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Showing posts with label Governor Mike Huckabee. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Governor Mike Huckabee. Show all posts

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Huckabee Finds Himself Aboard the Titanic and Wants OFF!

For months now, conservative talk radio stations throughout South Carolina have been airing a message from Governor Mike Huckabee telling us how grateful we should be for the "conservative" leadership of Senator Lindsey Graham.  The ads, paid for by a pro-amnesty for illegal immigrants front-group with the misleading name of South Carolina Conservative Action Alliance, have also touted Graham's inclination to intervene in every war raging on the planet.

Such ads obviously sounded, in the months before a GOP Primary for the Senate nomination, like an endorsement.  But apparently Governor Huckabee, with political ambitions of his own, hasn't been to South Carolina in awhile, or has just been informed that he booked passage on a sinking ship.

On Thursday evening he posted the following message on his website:
To be clear, I haven’t endorsed Lindsey Graham for Senate.

Obviously, Senator Graham’s people are using the ‘Thank you’ ad and treating it like an endorsement, but neither the PAC nor I personally have endorsed in the South Carolina Senate race. Please help me by sharing this statement with your friends across South Carolina so voters understand where I stand.
Clearly, anyone who has been in politics as long as you have, Governor, should have known that such radio ads would be used and received as a political endorsement, particularly in the months preceding a hotly contested primary.   No need for panic, however, there is a lifeboat -- may we suggest that you endorse the real conservative in the race - our next U.S. Senator, Bill Connor.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Lindsey Graham Supporter Mike Huckabee Defends Phil Robertson and is "Interested" in a 2016 Presidential Run

According to a story in The Christian Post, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee has defended "Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson, while also revealing that he is considering another run for the presidency in 2016.

It is good that Governor Huckabee is not bowed by an intolerant, anti-Christian agenda and speech code.  We also respect Governor Huckabee's right to speak out on behalf of any candidates that he chooses to endorse.  However, despite our past support for Governor Huckabee, we will not be supporting him in the future because he has foolishly and unnecessarily chosen to intervene in the South Carolina GOP Primary for the United States Senate.  Huckabee is currently featured in radio spots being run throughout South Carolina touting the "conservative" Lindsey Graham (a symptom of Graham's multiple personality disorder that manifests itself every six years).

As we have said many times, Lindsey Graham does not represent the people of South Carolina; he has been a far better ally of Barack Hussein Obama.  His votes on major issues routinely cancel-out the votes of South Carolina's conservative United States Senator, and his ideas about America's role in the world, our Constitution and its defense of God-given rights are anathema to most Republicans.  He believes in a tyrannical, big, interventionist government and has played a key role in transforming a conservative Supreme Court into one that has upheld Obamacare.

At least four conservatives will challenge Lindsey Graham in next year's GOP primary.  We  think Bill Connor is the very best of these choices, but any one of them would be far superior to Lindsey Graham.  In fact, we expect a runoff and seriously doubt that Lindsey Graham will be in that runoff.

Mike Huckabee has shown disregard for the political future of our state and country and contempt for the conservative movement with his endorsement of Lindsey Graham.

Riding the wave of a national backlash over the persecution of Phil Robertson is too little, too late, Governor.  We know Lindsey Graham very well here in South Carolina; it is you, Governor, we apparently misjudged.


Sunday, December 23, 2012

Gary Glenn Discusses Michigan's Right-to-Work Law on the Mike Huckabee Show

Gary Glenn with son, Hunter, and Governor Mike Huckabee
Click here to listen to Gov. Mike Huckabee's December 13th interview with Gary Glenn, president of the American Family Association of Michigan, regarding Michigan's historic new Right to Work law.

The law prohibits compulsory union dues, protecting Christian and other employees from being forced -- under threat of being fired -- to contribute money to union officials who promote abortion on demand, so-called homosexual "marriage," and other causes that the individual employee opposes as a matter of religious conviction or conscience.

Gary was a founding member of the Michigan Freedom to Work Coalition that in June 2011 announced its push for passage of this new civil rights law prohibiting job discrimination on the basis of union affiliation or support.  From 1980-86, Gary was executive director of the Idaho Freedom to Work Committee and led that state's successful drive to enact the same law.

