, me, me" ...if it's good for me that is all that matters.


    December 14, 2007 at 5:15 pm |
  69. Glenn

    The republicans would best be served by not nominating anyone for President. They have proved they cannot govern any branch of government.

    December 14, 2007 at 5:15 pm |
  70. Owan

    If Huckabee were nominated I would vote Democrat so fast it would make your head spin. He is everything that I dislike about the Republican party and none of things that I like.

    December 14, 2007 at 5:15 pm |
  71. Crystal

    I like Huckabee. I was undecided until the Republican Debate. He answered his questions quickly and honestly. He didn't take a lot of time to think about what his answers were going to be. His answers came from the heart. He states his views and he sticks with them. I made a contribution to his campaign fund, the first time I have ever contributed to any political figure.

    December 14, 2007 at 5:16 pm |
  72. ed phillips

    Of course Right Wing Republicans don't want Huckabee to be nominated. He's intelligent, caring, and articulate. That sums up what the Right is against.

    December 14, 2007 at 5:16 pm |
  73. Poppy

    Not a mistake at all. Please nominate Huckleberry!

    The Repubs need a guy who tells women to submit to their husbands, who tells AIDS victims that he's going to isolate them from the rest of America, who lets criminals go free if it looks politically beneficial.

    The Repubs need a dyed-in-the-wool Southern Baptist because for once they will have identified the vast majority of their ilk and see just how out of touch they are with Americans.. That being done, the rest of us could enjoy the United States of America as truly a land of the free.

    Huckleberry will help us all understand finally exactly what's wrong with conservatism – it doesn't recognize 75% of Americans hearts and minds!

    December 14, 2007 at 5:16 pm |
  74. Tom Costello

    Please, please let Huckabee be the republican nominee..........any of the democratic contenders would have him for breakfast. Just his name, Huckabee, sounds like someone right out of Mayberry RFD. He's a lightwieght (100 pounds shed) who believes HIV Positive persons should be quarrantined and believes the earth was made in 7 days...golly gee...its Mike Huckabee!!

    December 14, 2007 at 5:17 pm |
  75. Derek L.

    Yes. nominating anyone other than Ron Paul would be a mistake.

    December 14, 2007 at 5:17 pm |
  76. M Sandrell

    I consider myself an independent "swing " voter. I would vote for McCain or Ron
    Paul, otherwise, I'll vote democrat. Shouldn't that be what the parties look at
    for a nominee?, if they want to win that is.

    December 14, 2007 at 5:17 pm |
  77. Judy Hoving

    I can't believe any sensible American can even consider repeating the mistakes of the last two elections and let the religious right pick the next President. The dishonesty and cruelty of the Bush administration exceeds anything I have seen in my 67 years. Let's not repeat the nightmare of Republican reign where it is obvious that rascals of the worst order hide behind the smokescreen of religion.

    December 14, 2007 at 5:18 pm |
  78. Michael

    Yes they would be making a mistake nominating Huckabee, we already have a president that puts his religious beliefs in our government. We don't want Huckabee implementing "his values" on us. We need more freedom from the government. Ron Paul would give us our freedom back.

    December 14, 2007 at 5:18 pm |
  79. Julian D. Miller

    Jack, the irony is that Mike Huckabee is actually the most electable Republican in the general election. He has a 101/2 year record of bipartisan policy successes as governor of Arkansas, he can galvanize Christian Conservatives who feel slighted by the Republican Party, and he is detached from all of the incompetence and policy failure of the Bush adminstration. Most importantly, he has an authentic, positive, populist message and background that resonates with Americans who work so hard for so little due to inequitable economic policies. The Republican Establishment want to get rid of him because they want a candidate who will sell the government to the highest bidder so the right-wing and their allies can continue the largest bank robbery in history, that would be the 4 trillion dollar debt the Bush administration accumulated.

    December 14, 2007 at 5:19 pm |
  80. Randy in Arizona

    As a Christian.... I'm amazed at the lack of acuity when it comes to Politics. They study and study the Bible but consistently fail to do their homework when it comes to politics. Everybody says they're a Christian, then it's only a beauty contest just looking at the surface sound bites and trying to pick the "winner". Disheartening to say the least.

    December 14, 2007 at 5:19 pm |
  81. Ben R. Tate


    I believe Huckebee would make an excellent President and has the experience and wisdom to make wise decisions for both national and international situations. I think it would be a mistake to NOT nominate Huckebee for President of the United States. I am thankful he is running.


    December 14, 2007 at 5:19 pm |
  82. M

    No, I don,t think Hukabee would be a mistake. I think it would be a mistake to elect a president that is controlled by a group of elders .And with China,is buying a U.S defence company to build U.S millitary equipment.

    December 14, 2007 at 5:19 pm |
  83. Jan

    Nope! He's too weak and too accommodating on the illegal immigrant invasion . . . and he's a Baptist.

    December 14, 2007 at 5:19 pm |
  84. Tino

    Absolutely not! Mike Huckabee appears to be filling the niche that the other GOP candidates have failed to do. With the addition of Rollins to his campaign, Huckabee will continue to ride the wave of popularity that he is currently enjoying right into the Iowa Caucuses and beyond. Romney's attacks on Huckabee show that he is a real threat. Huckabee has the potential to capture the nomination as the GOP's sweetheart.

    December 14, 2007 at 5:20 pm |
  85. Larry Maule Jr

    I was an early supporter of Mike Huckabee hoping for a solid conservative candidate. I have now concluded that Mike does not have the strength, judgment and experience required for president and Commander in Chief.

    I am again in search for a level headed conservative candidate to support.

    White Lake, Michigan

    December 14, 2007 at 5:20 pm |
  86. nwhite

    Huckabee has unclear motives on many issues, and his attacks on Mr. Romney were cheap shots, unworthy of the most dubious party member. Religion should never be a sling-blade in a political race. Ethics and morals; that's fine, but edicts of singular religious stances are not fair game for derisive statements. Republicans need strong solidarity to reform the party, and avoid the religion subject. Focus on the War in Iraq, the environment and the economy.

    December 14, 2007 at 5:20 pm |
  87. John

    The Republicans, in retrospect, made a whopper of a mistake in nominating George W. Bush. It doesn't seem possible for a Huckabee nomination to approach the magnitude of the mistake that was Bush's nomination, which we compounded by doing it again.

    December 14, 2007 at 5:20 pm |
  88. Jim Brown

    Huckabee would assure a Democratic landslide.

    December 14, 2007 at 5:21 pm |
  89. Artis

    It would be a mistake for the Republicans not to run Huckabee. Not since
    Reagan have we been able to vote "for" a candidate instead of voting
    against a Democrat. Why is the media campaigning against him? Are
    you afraid of a man that will come out and say that GOD is alive and well?

    December 14, 2007 at 5:21 pm |
  90. Chad

    No. Mike Huckabee is who Democrats should be fearing the most. He won three state wide elections in Arkansas, as state who's 90% of state officials are Democrat. He got 48% of the African American vote in his second gubernatoral re-election. If the DNC thinks Huckabee is a joke, all they need to do is call the Arkansas state party and they will stop laughing pretty quickly.
    Everyone thought Ronald Reagan was a joke and had no experience and couldn't win the Republican nomination or the White House. If I remember correctly he won the nomination and the white house, then brought down the Soviet Union and was relected by winning 49 of 50 states. If Democrats want to laugh at Huckabee now let them, Mike will have the last laugh on November 5th!

    Dahlonega, Georgia

    December 14, 2007 at 5:21 pm |
  91. Mark Rushmore

    It's the kind of mistake that could set Republicans back a decade or more. To nominate Huckabee now would be a clear sign that the party has learned nothing from the last eight years, and seems driven only to try and out-Dem the Dems from here on in.

    December 14, 2007 at 5:21 pm |
  92. John Farmer

    As a lifelong Democrat, I wish the Republicans would nominate Mike Huckabee. This is a man who pressured his state parole board to release a convicted rapist with 25 years left to serve, who then went on to rape and kill a Missouri teenager. A man who in 1992 recommended quarantining AIDS/HIV carriers. A man who says that a wife should graciously submit to her husband. A man who refused to follow federal law and provide Medicaid funding for a poor Arkansas woman who was pregnant by her step-father. And a man who believes there should be no separation between church and state. Please nominate Mike Huckabee. The Democrats would be looking at a landslide of Reagan proportions.

    December 14, 2007 at 5:21 pm |
  93. Gene Webb

    Jack I am a Democrat. If Hilary is not the Democratic candidate the only person that I will vote for is Mike Huckabee. Mike Huckabee is the only other candidate of both parties to display the statesmanship and intelligence to be president.

    December 14, 2007 at 5:21 pm |
  94. Gary Small

    Shouldn't the question be: If Huckabee is an under-vetted former governor who is manifestly unprepared to be president of the United Stares, what is George W?

