Sunday, September 30, 2007

Iowa Christian Conservatives Going for Huckabee

Iowa Independent has the story. Conservative Christians are beginning to line up behind Gov. Mike Huckabee.

An excerpt:

Mike Huckabee is likely to get a lot of support from conservative Iowa Christians in the January Republican caucus, if they follow through with the leanings they voiced at the Iowa Christian Alliance annual dinner held in Des Moines Saturday night.

Huckabee's Foreign Policy

Check out RedState for a Favorable Analysis of Gov. Huckabee's Foreign Policy positions.

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Monday, September 24, 2007

Huckabee Launches 'Vertical Day'

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For years now I've heard Gov. Huckabee refer to something he calls "vertical politics." He uses it to illustrate the fact that, for the vast majority of Americans, politics is not about the left or the right -- democrat or republican -- but rather about who can lift America up.

Most people don't really care which party gets the job done, Huckabee says, as long as it gets done.

Here's an excerpt about "Vertical Day' from an email Gov. Huckabee sent to his supporters last week:

"On Monday, our campaign has set aside 24 hours, for what we are calling a "Vertical Day". The focus of Vertical Day will be a discussion of the most important issues facing America. The plan is to promote my positions on these issues through video and personal blogs, and to have an online conversation with voters about our ideas, the solutions we see possible, our hopes for America and the challenges we face."


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Sunday, September 23, 2007

Huckabee and The Club for Growth

I've spent quite a bit of time over the last year responding to questions about The Club for Growth's obession with trying to bring down Gov. Huckabee's campaign. To make a long story short, The Club for Growth gets its largest single check each year from a guy in Arkansas with a personal vendetta against Huckabee.

Now lets set aside for a moment the fact that by allowing itself to become the mouthpiece for a single contributor - and that it distorts the facts in the process - The Club for Growth has completely shattered its credibility.

Lets focus instead on the reality that they are doing Governor Huckabee an enormous favor because each time they re-issue their "hit piece," it creates an opportunity to Huckabee to set the record straight...which results in fantastic articles like this one from South Carolina's The State news organization (excerpt below).


Mike Huckabee on the obligation to govern

By BRAD WARTHEN
EDITORIAL PAGE EDITOR

THERE’S A PRINCIPLE that I long thought was a given in American politics. As long as it held true, it didn’t matter so much if the “wrong” candidate won an election. No matter what sort of nonsense he had spouted on the stump, this stark truth would take him in its unforgiving grip, set him down and moderate him.

Mike Huckabee, who is seeking the Republican nomination for president, made reference to this principle when he met with our editorial board Thursday: “One of the tough jobs of governing is, you actually have to do it.

...Mr. Huckabee is a conservative — the old-fashioned kind that believes in traditional values, and wants strong, effective institutions in our society to support and promote those values. Many newfangled “conservatives” seem just as likely to want to tear down as build up.

If Mr. Huckabee was ever that way, being the governor of Arkansas made him less so. “As a governor, I’ve seen a different level of human life, maybe, than the folks who live in the protected bubble of Washington see,” he said. And as a governor who believed he must govern, he was appalled when he saw government fail to do its job. He points to the aftermath of Katrina: “It was one of the more, to me, disgusting moments of American history.... It made my blood boil....

“I’m 100 percent pure and orthodox when it comes to the issues that matter to the evangelical or faith voter,” he says. “But as a governor, I spent most of my time improving education, rebuilding the highway system, reforming health care in Arkansas” ... “And for that I earned the right to pass some pro-life legislation, and strong pro-marriage and pro-family legislation."

... OK, let’s review: As a conservative, he has a certain set of ideals. But he knows that being governor isn’t just about promoting an ideology, whatever it might be. Being governor is the most pragmatic form of life in our solar system. People expect certain things of you, and you’ve got to do them. Successful governors realize that, whether you’re promoting ideals or paving the roads, “The wrong thing to do is to go and to try to stick your fist in the face of the Legislature that you know is not necessarily with you, and create a fight.” (Gov. Huckabee had to deal with a Democratic assembly.)


