Sunday, January 20, 2008

Huckabee Takes Silver in South Carolina

We took one of those silver's that the Romney campaign is always so proud of. Honestly, Thompson bled off just enough of the conservative vote to give McCain the edge over us. Thompson is done, now, so we press on to Florida!

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Saturday, January 19, 2008

South Carolina - Huckabee & McCain Battle

South Carolina primary voters select their candidate today, and the last polls before voting began indicate a big surge for Huckabee, putting him in a tie for first place with McCain.

We'll be updating here throughout the day, so check back with us.


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Sunday, January 13, 2008

HuckaMania in Michigan

Before this week, Gov. Huckabee had never spent one dime in the state of Michigan. He has no campaign office and no staff in the state. But the response to Huckabee in Michigan over the last few days has been absolutely phenomenal.

According to MSNBC's First Read, Huckabee held a rally in Michigan Friday night with only 24 hour's notice and drew 1,000 enthusiastic supporters -- no other candidate is drawing crowds like that.

Then, on Saturday morning he hosted a breakfast for over 100 Michigan church leaders. After that he held another rally in Grand Rapids that drew over 600. And at this rally he received the endorsement of Michigan state Rep. Fulton Sheen, a former faith and values committee chair for Mitt Romney's Michigan campaign.

Yes, Michigan loves Governor Huckabee. So much so that Ed Rollins, Senior Advisor to the Hucakbee campaign, believes that with another week they could WIN Michigan. But, Michigan's primary has never been part of the Huckabee plan -- it was much better for Huckabee to focus on South Carolina than on Mitt Romney's home state.

The surprising amount of support Huckabee has garnered in Michigan -- with NO investment of campaign resources -- is proof that Huckabee's message is beginning to resonate with people of all types and in all parts of the country.

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Saturday, January 12, 2008

Half a Million Visitors and Counting

500,000!

We just passed a new milestone here at MHP2008. Within the last few minutes, our 500,000th visitor hit the site. In fact, you may be that visitor. If you think so, drop us a comment to this post. We'd like to recognize you.

Onward and upward!

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Huckabee Poised to Beat Romney in His Home State?

Huckabee Ahead In Polls, Poised To Take Michigan From Romney

January 11, 2008 2:35 p.m. EST

Linda Young - AHN News Writer

Detroit, MI (AHN) - Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee is setting his sights on winning in Michigan. The most recent poll shows him with a 1 percent lead over rival and native son Mitt Romney. Up until now, Huckabee has relied on a grass-roots efforts from evangelicals and Fair Tax advocates fueling his campaign there.

That combination worked in Iowa his supporters say. They say that Huckabee has a wide base of support in Michigan and can win the primary if his supporters just go to the polls and vote.
According to CNN reports, one of the leaders of the movement, Gary Glenn said that the network of evangelists and tax advocates has "laid the groundwork" for a Huckabee win.

"The fact that he's even in a position to threaten Mitt Romney in his native state is a real statement to the depth of support he has here," Glenn told CNN.

Glenn could be right. The most recent Michigan poll shows him in a virtual dead heat with Romney who has been aggressively campaigning in the state where he is also relying on his old connections there to deliver the victory to him.

He was born and raised in Michigan where his father served as governor.

CNN news reports that Romney has sunk $3 million into TV ads in Michigan. Romney had called winning Michigan his priority after his loss to John McCain in New Hampshire following his loss to Huckabee in Iowa.

In contrast, Huckabee who had not a campaign office in Michigan, spent money on TV ads, or campaigned much in the state at the time the poll was done came in on top.

The poll released on Tuesday by Rossman Group/MIRS/Denno-Noor showed Huckabee with 23 percent, Romney with 22 percent, McCain at 18 percent and the rest of the Republicans below 10 percent each.

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Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Romney: Outplayed, Outlasted, Outwitted

Mitt Romney is complaining about John McCain and Mike Huckabee "cherry picking" contests, while at the same time announcing he is adopting Huckabee's media strategy.

Who knew that you couldn't attack everyone in sight without having them form alliances and gang up on you?

Who knew that earned media isn't more valuable and more authentic than paid ads?

Mitt, its time for you admit you have been outplayed, outlasted, and outwitted.

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On To Michigan and South Carolina

Governor Huckabee's stronger-than-expected finish in New Hampshire sends him along to Michigan and South Carolina with all the momentum he needs to continue having a dramatic impact on the GOP race. Here's his new ad, and commentary by Elephantbiz:



Says Elephant biz:

"The race in Michigan between Huckabee, John McCain and Mitt Romney is tight, and this ad could deliver the knock out blow to Romney."

"Huckabee does not need to win. He only needs to peel off enough conservative votes from Romney to knock him out of the race once and for all. Huckabee's focus is still heavily on South Carolina where he leads by a comfortable margin."

