Thursday, November 30, 2006

The Hill on Mike Huckabee

The Hill, the newspaper for and about the U.S. Congress, published an article yesterday by David Hill, director of Hill Research Consultants. He had this to say about Mike Huckabee:

"Pols and pundits enamored by two presidential frontrunners inside the Beltway, namely Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.), are ignoring the competitive advantages that governors and other non-senators have enjoyed in recent decades. If you are looking for better odds in 2008, think about someone like outgoing Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, a rising star in conservative Republican circles."

There's more so read about it HERE.

Monday, November 27, 2006

My Decade as Governor: Infrastructure

Under Governor Mike Huckabee, Arkansas underwent the most extensive infrastructure refurbishment in the state's history. In today's installment of his "My Decade as Governor" series, he discusses the challenges and accomplishments in this area.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Huckabee: "My Decade as Governor" Series

Governor Mike Huckabee, one of the longest-serving governors in the U.S., leaves office in January due to term limits. His remarkable tenure has been filled with firsts and accomplishments -- from entering office as only the second Republican governor of Arkansas since reconstruction to becoming the only Republican governor to be re-elected twice to moving the state forward in education, healthcare, technology and conservatism.

In the final months of his term, Huckabee has begun releasing a series of rememberances called "My Decade as Governor." We'll bring them to you as they come.

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Welcome New Bloggers for Huckabee Member

Please join me in welcoming the newest member of Bloggers 4 Huckabee, B4H Member #14 Peter of Trickypix.

How about hopping on over to welcome Peter to the team? -- click HERE.

Thank you, Peter!

NOTE: If you are a blogger who would like to join Bloggers 4 Huckabee and help spread the word about Gov. Mike Huckabee, look for the link under "Bloggers 4 Huckabee" in our sidebar.

BSR

Other Bloggers on Mike Huckabee

Blogger Michael Dougherty of Surfeited with Dainties recently wrote this about Gov. Mike Huckabee:

"I recently noticed Mike Huckabee is releasing a book of feel-good psychobabble. I worry that there is an irreversible trend away from Southern politicians who shared folksy wisdom through entertaining metaphors towards Clintonian self-help-helplessness. I don't want a President whose primary qualification seems to be the self-mastery of weight loss, spurred by diabetes. I fear also that this is exactly what the American people do want."

Our response:

Perhaps you have been so busy with your new job you have not had time to properly research Mike Huckabee and his credentials. Allow me to share. Among the reasons Mike Huckabee will make a fantastic and formidable candidate is:

1) Very popular and long-serving southern Governor
2) A strong (and lifelong) social conservative
3) A former Baptist minister
4) A practical (and compassionate) fiscal conservative - which means he believes in a fair tax system and keeping taxes low but not at the expense of the weakest members of society such as those on Medicaid, etc.
5) A remarkable record on education, infrastructure, public health, economic development,reform and more
6) Demonstrated leadership in times of crisis
7) A gifted (and I mean GIFTED) public speaker -- he absolutely melts people from the stump and he will do very, very well in a debate format

I invite you to explore our blog.

BSR

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Huckabee Receives Humanitarian Award

From the Arkansas News Bureau:

Huckabee says people, not government, came through after Katrina

Saturday, Nov 18, 2006
By John LyonArkansas,News Bureau

NORTH LITTLE ROCK - Americans saw their government "melt down" in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, but the people came through when their government did not, Gov. Mike Huckabee said Friday.

Huckabee spoke at a banquet at the Wyndham Riverfront Hotel, where the Central Arkansas Chapter of the American Red Cross presented him with the Clara Barton Humanitarian of the Year award. Huckabee was honored for 10 years of professional and personal commitment to the Red Cross.

As much as the response to Katrina dashed the public's confidence in government agencies, it restored confidence in the American spirit, Huckabee said."We sat in anger and frustration as we saw our government at all levels melt down and find itself incapable of responding to this great human tragedy. But when government failed, the people of America didn't," said Huckabee, who is considering a run for president in 2008.