I know someone who needs to hear that. The only lesson [South Carolina Governor] Mark Sanford learned from shutting down the federal government was that it was worth trying again. So last year, he vetoed the entire state budget when lawmakers failed to hold spending to the artificial limits he had decreed. Of course, they overrode him. And he knew they would. For him, it was about the gesture, not about governing. It’s about ungoverning. It’s about the agenda of the Club for Growth.

Gov. Huckabee, being conservative fiscally as well as otherwise, has been known to turn down taxes, but that’s an area where pragmatism can outweigh ideals:“... We had a Supreme Court case where we were forced to deal with both equity and adequacy in education,” said Mr. Huckabee. “There was no way to do that without additional revenue.”


What sort of efficiency? “I wanted a greater level of school consolidation in order to fund the efficiency, which was a very unpopular thing.” Our governor has said he’s for school district consolidation (as am I), but he’s never done anything effective to achieve it. That would require building a constructive relationship with the Legislature.



The Club for Growth loves Mark Sanford. I don’t know what sort of president Mike Huckabee would make, but I wonder whether he’d do another stint as governor....

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Analyst: "James Dobson Probably Supporting Huckabee"

Marc Ambinder, blogging for The Atlantic, writes today about the Associated Press' revelation that a private email written by evangelical leader James Dobson clearly shows he will not be supporting Fred Thompson.

Ambinder surmises, through the process of eliminaton, that Gov. Mike Huckabee will ultimately become the candidate Dobson's all-important endorsement will fall to.

This may be a surprise to Ambinder, but we've been saying Huckabee will be the conservative Christian candidate of choice here for years.

This is our time.

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Friday, September 14, 2007

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Analyst: Huckabee Could "Easily Win"

Well respected political analyst William Rusher, writing at Townhall, has determined that Gov. Mike Huckabee is among five Republican candidates who could "easily win" the GOP nomination. Says Rusher:

"In the case of the Republicans, the striking fact is that the field of serious contenders is still so large. At this point, it is certainly possible that any one of at least five men -- Sen. John McCain of Arizona; Thompson of Tennessee; former Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts; former Gov. Mike Huckabee of Arkansas, and former Mayor Rudy Giuliani of New York City -- could easily win the nomination."

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

CLUCK! CLUCK! Thompson Chickens Out

Fred Thompson, full of bravado when he criticized the recent set of presidential debates for not being informative enough, has now backed out of the opportunity to participate in the type of debate he said he wants to have.

Last night, after CNN and several groups in early primary states offered to televise a debate between Huckabee and Thompson (challenged by Huckabee), Thompson's bravado seems to have wilted.

"I think in the general election, when you've got two candidates [I might be interested in] something like that, [or] something Newt Gingrich has proposed. I think [Newt's] idea is an hour and half, several different times during the course of the campaign. I think that approach, the more I think about it is a good one…," Thompson said when asked why he had not accepted Huckabee's challenge.

Well, Fred....so far Huckabee is the only candidate to sign on to Gingrich's plan. What are you waiting for?
What are you afraid of, Fred?
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Monday, September 10, 2007

A Tough Spot for Thompson

The Huckabee campaign has masterfully cast a net that will be very difficult for Fred Thompson to extract himself from.

Last week, Fred Thompson criticized the format of recent presidential primary debates (none of which he participated in) saying they did not do enough to show voters the candidates' thoughts and feelings. Thompson referred to a proposal made by former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, which would put two candidates in Lincoln-Douglas style debates - head-to-head to discuss and answer questions on a specific topic.

Huckabee immediately took Thompson up on his offer, challenging Thompson to such a debate. The Huckabee campaign issued the challenge along with the signatures of over a thousand supporters and soon thereafter the real problems began for Thompson.


According to Campaigns & Elections magazine, it has become a "national political story that continues to involve more and more organizations by the day."