Union officials are expected to put an initiative on Michigan's November 2014 election ballot to try to repeal the new law and restore their ability to discriminate against and fire individuals who as a matter of conviction and conscience refuse to support Big Labor's partisan political agenda.  

Friday, December 16, 2011

Mike Huckabee Rallies Conservatives to US Senate Candidate Gary Glenn

On November 9th, Mike Huckabee endorsed Gary Glenn's candidacy for US Senate.  Today the former governor of Arkansas flew to Michigan and joined Gary Glenn and hundreds of supporters at a rally in Birch Run.

Glenn is one of eight candidates in the race for the Republican nomination in Michigan, but recent straw poll victories, a viral web ad and Mike Huckabee's endorsement has helped fundraising.  Tea party and GOP leaders across Michigan have taken notice of Glenn's surging campaign.

Governor Huckabee told the mid-Michigan crowd that "Gary Glenn is not a person who needs this job, but he's a person who this job needs." Huckabee praised Glenn as a man whose votes will be guided by eternal principles he's always had ... he won't be a part of their club, he'll always be a part of yours."

Learn more at www.GaryGlenn.US

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Huckabee Endorses Gary Glenn for U.S. Senate

Gary Glenn with son, Hunter, and Governor Mike Huckabee
Former presidential candidate and Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee Wednesday announced his endorsement of Gary Glenn in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate in Michigan.

Huckabee posted the following statement on the website of his political action committee HuckPAC:
"I am very happy to endorse and support Gary Glenn for the United States Senate in Michigan. Gary is a person whose clarity of conviction is refreshing. He has boldly led on issues of life, traditional marriage, and the Fair Tax. When I needed help in Michigan in 2008, Gary didn't wait until it was convenient or popular, he stood with me out of sheer courage of his views. Gary Glenn won't take a poll to find out where he needs to stand. He will be a Senator that will take his values with him to Washington. I hope you will join me in getting behind Gary with your prayers, your generous and sacrificial contributions, and your vote."  
"The support of a person of Gov. Huckabee's character, leadership, and values is humbling and certainly encouraging, and it's reflective of the grassroots groundswell my candidacy is winning from Tea Party and other conservative activists in the Republican primary," Glenn said.

"No Republican who doesn't have the enthusiastic support of Tea Party and conservative grassroots can defeat Sen. Debbie Stabenow," Glenn said.  "And when conservatives learn about Pete Hoekstra's vote for the Wall Street bailout, debt ceiling increases, and Brady Bill gun control law, and his long record of association with Jimmy Hoffa and opposition to state and national Right to Work laws, they will not support him."

Glenn, who was a featured speaker at the first Tea Party rally in Midland County in April 2009, has won support from Tea Party activists across the state.  Last month, in the only campaign event in which all GOP candidates for U.S. Senate have appeared together, Glenn won a straw poll immediately following a candidate forum in DeWitt sponsored by three mid-Michigan Tea Party groups with an audience of 500 attendees.

Glenn won 32 percent of that straw poll, defeating former Congressman Pete Hoekstra (23 percent) and charter school founder Clark Durant (18 percent).  Three other candidates won support in single digits.

Glenn, for 12 years the president of the American Family Association of Michigan and co-author of the state Marriage Protection Amendment approved by voters in 2004, supported Huckabee's 2008 presidential campaign and was a Huckabee alternate to the 2008 Republican National Convention.

Gary Glenn's campaign website is here.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Huckabee Wins South Carolina County GOP Straw Poll

By L. A. Holmes
 Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee has won a 2012 GOP presidential straw poll in the key early primary state of South Carolina.

Huckabee topped the York County Republican Party poll Saturday with 23 percent of first-choice votes according to the party, followed by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich at 11 percent and Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann at 10 percent.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney garnered eight percent of the 152 votes cast; Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Donald Trump each won seven percent.

The rest of field--including Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton, former Godfather's Pizza CEO Herman Cain, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman, former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, Texas Rep. Ron Paul, and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum--earned between one and four percent of the vote.

Half of the 149 convention attendees who voted on the issues ballot said that reducing government spending and reducing the size of government were the biggest concerns going into 2012.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Huckabee Charges 'Class Warfare'

Mike Huckabee berated Obama for his involvement in the Wisconsin labor protests.  
AP Photo
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee berated President Obama on Friday for his "unfortunate involvement" in the Wisconsin labor protests.

