Wednesday, January 31, 2007

New Huckabee Video: National Review Speech

Here's a link to a speech Gov. Mike Huckabee made just minutes after announcing his candidacy on Meet the Press on Sunday. He was speaking at the National Review Institute Conservative Summit. Have a look and you will see why he's going to do very, very well.

NOTE: There are some sound issues at the beginning but they are fixed by the 4:00 minute mark.


Click HERE.


Special thanks to The Jawa Report.


BSR

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Bloggers 4 Huckabee

Please welcome new Bloggers 4 Huckabee member "Josh" with his new site named Tracking Mike Huckabee. Why not click on over now to welcome Josh to the team?

Click HERE.

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Huckabee's Upcoming Iowa Appearances

OK, Iowa...here's your chance to meet the next president of the United States up close and personal! Here's a listing of scheduled speaking events and radio appearances on January 30 and 31 all over Iowa.

Jan Mickelson Show
WHO Radio, Des Moines, Iowa
Mike Huckabee will be on the Jan Mickelson Show, WHO Radio, beginning at 10:30 AM. WHO Radio is located at 2142 Grand Avenue,Des Moines, Iowa. He will be discussing issues of both local and national importance.
Date: Tuesday, January 30, 2007 Time: 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Dallas County Republicans Luncheon
Philly's Finest Restaurant
Mike Huckabee will be the keynote speaker at a luncheon sponsored by the Dallas County Republicans. The location is Philly's Finest Restaurant, 280 East Highway 6, Waukee, Iowa.
Date: Tuesday, January 30, 2007 Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 AM

Iowa Welcome Center
Mike Huckabee will be the guest of honor at a "Meet and Greet" event. The venue is the Iowa Welcome Center, Living History Farms, 11200 Hickman Road, Des Moines, Iowa.
Date: Tuesday, January 30, 2007 Time: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Republican Breakfast
Des Moines, IA
Mike Huckabee will deliver the keynote address at a Republican breakfast meeting. The venue is the west End Cafe, 229 West Sixth Avenue, Grinnell, Iowa.
Date: Wednesday, January 31, 2007 Time: 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

Talk of Iowa/The Exchange KSUI/WSU
Mike Huckabee will conduct a live, in-studio interview with Ben Keiffer, KSUI/WSU, 710 South Clinton Street, Iowa City, Iowa.
Date: Wednesday, January 31, 2007 Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Republican Luncheon
Tipton, Iowa
Mike Huckabee will deliver the keynote address at a "Lunch with Mike Huckabee" event, Stoplight Cafe, 413 Cedar Street, Tipton, Iowa.
Date: Wednesday, January 31, 2007 Time: 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

Meet Mike Huckabee
Bettendorf, Iowa
Mike Huckabee will be guest of honor at a "Meet Mike Huckabee" event, Women's Choice Center, 2711 Happy Joe Drive, Bettendorf, Iowa
Date: Wednesday, January 31, 2007 Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM


Live Blogging Mike Huckabee's Speech at National Review

After announcing his intentions to run for president on Meet the Press this morning, Gov. Huckabee headed over to the National Review Institute to deliver a speech. Charmaine Yoest, Vice President of Communications at the Family Research Council, is there and live blogged this post from the venue.

Because posts sometimes disappear over time, we excerpt Ms. Yoest's comments for you below:

"Mike Huckabee is an instantly likeable speaker. As I walked in after driving through rainy, Sunday morning Washington DC streets, he was telling a story about getting a "whuppin'" from his dad when he was a kid. He made the point that when you get a whuppin', you need to know why. . . and you need to avoid doing whatever it was that got you the whuppin' again. Republicans, he said, need to understand why they got a whuppin' in November."

"To my surprise, the media is back this morning. There are at least three cameras in the back covering the speech. Not as many as for Romney last night, but still, a good turnout. "

"...he is talking about health care now, from a very different perspective. Story of Starbucks (owner?) who told Huckabee that he spends more on health care each year than he does in buying coffee for the entire nationwide franchise. Amazing."

"-- he's just been interrupted by the largest round of applause yet...he just said that Steve Forbes is right and that we need a flat tax."

Thank you, Ms. Yoest.

BSR

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Introducing My Friend, Mike Huckabee

Welcome. In the finest of Southern tradition, we invite you come on in and make yourself at home. Grab a cup of coffee and spend some time getting to know the man who will be the next president of the United States.

We started this blog almost two years ago because we knew Gov. Mike Huckabee would be wrapping up a decade as a very successful southern republican governor of a very democtatic state at the time when the '08 campaign would be heating up.