Suddenly, Thompson is not able to brush off Huckabee's challenge so easily. If CNN and the Strafford County Republican Women consider Huckabee a challenger to Thompson, how can Thompson not?

Not accepting Huckabee's challenge now would be like the World Heavyweight Champion refusing to box a challenger after HBO and ESPN both said they would love to televise such a competive fight.

If he doesn't accept this challenge now, Thompson is sure to soon be seeing people dressed in chicken costumes at his events. How will he respond to the inevitable questions from the MSM: "Why have you not accepted Huckabee's challenge to debate in the format you yourself said you prefer?"

And this leads to the biggest problem of all for Thompson --- Huckabee is a very, very, very, talented ---no, gifted ---debater. Thompson has nothing to gain and absolutely everything to lose.

This story is going to continue to escalate until there is some kind of response from the Thompson campaign -- and no matter what they say, Huckabee wins.

The Huckabee campaign deserves the "Political Play of the Day" award for this one.

Well done!

BSR

Debate Questions for Thompson

When Fred Thompson is eventually forced to accept Huckabee's challenge to participate in the very style of debate Thompson said he wants, we have a couple of suggestions for questions Thompson should be asked:



Anybody else have any good suggestions?

BSR

Saturday, September 08, 2007

Senator Brownback, Please Do The Right Thing

On August 15, after Mike Huckabee defeated Sam Brownback in the Iowa straw poll, despite the fact that Brownback spent several hundreds of thousands of dollars to Huckabee's pittance, we here at Mike Huckabee President 2008 asked Sen. Brownback to please drop out of the race and let conservatives coalesce behind their preferred candidate.

On September 5th, Sen. Brownback held a campaign event in New Hampshire. That's him pictured to the right, speaking at the event.

Seems we were right. And the Kansas City Star agrees.

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Note: The views expressed in this post are those of BSR and should not be considered to be those of the Huckabee campaign or anyone else.

Romney: The Presidency Can Be Bought

Mitt Romney attempted to dismiss the stiff challenge posed to him by Governor Mike Huckabee and Senator Fred Thompson today by saying that neither candidate can be considered "top tier" unless they raise $20 million like Romney did in the first quarter of this year.

As if things like character and ideas don't matter.

The Associated Press tends to disagree with Romney, saying: "That may be a false assumption."

Huckabee, according to the AP, is gaining traction in New Hampshire, as evidenced by his endorsement Thursday night by Dan Philbrick, a leading Republican in northern New Hampshire who held a party for the former Arkansas governor that drew some of the top names in New Hampshire GOP circles.

Huckabee is also surging in other primary states including Iowa and South Carolina, where the home-to-home, coffee shop-to-coffee shop style of campaigning he perfected in Arkansas is the way votes are won.

Romney's style, by comparison, is described by the AP as follows: Romney is an able campaigner. What he lacks in charisma he tries to make up with an almost robotic discipline.
He can come off as a bit cold, as he did during the debate when he dispassionately apologized to a man offended by Romney's comparison of those serving in Iraq to his son's work on his presidential campaign.

So what do you think? Is the Presidency for sale?

Come primary day, we put our money on Huckabee. You should too.

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Friday, September 07, 2007

Huckabee Exploding in Texas

Lest anyone think Mike Huckabee can't compete for Texas' 32 electoral votes, we provide you this. Despite the fact that Huckabee has not campaigned or spent one thin dime in his neighboring state of Texas, according to USA Election Polls, he has rocketed forward in Texas, with his support DOUBLING since the last poll.

Huckabee is at 13% in Texas, ahead of McCain and statistically tied with Romney.


We are on a ROLL!


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Quote of the Day: Peggy Noonan on Mike Huckabee

"Mike Huckabee, and for this I ♥ Huckabee, shot back [at Ron Paul] that
history will judge whether we were right to go in, but for now, "we're there." He echoed Colin Powell: We broke it, now we own it. "Congressman, we are one nation. We can't be divided. . . . If we make a mistake, we make it as a single country, the United States of America, not the divided states of
America." David Brody of the Christian Broadcasting Network says he doesn't know why Mr. Huckabee isn't in the top tier. I wonder too. Maybe he is and we don't know it."