We say Huckabee WILL make Michigan a 3-way race, and Governor Huckabee CAN win it. He will also WIN South Carolina.

Governor Huckabee will be the next President of the United States.

Mark it down.

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Tuesday, January 08, 2008

New Huckabee Site

Here's a new unofficial social networking site for Huckabee. Check it out!

Thanks, Eric. Welcome to the team.

http://mikehuckabee.ning.com/

Huckabee on Birthright Citizenship

Presidential Candidate Mike Huckabee Statement on Constitutional AmendmentRegarding Citizenship Birthright

LITTLE ROCK, Ark., Jan. 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/

-- Former Arkansas Governorand Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee has issued the following comment inresponse to a Washington Times article reporting he would amend theConstitution in connection to children born in the U.S. to illegal aliens: "I do not support an amendment to the Constitution that would prevent childrenborn in the U.S. to illegal aliens from automatically becoming Americancitizens. I have no intention of supporting a constitutional amendment todeny birthright citizenship."

Romney Campaign Caught Stealing McCain Signs

John McCain signs are covering New Hampshire. Here is local news video of admitted Romney campaign staffers, amazingly, stealing McCain signs in order to create a fantasy atmosphere for their candidate to campaign in.

This is indicative of the entire Romney campaign.

Monday, January 07, 2008

Welcome Dave Letterman Viewers

UPDATED

A special welcome to viewers of Dave Letterman! In the finest of southern traditions, we invite you to "Come on in and sit a spell."

Ready to contribute? Go the official Huckabee site HERE.

We have a lot to share with you about why he is the right person, at the right time in our history, to be president of the United States.

This blog is the first to promote Mike Huckabee for president (founded Feb. 2005). We've consistently said all through this time that Huckabee would be exactly where he is today -- on the verge of winning Iowa AND the nomination.

How did we know? Because we know Huckabee well - we know his heart and we know his skills--so nothing that has occurred has been a surprise to us or to readers of this blog. :)

We have a lot of content, so spend some time checking around. The big news is a new poll shows Huckabee has overtaken Rudy Giuliani as the national frontrunner.

Huckabee 25%
Giuliani 20%
McCain 19%
Thompson 12%
Romney 9%
Paul 4%

The thing to remember is that just one month ago, Huckabee's campaign had not taken off and had no money. It suddenly exploded and the money began flowing--it has taken some time for his campaign staff to catch up to his poll numbers.

Veteran strategist Ed Rollins, who has worked with reporters for decades, has joined the campaign. Also joining up this week for the final push in Iowa is Rick Tyler, former Speaker Newt Gingrich’s top spokesman. Additonally, Huckabee is getting organizational help from seasoned campaign hands Jeff Roe and Jessica Moenning. Roe has run campaigns in Kansas and Missouri and is a former chief of staff to Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO). Moenning is a former executive director of the Nebraska GOP.

So you can see the cavalry is arriving and we are ready for the final push to the nomination.

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UPDATE: Here's the video!



Huckabee Overtakes Giuliani

According to recent polls, Gov. Mike Huckabee has overtaken Rudy Giuliani as the national frontrunner.

Huckabee 25%
Giuliani 20%
McCain 19%
Thompson 12%
Romney 9%
Paul 4%

Become part of the most important and historic campaign in U.S. presidential election history!

Join the Huckabee campaign today!

www.MikeHuckabee.com

Sunday, January 06, 2008

Huckabee on Tonight Show with Jay Leno

Here's a video of Governor Mike Huckabee on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno the night before the Iowa Caucus.

Orthodox Jews for Huckabee?

Governor Mike Huckabee has been written off by many as having appeal only to evangelical Christians. Tell that to New Hampshire State Representative Jason Bedrick,who happens to be an Orthodox Jew.

Representative Bedrick gives very high praise to Huckabee and reminds Red State's Soren Dayton of Ronald Reagan's ability to appeal to traditionally democratic audiences, "like socially conservative northeastern Jews."

On This Week: Romney Flips and Flops

In the New Hampshire GOP debate last night, Mitt Romney angrily and forcefully accused John McCain of supporting a form of amnesty. McCain denied it, and the following exchange took place:

"...the debate virtually exploded when Romney accused McCain of promoting a form of amnesty for illegal immigrants, saying McCain would allow them to stay in the United States permanently."

"'I've never supported amnesty,' [and] anyone who describes McCain's position that way 'is a liar, is lying.' He added, "It's not amnesty, and for you to describe it as you do in the attack ads, my friend, you can spend your whole fortune on these attack ads, but it still won't be true."

Romney claimed his ads don't call McCain a supporter of amnesty:

“I don’t describe your plan as amnesty in my ad,” Romney answered. “I don’t call it amnesty.”

Jaws dropped at McCain headquarters.

“What got us all going was when Governor Romney said, ‘We never called what you did amnesty,’“ said McCain confidante Sen. