Friday, September 29, 2006

NH Hearts Huckabee

Here's a great blog post at the American Spectator by a blogger named Shawn Macomber. Shawn says:


"I have talked to dozens of activists and politically engaged citizens on the ground in New Hampshire at events with other potential Republican candidates and the amount of enthusiastic gushing I hear about Huckabee's few appearances here is pretty amazing."

Thanks for the report, Shawn. You ain't seen nuthin' yet.

BSR

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Other Bloggers on Mike Huckabee

Bob Waters of the Iowa blog Watersblogged, had this to say about the 2008 election earlier this week:

"...the fact is that Rudy Giuliani is not going to be the Republican candidate for president, and John McCain probably won't be, either. ...the nominee will probably be either Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney or Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who- like Romney- exudes personal charm and is a devastatingly effective speaker and campaigner."

Mr. Waters is exactly right about Governor Huckabee's stump skills. But - unlike Romney - Huckabee is much, much deeper than merely stump skills. Huckabee is a former Baptist minister - a true, lifelong social conservative with a stellar record on issues like abortion and gay marriage.

Romney -- there's no other way to say it -- simply isn't.

We've said it before and we'll say it again -- if the GOP nomination comes down to Mike Huckabee or Mitt Romney, we could not be happier.

BSR

Monday, September 25, 2006

Mike Huckabee: Strongly Pro-Life (Always)


Life.

I Know Where Mike Huckabee Stands.

Mike Huckabee Interview: Right Wing News
John Hawkins: Switching gears again, do you think we should overturn Roe v. Wade?

Mike Huckabee: It would please me because I think Roe v. Wade is based on a real stretch of Constitutional application -- that somehow there is a greater privacy issue in the abortion concern -- than there is a human life issue -- and that the federal government should be making that decision as opposed to states making that decision. So, I've never felt that it was a legitimate manner in which to address this and, first of all, it should be left to the states, the 10th Amendment, but secondly, to somehow believe that the taking of an innocent, unborn human life is about privacy and not about that unborn life is ludicrous.

I KNOW where Mike Huckabee stands.

What about ROMNEY?
What about ALLEN?
What about McCAIN?
What about GIULIANI?
What about RICE?

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Gov. Huckabee & George Will to Speak at Washington Policy Center Event


Gov. Huckabee and George Will Featured Speakers at
2006 Annual Dinner Next Week

Media invited to cover their speeches to 900 attendees on September 26th in Seattle

Who: Gov. Mike Huckabee, NGA Chairman, author and potential 2008 presidential candidate;
George Will, Pulitzer Prize winner, journalist, author and TV commentator

When: 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 26th

Where: Downtown Seattle Westin Hotel (Grand Ballroom)

Washington Policy Center will honor Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and author George Will and welcome Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee at its 2006 Annual Dinner on Tuesday, September 26th in Seattle. George Will is receiving the 2006 Columbia Award. Also honored at the dinner is retired CEO of PACCAR Charles “Chuck” Pigott, recipient of the 2006 Stanley O. McNaughton Champion of Freedom Award. The Dinner will be attended by over 900 policymakers, business and community leaders, making this Washington Policy Center’s largest Dinner ever!

Washington Policy Center’s Columbia Award is given to a national figure every year and this year Mr. Will is receiving it for giving highly effective voice to free market principles throughout his career in writing and commentary worldwide.

George Will’s newspaper column has been syndicated by The Washington Post since 1974. Today it appears twice weekly in just under 500 newspapers in the United States and Europe. In 1976, he became a regular contributing editor of Newsweek magazine, for which he provides a bimonthly back-page essay. In 1977, he won a Pulitzer Prize for commentary. He has also written several books. The most recent being “With A Happy Eye But…:America and the World, 1997-2002.”

Mr. Pigott will be honored for a lifetime improving employment opportunity and civic life in Washington State, for championing educational excellence and steadfastly supporting the development of wholesome youth. Charles Pigott became PACCAR’s President in 1965, and Chief Executive Officer in 1967. Charles Pigott's leadership spurred PACCAR to become one of the most successful industrial companies in North America. Pigott is also a former President of the Boy Scouts of America (1986-1988) and former board member at Boeing.