In a Fox News interview, Huckabee said Obama is "trying to make this class warfare," out of a bill that would eliminate the collective bargaining rights of public sector workers in an effort to reduce the budget deficit.

"This is a president who would not be sitting in that office were it not for public sector unions who rallied for him in a significant way," Huckabee said. "He didn't have to go this far."

The former presidential contender told Fox News that Obama has been unduly influenced by public sector unions, and that he is now asking taxpayers to foot the bill for an overrun in pension and benefit costs.

"The president however, at risk of being indelicate, he's had more sleep-over's from Andy Stern at the SEIU than any other guest at the White House," Huckabee said.

"If the states go bankrupt, the people who want an extra 10 dollars will be losing thousands of dollars," he said.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

2012 Poll: Huckabee Up Double Digits in Iowa

Governor Mike Huckabee
If the Republican candidates for President next year were Mitch Daniels, Newt Gingrich, Mike Huckabee, Sarah Palin, Ron Paul, Tim Pawlenty, Mitt Romney, and John Thune who would you vote for?

Mitch Daniels ………………………………………….. 1%
Newt Gingrich …………………………………………. 13%
Mike Huckabee ……………………………………….. 30%
Sarah Palin …………………………………………….. 15%
Ron Paul ………………………………………………… 6%
Tim Pawlenty ………………………………………….. 4%
Mitt Romney……………………………………………. 18%
John Thune…………………………………………….. 3%
Someone else/Undecided…………………………. 10%
With Mitt Romney dominating the early New Hampshire primary race in a recent PPP poll, Iowa’s caucus will be an important early opportunity for an alternative candidate to emerge heading into New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Nevada (where today’s release also shows Romney with a significant lead). Mike Huckabee and Romney took first and second place, respectively, in the Iowa caucus three years ago, and remain in those same spots in an early look at next year’s race. Luckily for Huckabee, he has retained a little more of his strength than has Romney.

After taking 35% of delegates in 2008, Huckabee now earns 30% of the first-choice votes to Mitt Romney’s 18%. Romney earned 25% in 2008. Romney is followed by Sarah Palin’s 15%, Newt Gingrich’s 13%, Ron Paul’s 6%, Tim Pawlenty’s 4%, John Thune’s 3%, and Mitch Daniels’ 1%.

Huckabee would be bolstered by the other candidates’ supporters, if they are not viable in a particular caucus, getting twice as many (19%) second-choice votes statewide as Romney (9%) does. Palin (13%) and Gingrich (12%) could also benefit a little. 

Friday, November 5, 2010

CNN Poll: Huckabee GOP Frontrunner, Beats Obama 52-44 Percent

We have always sensed a spark of greatness in Governor Mike Huckabee. Perhaps after another two years of gangster government in the White House, the times will find the leader America needs.

A newly-released CNN poll, conducted a few days before this past midterm election, shows President Obama in for a competitive race in 2012, with him trailing two potential Republican candidates and leading two others among registered voters.

The numbers:

Mike Huckabee leads Obama by 52%-44%. In the previous CNN poll from April, Obama led Huckabee by 54%-45%.

Mitt Romney leads Obama by 50%-45%. In the previous CNN poll from April, Obama led Romney by 53%-45%.

Obama edges out Newt Gingrich by 49%-47%. In the previous CNN poll from April, Obama led Gingrich by 55%-43%.

Obama leads Sarah Palin by 52%-44%. In the previous CNN poll from April, Obama led Palin by 55%-42%.

The survey of registered voters has a ±3% margin of error.

As for the Republican nomination, nationwide GOP voters at this early juncture give Huckabee 21%, Romney 20%, Palin 14%, Gingrich 12%, Ron Paul 7%, plus 3% each for Haley Barbour, Mike Pence and Tim Pawlenty, and 2% for Rick Santorum. This question has a ±4.5% margin of error.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Mike Pence Wins Values Voter Summit Straw Poll

U.S. Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) has won Family Research Council Action's third-ever Values Voter Summit Straw Poll. Gov. Mike Huckabee finished in a close second place.

Only FRC Action members who were present at the event were allowed to vote.