    December 14, 2007 at 5:21 pm |
  95. Charlie, San Antonio

    Mistakes have worked pretty well for republicans for the past seven years. Record budget deficit, trade deficit, jobs shipped overseas, failed war policy. why should they change course now?

    December 14, 2007 at 5:21 pm |
  96. Tim

    Yes, Huckabee would be an authoritarian in the Name of God. I doubt the people will vote for that again.

    December 14, 2007 at 5:22 pm |
  97. Jeet

    Jack, i think all the candidates running are capable of winning and why not Hucabee? Its all about how the campaign is run and whoever does it better wins the battle..i think all candidates from both parties are very capable and appropriate.


    December 14, 2007 at 5:22 pm |
  98. Robert

    Jack, I feel unless the Republicans pick Ron Paul for the there ticket then they have know chance what so ever to win against the Democrats. When will the main stream media talk about the straw polls instead of the polls they put out? If you look at the straw polls they clearly show Ron Paul as the winner hands down. Ron Paul has won more straw polls then all the other Republican candidates put together, wheres the media coverage on that? Anyone other then Ron Paul as the nominee will spell doom for the Republican party... I am 35yrs. old and if it were not for Ron Paul running I would not even waste my time voting, what would be the point??

    December 14, 2007 at 5:22 pm |
  99. Gene Webb

    Jack I am a Democrat. If Hilary is not the Democratic candidate the only person that I will vote for is Mike Huckabee. Mike Huckabee is the only other candidate of both parties to display the statesmanship and intelligence to be president.

    December 14, 2007 at 5:22 pm |
  100. june sam

    Yes it would be a big mistake, what would be an even bigger mistake for the country if he got enough votes to be president !!

    December 14, 2007 at 5:22 pm |
  101. jason

    it would be a MASSIVE, MASSIVE mistake, jack, yes he seems like a nice guy, but that is irrealevant. getting rid of the irs is only a good idea if you replace it with nothing. we need to CUT all the wastefull spending, and change our foreign policy to do so. we need our freedom back. i am a REAL republican, and i support REAL change in washington. i support Ron Paul. http://www.ronpaul2008.com.

    ps, why does the main stream media ignore ron paul, and why are your polls so drastically different than polls seen on the internet? thanks jack

    December 14, 2007 at 5:23 pm |
  102. Yuriy

    Quote, " manifestly unprepared to be president of the United States." ???! The one who deserves that characterization most is already the president. That's an accusation of a kind that can be directed at almost every frontrunner in both Parties, and prove correct in every case. What concerns Huckabee, his smoothly flowing personal appeal might indeed outweight all his potential handicaps.

    December 14, 2007 at 5:23 pm |
  103. Ana Jackson

    Huckabee wears his religion on his sleeve and I don't fall for his smooth talking rhetoric for one second. He reminds me too much of Bush! Besides, Huckabee would certainly be a mistake for the nomination- my number one reason- he's NO Ron Paul.

    December 14, 2007 at 5:23 pm |
  104. raymond

    Yes, the nomination of Huckabee would be a mistake. The same mistake as would be Romney, Giuliani, McCain, Hunter, Tancredo, Paul. Are there any left in the trenches? Ron Paul is, by far, the most honest of them all. St Rudi and Romney wouldn't know the truth if it slapped them up side the head!

    December 14, 2007 at 5:24 pm |
  105. Jean in Dallas

    My answer is"yes" to your question. The Republican Party needs to look hard and long at Huckabee's immigration issues, the pardons from prison, the NAFTA highway (among several) and the fact that he seems to have a silver tongue. We American citizens do not have many candidates to choose from this coming year, at least ones in which we can believe, but Huckabee sure wouldn't be my choice.

    December 14, 2007 at 5:24 pm |
  106. Steve

    Jack, I can't believe how blinded the American people have become. If anyone does research Huckabee's record on each of his stances, or his positions on issues they will find he is the least conservative candidate on the Republican side. The only Republican candidate that has no baggage and can win the presidency against the democrats is Ron Paul. I hope the GOP can see this.

    December 14, 2007 at 5:24 pm |
  107. Mike - Wyoming

    Huckabee is exactly what this country needs. As far as I am concerned, he is the only candidate.

    December 14, 2007 at 5:24 pm |
  108. David A. Morse

    Republicans Would be making a mistake by nominating Mike Huckabee for president, BECAUSE although I don't believe a persons faith should disqualify them, I don't feel that a former minister would be a good Commander in Chief.
    Having been a Minister is different than being Just a member of a church. I would feel just as uneasy if the candidate were a former Catholic Priest or other religious leader.

    December 14, 2007 at 5:24 pm |
  109. Robert

    No, it would not be a mistake. The Republicans as well as the Democrats need a wake up call. I believe Mike Huckabee is that wake up call.
    It's time for things to change in this country and all I hear from the Democrats is the same old things. That's all I hear from the other Republicans as well.
    Let's have enough courage to get him into the general election. I'll vote for him.
    Bye the way, I'm a registered Democrat.
    Mandeville, La.

    December 14, 2007 at 5:25 pm |
  110. Melissa

    It would be a huge mistake to elect Huckabee! Follow the money trail people! Who is getting the most donations from individuals? Not Huckabee! If he is actually doing as well as these polls claim, his fundraising would be way up. Not so. He will divide the party even further, along with Rudy and McCain.

    December 14, 2007 at 5:25 pm |
  111. Frank

    Jack, Huckabee is a punching bag, the perfect nomination for the role of "stepping stool" for any democrat to get into office. Also, what's with the reagan comparisons??? I see the GOP is keeping up the tradition of maintaining the fiction. Did we forget about IRANGATE??? maybe it never took place. George Orwell is rolling in his grave.

    December 14, 2007 at 5:26 pm |
  112. Cesar

    Huckabee can't even reconcile his faith with science. The Earth was not created 6000 years ago and evolution is indeed true. Imagine Huckabee taking his stubborn attitude into a meeting with legislators from Congress or even other world leaders. This is not what America needs.

    December 14, 2007 at 5:26 pm |
  113. Blake

    Nominating Reverend Huckabee would NOT be a mistake for the Republicans. Unless they want to win the election, in which case it would be fatal to their plans. Tax hike Mike is on the wrong side of almost every issue – pro-war, pro-illegal immigration, more taxes, bigger government, with lots of unsavory baggage as well.

    December 14, 2007 at 5:26 pm |
  114. Bill

    I see Huckabee as the candidate most like the Ronald Reagan. Huckabee could be the Republicans only chance of winning but I don't think he will get the nomination. The real Ronald Reagan, not the history revisionist Ronald Reagan, could not get elected by todays republican party.

    December 14, 2007 at 5:26 pm |
  115. Jan

    YES! He’s too weak and too accommodating on the illegal immigrant invasion . . . and he’s a Baptist.

    December 14, 2007 at 5:27 pm |
  116. Tony Rugare

    Actually the Republicans would be doing the country a favor by nominating Mike Huckabee. It would give us an opportunity to soundly defeat him and send a message to the religious right that their policies have no place in the White House.

    December 14, 2007 at 5:27 pm |
  117. Charlotte Catoni

    It is a mistake to nominate Mr. Huckabee because he seems not to respect the idea of separation of chruch and state, because in order to serve as president you need to be neutral on both bases. I would want to vote for a president who knows how to lead a nation by what is right and not by his church views as right.

    December 14, 2007 at 5:27 pm |
  118. Marcus

    Huckabee left arkansas' office destroyed all previous records and information. It was very important for the next governor to come into office. He took away from medicaid. The governor's office closed the contract out on his blackberry, and he doesn't have the credentials to become president. Go and read the arkansas democrat gazette records about the time he left office and you will never vote for him.

    December 14, 2007 at 5:27 pm |
  119. Paul


    The country will never nominate Huck-Finn. He is a flip-flopper and just another distraction from the real candidate Ron Paul. Anyone that isn't for Ron Paul is part of the problem.

    December 14, 2007 at 5:28 pm |
  120. Marcus

    Huckabee left arkansas’ office destroyed all previous records and information. It was very important for the next governor to come into office. He took away from medicaid. The governor’s office closed the contract out on his blackberry, and he doesn’t have the credentials to become president. Go and read the arkansas democrat gazette records about the time he left office and you will never vote for him.

    Little Rock, AR

    December 14, 2007 at 5:29 pm |
  121. Robert

    Jack, to say Huckabee is a to tear Republican candidate is like saying that Dennis Kucinich is a top tear Democrat candidate. What craziness is the media trying to put on the American people? We are smarter then that.... Look at the straw polls to see who the people really want to be there President....

    December 14, 2007 at 5:29 pm |


    Nominating "Tax Hike" Mike Huckabee would be a grave mistake. Everyone should know that his proposed fair tax is in no way fair.

