Monday, October 29, 2007

Romney Running Scared

Romney is clearly feeling the heat. He's started mentioning Gov. Huckabee on the campaign trail in an effort to ward off the inevitable overtaking of his campaign by Huckabee's authenticity...unfortunately Romney is stooping to spewing falsehoods to do it.


HUCKABEE: Good news for the underdog campaign that every member of the Fourth Estate seems to love: Romney mentioned Huckabee by name on the campaign trail over the weekend. NBC/NJ's Erin McPike reports: Late Friday afternoon at a campaign event in Fort Madison, Iowa, Romney made the unusual move of mentioning Huckabee in his stump speech when discussing his views and background on illegal immigration. “When I was governor, they passed a law saying we’re going to give in-state tuition breaks to illegal aliens, and I vetoed that,” he said. “Now did other people have a different view? Gov. Huckabee, who’s running for president also, he signed that,” Romney stated incorrectly. “He wanted in-state tuition breaks for illegal aliens in his state. I think that’s the wrong way to go.”

Friday, October 26, 2007

Rasmussen: Huckabee Surges Into Top Tier

According the the well respected Rasmussen Reports, which tracks national and regional presidential polling, Gov. Mike Huckabee has, for the first time, surged into the top tier of presidential candidates nationally...surpassing former Governor Mitt Romney.

We've been telling readers of this blog this was going to happen for nearly THREE YEARS.


According to Rasmussen:


"The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Friday shows—for the first time ever--Mike Huckabee moving into the top four among those seeking the Republican Presidential Nomination."

"Rudy Giuliani remains precariously atop the pack with support from 20% of Likely Republican Primary Voters nationwide. Fred Thompson is close behind at 19% while John McCain enjoys a second straight day in third place with 14% of the vote. Huckabee continues to gain ground and is just two points behind McCain at 12%. This is the first time all year that Huckabee has surpassed Mitt Romney. The former Massachusetts Governor slipped another point and he is now at just 11% nationally. No other Republican attracts more than 3% support while 18% are undecided. (see recent daily numbers)."


Given Huckabee’s progress in the polls, Rasmussen Reports will add his results to the daily tracking history table starting on Monday.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Dallas Morning News: Huckabee on the Rise

Low-key Huckabee on the rise

He's a true conservative with strengthening chances for '08, says CARL LEUBSDORF
12:00 AM CDT on Thursday, October 25, 2007

Longtime Bush adviser Dan Bartlett, candidly assessing the Republican field, calls Mike Huckabee the "best candidate" but questions whether Americans would elect another president from Hope, Ark., especially one named "Huckabee."

Mr. Huckabee certainly lags in fundraising and national polls, but quietly, even unexpectedly, the genial former Arkansas governor may be turning the GOP's Big Four into a Big Five. He scored a triumph last weekend at the "Values Voters Summit" and got good marks from Sunday's Fox News Channel debate.

And in the key kickoff state of Iowa, there are signs of a showing that could transform the race.
The reason: In a field in which some of the best-known candidates are turning verbal cartwheels to portray themselves as more conservative than their rivals or their records, Mr. Huckabee is the real article. As he put it on Fox News Sunday, he's a "consistent conservative with some authenticity about those convictions."

By contrast, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has turned himself from an abortion-rights backer favoring an expanded GOP role for gays and lesbians into a sharp foe of abortion rights and gay marriage.

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani supports abortion rights and gun control but says he would nominate the kind of Supreme Court justices who would overturn those abortion rights.
Former Sen. Fred Thompson of Tennessee, running as a consistent conservative, once lobbied for an abortion-rights group, opposed some tort reforms and rejected a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.

Sen. John McCain of Arizona has a consistent voting record on conservative issues from abortion rights to federal spending. But he lost conservative support by denouncing the influence of such religious conservative leaders as the late Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson. Mr. McCain also opposed the 2001 Bush tax cuts and championed campaign finance and immigration reform.
Mr. Huckabee, too, has attracted conservative criticism. The Club for Growth cited tax increases during his governorship, while the Family Research Council's Tony Perkins questioned his commitment to fighting "radical Islam."

Still, better than half of the more than 950 voters at Mr. Perkins' "Values Voters Summit" favored Mr. Huckabee, five times as many as backed Mr. Romney. The result was muddled by a second count, including online voters, in which Mr. Romney edged Mr. Huckabee.
His weekend success was the clearest sign to date that the ordained Southern Baptist minister is making progress in becoming the favored candidate of religious conservatives, who play such a vital role in GOP politics.

The first sign was his second-place showing in August at the Iowa straw poll.

Another was Friday's withdrawal of a conservative rival, Sen. Sam Brownback of Kansas.