Family Research Council Action President Tony Perkins
released the following statement in reaction to the 2010 Values Voter Summit Straw Poll:
"The results of the presidential straw poll reflect the outcome of recent elections. Those who are truly conservative, fiscally and socially, are enthusiastically supported by voters."
Presidential Candidate Name Total Votes Percentage

Mike Pence 170 24%
Mike Huckabee 159 22%
Mitt Romney 93 13%
Newt Gingrich 72 10%
Sarah Palin 51 7%
Rick Santorum 39 5%
Jim DeMint 38 5%
Bobby Jindal 15 2%
Mitch Daniels 13 2%
Chris Christie 11 2%
John Thune 11 2%
Bob McDonnell 10 1%
Marco Rubio 10 1%
Paul Ryan 7 1%
Haley Barbour 6 1%
Ron Paul 5 1%
Jan Brewer 1 0%
Undecided 12 2%

Vice Presidential Candidate Responses:

Mike Pence 119 16%
Sarah Palin 112 15%
Rick Santorum 75 10%
Paul Ryan 51 7%
Jim DeMint 45 6%
Mike Huckabee 43 6%
Marco Rubio 43 6%
Bobby Jindal 36 5%
Bob McDonnell 31 4%
Chris Christie 25 3%
Mitt Romney 25 3%
Newt Gingrich 24 3%
Jan Brewer 20 3%
John Thune 15 2%
Mitch Daniels 10 1%
Haley Barbour 6 1%
Ron Paul 5 1%
Undecided 38 5%

Members of FRC Action are only allowed to vote once. For more information on the Values Voter Summit, log onto

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Mike Huckabee: Join the Virtual March for Life

By Mike Huckabee

I am joining the Virtual March for Life today on Washington and I hope you will as well.

Last Friday, Americans United for Life launched the first Virtual March for Life to make sure your voice is heard as the real March for Life kicks off this Friday, January 22nd, in Washington, DC.

If you are unable to join fellow Americans in Washington, DC you can still stand and be counted by going to now.

It's very easy to do and will only take seconds. Go to this website, choose the “For Life” avatar for yourself and then we will place “you” in front of the U.S. Capitol building alongside other Americans marching online. The current health care bill with taxpayer funding for abortion is hanging in the balance, help make our voice heard.

Please go to to show your support for life, then forward this email to your friends and family and ask them to stand for life today.

So much is at stake in this moment. Join me today!

Marching for Life,

Mike Huckabee

PS Don't forget to choose the "For Life" avatar!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Mike Huckabee: "The America I Grew Up In"

ow different our debate and America's prospects would be,
had this good man become President in 2009

The America I Grew Up In
By Mike Huckabee
I have been infuriated by TARP and bailouts that messed with our free market by privatizing profits and socializing debts. I have watched both political parties facilitate this folly.

In the America I grew up in we didn’t have Too Big to Fail, we had the Creative Destruction of capitalism. We didn’t keep weak companies artificially alive, we let them go so that more dynamic companies with smarter business models, better goods and services, would take their place, giving all of us a higher standard of living. We let the market, the consumer, decide – we didn’t force people to buy Edsels or drink New Coke they didn’t want. We live without Packard, Studebaker, Hudson, and American Motors – we could live without Chrysler and General Motors. In the America I grew up in, you got a mortgage because you were qualified, not because you had a pulse.

I worry about how America looks to our young people, just out of college or graduate school. Many of them are forced to take jobs that don’t require a college degree, let alone a law degree or MBA. Many of them are up to their eyeballs in private debt, as they watch their government saddling them with public debt that will burden the rest of their lives. We have always sacrificed for the next generation, not stolen from them. Instead of generational theft, we need generational thrift.

Some young people are moving back home, delaying marriage and the start of their own families. Even once they get their careers back on track, their lifetime earnings will suffer. Many will never catch up to where they would have been without the collapse.

The America they have experienced is one of less opportunity and fairness than their parents and grandparents had. They see a country where CEO’s, who were paid about 30 times as much as the average American worker in 1970, are now paid more than 300 times as much. They see a country that had no net job growth in the last decade. In my lifetime, jobs in every other decade grew between 20 and 30%. They see a country where household net worth fell 4% in the last decade. In my lifetime, household net worth in every other decade grew between 30 and 60%.