Governor Huckabee will be addressing the expected 900 attendees at the dinner and signing his latest book “Quit Digging Your Grave With A Knife And Fork,” released last May. He is recognized as a national leader in the areas of education and health care reform. Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, who is also chairman of the National Governor's Association, was named one of America's five best governor's by Time magazine in 2005. Recently he has been discussed as a potential candidate for President in 2008.

Media are welcome to cover the Dinner free of charge. Governor Huckabee will deliver his speech at 7:20 pm and George Will is expected to deliver his speech at approximately 8:35 pm.

For more information please contact Lyndsey Hartje at 206-937-9691 or at lhartje@washingtonpolicy.org

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Huckabee Gets Gun Rights Endorsement

Blogger Rick Daniel of Irmo, South Carolina met Gov. Mike Huckabee during his recent tour through the state and likes what he learned about the Governor’s stance on gun rights.

Mr. Daniel served nearly 10 years as president of Gun Owners of South Carolina (NRA State Association) and is currently serving as GOSC legislative director. He is a NRA Life Member and is, in fact, the only non-legislator in South Carolina to be named a "Defender of Freedom" by NRA.

Needless to say, Mr. Daniel is qualified to analyze and give an opinion about candidates’ gun rights positions.
"Friends, Mike Huckabee is the real deal."

"I finally met a likely presidential candidate who leaves no doubt about where he stands on the gun issue," Daniel said. "Friends, Mike Huckabee is the real deal. He understands gun rights as well as anyone I've met. You can't fake the answers he gave and the depth of knowledge that he displayed. Kudos to Mike Huckabee and I wish him the absolute best of luck."

Among Huckabee’s gun rights credentials that impressed Daniel:

--Huckabee has his own Concealed Weapons Permit (CWP) and supports a national right-to-carry

--Huckabee is a true outdoorsman, including being a knowledgeable and skilled marksman

--Huckabee understands that the Second Amendment is about far more than just hunting. It is about self-defense and ultimately it gives the citizenry protection against a tyrannical government

There’s more, so hop on over the Mr. Daniel’s blog, SC Gun Rights, HERE.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Huckabee Discusses Immigration, Gun Rights

Governor Mike Huckabee is on his swing through early Southern primary state South Carolina right now, stopping by a fundraising luncheon for the Lexington County Republican Party yesterday where he discussed immigration reform and gun rights with attendees.

Huckabee, a former Baptist minister and a fiscal and social conservative, will be widely loved in heavily Baptist and conservative South Carolina.

BSR

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Virginia PAC to Host Huckabee

We've learned that a political action committee known as Virginians for a Conservative State Sentate (VCSS) has invited Governor Huckabee to be guest of honor at an event in Lynchburg on October 2nd.

VCSS, which describes itself as an organization dedicated to fiscal conservativism and responsible government spending, is excited to have Governor Huckabee, with his fiscally and socially conservative positions, keynote their event.
"Gov. Huckabee has shown through his actions as Governor that fiscal
conservativism and progressive projects can work together. VCSS is excited to have such a dynamic, experienced, and knowledgeable speaker come and talk about his experiences as Governor and the importance of fiscal conservativism."

For you Virginians interested in attending this event, more information on the location, sponsorship, and ticket prices will be available soon at the VCSS blog.

Huckabee Heads Back to South Carolina

Governor Mike Huckabee is headed by back to South Carolina, an early Southern primary state where the Associated Press previously predicted the Governor would have "immediate standing" because of his Southern Baptist background and socially conservative positions.