    It will increase with inflation and therefore allow the powers that be the opportunity to raise taxes without the approval of the congress or the people.

    You thought the IRS was bad wait till you feel the weight of this one ...

    PS The RP bot-nets love you ...

    December 14, 2007 at 5:30 pm |
  123. Saundra

    In Huckabee, I believe I've finally found a candidate I can vote FOR rather than AGAINST. America needs his integrity in the Oval Office. His integrity combined with what I see as his true desire to be the kind of person our Father wants us each to be is our best bet for America to have a worthy President. I like Mike!

    December 14, 2007 at 5:30 pm |
  124. gary lewis

    The press is overplaying God in the Iowa political process. Hucklebee may attract a bunch of extreme church goers but most Iowans are simply looking for a good honest man (if any remain in the process).

    We don't need any slick East coast candidate. No more Bush or Clinton. I fearlessly predict the winner will be the strongest Against illegals. Who ever has the guts to take back our county and tell the liberals to shove it.

    Build that fence and start kicking out illegals. Get tough on China and trade. Lets try keeping America for legal Americans.

    December 14, 2007 at 5:31 pm |
  125. R.

    Jack, I wish you would have never brought it up. I was hoping that no one, particularly the Republicans, would ever find out that this right-wing nut job doesnt have a snowball's chance in Hell of being elected President. That way, he would be nominated based on his "wonderful personality," then be defeated in a landslide in the general election. The man would turn the country into a theocracy. Once that happens, the Constitution is out the window, and so is our freedom

    December 14, 2007 at 5:31 pm |
  126. pam smith

    jack , given the cast of clowns the democrats have , mike Huckabee would be a breath of fresh air for this country. we do not want to go back to scandles of the clinton years.


    December 14, 2007 at 5:31 pm |
  127. Abby Kern

    Hey Jack, I would never vote for a minister or ex minister for that matter. I am sure there must be good ones out there somewhere, but personally I have never met one. They always turn out to be the biggest liars, cheats, and ego heads around. I am sick of the Republicans using God to lie to good religous people just to get their votes. I think God is probably pretty darn tired of it to. So, no, hearing Huckabee say that God is making his poll numbers go up, was enough for me.

    December 14, 2007 at 5:34 pm |
  128. LeeAnn Levesque

    Huckabee's "north star" is his religion in both politics and his moral guidance. This should not be confused with a Republican President whose "north star" is the Constitution and his moral guide is his religion.

    Owego, NY

    December 14, 2007 at 5:34 pm |
  129. Janie

    The biggest mistake the Republicans and the media clowns are making is that Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton will be easy to beat.
    The media seems to be pushing Barack Obama and he will be a disaster. Huckabee is as good a candidate as any Republican because they are all terrible flawed.
    However, if the media succeeds in sticking us with Barack Obama, even I, a lifelong Democrat will sit out the election.
    Hillary is my candidate and the candidate of everyone I know...husband, sons, friends...all of us support Senator Clinton.
    Take that Chris Matthews and the rest of the media who attacks her every single day. Humbug to the lot of you!

    December 14, 2007 at 5:35 pm |
  130. Robert Miller

    With the catastrophic ripple effect damages of Bush's war about to hit us as well as the impending North American Union that Bush and the neocons are imprisoning the American citizens with, what makes anyone think that Mike Huckabee is in any way qualified to warden the Prison States of America? We will be needing another "more of the same" president.

    I don't know about anyone else, but I'm scared SH!t L3SS. So far we are being offered a pencil to be stuck in either our left eye or our right eye. Our choice.

    Is Ron Paul too good to be true? Do we dare hope...?

    December 14, 2007 at 5:35 pm |
  131. Matt

    I'm sorry, but the Republicans would be making a huge mistake. He has no backing from independants or democrats, so the Republicans would be doomed if he were elected. We need someone who can garner independant and democrat backing, someone who can garner mass support. Huckabee just isn't that man.

    December 14, 2007 at 5:36 pm |
  132. Daniel Potter

    Mike Huckabee talks a good talk, but when you look at his voting record.....you understand that he is a career politician, that is he will say whatever he needs to say to get elected. I mean he talks about "eliminating the IRS" but he is just going to replace it with another IRS like structure under his "fair tax". Also he is a big goverment proponent, and thats just not what we need. We need Ron Paul.

    December 14, 2007 at 5:37 pm |
  133. Greg Copenhaver

    With the direction and speed our government is heading towards a North American Union and a one world government, electing Huckabee may very well be our last mistake as "free" Americans, and take us into the world of financially enslaved North Americans or World Government Citizens...His sudden, supposed rise in popularity as shown in the polls (you can't really trust polls) right after his speech to the Council on Foreign Relations should be considered suspect as possible fraud, since donations to his campaign show little support. How is it that Ron Paul can have millions of dollars donated in a single day by regular people and not big corporations, but show so little in the polls? Could it have something to do with him not supporting those big corporations and instead supporting the People? Ron Paul is the only candidate addressing core issues of Freedom in America. None of the other candidates are come even close to sharing all the ideas of Ron Paul, and in fact try to denounce them, though they consistently fail at this. Doesn't the fact that Ron Paul is only being beat on the polls the Mainstream Media tell you about, but in every aspect he consistently shows more support from the People than any other candidate? Even citizens in other countries are making videos and websites promoting Ron Paul for president! If you pay close enough attention to all the candidates that are running, what the mainstream media tells you is happening, and what you see the people actually doing online and offline, you'll see a huge difference where one portrays Ron Paul as a longshot candidate, barely registering in the polls, and the other where the People have Ron Paul signs, huge numbers in meetup groups (meetup.com), huge numbers of videos, websites, articles, rallys, even a blimp! Huckabee is just another neocon, using the religion card to look like a nice guy who will take care of you, and the CFR and MSM apparently think he's the candidate that the People would be least likely to question the computer generated vote counts over.

    December 14, 2007 at 5:38 pm |
  134. Mohammad-Ali

    Talk well at a few debates, crack a joke here and there, and you're the front-runner in Iowa and South Carolina. My god, I should have run for the GOP nomination.

    December 14, 2007 at 5:38 pm |
  135. Omer Murray

    I have been a 20+ year Republican but I have promised myself to vote for whomever is the Democratic nominee.
    That said, what about the Republican nominees?
    Giuliani: a wife cheater on taxpayer money and an associate of questionable and indicted characters such as Bernie Kerik – and more.
    Thompson: still asleep and not engaged.
    Romney: his positions are kind of like Seattle weather, wait 5 mins and you will hear something you like.
    Huckabee: a Christian running in a nation ostensably founded on Christian principles, a man criticized for showing compassion to incarcerated prisoners while at the same time we are criticizing the current administration for possibly inhumane treatment to prisoners at Guantanamo and other places.
    HMM!! I will have to review my vow to vote Democratic.
    Omer Murray
    Newhall, CA

    December 14, 2007 at 5:42 pm |
  136. James

    How the candidates like their coffee??? You have got to be kidding me! The astronauts love triangle? Come on Wolf, where is the news? We see now that the sheeple have cringed at your offering of Guilliani and Romney, you are shoving Huckabee at us. We know you don't make this up but where is the dignity of the Forth Estate. Compromised along with most of our government, we suspect. Ron Paul '08.

    December 14, 2007 at 5:43 pm |
  137. Aaron from Overland Park, KS

    Of course it's a mistake to nominate Huckabee! With the recent news of his stance on both women and gays I think that is pretty obvious. We need a candidate that can overlook people’s differences and make decisions for the good of our country. Not a self serving Baptist that has only his salvation in mind.

    December 14, 2007 at 5:44 pm |
  138. Jim

    Jack, I 'm the kind of guy who votes for who I feel will do the best job for the country no matter his or her party. Huckabee is only in the race due to his comical personallity. He's probably just as qualifed as any for the Republican nomination except one (John MaCain). John is my pick of lot, but admittly he's a dark horse. I'm probably going to vote for a Democrate this year. I just hope the nominated Democrate will be one that I can stomach.

    Odds are this will just be another electon where the voters will have to choose between the lesser of two evils. I'm not saying that Huckabee is evil, quit the contrary. The founding fathers of this country were wise enough to phrase the constitution such that the seperation between Church and State is of supreme importance . Due to his conviction to his faith, Mike Huckabee can not honor this principal no better than Jerry Fallwell could. I'm a devout Cristian, but for the good of the country Huckabee should'nt be elected President.

    December 14, 2007 at 5:44 pm |
  139. dan

    two words for you....chuck norris

    December 14, 2007 at 5:45 pm |
  140. vicky

    yes, it will be the biggest mistake, you people forgot that bush won the white house , preaching the same, " i am a newborn christian" are you falling for the same thing again?, i mean this will be the third time, you fall for religion, please leave religion in the vatican, or churches. If huckabee is so religious, why doesn't he want to STOP THE WAR. isn't JESUS love and forgiveness? How can you call yourselves religious and all you want is booommmbbb all the children in irak and iran? Ron paul is the only one, he doesn.t even need to pay advisors because he knows what he is saying, and what he says it is the TRUTH.