I worry most that our young people will lose the most precious part of their American inheritance -- the boundless optimism and confidence, the can-do spirit that each generation, whether they built covered wagons or rockets to the moon, has bequeathed to the next. We don’t need more wasteful government boondoggles. We need real innovation like getting rid of taxes on our productivity and having the Fair Tax--a consumption tax that doesn’t punish work and creativity. Otherwise, our young people’s scaled-back ambitions and expectations, both for themselves and their country, will become self-fulfilling prophecies of diminished success and power. That’s my view and I welcome yours.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Clemency Call Seen Haunting Huckabee

We were very pleased to see Sunlit Uplands contributor, Gary Glenn, standing in defense of Mike Huckabee.

This is a tragic story, but the balance between justice and mercy, as Shakespeare made clear in his great play on this dilemma, Measure for Measure, cannot be achieved through scientific method. Governor Huckabee acted in good faith and made the best decision he could, nine years ago, with the facts that were available to him. He should not be held accountable for actions that could not be foreseen. After all, he's Constitutionally eligible to run for President, hasn't spent 20 years as a member of a church advocating racial hatred and contempt for the United States, and wasn't a community agitator for a criminal Marxist organization.

From The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
By Alex Daniels

A jury won’t determine the fate of Maurice Clemmons, the man who police say gunned down four Lakewood, Wash., police officers Sunday before being shot by a lawman Tuesday.

But for several people close to the man who granted him clemency in Arkansas nine years ago, the political verdict is clear: The bloodshed over the weekend has dimmed former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee’s political hopes.

On Tuesday, Jason Tolbert, the Arkansas coordinator of HuckPAC, Huckabee’s political action committee, resigned.

“The recent news of the last two days along with the response did play a role in this decision but was not the sole factor,” Tolbert said in a statement posted on his Web log,

Other former staff members and campaign volunteers vented their frustration on Tuesday.

Huckabee’s justifications for the clemencies he granted as governor were “inadequate,” wrote Joe Carter on a Web site run by First Things, a publication of the Institute for Religion and Public Life, which describes itself as an “interreligious, nonpartisan research and education institute whose purpose is to advance a religiously informed public philosophy for the ordering of society.”

Carter was Huckabee’s director of opposition research early in the 2008 presidential campaign. He said that Huckabee, a preacher and former president of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention, placed too much faith in “restorative justice” and should have denied more requests for leniency.

“The unfortunate reality is that for politicians, unlike pastors, there are limits to compassion.”

Even some supporters say the weekend violence has undermined a potential 2012 Huckabee bid for the White House.

David Schmidt, director of an online grass-roots organization dubbed Huck’s Army, is among them.

“I’m still with him,” he said. “But I’m not saying this doesn’t hurt him, because clearly it does.”

Tom Forbes, who was Huckabee’s campaign coordinator in Whitman County, Wash., wrote on the Red County Web log that when he found out about Huckabee’sconnection to Clemmons, he “cringed.”

“For Huckabee to punt on his personal responsibility is beyond the pale. Let’s face it. No matter what Huckabee says or doesn’t say, his shot at the presidency is gone.”


Huckabee’s first statement on the killings did not mention his role in Clemmons’ release.

“He was recommended for and received a commutation of his original sentence,” Huckabee said in a statement released Sunday. The resulting reduced sentence - from 108 years to 47 years - made him eligible for parole and he “was paroled by the parole board once they determined he met the conditions at that time.”

On Tuesday, Huckabee, a Republican, followed up with another statement.

“I take full responsibility for my actions of nine years ago,” it said. “If I could have possibly known what Clemmons would do nine years later, I obviously would have made a different decision. But if the same file were presented to me today, I would have likely made the same decision.”

Huckabee, who hosts a television show on Fox News and a radio show on the ABC Radio Network, has not said whether he will take another shot at the Republican presidential nomination.

Over the weekend, shortly before the police officers were killed, Huckabee had suggested on Fox News that he was leaning toward skipping the 2012 race.

He has trailed other Republican politicians, notably former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, in raising money. But he has scored well, leading the field in several early polls, and conservative Christian voters demonstrated their support for him in September, when he won the Value Voters Straw Poll.

Ed Rollins, Huckabee’s campaign chairman last year, declined an interview request Tuesday.

He said in an e-mail “I still like him and admire him and would not rule out helping him in the future.”


Huckabee’s record on granting clemencies was an issue during his failed 2008 presidential run.

During his 10 1 /2 years as governor, Huckabee commuted the sentences of 163 prisoners, including 12 murderers.