Huckabee will attend a series of public and double-top-secret events from Sept. 18-20 including:

Monday, September 18

12 p.m. (Noon) - 1:30 p.m.
Keynote Speaker, Lexington County Republican Party Luncheon
Hudson's Smokehouse Bar-B-Que
4952 Sunset Boulevard
Lexington, SC

Contact: Kim Wellman, 803-622-8789
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4 p.m.-5 p.m.
Studio guest, "The Kevin Cohen Radio Show"
560 WVOC AM Radio
Columbia, SC

FYI - Private meetings to be held throughout the day.
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Tuesday, September 19

7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
Informal Meeting/ Remarks
Spartanburg Pastors' Breakfast (50-75 pastors)
The Junction Restaurant
150 Simuel Road
Spartanburg, SC

Contact: Hogan Gidley, 864-278-9494 or 803-727-8564 (cell)
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9:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
Media tour and briefing with Karen Floyd, Republican nominee for Superintendent of Education, school officials and media.
Faith Baptist Church
Hidden Treasure Christian School (K5-12)
500 W. Lee Road
Taylors, SC

Contact: Hogan Gidley, 864-278-9494 or 803-727-8564 (cell)

NOTE: Founded in 1981, Hidden Treasure School is a ministry of special education, helping children with disabilities.
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10:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Informal meeting / brunch with 50-75 pastors
(Same location/ see above)
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12 p.m. (Noon) - 1:30 p.m.
Luncheon honoring Karen Floyd, Republican Nominee for Superintendent of Education
Home of Jerry and Harriet Dempsey
(Private residence / closed press)
Greenville, SC

Contact: Hogan Gidley, 864-278-9494 or 803-727-8564 (cell)
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5 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Reception honoring Karen Floyd, Republican Nominee for Superintendent of Education
Karen Floyd
Hosted by Donald and Lisa Van Riper
(Private residence / closed press)
Greenville, SC

Contact: Hogan Gidley, 864-278-9494 or 803-727-8564 (cell)

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Examiner.com: "Meet the Next President"

Sorry for the low number of posts of late. All is well here at Huckabee central, we've just been very, very busy both personally and professionally lately. Look for us to play catch-up this weekend. Until then, here's a must-read from Examiner.com

Enjoy!

Meet the Next President: Huckabee Rising

Bill Sammon, The Examiner
Sep 13, 2006 5:00 AM (1 day ago)
Current rank: # 7 of 3,598 articles

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Gov. Mike Huckabee says his prospects for winning the Republican presidential nomination in 2008 might actually improve if his own party takes a beating in the 2006 midterm elections.

“Will it be a wake-up call to our party, that we’re going to have to retool the message — not the principles — but the message?” Huckabee muses in an interview with The Examiner.

“And will the party start looking for new voices, the ones that aren’t so already established?
“If so, then a guy like me may have a moment,” he adds. “If they say, ‘Well, it’s just McCain’s turn,’ well OK. But I don’t think we’re going to go there.”

Although some polls suggest Sen. John McCain is the early front-runner in the GOP presidential sweepstakes, Huckabee says the Arizona maverick should not start measuring the Oval Office for drapes just yet.

“I have a hard time seeing him being elected president, just because I think, at times, some of his views have alienated very important segments of the Republican Party,” Huckabee says. “I’m not sure he can mend the fences with the evangelical wing of the party, the pro-life part of the party.”

But Huckabee himself risks alienating a significant segment of the Republican Party with his support for President Bush’s controversial guest-worker program, which would grant legal status to illegal aliens.

“Yeah, I know, and I think it’s one of those things where if people are going to make a decision based on the emotion of that one issue, my attitude is then go ahead and write me off now,” he says. “Because if you don’t write me off on this one, you’ll find something else later on you’re just as mad about.”

Take taxes, for example. While Huckabee has cut some taxes as governor, he has raised others, earning the ire of fiscally conservative groups such as the Club for Growth.

“Just because you’ve cut taxes a couple of times, that doesn’t justify raising taxes,” says Andrew Roth, the club’s director of government affairs. “One of the biggest components of the Republican Party platform is low taxes — and Mike Huckabee does not espouse that view.”