About Peggy Noonan: Peggy Noonan is a contributing editor of The Wall Street Journal and a weekly columnist for the Journal's Weekend Edition and OpinionJournal.com. She is the author of seven books on politics and culture, most recently "John Paul the Great" (Viking, 2005) and "A Heart, A Cross, And A Flag: America Today," (Wall Street Journal Books), a collection of her essays. Ms. Noonan is a member of the board of the Manhattan Institute. She was a special assistant to President Reagan from 1984 through 1988. In 1988 she was chief speechwriter for Vice President George Bush as he ran for the presidency. Her first book, the best seller "What I Saw at the Revolution: A Political Life in the Reagan Era," was published in 1990. She is also author of "Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness" (1994), "On Speaking Well" (1998), and "The Case Against Hillary Clinton" (2000) and "When Character Was King" (2001). Ms. Noonan is an Emmy Award nominee for her work on the first all-network special following 9/11, "America, a Tribute to Heroes," and for her work on the television show "The West Wing."

MSNBC: Huckabee's Crossover Appeal

MSNBC is starting to grasp the true power of Huckabee as a presidential candidate--he has an uncanny ability as an authentic conservative to appeal to traditionally moderate (and even liberal) audiences.

We've been saying it for years. Mike Huckabee, if the nominee, will win and he will solidify the Republican party for generations to come. You think "Reagan Democrats" were a big deal? Wait till you see the "Huckabee Democrats."

Says MSNBC:

"Today, the chattering class's favorite dark horse GOP candidate, Mike Huckabee, does his turn walking a day in the shoes of an SEIU worker. What's remarkable about this event? All of the Democrats have done it, but Huckabee's the only Republican to do so. In fact, to date, Huckabee's the only Republican to nab a union endorsement (the machinists endorsed him in the GOP primary, while endorsing Clinton in the Dem primary). Is there any other self-described conservative candidate doing more to show crossover appeal than Huckabee? Imagine if Huckabee is on the national ticket and SEIU's Andy Stern has nothing but nice things to say about him."

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Newsweek: Huckabee Stars as GOP Stumbles


Folks, it is happening....the "big Mo" (momentum) is swinging Huckabee's way...just check out the headlines we've posted over the last few days.

Here's today's big story from Newsweek:

Huckabee Stars as GOP Stumbles

Aug. 28, 2007 - On the second day of Lance Armstrong’s Livestrong Presidential Cancer Forum, only two of the eight invited Republican candidates showed up—a reflection of some poor thinking in the GOP. But it didn’t matter too much. Attendees at the Cedar Rapids, Iowa event may look back at two “surges” that began here—one a boom in health care as a major campaign issue for Republicans; the other the emergence of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee as a serious candidate for president.

The story of the no-shows tells you a lot about the state of the GOP. Some—like John McCain—had longstanding conflicts. But Mitt Romney was considered a likely guest until the last possible minute, then chose instead to speak at another cancer event, hastily scheduled this week by Republicans at the Susan G. Komen Foundation for breast cancer research.

The best explanation for Romney’s decision to stiff Armstrong is that he didn't want to face questions from co-moderator Chris Matthews about why he was running away from his innovative health care plan in Massachusetts. (The breast cancer event was a speech, not a Q and A).

Rudy Giuliani was also expected, but refused to return several calls from Armstrong personally about whether he would attend. The best guess is that Giuliani didn’t want to have to acknowledge his support for embryonic stem cell research in front of conservative Iowa caucus-goers. His own status as a prostate-cancer survivor was apparently not enough protection.

That left Sen. Sam Brownback and Huckabee.