Having had the privilege of getting to know Mike Huckabee well as Governor, we felt America would benefit from his brand of leadership and conservatism. We can't wait for you to get to know him too. This blog is a great place to start.

First, check out these links to his recent TV appearances. Then hop on over to our sidebar where you will find tons of info about his background, experience, positions and analysis by various media.

Hardball - January 2007

Tucker Carlson - January 2007

The Daily Show - January 2007 (Clip 1)

The Daily Show - January 2007 (Clip 2)

ABC News - Huckabee Stump Speech at Southern Republican Leadership Conference

The Colbert Report - February 2005

Come back often!

BSR

Mike Huckabee and the Arkansas Times

The liberal Arkansas Times has launched its expected all-out assault on Governor Mike Huckabee's presidential bid, and has revealed itself for what it really is in the process.

The self-described "legitimate newspaper" is actually a tabloid edited by long-time hater of conservatives Max Brantley. Brantley spent a lot of time whining during Huckabee's tenure that his "newspaper" was not on the Governor's distribution list for press releases. Huckabee's administration contended that it was not a legitimate news organization.

And now Max Brantley himself has proven that Huckabee's team was right. In a post to his Arkansas Times blog today, Brantley had this to say:

"Republican gadfly Jim Parsons has filed an ethics complaint over the hard drive destruction ... It might work to Huckabee's benefit over time to have a complaint looked at and dismissed. I'd rather the stench linger."

So, rather than being interested in discovering and reporting the facts (and the truth) the editor of this "legitmate newspaper" is primarily interested in inflicting damage upon Huckabee.

That odor you're smelling right now, my friends, is the stench of illigitimacy.

BSR

Friday, January 26, 2007

Huckabee Announcement Imminent

UPDATE: He's in. He's running. All that remains is to make it official. THANK YOU, GOVERNOR. America needs your leadership.

BSR

The big news today is Gov. Mike Huckabee is scheduled to be on NBC's Meet the Press this Sunday where he will discuss his "future plans."

The word we are hearing is this appearance was not originally a part of his national tour to promote his new book "Hope for America." We are expecting (hoping) that means Meet the Press has another reason they want him on -- perhaps to announce he is officially running?


BSR

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Wall Street Journal on Mike Huckabee

Here's a new article from Wall Street Journal analyzing the 2008 election. Their conclusion: Social conservatives don't yet have a candidate they can get behind. Among the announced candidates, John McCain, Rudy Guiliani and Mitt Romney -- "all have problems among conservatives."

The solution? "The two Republican aspirants with the most appeal are Sen. Sam Brownback and Gov. Mike Huckabee."


There's much more, so check it out HERE.
BSR

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Governor Mike Huckabee on TV

Here are links to two of Governor Mike Huckabee's recent appearances on television. Have a look and see for yourself why America is going to love him:



Friday, January 19, 2007

National Review Interview with Mike Huckabee

National Review Online has a great interview with Gov. Mike Huckabee today. We provide a link to the entire article below, but first here's some excerpts we particularly like:

Huckabee’s Hope


The former Arkansas governor makes the case for his book and maybe himself.


Today National Review Online presents an interview with a former Arkansas governor from a place called Hope.


Same Hope, different governor.


Republican Mike Huckabee just finished up over a decade as governor of the Natural State. And word is he may think he’s a Natural for another executive position, this one in a White House in D.C.


Katherine Jean Lopez: You recently said that if you ran you “would be the kind of Republican who doesn’t scare the living daylights out of people who are in the center or slightly to the left.” Is anyone who takes a harder line on immigration than you do (like National Review folks, for instance) “scary”?


Governor Huckabee: Of course not. What is scary is that we might nominate someone whose words are conservative, but actions are not consistent or one whose tone and spirit causes us to lose the “Reagan Democrats” and the middle class of middle America.


Lopez: The question that is on many a politico’s mind these days is: How will a Mormon fare running for the White House — especially with evangelicals. As a former Baptist pastor, what say you?


Governor Huckabee: The faith of each person who runs for president will be subject to scrutiny — be it mine or anyone else’s. It’s fair to ask any of us what we believe and if we are in sync with our particular faith. If not, then where and why not.


Lopez: “The only thing as troubling as redefining marriage is defiling it with halfhearted commitments, infidelity, and divorce,” you write. How exactly do you propose getting that message out to a culture that isn’t even united in outrage about gay marriage? What should a presidential candidate be saying?