In December 2007, Romney, one of Huckabee’s rivals in the race for the Republican nomination, criticized the Arkansan for granting pardons and commutations in an “arbitrary or capricious manner.”

Much of the attention on the clemency issue during the campaign was focused on Wayne DuMond, a Forrest City resident convicted of rape in 1984.

Huckabee, who had said he would like DuMond to be paroled, spoke with the state Parole Board in late 1996. Some of the members later said they had felt pressured by Huckabee to release Du-Mond, a claim Huckabee denied. DuMond was paroled in January 1997. Three years later DuMond, who had moved to Missouri, sexually abused and suffocated Carol Shields in a Kansas City apartment. Critics say Huckabee shoulders the blame for working to free DuMond and Clemmons.

“This isn’t Huckabee’s first Horton moment,” wrote Michelle Malkin, a conservative commentator on her Web log on Tuesday. Malkin referred to Willie Horton, a convicted murderer who was released from custody in Massachusetts on a weekend furlough in 1986 and disappeared. Nearly a year later, he raped a woman in Maryland.

Former President George H.W. Bush used Horton’s story prominently in his successful 1988 presidential campaign, when he defeated former Massachusetts Gov. Mike Dukakis, who supported the weekend furlough program.

Bush’s opposition researcher, James Pinkerton, first got wind of the issue when reading transcripts of the Democratic primary debates. Al Gore had raised the issue to suggest Dukakis was soft on crime.

During the 2008 race, Pinkerton was a senior adviser to Huckabee.

“That’s ironic, isn’t it?” said Paul Brountas, who served as Dukakis’ campaign manager.

Brountas said the Horton issue helped cement in voters’ minds the perception that Dukakis was soft on crime. He doesn’t think the issue will stick with Huckabee.

“This is early for Huckabee,” he said. “By the time he announces, much of this will have worn off.”

Pinkerton did not return calls Tuesday. Nor did former Sen. Tim Hutchinson, the former U.S. senator from Arkansas who campaigned heavily for Huckabee.

Arkansas state Sen. Gilbert Baker, an announced candidate for the U.S. Senate, campaigned for Huckabee during his 2008 presidential bid.

“Politically, it is very difficult,” Baker said. “It gives folks an opportunity to make political points.”

He added that he is still a “strong” Huckabee supporter, saying he’d be “favorably disposed” to supporting him again, should he decide to run in 2012.

Gary Glenn, president of the American Family Association of Michigan and another Huckabee supporter, said he’d support him in 2012.

“I don’t think this one decision is going to define Mike Huckabee as a man, a Christian or as a political candidate,” he said.

Schmidt, the director of Huck’s Army, said that it is not fair to compare Clemmons to Horton. Horton was a murderer at the time of his furlough, Schmidt said, and Clemmons was convicted of burglary and robbery.

“It would be comparable if you could see a pattern, or if there were known serious offenders getting out early when they shouldn’t have.”

Does that include Wayne DuMond?

“That’s a fair question,” said Schmidt. “It does open it up for discussion.”

Friday, October 16, 2009

GOP 2012: Huckabee 29%, Romney 24%, Palin 18%

From Rasmussen Reports

Twenty-nine percent (29%) of Republican voters nationwide say former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee is their pick to represent the GOP in the 2012 Presidential campaign. The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey finds that 24% prefer former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney while 18% would cast their vote for former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich gets 14% of the vote while Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty gets 4%. Six percent (6%) of GOP voters prefer some other candidate while 7% remain undecided.

These numbers reflect an improvement for Huckabee since July when the three candidates were virtually even. Huckabee's gain appears to be Palin's loss as Romney's support has barely changed.

The numbers for Huckabee and Romney look even stronger when GOP voters were asked which candidate they would least like to see get the nomination. Pawlenty came on top in that category with 28%. Palin was second at 21% while 20% named Gingrich. Romney and Huckabee were in the single digits with 9% and 8% respectively.

Huckabee and Romney are viewed favorably by 78% of Republican voters, Palin by 75%. Gingrich earns favorably reviews from 69% while Pawlenty is less well known and gets a positive assessment from 45% of Republicans.
Other data from the survey, including head-to-head match-ups with individual candidates, will be released over the weekend.
Republican voters are very confident their nominee could be the next President of the United States. Eighty-one percent (81%) of the GOP faithful say that it's at least somewhat likely the Republican nominee will defeat Barack Obama in 2012. Fifty percent (50%) say it's Very Likely.