And Mr. Huckabee's progress was underscored by his rise in the polls in Iowa, where religious conservatives may make up far more than half the turnout for the Jan. 3 caucuses.

Recent Iowa polls show his support in double digits. Two recent surveys put him just one point out of second, although still well behind Mr. Romney. But support for all candidates in Iowa is fluid.

One explanation for his gains is that he is running a more positive campaign than Mr. Romney or Mr. Giuliani. Displaying a kind of low-key charm, Mr. Huckabee has concentrated on his own views, rather than assailing Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton.

That was especially evident Sunday night. When a panelist finally put a first question to him after Mr. Giuliani, Mr. Thompson, Mr. Romney and Mr. McCain had spent 20 minutes wrangling with one another, Mr. Huckabee replied, "I'm kind of glad I wasn't in on the first few minutes because it was all about these guys fighting each other."

His tone has been consistently less confrontational. In earlier debates, he urged compromise between President Bush and Congress on funding the State Children's Health Insurance Program, backed a conditional path to citizenship for illegal immigrants and urged greater stress on diplomacy with Iran and Syria to end the war in Iraq.

Even if he finishes second – or even first – in Iowa, Mr. Huckabee still will face difficulty raising enough money to compete with better-funded rivals in the big industrial states. But the positive impression he is making is propelling him into consideration, and, if he falls short, could make him an attractive running mate for Mr. Giuliani or Mr. Romney.

Carl P. Leubsdorf is Washington Bureau chief of The Dallas Morning News. His e-mail address is cleubsdorf@dallasnews.com.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Huckabee ROCKS Values Voter Summit

As someone who has seen and heard Gov. Mike Huckabee have crowds eating out of his hands for more than 10 years... often democratic crowds...this report by Sharon Soon is no surprise.

Ms. Soon liveblogged the Washington Briefing Values Voter Summit this weekend, saying:

Ah, they saved the best for last. Mike Huckabee, the “dark horse” governor from Arkansas, has managed to make an impressive mark on the presidential race among much wealthier and well-known candidates. With his impressive achievements as governor, his past career as a Baptist minister, and an eloquence that I don’t believe has been seen since Ronald Reagan, Huckabee has come out of nowhere to become a favorite of social conservatives.

And it was clearly shown during his speech today. I’ve attended plenty of speeches, conventions, and conferences, and I have never seen a speaker receive so many cheers standing ovations. From the moment Huckabee walked on stage, you could feel the excitement brewing. I may sound partial, but you’d almost have to be there to understand. With an ease in his manner and a genuine tone of voice, he started off his first few minutes by joking with the crowd.

Once he knew he had our attention, he brought up the threat of Islamofascism, suggesting that too many people today do not fully understand “the value of freedom that is threatened today… our nation, our world, our freedom, has never faced the level of threat that it has ever faced.” He discussed how critical this issue was, expressing a love for his country and for the freedom it provides.

Moving on to immigration, about which he has been challenged by conservatives for taking a liberal stance, Huckabee was careful with his words. He blamed our federal government for the current problem rather than those who have come here illegally; saying that it is the government’s responsibility to protect the borders. While he correctly targeted the federal administration and the corporations who have hired illegal immigrants, he was silent about why he chooses not to hold the aliens accountable (I would have liked to hear some of his insights, since this view is inexplicable to me). Instead, he cleverly switched the topic to express some words of patriotism as an American who was “thankful that this country is one that people are trying to break into, not one that they are trying to break out of.”

By this point, the cheers were coming after every couple seconds; it was almost difficult for him to complete sentence. He ran through some talking points:

He is committed to oil independence; we cannot continue to give oil money to nations who want to destroy us and are turning around to use our money against us.

He believes we must completely eliminate our current tax system and implement the fair tax.

He supports stopping the Sea Treaty and any laws that will challenge America’s sovereignty.

He believes we should impeach judges who use international law as the basis for their court decisions.

Meanwhile, I started to wonder when the crowd was going to tire from so many back-to-back standing ovations. No time soon, apparently.

Huckabee moved on to social issues next, stressing that we cannot compromise on marriage. He was “tired of people” unwilling to change the Constitution over this issue but were “more than willing to change the Word of God” as it relates to the definition of marriage.

Concerning abortion, he was genuinely frank as he spoke about the “intrinsic worth and value in every single human life.” Abortion in America over the past 35 years has been a tragedy.

He then suggested his doubts about other politicians whose words were often not genuine, posing that the “song” being sung by some politicians was merely being “lip-synched.” Referring to the positions some have taken to accommodate the perceived views of the public, he drew brilliant analogy of a coach in charge of a team: don’t lower the goal of your team to meet the standards of your team’s play, raise the level of play to meet your goal.

Preach it, Pastor.