Governor Huckabee: Marriage is the most important and primary institution in our society — created by God before the creation of the church or state and forms the essence of a civilization. Marriage means something and to change the only definition it has had for all of recorded human history to appease advocates for alternative lifestyles is inappropriate.


There's much more, so check it out HERE.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Florida for Huckabee Blog

Check out the Florida for Huckabee blog we just found.

Fellas, if you're reading this drop us a note. We'd like to meet you and help out if we can.

BSR

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Real Clear Politics on Mike Huckabee

E.J. Dionne wrote a great piece about Huckabee in Real Clear Politics after having the opportunity to interview him last week. We provide a link to the original article below, but because these things sometimes disappear over time, we excerpt it for you here:

January 16, 2007

The Republican to Watch: Mike Huckabee?

By E. J. Dionne

WASHINGTON -- Mike Huckabee, who just stepped down as Arkansas' governor, is the brightest star among Republican presidential dark horses.

It's not just because he, like a certain other Arkansan, has ties to a town called Hope, nor because he lost 105 pounds and has written a popular diet book. And it's not only because he is mastering a conservative form of triangulation blending religious conservatism with policy pragmatism.

Huckabee, if he chooses to run for president in 2008, has another asset: while front-runners John McCain and Rudy Giuliani have placed large bets on the success of President Bush's Iraq policy, Huckabee has maintained what you might call loyal distance.

This is what Huckabee said in an interview here last week when I asked him about the surge: "The honest answer for me is that I'm not subjected to the same piles of military and diplomatic information and intelligence that he has, and I'm going to have to trust that the advice that he's based his decision on as commander in chief is good. I don't honestly know. I hope it's right. I have to hope that, because there are going to be people from my state that are going to be asked to go and make it right.''

Huckabee is also a Southerner with unassailable Christian evangelical credentials: a Baptist minister, he attended Ouachita Baptist University and was president of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention.

Huckabee makes the case that he was as an effective governor who happens to be a serious evangelical, not the other way around. "I'm unapologetic with the conservative evangelicals, and pro-life,'' he said. "But if people look at my record, what they're going to see is that the focus of my time as governor was education reform ... transportation ... health initiatives. ...'' An aide helpfully interjects "large tax cuts,'' and after talking about those, Huckabee goes on: "I think the Republicans have got to be engaged in the protection of the environment. We've not been on the front of that. We need to be. From my perspective, that's a position that I ought to have not only as a Republican conservative, but as an evangelical. Evangelicals ought to be concerned about the stewardship of the earth.''

For the entire article, click HERE.

BSR

Sunday, January 14, 2007

New Huckabee 2008 Blog

We just noticed a new Huckabee 2008 blog that popped up yesterday. Welcome to the team! We can't find any contact info on your blog, so please drop us a note. We'd like to visit with you and help out in any way we can.

Regards,

BSR

Huckabee to be CSPAN's Road to the White House


Be sure to catch Governor Mike Huckabee tonight on CSPAN's "Road to the White House" at 6:30 PM Eastern Time.

He'll talk about his career, his positions and maybe his future plans.

Saturday, January 13, 2007

New York Times Blog Interviews Mike Huckabee

Check out this interview with Gov. Huckabee published in the NY Times blog. Among my favorite quotes:

One of the questions, [Huckabee] said, was “whether we’re coming to the evangelical community or whether we’re coming from the evangelical community. I am a person who is literally from it. It’s who I am. I don’t have to prove that to anybody.’’

There's much more, so check it out HERE.

BSR

Huckabee for President Myspace Page

A volunteer has set up a Huckabee for President Myspace page. Why not hop on over and join the friends network?

Here's the link:

www.myspace.com/mikehuckabeeforpresident

Friday, January 12, 2007

Other Bloggers on Mike Huckabee

Green Mountain Politics: "The former Southern Fat Boy KILLED it [on the Daily Show] ...a former Baptist minister who was a successful Governor of a southern state...has rock solid GOP credentials and gets a roaring response from The Daily Show audience? What the F*ck are Romney/Giulianni supporters thinking?"

Marcia Ford: "Finally, finally, reasonable political discourse is being heard. Part of [the Daily Show's] Jon Stewart's genius lies in his ability to transcend partisan politics and give common-sense politics a voice."

Jesus Politics: "I was impressed by former Arkansas governor/soon to be presidential candidate Mike Huckabee's performance on the Daily Show last night. My impression of Huckabee has been that he is way too politically conservative for my tastes, but he came off as pretty reasonable last night."