Huckabee says he supported the Bush’s tax cuts and wants to make them permanent. But he also says he wants to further “raise the threshold for paying income tax,” which would shift a greater tax burden onto middle- and upper-income earners — something Bush has been doing for years.

“The Club for Growth, for some reason, is all on my back, and I think, in part, because I had the audacity to challenge some of them — they don’t like that,” Huckabee says. “They like for you to just sort of bow and kiss their ring. And, you know, I’m not going to do that. I don’t care who they are.”

Huckabee’s willingness to cross certain members of his own party makes him something of a maverick in his own right.

“One of my complaints with Republicans in my own party is that, true or not, we’re perceived as the people whose tax policies do tilt toward the people at the top end of the economic scale, with disregard to the people who are barely making it.

“And I think it’s in many ways a legitimate criticism,” he says. “Certainly we communicate very poorly how our tax policies are going to help the family out there who are barely struggling to pay rent.”

When Huckabee was growing up, his parents rented a home because they could not afford to purchase one in the small town of Hope, Ark., where former President Bill Clinton was also born. If Huckabee succeeds in his White House bid, he would be the second Hope native and Arkansas governor to become president.

“There may be some Republicans who try to say, ‘We’ve had one other guy from Hope, we don’t need another one,’” Huckabee says. “But I think the average person is much smarter than that.”

Huckabee has an unusually keen understanding of the political threat posed to the GOP by Clinton’s wife, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, who is widely regarded as the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008. He says the New York Democrat, who spent years in Arkansas, has a “rock-star quality that she brings just by walking into a room and sucking the oxygen out of it.”

“If the Republicans go around licking their chops, hoping that Hillary’s the nominee because that will be an easy mark, they’re going to be making a huge mistake,” he says. “They underestimate her at their own peril.”

To a lesser degree, some Democrats are quietly saying the same thing about Huckabee, a dark horse candidate whose humble roots could blunt any Democratic attempt at decrying class warfare. Although he is not yet widely known outside of Arkansas, Huckabee has been an inspiration to many overweight Americans with his recent book, “Quit Digging Your Grave with a Knife and Fork.”

In folksy, self-deprecating language, Huckabee tells readers of his lifelong battle with obesity and recent loss of more than 100 pounds after he began exercising and eating healthy foods. He now runs marathons.

“It certainly humanizes me to many people,” he says. “They understand that the struggle they’ve had — which is the struggle of so many Americans — is something I can honestly relate to.”

Huckabee has made obesity a major public policy issue because he believes the attendant health care costs are unsustainable.

“Too many politicians are talking about health care, not enough are talking about health,” he says. “The focus needs to be on health, not health care.”

Huckabee devotes so much energy to the health issue that he sometimes sounds like he’s running for surgeon general, not president. This has caused some critics to write him off as a sort of political novelty act.

“They want to ghettoize me as a single-issue candidate, but I’m not,” he says. “I would describe myself as a conservative who got there out of conviction, not out of birth, nor out of convenience.”

He adds: “I sort of am the antithesis of the stereotypical Republican. I didn’t grow up privileged; I didn’t grow up going to an Ivy League school; I didn’t grow up in a political family that was wired and connected.”

In fact, Huckabee began his career in communications and eventually founded several religious TV stations, an experience that made him both comfortable and articulate on camera. He also spent a dozen years as a Baptist pastor before deciding to get into politics in the early 1990s.

“I felt there were so many people making decisions in public policy who were sincere and well-meaning, but they didn’t have a clue as to what the real hurts of humanity were,” he says. “They thought they understood, but they really had never walked into a home where there was no heat. They’d never, ever set down with a family who had just had a complete loss to fire — with no insurance.

“They didn’t really know anyone like that. They’d read news stories. But it’s a different thing when you literally know those people.”

He adds: “For every social pathology there is, I can put a name and face to it. It’s not abstract to me. If someone talks about a 14-year-old girl who is pregnant and hasn’t told her parents, I’ve talked to her.”