    December 14, 2007 at 5:45 pm |
  141. Eugene L. Fahngon

    Jack, Glenn Beck is a mormon. what do you expect? He is definitely placing his religious beliefs above his job discription,which for me is unethical. Huckabee has apoligize to Mitt and received mercy. It is in my opinion An act of leadership on the part of Huckabee to reach out to people and to demostrate how humble he is. Tell Glenn And all the others, that America HAS_IS_WILL; be it Barrack, Hilary, or Huckabee, C_H_A_N_G_E
    C-–Come together
    H-–Harmonize their differences
    A--Assist each other
    N-–Narrow the economic gap
    G-–Galvanize their resources
    E-–Empower themselves.

    December 14, 2007 at 5:46 pm |
  142. I.

    Mike Huckabee's funny, charming, likeable and seemingly genuine. He also can insult his rivals in that "aw shucks" kind of way. As a Democratic, this is the candidate I'm the most afraid of running against.

    And to raise and "aw shucks" sort of question myself, I heard recently that Huckabee is against teaching evolution in the schools – Is this true?

    December 14, 2007 at 5:47 pm |
  143. Angela Kohli, Inkom Idaho

    No absolutely not, we need a man for president who is without guile. We have had enough feigned innocense.

    December 14, 2007 at 5:48 pm |
  144. Reverend R. Lee

    Yes it would be a mistake for the GOP to nominate Huckabee. The Bush administration has severely damaged the reputation and credibility of the Republican party. The 2008 election is the Democrats to lose. Republicans are the underdog. To have a winning chance it's going to take a Republican candidate that can win the independent votes as well attract votes from Democratic voters. As a lifetime Republican and a Christian minister I can tell you Mike Huckabee is not that candidate, dare I say none of the top teir GOP media darlings is that candidate.

    December 14, 2007 at 5:50 pm |
  145. GT

    I've read through all previous posts, and am amazed that the majority of people are quick to label Huckabee a "nut"...more specifically a "religious nut". The people of Iowa (I am from California) have been carefully examining ALL the candidates for quite some time (as have I), and short of 10-20 year old statements (from back when many of us misunderstood AIDS and many other matters for which society and time has changed our perspectives) , I don't see how the "nut" label fits!? I especially agree with Carolyn and Alice, who seem to not only see the truth and see it objectively, but also see to reflect what people and Iowa have been starting to pick up on in recent months.

    December 14, 2007 at 5:50 pm |
  146. Sandra

    They could have Huckabee put the last nail in the GOP coffin and even give a sermon.

    December 14, 2007 at 5:50 pm |
  147. Angela Kohli, Inkom Idaho

    I meant to say yes it would be a big mistake to elect Huckabee as we need a man for President who is without guile .We have had enough feigned innocense. Angela

    December 14, 2007 at 5:51 pm |
  148. Jack Kass

    Huckabee's nomination would be right out of the Carl Rove playbook. The Republican party has relied on fear and intolerance: the: "either wit' em er agin' em" message trumpeted by "Christian-Taliban" organizations. Anyone not making $250k or more a year should be aligned with any other party except the Republican party. The costs of intolerance has been enormous. We have rendered the United Nations all but irrelevent, spent billions on a war that could easily have been prevented, sent millions of jobs overseas, weakened our international reputation, eased taxes on the rich, increased burdens on our working poor, robbed our students.....(I could go on)... All over two issues where you are "either with them or against them": 1) Abortion 2) Gay Rights.

    December 14, 2007 at 5:52 pm |
  149. Andrew

    It would surely be a mistake. I will not vote for Muck.

    December 14, 2007 at 5:52 pm |
  150. Robin in Colfax, CA


    Why do the Republicans keep tying themselves to Reagan? He's the one who gave us double-digit inflation, the government buy-out of the savings & loan industry, and the Iran-Contra scandal among other fiascos. He doesn't appear to me to be a very good model for President.

    December 14, 2007 at 5:53 pm |
  151. frost sutherland

    Having seen my party hijacked by a pack of religious nut jobs, I firmly believe that God doesn't need my vote and neither does Huckabee!

    December 14, 2007 at 5:59 pm |
  152. Joe Watkins

    after these negative comments, how about an objective in-depth comparison between Bill Clinton and Mike Huckabee since they both came from Hope, Arkansas and were both governors of the state?

    December 14, 2007 at 6:01 pm |
  153. Jason

    Huck hasn't given a straight answer to any important questions that I've seen to date. He says he wants to get rid of the IRS but wants to put a "Fair Tax" in place that will, and this a quote, "It wouldn't be a revenue increase or a revenue decrease; REVENUE NEUTRAL." Doesn't that mean he wants to tax us the same?? Look at his record. He raised taxes over 500 million dollars in his own state. Sure, he is a good speaker but he hasn't shown me a reason to vote for him. Wake up people!

    December 14, 2007 at 6:04 pm |
  154. Don

    I am a 56 year old lifelong Democrat from a family that has always voted Democrat, but I believe that it is time that we elect president Mike Huckabee to fix this mess that we have in our country. Our current Government has failed us.

    December 14, 2007 at 6:06 pm |
  155. MyKisa

    I`ve waited for a consumption tax for these past thirty eight years, and never once has a cadidate proposed it. Now is the time to transfer the power over their own money to the people. Politicians and lobbyists only use our money to buy votes.
    We each have our views that differ greatly, but we all share the need for liberty to control our wealth to maintain our lives.

    December 14, 2007 at 6:06 pm |
  156. Tim from Iowa

    Mr. Cafferty,

    I think it would be a huge mistake to nominate Mike Huckabee. Once Republicans get pass the likeability factor and truly understand his positions, they will see that he is the weakest of the weak in terms of Republican ideals. The American people are more engaged now more than ever and the nation's most critical issues will decide who will be our next President.

    Tim from Iowa

    December 14, 2007 at 6:09 pm |
  157. Corey Cain

    Honestly I think nominating anyone other than Ron Paul would be a huge mistake. Since he is the only candidate willing to address monetary policy and ending the occupation of the world by our forces

    December 14, 2007 at 6:10 pm |
  158. Linda Roberson

    Mike Huckabee is decent, honest, and speaks the language of America's ordinary Joes (and Janes). It is great mistake to underestimate his ability to lead this country to a much brighter future. The media spins and pundit lies are easily snuffed out by the candle of truth. He certainly has my vote.

    December 14, 2007 at 6:11 pm |
  159. Stephen Gutowski, Downingtown Pa

    Mike Huckabee is someone who has made enormous strides within the republican primary. He has garnered wide-spread support from many factions of the party by putting out a positive message and practical solutions. Not to mention hes accomplished everything he has with no money or major organization. He would make a good nominee.

    December 14, 2007 at 6:12 pm |
  160. Chris Dickson

    Republicans would be making a mistake if we did not nominate Mike Huckabee. Mike Huckabee is exactly what the United States needs right now. Mike Huckabee is a man of convictions and integrity that communicates clearly. Mike has clear, concise and accurate solutions that address the issues of the day.


    December 14, 2007 at 6:13 pm |
  161. jenny

    Huge mistake. And with all the skeletons in his gubernatorial closet, plus his absolute cluelessness on matters of substance, I'm wondering why is he getting a pass? It surely is not because he is a "nice guy", though he may be –could it be that the Dems would just love for him to be the nominee because they can see how surely it would easily guarantee them the Presidency? And therefore will hold their fire until he is the sole target? I am a Ron Paul supporter, I registered as a Republican the other day for the sole purpose of being able to vote for Ron Paul in the primary, and I will vote for no other candidate. Other considerations aside, he is the only Republican who can win the election. If he does not win the nomination, I will write him in and withdraw from the party. I know of many others who will do likewise. The Republicans are shooting themselves in the groin by not even treating Dr. Paul as a serious candidate, much less recognizing him as the harbinger of a new paradigm that he is. So I wouldn't put it past their stupidity to vote Huckabee their nominee. But our numbers grow every day; our peaceful Air Force (RonPaulBlimp.com) is launched aloft, and our TeaParty (TeaParty07.com) this weekend at locations all over this country (and the world at large) will increase our numbers and our coffers even more. Let Huckabee take care of himself, and get the Republican party a tourniquet. We'll see.

    December 14, 2007 at 6:13 pm |
  162. Carry Anymore

    'Lest we forget, it was Chuck Norris who was the bad guy Bruce Lee beat up

    December 14, 2007 at 6:14 pm |
  163. Dave Brodeur

    I think Huckabee is the best choice available. He is Pro-Life, wants to change our corrupted tax system and some of the social justice that the Democrats claim to offer. He would do his best to be fair to all. It isn't chance or by accident that he is jumping up in the polls. He is being helped by God who wants our country to be a just society.