Sharon Cobb: "I've seen Huckabee about three times now, and each time I am more and more impressed with him."

Governing.com: "Huckabee was affable and funny, and the Daily Show audience (which, let's face it, isn't prone to like a self-described conservative, Evangelical Republican) really seemed to like him."

What young people are saying

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Governor Mike Huckabee on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart

Governor Mike Huckabee was on the Daily Show last night, and he did a fabulous job. Here are a couple of clips for your viewing enjoyment:

Daily Show Clip #1

Daily Show Clip #2

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Mike Huckabee 'From Hope to Higher Ground" Book Release

Governor Mike Huckabee's new book titled From Hope to Higher Ground has now been officially released. But you don't have to settle for just any old bookstore copy. Get a signed first edition right here and you'll have something really special on your bookshelf.

Click HERE!

UPDATE: We are sorry, but the link to request a signed copy has now been closed. Thank you for your enthusiatic response!

You may also order a copy HERE.

Baptist Press on Mike Huckabee

Social Conservatives are taking notice. Earlier this week we posted some very positive comments made about Gov. Mike Huckabee and the 2008 election by Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's policy arm in a Time/CNN article.

And now, another excellent article about Gov. Huckabee has been published in the SBC's Baptist Press this week. This is a very significant development because the Baptist Press, which has been around since the 1940's, circulates to more than 40 state Baptist newspapers with a combined readership of at least 1.16 million.

To see the article in its original appearance, click HERE. But, because these articles sometimes dissappear after a while, we are providing a detailed excerpt for you below.

Ark.'s Huckabee ending service; is run for president next?

Jan 5, 2007
By Gregory Tomlin
Baptist Press

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (BP)--Last year Time magazine named Mike Huckabee -- a former Southern Baptist minister -- one of the five best governors in the United States. As Arkansas’ 44th elected chief executive, and only the fourth Republican to serve in a statewide office since the Reconstruction era, Huckabee has earned a positive reputation among his peers in other states and also has taken on national leadership roles in developing education and economic policy.

On Jan. 9, Huckabee will hand over the reins of leadership in the state to its newly elected Democratic governor, but his political career likely will not end there. Speculation in the state is rampant that Huckabee will launch a presidential bid, but the governor himself has yet to make a formal announcement.

[Huckabee focused on] raising both the economic and educational outlook of Arkansas’ citizens, said Douglas Baker, now vice president for outreach with the National Fatherhood Initiative. Baker was special assistant to the governor from 1999-2001.“He always filtered every public policy decision through the lens of a poor Arkansan,” Baker said. “He is not an elitist. He had a hard upbringing, but he loved his parents and always appreciated what they did for him.”

Huckabee was among the first members of his family to receive a college education, which he completed in only two-and-a-half years. His experiences, Baker said, have helped him to understand the importance of education and hard work. And they’ve translated into action in the governor’s office, he said.

Huckabee created programs such as Smart Start, an intensive math and reading program for students in kindergarten through 4th grade. A similar program, Smart Step, is now in place for students in the 5th through 8th grades.

Huckabee was the first Arkansas governor to pursue and pass a broad-based tax cut, and he also was among the first of the governors in the nation to tackle the problem of healthcare for the children of his state. He created ARKids First, a health insurance program for low income and minority families that has helped reduce Arkansas’ welfare rolls by 50 percent during his 10-year tenure.

“I think he would regard this program as one of the things he’s most proud of,” Baker said. “The program is a window into this man’s heart. He believes you can leverage the resources of the government and the private sector together to accomplish something for the people.” That, however, does not mean that government should do everything for the people, Baker added.

Huckabee wants the citizens of his state to live long and healthy lives, and he is “pro-life” at every turn, his former aides said.

[T]hose who worked closely with the governor stress that the best testimony to his political skill has been his effectiveness as governor. Added to Huckabee’s improvements in education and healthcare are his improvements in the state’s transportation corridor -- earning him the nickname “Highway Huckabee” -- and the state’s technology sector. He has also improved the state’s park system, illustrating his own love for the outdoors and the environment.

Huckabee, friends say, lacks something that many veteran politicians will likely deal with in future campaigns -- scandal. “Mike Huckabee is a rigorous and vigilant system man,” Baker said. “He expected and would check to see that his staff obeyed every state and federal regulation. He has always seen his office as a sacred trust.”

That view of his office as the state’s chief executive may well help him in a future presidential bid, his former aides contend. While none would speculate on the outcome of a White House run, each said that Washington would be a different place should there be a President Huckabee.