Michael Huckabee
1955 » Born in Hope, Ark., son of a fireman
1973 » Graduates from Hope High School
1974 » Marries Janet McCain. The couple eventually will have three children.
1975 » Graduates from Ouachita Baptist University at Arkadelphia, Ark.
1976-77 » Attends Southwestern
Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas
1980-86 » Pastor, Immanuel Baptist Church, Pine Bluff, Ark.
1986-92 » Pastor, Beech Street First Baptist Church, Texarkana, Ark.
1987 » President, KBSC, a religious TV station in Texarkana
1989 » President, Arkansas Baptist State Convention
1992 » Loses first political race, a bid to unseat Sen. Dale Bumpers
1993 » Wins special election to become lieutenant governor
1994 » Re-elected
1996 » Succeeds Gov. Jim Guy Tucker, who resigns after felony conviction
1998 » Elected to another term as governor
2002 » Re-elected (term-limited to leave office in January 2007)
2003 » Diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, loses 100 pounds
2005 » Chairman, National Governors Association

Huckabees’ positions on the issues
Abortion
Pro-life. Would like to see Roe v. Wade overturned.

Evolution
Wants creationism taught in schools alongside evolution. Once said, “I do not necessarily buy into the traditional Darwinian theory.”

Health Care
Preaches exercise and healthy eating to counter obesity and attendant diseases, which he believes are creating unsustainable health care costs.

Immigration
Supports President Bush’s call for a guest-worker program that would grant legal status to illegal aliens.

Iraq
Supported the invasion; opposes a withdrawal timetable; critiques shortcomings in President Bush’s post-Saddam plans.

Taxes
Has cut some taxes in Arkansas, while raising others. Wants to make Bush’s tax cuts permanent, but increase the number of lower-income earners who pay no income tax.

What observers are saying

David Yepsen
Political columnist
Des Moines Register

PRO » “He slides from sort of being a preacher to a politician and back — with a combination of good conservative message and a lot of good humor.”
CON » “The question is can he raise the money? I just don’t know about Huckabee. You’ve got to have a pretty good grub steak.”

Charlie Cook
Editor
Cook Political Report

PRO » “He does not project that harshness, that edge, that a lot of conservatives, particularly on some of the social and cultural issues, oftentimes do.”
CON » “I can’t imagine how somebody wins the party nomination with, say, anything less than $150 million. And I don’t know where he’d get the first 10.”

Larry Sabato
Political scientist, University of Virginia

PRO » “His weight-loss crusade has just the right nonpolitical touch for independents.”
CON » “Dominant conservatives have some doubts about Huckabee, finding him to be too moderate on social issues and too willing to compromise on fiscal issues. And it might be tough for the GOP to swallow a nominee from Bill Clinton’s Arkansas.”

After studying the polls, consulting the handicappers and interviewing the candidates themselves, The Examiner has winnowed a list of some 30 potential presidential contenders down to 10. The result is Meet the Next President, a two-week series of in-depth profiles of the 10 people most likely to become the next leader of the free world. It's a behind-the-scenes look at Democrats and Republicans, liberals and conservatives, front-runners and dark horses in the 2008 presidential sweepstakes - even before the 2006 midterms have been decided. With presidential campaigns starting earlier each election cycle, why wait?

bsammon@dcexaminer.com

Examiner

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Mike Huckabee: 'Paradoxical' Republican

Governor Mike Huckabee described himself recently as a "paradoxical Republican" in the eyes of many in the media and even his own party. He said this because people sometimes have trouble reconciling some of his positions on crucially important issues. Today's news provides a perfect example of this supposed "paradox."

Governor Huckabee is a fiscally conservative Republican who wants to keep taxes low -- BUT NOT at the expense of the most vulnerable members of our society!

Recently, the Bush administration floated a proposal to halve the "provider tax" that states can charge in nursing homes. Sounds good, right?

Well, that money is returned to nursing homes by the states — ALONG WITH MATCHING FEDERAL DOLLARS — in the form of higher reimbursements that allow nursing facilities to provide additional staff and resources for patients.