    You folks wanted to get an outsider into the White House who has compassion and will bring integrity back to our nation. You can't clamor about "we want change" and not vote for one who stands for it.

    December 14, 2007 at 6:15 pm |
  164. Rupert


    Huckabee is a dream come true for the Democrats. Ron Paul is the only Republican candidate who can beat Hillary Clinton in the general election. He was right on Iraq, he was right on Iran, and as we creep towards recession, we're finding out he was right on economy, as well.

    I'd love to see a half-hour interview of you interviewing Ron Paul, Jack. No offense to Wolf, but you're the straight shooter up there.

    December 14, 2007 at 6:16 pm |
  165. Jay

    Huckabee is not the right choice for the Republican party. I'm sure he is a nice person, but his history is riddled with "executive" mistakes. I have been an independent for years and try to vote for the candidate who I think speaks truth and has integrity. It is easy to find out these things now that we have the internet. Do your own research and don't let the "boob tube" tells you who is the best candidate. Isn't the future of our country and our children worth it? I've done mine and I am backing Ron Paul!

    December 14, 2007 at 6:19 pm |
  166. Wesley

    I am a lifelong Democrat and I hope that Mike Huckabee gets the Republican nomination. He is considered the easiest to beat in a general election. Unfortunately, many in the GOP party either don't realize or simple don't want to acknowledge this fact.

    Concord, NH

    December 14, 2007 at 6:20 pm |
  167. Jack Kass

    Huckabee is a religious nut. When you are Born Again Evangelical you believe in Jesus Christ as your personal savior and all the other billions of people in the world will not be saved.....thus be condemed to Hell.

    Kinda nuts huh?

    December 14, 2007 at 6:21 pm |
  168. Colin Gorham

    Yes. Despite his contrived ascendance in the polls the fact remains that Mike Huckabee does not have widespread support among conservative voters. If people are truly behind him then why don’t they donate to his campaign. Ron Paul’s supporters on the other hand raised 4.3 for him in one day, launched a blimp on his behalf, & plan to raise more for him on December 16th to commemorate the Boston Tea Party. Paul 1) wins nearly every post debate poll, 3) wins the majority of the straw polls, 4) gets the most donations from active military, 5) has the 915th most popular site in US (according to alexa.com), 6) has the most meetup groups, & is 7) likely to raise the most money this quarter of all republican candidates YET according to the media has no chance to win the Republican nomination?

    December 14, 2007 at 6:22 pm |
  169. Greg Copenhaver

    If you want a more educated guess as to whether this Huckabee RINO is part of the solution or part of the problem, I recommend watching the documentary called "America: Freedom to Fascism". You can find it on google and elsewhere online and watch it for free.

    December 14, 2007 at 6:28 pm |
  170. louis gander

    If, after 2 terms as governor of Arkansas, Mike Huckabee is not qualified to be President, neither was Carter, Reagan, or Clinton.

    He was BORN in the US, he's at least 35 years of age, and he is MORE QUALIFIED to be President than most reporters are to give their opinions about presidential candidates.... you, Mr. Cafferty, excluded of course....

    December 14, 2007 at 6:29 pm |
  171. Rick Moss

    A vote for Mike Huckabee is the only thing a person of integrity could do. The people attacking Mr. Huckabee have been at war with themselves long before he came on the scene. He just gives them a convenient excuse to vent.

    December 14, 2007 at 6:34 pm |
  172. c. Wiliiams

    Gov. Huckabee is absolutely electable, and from my point of view, the most electable. He is likely to get a large portion of the African American vote, as well as moderates and some common sense Democrats who are wary of H. Clinton ( if she gets the nomination). I think Giuliani will split the party because of his social views, and Thompson is just a snooze-fest. McCain, while a great man, is a Senator, and getting to be pretty old. I think he would be a repeat of Bob Dole. Mitt Romney just doesn't do much for me. I've got nothing against him really, but he just reminds me of politics- as-usual. Nothing about him 'wows' me.

    December 14, 2007 at 6:39 pm |
  173. louis gander

    And one more thing this country (and the world) needs now more than ever – UNITY. Mike Huckabee is the ONLY candidate that can accomplish this. He did it in Arkansas with a Democratic Legislature and he can do it again in Washington D.C.

    December 14, 2007 at 6:41 pm |
  174. A.J.

    Mike Huckabee is the next Ronald Reagan. He has the vision and the ability to unite America again. He is the greatest communicator I've ever heard. And I personally know Republicans and Democrats who love him and will vote for him. As to whether or not he can beat Hillary is totally obvious! Can you imagine the 2 of them in a debate? Huck would blow Hillary away!! And a recent Zogby poll showed Huckabee beating all 3 major Dems by a greater margin than the other Republicans.

    Bottom line: the American people love Mike Huckabee. And that's what you need to get elected!

    December 14, 2007 at 6:44 pm |
  175. bob from Dover, DE Home of the Military Morgue

    yes it would be a big mistake

    how does anyone think that giving illegal aliens anything is right.

    Citizens have to foot the bill when he wanted to give Illegal Aliens tuition for college.... the Teachers don't work for free and the buildings don't get heated for nothing.

    Every dollar that an illegal gets means one less dollar spent to help an American.

    what kind of thinking is that?
    I cant even imagine for a second having that thought.

    He is not someone that I would ever follow.
    so he can not lead our country.
    However he is not alone..

    December 14, 2007 at 6:46 pm |
  176. Robert Forbes

    Sung to the tune of "If I could be with you"

    "Huckabee with you one hour tonight,
    If I could do the things I wish I might
    I'm telling you true, I'd be anything but blue
    Huckabee with you."

    December 14, 2007 at 6:51 pm |
  177. bob from Dover, DE Home of the Military Morgue

    Oh dear Moderator

    Rudy's Dad was in the Mafia


    A 2000 investigative biography revealed that Giuliani's love/hate deal with the Mafia included his own family: His father and uncle had Mafia ties. Uncle Leo D'Avanzo ran a loan-sharking and gambling operation out of a Brooklyn bar, and used his father Harold as muscle to collect unpaid debts, author Wayne Barrett reported.


    Giuliani has spent his adult life searching for missions impossible enough to suit his extravagant sense of self. A child of Brooklyn who was raised in a family of fire fighters, cops and criminals–five uncles in the uniformed services, an ex-con father and a Mob-connected uncle who ran a loan-sharking operation

    December 14, 2007 at 6:52 pm |
  178. Dale Henderson

    We don't need another bible thumping born again making policy here. Did't we learn anything from the last idiot and his "faithful" staff and friends. Faith has it's place in the hearts and churches of a lot of people, but NOT in the center of government.

    December 14, 2007 at 6:52 pm |
  179. Tim Collins

    Hi Jack, I think it would be a mistake to nominate Mike Huckabee for president. Everyone should take the time to research each person running for president and they would see the truth. I have found Ron Paul is the answer for me. It is sad that the mainstream media is turning a blind eye to the only person that stands for the people and our constitution. Let his record show who he is. What about the record of all the other candidates? Ron Paul has served 10 terms as a congressman and voted by the constitution. Ron Paul is the answer whether you are a Democrat or Republican. Thanks

    December 14, 2007 at 6:59 pm |
  180. Gary Banks

    Concerned with Huckabee's Allegiance with Tyson Foods. There one of the worst violators of hiring Illegal Immigrants.

    Avondale, AZ

    December 14, 2007 at 7:04 pm |
  181. WK Ferguson

    NO! You nominate and support the candidate that you would like to run the nation. Not, which candidate can beat the other.

    December 14, 2007 at 7:12 pm |
  182. G.D.

    Mike Huckabee has my vote! Fairtax 08!

    December 14, 2007 at 7:30 pm |
  183. Joe Watkins

    So many distortions, so much pure hatred! I just finished browsing over the entire list of comments – Huckabee, from all I have studied and read seems to be a uniter. God knows, we need someone us together as basically one people, all Americans. A very freshing, recently new approach. So, with these ideas in mind, how does his background compare with Bill Clinton? I have the "Clinton Chronicle" tape. Was this documentation correct depicting the background of Clinton? I was not there! I was not in Arkansas during the formative years of Huckabee! As a Republican, from the typical Democratic past of the South, it would seem to me that he must have made some real accomplishments. Sincerely, Joe Watkins

    December 14, 2007 at 8:03 pm |
  184. Tom Thatcher

    I think that Mike Huckabee is the very best choice we have for our president. He seems as the most honest and wants to take over where all our sold out leaders have taken us. I dont think Huckabee is for sale as Bush Hillary and the rest of the snake pit. Huckabee surely has my vote.