As he closed, he made it clear that his principles were most important in guiding his actions and decisions. In his own words: “For me, I do not spell “G-O-D” “G-O-P”.

There is much at stake in America today, and it was “time for us to pledge our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor to that which is right.”

Not surprisingly, the crowd was on its feet. And I’m still surprised at all those old knees managed that to hold up so long.

Huckabee Campaign Swimming in Good News

Things continue to look up for Gov. Mike Huckabee, who is swimming in good news headed into the crucial months leading up to the caucuses.

Here's a great summary provided by Illinois 4 Huckabee...nice job, I4H!

Huckabee Campaign Swimming in Good News by Another Chance for Hope

Mike Huckabee must be on cloud nine. But the joys of the present will not compare with what joys may lie ahead. Today, October 20, 2007, marks the official end of Mike Huckabee as a second tier candidate.

What's this campaign got to be excited about?

1) Rasmussen had Mike as high as 9% nationally last week at one point. That's the highest ever, and represents his support doubling in the last 2 months. All this, and he still is trying to earn name recognition with a lot of folks.

2) A dynamic showing at the Family Research Council's Washington Briefing. Mike finished just 30 votes behind Mitt Romney, a victory largely gained through an intentional Internet voting campaign inside team Mitt. In addition, Huckabee secured a staggering 51% of the vote of onsite voters, compared to a paltry 10% for Romney. This kind of performance is likely to open the door to significant endorsements for Huckabee from prominent Evangelical leaders.

3) It's clear that Fred and McCain don't have any oomph behind their campaigns. Fred is fading fast. VERY FAST. The only thing being said about his last debate performance is that he stayed awake. McCain seems to be doing better as a candidate lately, but there's nothing he's saying that is going to earn him much support. He might pick up some of Fred's defectors, but there's no real danger of McCain winning prominent primaries according to anyone's polling. This is going to be a 3-man race: Rudy, Romney, and Huckabee.

4) Sam has bowed out. Pro-lifers who were behind him must take a hard look at Mike. He's more pro-life than any other candidate, though I must credit Ron Paul and Tom Tancredo for solid records in this area.

5) Last, and certainly not least, Huckabee is seeing fundraising gain steam. The campaign has created a new online, real-time fundraising tracker. They set a goal of $200,000 by October 31, 2007. They are on pace to blister that mark! As of tonight, fundraising will be up to over $150K for the quarter. Expect them to hit closer to $250K with their new momentum helping out big time.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Huckabee Tops Guiliani, McCain; Ties Thompson in Iowa

Regular readers of this blog know that for over 2 and-a-half years now we've been telling you that Mike Huckabee is going to shock the world in the 2008 election. We won't call it a prediction, because anyone who knows Mike Huckabee the way we do knows it to be true. Its not a matter of political prognostication -- its a matter of knowing the man.

A few days ago we shared news that Huckabee was making a huge surge in Iowa, where the first primary in the nation will take place. That is confirmed today by none other than the highly regarded Rasmussen poll, which places Huckabee at 18% in Iowa -- and this was BEFORE Brownback dropped out today. We strongly suspect that much of Senator Brownback's diehard support will now go to Huckabee.

Even without that support, Huckabee is far ahead of both Guiliani and McCain and statistically tied with Thompson (19%). Only Romney, who is in the number 1 spot with 25% is out of Huckabee's range -- at the moment.

What is remarkable is that Romney has literally spent MILLIONS to get the 25% he has, while Huckabee has spent almost NOTHING.

Folks, that is support Huckabee's message.

In the days and weeks to come, keep the following things in mind:

  • Much of Brownback's support is likely to go to Huckabee. Certainly not to Romney.
  • Thompson, touted as a formidable entrant into the contest, has disappointed and is falling.
  • Huckabee is rising ... with a bullet. Momentum is huge.
  • After Iowa, McCain might well quit as well. How much of his support will go to Huckabee? We suspect quite a bit.
  • If Huckabee shows stongly in Iowa, it will be worth $30 million in free air time. If he wins, it will be worth $60.

Brownback Quits; Will He Endorse Huckabee?

We posted back in August and September that we thought Sen. Sam Brownback should drop out of the presidential race in order to allow religious conservative to coalesce behind Gov. Mike Huckabee.

Finally, Sen. Brownback has done so. Reports say he will announce today that he will drop out of the race. According to a report in the Los Angeles Times, Brownback...suffered in comparison to former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who shares many of Brownback's positions and proved to be more engaging in a series of candidate debates. "Huckabee took a big bite out of his support," said Melvin A. Kahn, who teaches political science at Wichita State University."

Senator Brownback, you are fine man and a credit to conservatives everywhere. Please continue your fight to defend human life by endorsing Gov. Mike Huckabee. It is the only right thing to do.