Romney leads all prospects among voters who attend church once a month or less. Huckabee leads among more frequent churchgoers. Huckabee holds a huge lead among Evangelical Christians with Palin in second and Romney a distant third. Huckabee and Romney are essentially even among other Protestants while Romney has the edge among Catholics.

Romney leads among Republicans earning more than $75,000 a year while Huckabee leads among those who earn less.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Obama's Approval Rating: The Tide Turns

Only six months into his radical regime, Obama's poll numbers are beginning to tank. Rasmussen's Presidential Tracking Poll for Sunday shows:
29% of the nation's voters now Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Forty percent (40%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -11. That’s the first time his ratings have reached double digits in negative territory (see trends).
Another interesting development is reflected in a Washington Post-ABC News poll. Republicans and GOP-leaning independents were asked: "If the 2012 Republican presidential primary or caucus in your state were being held today, and the candidates were (READ LIST) for whom would you vote?
Mike Huckabee 26
Mitt Romney 21
Sarah Palin 19
Newt Gingrich 10
Tim Pawlenty 4
Jeb Bush 3
Haley Barbour 1
Bobby Jindal (vol.) 2
Charlie Crist (vol.) *
Other (vol.) 2
None of these (vol.) 5
Would not vote (vol.) 1
No opinion 6
Given that many Americans are rejecting socialized medicine and the rationing of health care, we believe that Mitt Romney, who already implemented a disastrous forerunner of ObamaCare in Massachusetts, will only fade. Since America as we have known it hangs in the balance, it's not too soon to rally around a principled conservative like Mike Huckabee.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Reagan Forum with Mike Huckabee at The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation

In this forum Governor Huckabee demonstrates that he may be the true heir of Ronald Reagan and, one hopes, able to deliver us from the Carter of our day.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Interview: Mike Huckabee at The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation

Mike Huckabee visited the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation yesterday and was interviewed on the Reagan presidency and its legacy.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Huckabee Warns Republicans Against 'Mushy Middle'

From OneNewsNow
By Mike Glover

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee warned Republicans Wednesday against moving to the "mushy middle," arguing that only clearly stated conservative policies can bring the party back to power.

Huckabee spoke during his second trip to Iowa since he won the 2008 Republican caucuses. That win was the high point of his bid for the Republican presidential nomination, which ultimately went to Arizona Sen. John McCain.

"I hear people who give advice that the Republicans need to moderate. They need to be a little more to the left," Huckabee said in an interview with The Associated Press. "It sounds like advice that Democrats would give to us so that we'd never win another election ever."

Some argue that Republicans have lost Congress and the White House because they've turned the party over to social and religious conservatives, driving away moderates and independents. Huckabee made precisely the opposite argument.

"It's when they move to the mushy middle and get squishy that they get beat," he said.

Huckabee, an ordained Baptist minister, argued that the U.S. is a conservative country receptive to Republican ideals.

"Historically, the way we've found our way back to winning, having clear convictions that are conservative and then when elected, act like it," he said. "In every election, when Republicans have had clarity of convictions and those convictions were conservative, they win."

He warned that many Republicans have gone astray by buying into President Barack Obama's big-spending effort to stimulate the economy, a move he called "a big, colossal, utterly disastrous mistake.

"Our Republicans have culpability in that," Huckabee said. "There were some people who questioned whether I was really conservative. I don't want to hear, ever, people ever again talk about how conservative they are if they supported that."

Huckabee spoke later Wednesday at a business convention and planned to appear at a fundraiser for Sioux City businessman Bob Vander Plaats, who is seeking the Republican nomination for governor of Iowa. Vander Plaats was a top leader of Huckabee's caucus bid.

His return to Iowa, where presidential campaigns usually start, has caused speculation that he's laying the foundation for another run. Now a commentator for the Fox television network, Huckabee downplayed such thoughts, saying Republicans should be focused on next year's midterm election.

"Anybody who already has decided right now they are definitely running for president doesn't need to be, because they think it's all about them," Huckabee said. "We don't know what our country is going to be like in two years. I can't make that determination right now."