    December 14, 2007 at 8:14 pm |
  185. L.Thomas

    A vote for Huckabee is a vote for another GEORGE BUSH. I suggest you read the 19th post in this blog. Winston Parsons – an Arkansas resident. Mr.Huckabee stands for: warmongering, total ineptness regarding foregin policy{ doh, what NIE report about Iran?} persons with AIDS-quarantined, lets rapists out of jail, etc. Sorry but I'm not swayed bye the 'aw shucks, I'm Huck ' fake persona of his. And ED ROLLINS: How could you in good conscience become this fanatical right-winger's campaign chairman? What a sell out you are! My opinion of you really plummeted today after hearing this news. There is only one candidate that truly has the country's best interest at heart and that is.............RON PAUL. A true statemsman and patriot. Not a politician like the " Huckerster. "

    December 14, 2007 at 8:38 pm |
  186. S.S.

    Not at all – in fact, I think the biggest mistake would be to not nominate Huckabee. Mike Huckabee is the only candidate with experience in running against the Clintons. He is the sharpest contrast to Hillary. Huckabee is honest, humble, a great leader, and an amazing speaker. He should be our next president, and I think he will be.

    December 14, 2007 at 9:13 pm |
  187. Rose

    No matter what anyone says about each candidate the Lord will prevail in who becomes the next President. In Romans 13:1 Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except from God, and The authorities that exist are appointed by God. Beleive it or not. So pray and trust that the Lord will reveal who to vote for.

    December 14, 2007 at 9:31 pm |
  188. StubbleSpark

    Huckabee is anti-slick. That is why he is winning in Iowa on a budget 10 to 20 less that of his fiercest competitors and critics. His affability makes him nigh unassailable in the face of negative campaign ads as his past campaigns have proven. There is no reason why he would not be able to steamroll the slicksters in the Democratic wing as well.

    There was a time when the conservative media could claim to have the voice of the everyman but recent media assaults by bought-and-paid-for outlets like Fox and pundits like Hugh Hewitt have crossed the line. They preach that we do not have to take it from the MSM but then come down hard on Huckabites as slack-jawed bigots. These sources in particular have lost all of my respect.

    It reminds me of Luther who, after declaring Sola Scriptura, bemoaned the masses no longer heeded his doctrines as binding.

    December 14, 2007 at 9:35 pm |
  189. Donna

    As a Republican activist in a Blue State (Maryland), I know it is not a mistake for us to nominate Mike Huckabee. He was Governor of Arkansas for 10 + years, Lieutenant Governor for 2 1/2 years before that.
    Here are 3 reasons why,
    1. In November 2005, Time named Huckabee one of the five best governors in the U.S.
    2. From wikipedia.com "He proclaimed 1997 as a year of racial reconciliation.[6] He said, "Let every one of us make it our priority to bring reconciliation, not so much that we can force it or legislate it, because we cannot, but that we begin in each of our own lives to purpose in our hearts that we will not harbor anger, hostility, prejudice, bigotry and racism toward any person."[24]"
    3. In his Nov 2002 election to his 2nd term as governor, he won 40%+ of the votes of African Americans. In Maryland, we would have been estatic to win 25% of that voting bloc and Michael Steele would have been our new Senator.

    Mike Huckabee means an easy win for Democrats!?! Please, please, don't throw me into the briar patch.

    December 14, 2007 at 10:14 pm |
  190. jon

    Glenn Becks comment on Mr Hucabee on CNN Wolf Blitzer


    Sir, please please, please, state the Mormon Gospel Principals. Mormons have hidden behind the walls of not speaking up publically long enough. Yes Mormons are Christian in the sense of the same moral fiber and Judeo-Christian ethic, however alternative that it might be to traditional Christian theology. Come on! Be brave.

    The reason for the change in the polls is that Mormons are not talking about it. It causes people to do the research for themselves and then see the theological differences between the Mormon Christian faith and traditional Protestant / Catholic Christian faiths.

    Typically how can others undertand preexistance; that God Elohim, Jesus, and the Holy Ghost are seperate; that Jesus (Jehovah is the creator of the earth), and what our Heavenly family is about?

    Let there not be silence anymore. Mormons preach and believe the Bible (as it is correctly translated) and The Book of Mormon also to be the word of God, as well as belief in The Articles of Faith, Doctrine of Covenants, and Pearl of Great Price.

    Lets come out of the shadows and lay it on the line and say this is what America is about. Mormons are good people, but we know in our hearts that our beliefs are true for us.

    Also sir, you are doing the same thing that Mr Huckabee is alledged to have done. Mulah, really, Mr Beck!. You had a tirade moment, and its going to backfire on you.

    Would I vote for a Mormon, yes. Would I not, yes. Its all about kindness, openness, and candor. And stating the facts and Gospel Principals. I would rather have a Protestant who professed his Gospel principals in the Whitehouse, than a Mormon who did not.

    December 14, 2007 at 10:25 pm |
  191. WJ

    Huckabee is the best candidate to beat any democrat, and especially Hillary. For 10 and 1/2 years as governor of Arkansas, a mostly democratic state, he had constant resistance from democrats. All the false accusations you hear now, were from when he was governor in an election year in Arkansas, leveled against him by the Clinton machine. But guess the citizens of Arkansas weren't fooled, as they re-elected him twice. Time magazine named him one of 5 best governors.

    The charges against him are misleading or just wrong. Go to his official website mikehuckabee.com and read his stand on the issues and the "truth squad" articles which defend the attacks.

    Those who say Huckabee raised taxes are misled. He cut taxes over 90 times in Arkansas, saving the taxpayers 327 million dollars. He had to call for taxes only to meet the federally mandated funds for education and Medicaid. He is for continuing the Bush tax cuts and has pledged to not raise taxes as president. He supports the Fair Tax, which will certainly cut taxes!!!!

    The Fair Tax is a product of the best economic minds in the country. It is a plan that even congress would have to pass, because the people would insist on it or vote them out. It would stop lobbyists, make government accountable for all they spend, so cut our huge deficit. Check out fairtax.org. I have never known anyone who understands it that doesn't like it.

    Even Bill Clinton said that Huckabee could be a favored dark horse. He didn't think Mike had a chance at that time. But Huckabee's success in working WITH democrats in Arkansas, shows he can appeal to all Americans, regardless of their party offiliation. He is a man of integrity, straightforward and sincere. He speaks of vertical politics rather than politics of the left and right. Our country needs a person who can unite us, with creative ideas for our economy, health care, and education.

    Please check out Huckabee's website before you believe everything you might hear from the media. He is the real deal, the first candidate I have been excited about, and the first candiate I have ever supported financially. Yes, he is a Christian, but does NOT push his beliefs on others. He did not do that in Arkansas, and would not do that as president. It's the media that keeps asking him all the religious questions. He would prefer to talk about his stand on the issues.

    He is simply a man of principal, not controlled by wall street, but supported by those of us from "main street", though his ideas would benefit ALL Americans.
    He cares about making this country a better place for his children, and yours and mine. I am voting for Mike Huckabee, and proud to do so.

    December 14, 2007 at 11:28 pm |
  192. Karen

    Iam voting for Gov. Huchabee because: 1st His integrity and character, 2nd Because of his stand on issues concerning American Security and Foreign Policy,
    Taxes (Get rid of IRS!) and the Economy, Energy Independence, Health Care and Education, Immagration, and Conservative Social Values. I've gone to his site and read what he says on these issues and agree with him. I didn't stop by just reading what he said on his site, but went further and done research on his past record on these issues and was pleased with what I learned. I believe he will be our next President. He has a proven record that has served people and not himself. People will learn that he doesn't have a glass jaw but one of Steel and Iron. And ... What a sense of humor!

    December 15, 2007 at 12:24 am |
  193. Louise

    I'm a "Christian Conservative" and I don't feel any more "slighted by the Republican Party" than the rest of America. GW was not my choice in 2000 (Alan Keyes was!) The only Republican that will get my vote in 08 is Ron Paul. I too, was a Reagan Republican, but now I'm proud to be a "Ron Paul Republican."

    December 15, 2007 at 12:35 am |
  194. Brent in Alaska

    I had quite watching CNN in '94' when I determined that CNN was the acronym for Communist News Network.
    But, by your professional unbiased reporting, I am a changed 50 year old man and you have redeemed CNN.
    Tax Hike Mike would be just as much a mistake as anyone of the other so called front tier candidates.
    Just listen to their forked tongue gibberish.. No substance, just hollow syllables.
    Ron Paul is the only choice with the principled integrity to lead[as opposed to rule] this country. The Scotts had William Wallace, ....Ron Paul is Americas Braveheart!

    December 15, 2007 at 3:48 am |
  195. Paul McGowan

    Of course Jack...everything the republicans do is just another mistake. Don't believe me?.......just check out your program everyday.