Between 50,000 and 75,000 people dislocated by hurricanes Katrina and Rita found refuge in Arkansas last year, according to David Maxwell, director of the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management. The Red Cross also presented awards to 16 other people Friday. Huckabee said they were the "true heroes," even though their names may not have made it into newspapers.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Governor Huckabee was widely lauded for his leadership during the Katrina crisis, taking the necessary steps to set up Arkansas' public health and human services agencies in anticipation of the influx of thousands of displaced victims. He took care of business without worrying first about bureaucracy. Huckabee and his wife, Janet, also worked countless hours personally greeting and providing orientation for arriving victims of the disaster at centers set up around the state.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Other Bloggers on Mike Huckabee

Here's a great post by Scott Johnson of Powerline:

Joel Mowbray has sent us the following dispatch from New York under the heading "The other presidential hopeful from Arkansas":

"Last night I watched as a Presidential hopeful from Arkansas dazzled a tough crowd of political insiders in New York City. No, not Hillary. Mike Huckabee. Yes, Mike Huckabee."

Continuing...

"Addressing the Monday Meeting, the influential monthly gathering of Big Apple conservatives, Gov. Huckabee talked about his record leading Arkansas, as well as his own physical transformation. For those who don’t know about it, well, you’ll soon find out—at least if Huckabee and his growing legion of fans have their way. The outgoing governor lost 100 pounds while in office, making him a most unlikely fitness guru."

"Huckabee has run four marathons in the past year and a half, and now he hopes to run all the way to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave."

"If his performance last night is any indication, he’s got a legitimate shot."

There's more, so check it out.

BSR

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

From Hope to Higher Ground

There's no surer sign of an emerging presidential campaign than a visionary book on how to bring greatness to America, says Taegan Goddard's Political Wire.

He's right. Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, a former Baptist minister and the most successful Governor in Arkansas' modern history, is publishing a new book. Due early next year: From Hope to Higher Ground: 12 Stops to Restoring America's Greatness .

Huckabee, like another President from Arkansas, is also from the tiny town of Hope. Huckabee, a fiscally and socially compassionate conservative, is the right person to help the Republican party regain the moral high ground and lead America.

To order your copy now, click HERE.

BSR

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Cornell University on the 2008 Election

Cornell University's Cornell Daily Sun has a good analysis of the GOP candidates for the 2008 presidential nomination. Among the points made in the article we find most interesting:

"Smart money says there’s at least a 90 percent chance that the Republican nominee will be McCain, Giuliani, Romney, or Huckabee..."

We offer this one caveat: While we agree that there is a 90 percent chance the Republican nominee will be either McCain, Romney or Huckabee we completely disagree with the assertion that Giuliani (pro-abortion, pro-gun control and pro-gay marriage) should be included in the mix.

Guiliani has zero chance of being the Republican nominee and he knows it.

BSR

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Bloggers for Huckabee

Please join me in welcoming the newest member of Bloggers 4 Huckabee, B4H Member #13 Pastor Jon's Blog.

How about hopping on over to welcome Pastor Jon to the team? -- click HERE.

Thank you, Pastor Jon!

NOTE: If you are a blogger who would like to join Bloggers 4 Huckabee and help spread the word about Gov. Mike Huckabee, look for the link under "Bloggers 4 Huckabee" in our sidebar.

BSR

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

A New Day Dawns

No doubt many of you went to bed Tuesday night in a red state, only to wake up to a blue one. The hard truth is that the American people rendered a harsh judgement on the GOP that has ushered in -- at a minumim -- at least a decade of Democratic rule.

They have the House and the Senate. Worse, looking forward to 2008, the most worrisome development for the GOP is that they have gained a majority of the Governorships -- a big advantage to the eventual Democratic presidential nominee.