By cutting in half the allowable tax--and in return cutting in half the federal match, the administration estimates it will save $3.1 billion over five years.

That's $6.2 billion cut from nursing homes' reimbusements from the states. What do you suppose will happen? Nursing homes will have to charge more, cut staff, or cut services and conveniences -- or some combination of these tactics.
“There seems to be complete tone deafness in Washington to policies that are having a dramatic effect on the lives of the most vulnerable people we’ve got. It just never ceases to amaze me.”

The most vulnerable members of our society --the elderly and the chronically ill-- will pay more, for less, and undoubtedly some will suffer mightily in the process.

In Arkansas, the provider tax helped many nursing homes survive as well as beef up staffing levels and training. “What this provided was the revenues to improve the quality of care those patients were getting,” Huckabee said.

He and other governors wrote Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt in June asking the administration to reconsider the proposed change.

“It’s just another way in which there seems to be complete tone deafness in Washington to policies that are having a dramatic effect on the lives of the most vulnerable people we’ve got. It just never ceases to amaze me,” Huckabee said.

Some call a man who likes tax cuts, but not in programs that provide critical services to our most vulnerable citizens, a "paradoxical Republican."

We call him a Christian.

BSR

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Huckabee to Speak at Iowa Sept. 11 Memorial


Governor Mike Huckabee, a strong supporter of increased border security in the fight against terrorism, will speak at a Akeney, Iowa Sept. 11 observance on Septbember 10th, recognizing Iowa armed service and emergency service personnel.

This event is co-sponsored by First Family Church and Ankeny Free Church.

BSR

Saturday, September 02, 2006

Guest Editorial

From time to time readers of our blog submit their own suggestions for posts, which we occasionally share with you as "Guest Editorials." The following was submitted by a long-time reader and friend to this blog who wishes to be credited as "a northern correspondent."

Enjoy!

BSR

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Recently Reverend Jerry Falwell via column communicated who can be sworn in as the 44th President of the United States in January, 2009. Let's see how our man Mike measures up:

"While the mushy middle of the Republican Party will want a candidate to be nebulous on issues such as abortion, same-sex marriage and religious freedom, no Republican candidate can survive the primaries who is afraid of taking a stand on these critical social issues."- So far, so good. Life is life regardless at any time from conception to when life ends naturally, and this is a hallmark of Governor Huckabee for the longest time, so he cannot be called a johnny-come lately on this regard.

"Fiscally, evangelicals will be looking for a president who will intrepidly seek to rein in the out-of-control federal spending."- When you have a Governor looking at ways of returning money to those who frankly are over-taxed, like Governor Huckabee is doing, you can be sure that the value of spending is a very high priority. For when money is actually used to benefit the recipient, instead of being poured down a sinkhole, then you can be sure that the man at the top knows the value of money from taxpayers.

"In a brilliant editorial titled "Point of No Return?" Thomas Sowell noted how terrorists want to 'inflict the maximum pain and psychic anguish on their victims before killing them.'"- Governor Huckabee is also known as the Man from Hope. Hope and confidence in liberty will bear any burden, and get past any obstacle that the other side places in the way of the future. Which is simply this: more people and lands enjoying more light from the lamp of lady liberty.

"We must get tough on illegal immigration"- It isn’t a real accomplishment to point out what is wrong. What is needed is a practical plan that takes into consideration what happened, and will lead us to where we need to be. A person doesn’t have to be soft-headed and sentimental to see what needs to be corrected. But, it is a danger to be hard-headed. Governor Huckabee realizes the problem of illegal immigration and to be honest there is a better way than harsh measures on one side, and being frankly apologetic about the best of America on the other side.

Hence, a comprehensive plan which takes into account what happened, and respects the dignity of all (not just those who entered illegally, but everyone) is necessary. In my biased view, Governor Huckabee has the right stuff to take the most powerful nation on the planet and guide it on a path where all who honor liberty benefit.

A Northern Correspondent