    December 15, 2007 at 7:01 am |
  196. Paul

    Given this guy's past actions and statements, I honestly believe that he is another Bush waiting to happen. I only hope he will continue to put his foot in his mouth one too many times before he is taken too seriously as a candidate.

    December 15, 2007 at 10:12 am |
  197. George Jordan

    Huckabee should play down his views of Mormonism, and concentrate on other issues...he doesn't want to be perceived as "right wing" especially when it comes to the general election

    December 15, 2007 at 10:26 am |
  198. jean brown

    I'm leaning towards Huckabee with a few reservations. He reminds me of Harry
    Truman, one of our greatest, who, as a former haerdasher and later as a senator
    had little or no experience in global matters but became a good president. Altho'
    a God-fearing man, he used the atom bomb and led the country as no one else'could have led. My concern with Huckabee is kowtowing to illegal aliens –
    save our tax money to help our american citizens. AMEN.

    December 15, 2007 at 11:44 am |
  199. James R. Nix, Jr.


    Although I have recently switched to Independent from Republican, I would say that, from a Republican point of view, nominating this "slillbilly" would be par for the recent course–a disastrous loser. His moments out of the pasture, I believe, are fleeting, and he will drop, like dung, into obscurity. By the way, a "slillbilly" is no more than a slick, little, hillbilly, which I believe him to be.

    December 15, 2007 at 3:07 pm |
  200. Bill Hamlin

    Mike Huckabee is not a good candidate for president because he proclaims his status as an ordained Baptist Minister. That and his public comments on another candidates religion clearly indicate that he considers his religion more important than the US Constitution and in particular the First Amendment which bans any state religion. George Bush has used his religion as a basis for banning stem cell research and for his attempts to interfere with the Florida Supreme Court's decision on a person in a long lasting permanent coma. It does not matter whether or not I agree with a Presiden's position on the "Right to Life" . It matters a great deal when he considers his personal religion more important that The Bill of Rights and the US Constitution

    December 15, 2007 at 3:24 pm |
  201. rob

    Should mike huckabee fink the republican party for the nomination, the democrats can be prepared for the greatest landslide victory in American History! He seeks the wrong pulpit, definately sending Conservatives away!

    Yeah, Mr. Cafferty, if mike huckabee wants to be the christian toilet plunger and send it down, good bye republican "little tent" party!

    Why doesn't the MEDIA QUESTION huckabee's ability to separate himself, ie. "church & state? Is there a different STANDARD for a baptist than a mormon?
    This Country does not need a condesending self righteous preacher, at such a grave time for unity, regardless of whether he can swing his cross in the air and cry out "come to Jesus"! He's spent his entire life preaching for MONEY and it just isn't going to change ... BEWARE LIBERALS!

    December 16, 2007 at 12:30 am |
  202. Joe Williams

    Yes, that's what we want in a presidential candidate: a "nice and like-able guy." Sarcasm aside, don't count on Huckabee getting a large portion of the African-American vote, as is suggested above. Most will wind up in the Hillary (or Obama) camp...don't kid yourselves. On the republican side, he'll alienate most staunch conservatives, but hey, if you want the Dems to win by a landslide, go ahead and push him through. President Huckabee??? It doesn't even sound right. Count on Clinton becoming the first female president by a close, but definitive margin.

    December 16, 2007 at 3:23 pm |
  203. David Calvert

    YES. Big mistake: THEY WOULD be giving the election away! Nothing will change. He’s sold his soul to the Big Boys (Speech to CFR affiliate CSIC in late Sept 2007 – you guys in media start puffing him a week later – all at the same time and saying the same things.... how obvious can you be??).



    December 16, 2007 at 4:35 pm |
  204. b mathews


    December 16, 2007 at 5:05 pm |
  205. RE Butterfield

    Hello Jack:

    Forget about Baptist preacher Mike Huckabee. He will have his 15 minutes (or fifteen days) of fame for his several humorous one-liners during the debates and his fundamentalist attack-dog routine on poor Mit. And he will be finished before the end of March.

    The real story is the day Ron Paul had on Sunday. Ron Paul’s grassroots supporters poured over six million dollars into his campaign in one day, breaking the previous one-day record set in November of over five million—also for Ron Paul as opposed to Mike Huckabee. Something big, very big is happening in American politics and the corporate media is minimizing it. Of course, except for you Jack and very few others. (By the way, when is the next Mike Huckabee "money-bomb.")

    Now, give them heck Dr. Ron. (The “them” I refer to are all the corporate and special-interest stooges you’re running against.) Your ever-growing legion of grassroots supporters will keep your campaign-coffers full so you can continue to deliver your message of truth, freedom, and hope. As Americans hear your message, they will increasingly distinguish it from the stale diet of empty promises and feel-good clichés they have been fed by corporate-owned politicians for decades. After 54 years of a perfect non-voting record, I am excited and honored to make my first trip to the polls—as I have finally discovered someone worthy of my cherished vote.

    RE Butterfield
    Columbus, OH

    December 16, 2007 at 11:24 pm |
  206. Darrel/from Iowa

    Of course Huckabee would make a super good canidate for President. We sure as the devil don't want more of like the last 16 years. What a disgrace to the people who elected that bunch of nuts into power. America is tired/ sick and tired of the same old(i mean old) politicians runing this country under lobisit rule. Huck is the man as it will bring good honest change to America and we have needed that for a long / Long time. Let John Q Public be represented this time. Huckabee is the Man for a real Mans Job!!!
    Independant from Iowa

    December 17, 2007 at 12:08 am |
  207. Courtney

    Jack, Huckabee would not be the ideal nomination. The majority of America wants out of this Iraq war and a policy of fixing our internal problems here at home. The only candidate that would win against the democrats with this same light bulb switch on in their heads would be Ron Paul. If they don't nominate him they won't win.

    December 17, 2007 at 12:31 am |
  208. ahad ali

    Jack, democrats or republicans, hillary or huckabee, whats the difference. If Huckabee thinks its wise to stay in Iraq to defend our 'honor", while we borrow money and put our children in debt of over 8 trillion, then I say we have a Bush 2.0. Wow, I can jsut imagine some corporate elites rubbing their hands in glee, waiting to get this guy elected so he can maintain the status quo. Every US citizen knows we are in trouble, but no one wants to wake up from their slumber and state of denial.

    December 17, 2007 at 12:52 am |
  209. Jonathan Clark

    Only if Republicans want a Republican in the White House. For those of us who will be looking for the opposite of Clinton or Obama, a Republican who has a proven record for taking more of our money and expanding government power is a poor alternative to a Democratic presidency.

    Huckabee, though a social conservative, is a liberal in all other ways. Since the power of a president over social matters is almost non-existent, a president Huckabee would be a liberal president.

    December 17, 2007 at 3:55 am |
  210. Ralph

    No. He is probably the best candidate they could pick. He is down to earth, usually speaks the truth, is of the people (humble roots), pragmatic problem solver. These are the qualities of a good leader. But his views are too far to the right and his receiving up to $100,000 in annual gifts as governor worries me given the current administration. The country needs drastic change and the Republicans are 1850's Big Business. Creation of the smallest middle class since the 1920's is nothing to vote for.

    December 17, 2007 at 11:11 am |
  211. Paul Alleyne

    Should Huckabee not get the Republican nomination, and Clinton gets the Democratic nomination; I would love to see her pick him as her running mate. I think it would clearly be a winner for her. I like his honesty, even though I may disagree with some of his pronouncements. But, he strikes me as the best of the Republican lot. The others seem to be swimming upstream slowly.
    Should Obama win the Democratic nomination, he should pick Edwards as a running mate. This is also a winning hand.

    On the Republican side. If Huckabee should win, he should pick either Obama, or Clinton. I dislike both Guilliani and Rommey. Both are not strong candidates, and seem to move from one position to another. And most of all smile too much. People who smile too much are not to be trusted.

    December 17, 2007 at 2:30 pm |
  212. harvey Russell

    Personally, I wouldn't trust Huck to slop the hogs.

    December 17, 2007 at 2:59 pm |
  213. Jena

    Jack, if anyone but Ron Paul gets the GOP nomination – we might as well start getting use to another 4 years of the Clinton empire and what a scary thought that is. I'm really not in the financial position to pay 50% taxes.

    Huckabee is starting to remind me of GW just a little too much lately. I really have trouble with politicians that claim to be spoken to by God or Jesus – especially when they claim that God told them to go to war. What God was that again???

    December 17, 2007 at 4:25 pm |
  214. Emily, Emerald Isle, NC

    Huckabee makes me nervous. Do people realize he supports teaching evolution in schools? I don't think the US needs a fundamentalist president to add to worldwide religious tensions.

    December 17, 2007 at 5:20 pm |
  215. Emily, Emerald Isle, NC

    I misspoke in my comment of 5:20 – what I meant was that Huckabee supports teaching creationism in schools. That's too fundamentalist for me.