What does this mean? It means there is only one way to stop the Democrats from taking the White House and controlling the entire government in 2008. The GOP must nominate a candidate who can unite the various factions of the party, attract moderates and independents, draw conservative Democrats into the fold, keep the Southern bloc of states together, and work effectively with Democrats in congress.

If we don't, we've squanded everything we worked so hard to build. The Supreme Court, which we have come oh-so-close on, will once again be populated with liberals and the scourge of abortion-on-demand will continue in this country for decades -- even generations to come.


There is only ONE PERSON who can save the White House -- and the GOP -- now.
MIKE HUCKABEE
- but NOT at the expense of the poor, elderly & disabled
America NEEDS Moral Leadership
America NEEDS Mike Huckabee

You heard it here first.

BSR

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Why We Need Mike Huckabee

The Washington Post published an article today that helps confirm, in a very frightening way, our fear that the Republican party has lost its way.

Here are the key excerpts:

GOP's Hold on Evangelicals Weakening

Party's Showing in Midterm Elections May Be Hurt as Polls Indicate Support Dropping in Base

ANOKA, Minn. -- Lynn Sunde, an evangelical Christian, is considering what for her is a radical step. Come November, she may vote for a Democrat for Congress.

. . . .she said, she is starting to worry about the course of the Iraq war, and she finds the Internet messages from then-Rep. Mark Foley (R-Fla.) to teenage boys "pretty sickening." When she goes into the voting booth this time, she said, "I'm going to think twice. . . .

. . . . some pollsters believe that evangelical support for the GOP peaked two years ago and that what has been called the "God gap" in politics is shrinking.

A nationwide poll of 1,500 registered voters released yesterday by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center found that 57 percent of white evangelicals are inclined to vote for Republican congressional candidates in the midterm elections, a 21-point drop in support among this critical part of the GOP base.

. . . . the percentage of evangelicals who think that Republicans govern "in a more honest and ethical way" than Democrats has plunged to 42 percent, from 55 percent at the start of the year.
"There are a lot of people here who say, 'I'm pro-life, but I'm also concerned about health care, about education, about jobs.' "

Across the country, many Democratic candidates are wooing religious voters by talking about their faith.

Nationally, the Republicans' once formidable hold on churchgoing voters has begun to slip.

The slippage is particularly striking among evangelicals.

The allegiance of evangelicals has been more in flux over the past 12 months. . .

In addition to the war and congressional scandals, those considerations may include a broader definition of religious issues. Some influential ministers. . . . are urging evangelicals to fight poverty, safeguard the environment and oppose torture on biblical grounds.

To the extent that evangelicals now view these issues as "matters of conscience" alongside abortion and same-sex marriage, they could shift some votes into the Democratic column. . . .

"Erosion for evangelicals doesn't necessarily lead to Democratic voting. It leads to nonvoting,"

"There is a dip in support for the GOP among religious conservatives, no question," said Leonard Leo, head of Catholic Outreach at the Republican National Committee.

Folks, this research shows that the Republican base is hungry for the leadership of Mike Huckabee who, as a former Baptist minister, is:

PRO-LIFE
PRO-FAMILY VALUES
COMPASSIONATE SOCIAL CONSERVATIVE
FISCALLY CONSERVATIVE - but NOT at the expense of the poor, elderly & disabled


America WANTS Moral Leadership

America WANTS Mike Huckabee

Go HERE for the whole article.

Monday, November 06, 2006

Washington Post Blog On Mike Huckabee

Chris Cillizza, political writer and blogger for The Washington Post, got the opportunity to interview Mike Huckabee last week. Check out the blog post he just published HERE.

Because these links have a way of disappearing over time, we provide an excerpted version for you below.

The Fix
By Chris Cillizza

Mike Huckabee: Placing Faith in a Hopeful Message

Yes, that Mike Huckabee: The Arkansas governor who went from fat to fit, from munching to marathoning, from political unknown to a man profiled by the nation's leading news organizations.