“Mike Huckabee, the chief executive, the president, would be solid on the issues important to conservatives. He would be good on marriage, on abortion, on the Second Amendment, on the Darfur crisis, on Africa and the AIDS epidemic,” Sanders said.

Baker said that Huckabee would take a “new birth of courage” to Washington, encouraging Americans to “get out of the rut and not be afraid to move forward.” He also said the governor has never shied away from controversial issues, and has often reached across the aisle to accomplish his goals. He would do the same as president, Baker said. But while he would work with the opposition party, should he be elected “he will work for consensus without abandoning his convictions.”

Other Bloggers on Mike Huckabee

New Hampshire blogger Green Mountain Politics had this to say recently (excerpted):

"A few weeks ago GMP1 was tipped that Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee (who will be the former Arkansas Governor as of tomorrow) was having good success raising money for a potential 08' Presidential run. If anyone is going to actually be able to challenge John McCain for the GOP nomination I think it will be Mike Huckabee [he] has an excellent track record as a Governor of a southern state, is a former Baptist minister, seems to have no trouble raising money and has solid conservative credentials."

And he concludes...

"This New England Yankee will be watching that Good Old Boy real close over the next few months as Huckabee's dark horse campaign takes shape."

There's more on the excellent Green Mountain Politics blog, so check it out HERE.

Sunday, January 07, 2007

Southern Baptist Convention on Mike Huckabee

Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's policy arm, had this to say about Gov. Mike Huckabee in this week's Time/CNN article "Looking for Mr. Right:"

"At this point, if there is a candidate out there that has a chance to come out of the weeds as the dark horse, it wouldn't surprise me at all if it was Governor Huckabee."

From the article: [M]any conservative activists are looking with new interest--and urgency--toward putting their muscle behind some of the lesser known candidates who are thinking about running. One who is getting good buzz as he makes the rounds of activists is retiring Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, a Southern Baptist minister regarded as one of the nation's most successful Governors. "At this point, if there is a candidate out there that has a chance to come out of the weeds as the dark horse, it wouldn't surprise me at all if it was Governor Huckabee," says Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's policy arm. Huckabee says he senses that conservatives feel "a need to coalesce around a person whose record matches his rhetoric."

Of course, none of that is a surprise to readers of this blog. We've been telling you Huckabee is the right person for the job since Feb. 2005.

BSR

Friday, January 05, 2007

Mike Huckabee: Time for the Next Big Step

Governor Mike Huckabee took a short break from packing up his office at the Arkansas State Capitol to talk to a news reporter yesterday. He says he savoring the moment now, but it's not getting in the way of his future.

"The day I leave office, I will head to New York to start a national book tour for the new book I have called, 'From Hope to Higher Ground,'" he says. The book is all in his words and is his plan for restoring America’s greatness.

And it may be a whole lot more.

"I hope a lot of people will read this book and they say, 'I like this message. I agree with where this person will take this country,' then that's going to give me a lot of encouragement when I think about whether or not to run for president,” says Mr. Huckabee.

And the governor says he's already got good exposure and feels the race for Republican nominee is wide open. "There are key people who are putting my name out there on the beltway and on the talk shows and that's helpful because at least people are taking that possibly with some seriousness,” he says.

Editorial note: Governor Huckabee, the stage is set. It is time for you to take the next big step. America needs you.

BSR

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Other Bloggers on Mike Huckabee

The Krusty Konservative, an important and respected Iowa political blogger, has come out with a prediction today that Mike Huckabee is positioned for a break out campaign in Iowa. Here's and excerpt:

"I’m sure that Mike Huckabee being my breakout presidential kandidate for 2007 probably comes as a surprise to many of you, especially the intern(s) at the Kaucus Kooler. But talk to any caucus vet and they will tell you that there is always a konservative kandidate who will catch on fire and make a lot of noise in Iowa. After looking at the potential Republican field, I think Mike Huckabee is the kandidate who is primed for a big year.
Huckabee is a fantastic speaker which is a huge asset in Iowa where kandidates have travel from town to town to meet with potential caucus goers. He is also solid on the issues that mater most to Iowa social conservatives; life, marriage, stem cells, and judges. Social konservatives make up a huge percentage of the total number of caucus goers. These voters are already planning to go to the caucus, even though they might not have decided on kandidate yet. Other kandidates, especially McCain and Rudy, will have to konvince people who might have never attended a caucus to go out on a cold January evening and support them."


You can check out the rest HERE.