    December 17, 2007 at 5:42 pm |

    yes its a huge mistake . saying jesus and the ” beast” (666) , ” satin” (lucifer) are brothers.. How can a BAPTIST MINITSER – make a ” MENACE II SOCIETY” statement? answer = when he reveals his true colors as DR. JEKYLL & MR. HYDE. WOW. the bleeding isnt going to stop there.. and J.Cafferty called him reganest.. please! in whos book? its getting ugly.. im not a fan of R.R. either- he was deffinitly a better actor than president.. remember the guns and the fights he used to get into…WE DO NOT EXCEPT BAPTIST MINISTERS APLOLOGY FOR USING JESUS NAME IN VAIN…HOW IN HEAVENS SAKE SHOULD ANYONE EVER SAY SUCH A THING. WHEN WE PRAY TO GOD WE ALWAYS SAY JESUS IN THE PRAYERS.- AND WE FINISH ALL OF OUR PRAYERS IN JESUS NAME. AMEN! AMEN! AMEN!

    December 17, 2007 at 9:43 pm |
  217. Brent

    I think Governor Huckabee is being hypocritical to claim the Christian religious stance, while promoting the continuation of the war/any war. He and all other republicans are also causing serious fiscal problems for our country when they discuss lower taxes/elimination of the IRS, while we are running a budget deficit. If you want to lower taxes, you start by lowering the spending. First, pay off the debt to eliminate the high carrying costs (interest expense). Then cut the taxes. Most adults with a credit card understand this concept.

    December 17, 2007 at 10:28 pm |
  218. Mark

    I live in Arkansas as one of the working poor. I go to school, raise my kids as a single parent, work, and try to make ends meet. I think he needs to define certain things that he proposes. For Example, he wants to get rid of the IRS, which is dandy; However, he did run through a last minute temporary deal, that we Arkansans pay a tax on our state tax filings. He called it a surcharge on our tax, which breaks down to be a tax on our tax. That didn't seem to be any kind of tax break to me.
    I'm not sure how well that the no child left behind act really faired. I would be interested in seeing real numbers, like how many high school students ended up quitting school, failing out, or what not because of it. When you look at test scores of our kids in America versus the rest of the world, we have some fairly dumb kids, so it's pretty obvious that our educational system needs a drastic overhaul.
    I only got 3 words. Vote Ron Paul.

    December 18, 2007 at 9:38 am |
  219. Jim Painter

    I love the guy! Because I know so little about him, I was curious as to why I was so comfortable with his personna. Why he comes across as so trustworthy and likeable! I just saw his Christmas advertisement on MSNBC's, Joe in the Morning show and realized that I'm looking at the reincarnation of "Gomer Pyle." Acts, looks, and even has the same mannerisms when he talks, as Jim Nabors did in his characters on the Andy Griffen and Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. shows. That might be an explaination for his sudden stealth surge in the primary political polls. A broad spectrum of our population loved Jim Nabors. Great actor, wonderful singing voice.

    A GOOGLE search for "Vince Carter Gomer Pyle" results in the following among others:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gomer_pile Scroll down and there's "Mike Huckabee leaning on a gas pump in Mayberry,NC."

    Mike Huckabee is not Jim Nabors but may very well be a "Gomer Pyle" in political sheeps clothing! Could it be that he's a Southern Baptist (huckster) Huckabee, ex-governor from Hope, Arkansas, which gives him far more in common with Bill Clinton than a lot of people are aware of: birthplace, cultural, religious, educational and social backgrounds as kids are all common.

    He's good! Real good at making me feel comfortable but now I know why! It's not just his, "eliminate the IRS and go to a national sales tax pitch" that caught my attention.

    WELCOME TO THE NATIONAL POLITICAL STAGE GOMER! It's not as far from Mayberry to the White House as one would have assumed!

    December 18, 2007 at 9:44 am |
  220. Nancy Falster

    Thank you Mr. Cafferty,

    You are showing true journalistic class and all your fellow pundits should take lessons in basic manners.

    If people look at the record and not the rhetoric of the former Pastor Huckabee, they will see he is just like every other candidate, except Congressman Dr. Paul. Mr. Huckabee flips with the wind and flops with the press.
    One of the most maddening actions of the main stream media is the lack of displaying how these different candidates voted on issues in their various areas of influence.

    Would you be brave enough to show on screen what they say verses how they vote?

    Many people are handicapped by their lack of knowledge and while it is ultimately our own responsibility to dig these answers out for ourselves, many still view the MSM as their souce for 'honest' news.
    That being the case, the rare men on camera, such as yourself that are open to at least presenting facts could help a lot of folks out by displaying the FACTS.
    Candidate says this,however votes this...

    We do not have a TV ourselves but I catch your segment on the internet as often as possible.

    A farmer in Texas

    December 18, 2007 at 10:11 am |
  221. DK

    Huckabee is for reforming or totally dismantling the IRS and the albatross of tax laws. Why WOULDN'T the citizens vote for him!!

    We out here in middle American cannot continue to sustain the tax burden and still have a decent quality of life. It is time for tax reform and Huckabee vows he's for implementing either a fair or flat tax.

    There stands the votes from we middle Americans. That's why the GOP should nominate him, and that's why he is gaining in popularity regardless of religious ilk.

    December 18, 2007 at 12:12 pm |
  222. Ben Okoye

    Mr. Lowry is obviously biased against Mike Huckabee. Do we really expect Mr. Lowry to endorse Mr. Huckabee when his magazine endorsed another candidate?.Mr Huckabee is an authentic conservative whose record tops every republican candidate in this race. The people will chose who to nominate in this race and not the pundits like Mr. Lowry.

    Ben Okoye

    December 18, 2007 at 4:34 pm |
  223. Ben Okoye


    Pundits like Mr. lowry cannot dictate to us who to vote for and subsequently nominated for president of United States. Mr. Huckabee is a decent man whose record of accomplish surpass all the republican candidates for president. Obviously, Mr. Lowry is bias, especially when his magazine has just endorsed the candidacy of Mitt Romney. Like him or not, get out of the way and let voters do their job.

    Ben Okoye

    December 18, 2007 at 4:52 pm |
  224. Billy

    Huckabee is a mistake look at his own family a son that hung,stoned and finally slashed the throat of a stray dog all the while posing as a counselor at a Boy Scout camp.... that's what i want my two son's to see at summer camp. Huckabee a minister should have taught his child better than that. The problem child was also arrested for carrying a gun in an airport . Did we not learn about voting for presidential candidates from Arkansas ? What was the old saying "hurt me once shame on you ... hurt me twice shame on me"

    December 18, 2007 at 6:44 pm |
  225. ServingOverseas

    It would be a huge mistake to elect Huckabee, or anyone else, who thinks that the current administration is on the right track, that our economy is stable, that other religions are our biggest threat, and that church and state make good bedfellows.

    December 19, 2007 at 3:15 am |
  226. paul higginbotham

    Jack: Look at the science failures of our country under this anti-science president. If you want to import all our medicines and renewable energy resources from abroad, just elect a guy who doesn't believe in evolution, and thinks the world began 6,000 yrs ago. Paul

    December 19, 2007 at 10:24 am |
  227. Steve Grycel

    As a former mathematics major (too many years ago), I'd like to comment on the Republican polls. They have to be the most inaccurate method available of judging the Republican candidates. Let's look at the math behind it. Most polls today are polls of likely voters, which means that the people who took the polls had voted in the last election and were Republicans. As a fact in our equation, only 5-6% of the Republicans voted in the previous election, the other 94-95% sat that one out. So, if we take Mike the "Huckster" for example, polling at 27% in Iowa, and put him into the equation, then 27% of 5% is equal to 1.35 percent. Right, that's 1.35% of Republicans. Whoa! What a majority (NOT)! How can these polls be serious? Even the underdog Ron Paul comes out to 0.4%. That is a whopping difference of (lets do the math) 0.95%, or less than 1% difference.

    Come on guys, there has got to be a better way to judge who the frontrunners really are. Maybe they should also poll, using the correct ratios (95:5), the disenfranchised Republicans who didn't vote last time. That would be a more scientific poll. They could also make it even more scientific by removing those Republicans who state that they will not vote this time either and come up with a new ratio. So, let's face it, by having results from polls where the totals for each candidate are less than 2%, weighted to only those hard core party followers, are ridiculous. Picking the winner in this race, using the present tools, has about the same odds as a "Quick Pick" in Powerball.

    December 19, 2007 at 10:53 am |
  228. JASON

    Would Republicans be making a mistake by nominating Mike Huckabee for president? YES, He's smooth, well spoken, likable, but not commanding enough. I don’t think he has what it takes to handle a hostel foreign nation, North Korea for example, where he would be forced to the US troops.

    December 19, 2007 at 2:05 pm |