Huckabee's wild ride has not only transformed him physically but also politically. A few years ago he was best known as the second most famous politician from Hope, Arkansas. Now, Huckabee is mentioned on the short list of candidates for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination, alongside names like Sen. John McCain and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

Whether Huckabee can keep pace with these national notables depends on one question: Does he have the political heft to get voters to focus beyond what he's currently best-known for nationally -- his significant weight loss and adoption of a rigorous physical exercise and healthy eating regimen -- to his broader vision for the nation?

"A lot of people have sort of tied me to, 'Gosh, he's the guy that lost the weight and wrote the book," acknowledged Huckabee in an hour-long interview last week in Washington, D.C. "But that then usually leads to, 'Is there anything else about you, or is this it? Is that all you've got?'" (Read the full transcript of the interview here.)

Huckabee would like voters to know about the successes he says his administration achieved in Arkansas, and in the interview he ticked off what he claimed were significant improvements in education and transportation as well as a committment to environmental conservation. But when it gets down to it, what animinates Huckabee most is his faith, and it's his background as an evangelical Christian from the South that could very well distinguish him from the rest of the GOP pack.

Asked whether he considers himself to be more "preacher" or "politician," Huckabee insisted that it is impossible to separate the two. "I would say that my faith has everything to do with my politics," he explained. "The reason I care about people in poverty, the reason that I care about people who live in substandard housing, the reason that I was moved to compassion [for the victims of Hurricane] Katrina without any doubt was because of my faith."

Huckabee said his faith leads him to take positions on issues -- like immigration -- that "tend to be a little unconventional." On immigration, Huckabee aligns himself with President Bush rather than more conservative elements of the Republican Party, favoring a "pathway to citizenship" for those who at one time entered the United States illegally.

"To think that we're going to go lock up 12 million people or even round them up and drive them to the border and let them go might make a great political speech but it's not going to happen," said Huckabee.

He downplayed the political consequences of the issue, insisting that while there is a segment of people who are "truly exercised about this and virtually nothing but this," the vast majority of voters are not up in arms over the idea of offering illegal immigrants a chance to be citizens. "I just don't believe that at the breakfast table in most homes in Arkansas the first thing that happens is the man throws his cereal spooon down and says: 'Let's talking about immigration, honey,'" said Huckabee.

Huckabee's insistence that faith should guide how government helps Americans struggling to make ends meet is creating some tensions within the national Republican Party. He drew considerable flack for his decision to sign a miminum wage increase into law last month.

While Huckabee's faith at times leads him into conflict with the Republican base, it also makes him the poster child for social conservatives on hot-button issues like abortion. Huckabee said he would have signed the strict abortion law enacted recently in South Dakota had he been that state's governor. "If I'm going to err, I am going to err on the side of life," he said.

In his decade as Arkansas governor, Huckabee said he has signed "every kind of pro-life legislation that we can sign under existing law," but added that ultimately the change should be "more in the hearts of people than in the laws of people." That transformation, said Huckabee, comes from a reassessment of the culture in American today; "I think we need to recognize that we have had a cultural shift, and it hasn't necessarily been all that positive."

Huckabee rattles off a series of statistics to back up that claim. If an individual graduates from high school, holds a job for at least five years and gets and stays married (and remains monogamous), there is a 91 percent chance that person will not spend a single day in poverty. On the other hand, an individual who marries before age 18, does not finish high school and is not regularly employed has an 86 percent chance of spending the majority of his or her life in poverty.

"If you just look at the sheer statistical numbers from a dispassionate perspective, there has been in fact some real consequences as there has been a growing instability of the family unit," he said. Huckabee's solution is a refocusing -- on a personal and public policy level -- on rebuilding communities.