BSR

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Washinton Post: Huckabee Poised to Embarrass Rivals

According to the Washington Post, Gov. Mike Huckabee is surging in Iowa and is poised to upset many of the "front runners" in that state's upcoming caucuses.

"Huckabee, who lacks both the resources and the celebrity status of the big four candidates in the GOP field, now appears poised to embarrass several of them in January. He was virtually tied with Giuliani on the question of who would truly be the best president among the Republican candidates. His status as a former governor is appealing in the abstract to GOP voters."


"When I sat down on Friday evening with a group of Linn County Democratic Party officials and activists to talk about politics, the last thing I asked them was to give me their impressions of the Republican field. I wanted to know which candidate they thought might prove toughest in a general election race. Surprisingly they named Huckabee."


Huckabee remains the intriguing dark horse in the Republican race -- a candidate whose appeal in Iowa could further shake up a contest in which none of the candidates is yet able to take control.

Friday, October 05, 2007

Huckabee Climbing in National Polls

Gov. Huckabee has reached 8 percent in the a recent national poll, his best ranking to date. Hat tip to Texans Like Mike:

Mike Huckabee Gains Traction In Washington Post/ABC News Poll

NEWS RELEASE

Campaign Will Continue to ‘Exceed Expectations’ With Limited Resources

Little Rock , AR – Former AR Governor and Presidential Candidate Mike Huckabee took eight percent, his best showing to date, in a new national poll of Republican and Republican-leaning voters conducted Sept. 27-30, 2007 by The Washington Post and ABC News, it was announced today. The new poll indicates that “the Republican side remains unsettled” with about three months left “before voters in Iowa cast the first votes in the 2008 nomination fight,” according to The Washington Post in a news article today.

The Huckabee campaign believes the new poll indicates “continued upward momentum” for the former Arkansas governor. “This poll has us just where we want to be,” said Huckabee, “on an upward trajectory.”

Huckabee said his strong, come-from-behind, second place showing in the August 11th Iowa Straw Poll proved that his campaign can continue to “exceed expectations” with limited resources, as it heads into the fourth quarter.“We aren’t going to report what the so-called ‘first-tier’ candidates have raised,” said Huckabee. “But then again, we don’t need to raise as much funds because we are frugal.

Our goal is to stay competitive—and we will be.” The campaign’s “victory” in Ames , combined with recent national endorsements – including his ranking as the No. 1 “Values Voter” pick – and a series of powerful debate performances, dozens of national media interviews, and high-profile speaking engagements, show that he is a contender, said Huckabee. “Our victory in Ames proves a message that reflects our Party’s core values is still the predominant factor in getting elected – even over money, although we’d certainly like to have more,” said Huckabee.

Huckabee is now ahead of Sen. McCain in Iowa and nearly tied with former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, according to a Sept. 29 Newsweek poll. Since August, the campaign has seen an increase in Web-site hits, online donations, and volunteer support (including more than 250 “bloggers”), and scores of major fundraising opportunities. “The campaign has been flooded with generous offers of support since Ames , including nearly 10,000 new donors,” said Campaign Manager Chip Saltsman.Saltsman confirmed that the campaign will report just over $1 million raised to the Federal Election Commission on October 15. “While we’d like to show more dollars in the bank, we’ve been careful with our resources – and we’ll have what we need to stay in the game,” he said. “The third quarter is typically considered to be the ‘dry season,’ but we’re pleased to show a successful, steady increase in terms of fund-raising that will sustain us,” said Saltsman.

Saltsman noted that the campaign’s 24-hour “Vertical Day” – which took place on Sept. 24th and 25th – generated the highest number of Web-site hits to date, and that online donations have been substantial. “While unfortunately some of those donations won’t be reported until the fourth quarter, we’re laying a great foundation,” he said. Huckabee concurred: “We’ve built this campaign in about 9 months from the ground up. I am pleased with our efforts to date, and I’m deeply appreciative of the hard work and support we’ve received from people all across the United States who’ve joined my team. I look forward to continuing to move forward – in the right direction – in the days and months ahead.”

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Gingrich: Watch Out For Huckabee

Newt Gingrich, in announcing he will not seek the presidential nomination for 2008, said he thinks Gov. Mike Huckabee is a force to be reckoned with.

“I think Huckabee is very effective, and if Huckabee can find money, he will be dramatically competitive almost overnight,” Gingrich said. “He’s probably the best performer in terms of giving speeches and being appealing…”

“I mean, there’s something about him that is just - you just have to like Mike,” Gingrich said on ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos,” adding that Huckabee would become “instantly competitive” if given the funds to succeed.
Of course this is no surprise to readers of this blog.
We've been telling you this since February 2005.
BSR