Brownback refused to be pinned down on cancer research funding. While all four Democrats who appeared Monday (plus Barack Obama) have pledged to at least double the $5 billlion in federal funds spent annually on cancer research, Brownback said he wanted to start with a pledge to end cancer deaths in ten years, then assess how much money would be required.

After he said it would require much more money, Matthews pounced. Where Democrats said they would fund their ambitious expansions of health-care funding by rescinding the tax cut for those making more than $200,000 a year and winding down the Iraq war, Brownback refused to make any tough choices, saying money could be saved with the equivalent of the military-base closing commission for the whole government. "If it could have been done so easily, it would have been done a long time ago. Presidents have to choose!" Matthews thundered.

Where Brownback was plodding and humorless, Huckabee was ambitious, fresh and amusing. He explained how he had lost 110 pounds, then set about transforming the health of the people in his state. Smoking is big in the South, so it is especially impressive that he got the Arkansas state legislature to ban all smoking in public places and workplaces. “It’s a work place safety issue, not just about bars and restaurants,” Huckabee noted.

He also eliminated co-payments for colonoscopies, prostate tests and other screening, arguing that early detection will save the state billions. Considering that most states still don't require insurance companies to even cover colonoscopies—about the most pound-foolish policy imaginable—that's a real accomplishment.

Huckabee has a way of explaining things in ways people can relate to, and he received the most laughs and applause of the whole event. For example: "People today aren't eating food, they're eating 'food products'. You're better off throwing away the contents and eating the packaging. At least the cardboard has fiber."

He’s also the only candidate in either party who introduces truly fresh ideas I’ve never heard before. Some months ago, he launched the idea of federal funding for art and music programs, which he rightly says are necessary to help the U.S. keep its creative edge in global competition. And today Huckabee talked about a food-stamp program that would offer financial incentives for healthy choices, so that a dollar in food stamps would buy $1.25 worth of fruit and vegetables but only 75 cents worth of junk food. Worth a try.


VIDEO: Christian Broadcasting Network on Mike Huckabee

Here's a great report, including video, about Mike Huckabee and his meteoric rise in early primary state polling. Check it out HERE.

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Sunday, September 02, 2007

Did Fred Thompson Lobby for Abortion Rights?

Governor Mike Huckabee is an authentic, Christian conservative who has steadfastly and always been firmly pro-life.

We had high hopes that Fred Thompson would raise the bar for the pro-life cause as a candidate, but sadly that may not be the case.

We found this disappointing news:

According to the Los Angeles Times, The National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association says Fred Thompson took "lots of money" from them to lobby the first Bush administration for abortion rights.

The Thompson campaign totally denies it, saying "There's no documents to prove it."

But the Family Planning group has published minutes from its meetings dating back to 1991 that clearly say: "Judy DeSarno [president of the group at the time] reported that the association had hired Fred Thompson Esq. as counsel to aid us in discussions with the administration" on the abortion counseling rule (Sept. 14, 1991).

Not only that, but former Congressman Michael Barnes, who worked at the lobbying and law firm with Thompson says that DeSarno had asked him to recommend someone for the lobbying work and that he suggested Thompson. He said it was "absolutely bizarre" for Thompson to deny that he lobbied against the abortion counseling rule.

DeSarno has clear and vivid recollection of the work with Thompson, saying that after being hired, Thompson reported to her that he had held multiple conversations about the abortion rule with Sununu, who was then the White House chief of staff and the president's point man on the rule.

Thompson kept her updated on his progress in telephone conversations and over meals at Washington restaurants, including dinner at Galileo and lunch at the Monocle, she said. At one of the meals, she recalled, Thompson told her that Sununu had just given him tickets for a VIP tour of the White House for a Thompson son and his wife.

"It would be an odd thing for me to construct that thing out of whole cloth," DeSarno said. "It happened, and I think it's quite astonishing they're denying it."

Editorial note: If it turns out to be true that Fred Thompson lobbied for abortion rights, it is devastating to his campaign. He will be seen as a hypocrite on the most important (life and death!) issue to social conservatives.


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