That rhetoric, coupled with Huckabee's evangelical background, could make him an appealing choice for conservative voters who tend to assess candidates through a religious lens, especially in the Iowa caucuses where that type of voter predominates. Of the current top-tier candidates in the 2008 Republican race -- McCain, Sen. George Allen (Va.) and Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney -- none has a resumé to match Huckabee's when it comes to courting voters whose first voting priorities are abortion and gay marriage. And another fun fact -- three of the last five U.S. presidents (including the current president) were committed evangelical Christians and governors from the South.

Huckabee's political philosophy is not simply a parroting of positions favored by social conservatives; rather, it is an attempt to fuse social and fiscal concerns. "There are a lot of people in the Republican Party who think there is this total disconnect between fiscal responsibility and social responsiblity," said Huckabee. "I've never matched it up quite like that."

The best example of the intermingling of the social and the fiscal, according to Huckabee, is on health care -- on which 16 percent of America's gross national product is spent. To hear him tell it, 75 percent of health care costs are caused by chronic disease, and the root causes of chronic disease are overeating, smoking and inactivity. "Change those three behaviors and there's a dramatic shift," argued Huckabee. "The one thing that will really change America is to go from a disease focus to a health focus."

There's little question that Huckabee has the rhetorical chops to keep up with the likes of McCain, Romney and Allen, but he has yet to prove he can stay within shouting distance financially.

Huckabee formed Healthy America in July 2005 (now recast as Hope for America to show the governor is more than a one-issue candidate), incorporating it as a 527 committee that can accept unlimited contributions but must disclose donations with the Internal Revenue Service. In the last five months of 2005, the committee raised $117,000 and collected another $64,000 in the first three months of this year, according to the Virginia Public Access Project. (In May, alone, however, Hope for America took in $25,000 from FEQ Investments, $20,000 from SPH Investments and $10,000 from Dr. Fred E. Wilson.)

"I think I can raise the money," said Huckabee. "I spent my life raising money for both church, charitable, causes, as well as political. I don't mind doing it, but I darn sure want to look someone in the eye and if I'm going to ask them to contribute something, that's because we really need a contribution."

For the moment, Huckabee says he is not running for anything, although he is considerably more forthcoming than many of his potential rivals about his interest in a run for president in two years time.
"This is an endeavor that ... I am obviously thinking about," he said. No decision on a 2008 presidential run will be made until the end of this year when Huckabee completes his second term as governor.

That decision, he said, will revolve around four factors -- message, machinery, money, motivating volunteers. "If you can do those...four things then you can run," Huckabee said. " If you can't do those four things, then you can't."

Time will tell whether the Arkansas governor can satisfy his own criteria and make the race. If he does run, expect his rhetoric to draw heavily on his own personal experiences -- a positive message mixing fitness and faith.

"Fear is a very explosive emotion, but it has a short life span. It's the sprint," says Huckabee. "The marathon is hope."

EDITOR's NOTE: Governor, you can consider us "motivated volunteers" and possibly even a small part of the "machinery." Lets rock.

BSR

Friday, November 03, 2006

Huckabee Running


Arkansas governor to run New York City Marathon on Sunday

November 3, 2006, 1:52 AM EST

LITTLE ROCK -- Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee's doctor gave the health-conscious governor the green light to run the New York City Marathon this weekend despite a sore knee. Huckabee spokeswoman Alice Stewart said the doctor told the governor he can run the race Sunday despite pain he has experienced in his right knee. After looking at an X-ray of the knee, Huckabee's doctor told the governor he could run.

"He knows it might be a little painful," Stewart said. "But he's still optimistic it will be a good race. The doctor told him as long as he's not limping around at race time he can go." Huckabee, who lost more than 100 pounds after being diagnosed with diabetes, has run in three marathons in the last 18 months, with his time improving to 4:26:05 this March in his second Little Rock Marathon. Earlier this week Huckabee said his knee problems might keep him from running his fourth marathon. Huckabee said he noticed the pain in the knee about a month ago while running in Seattle and has had to have fluid drained from it twice.

From Newsday.com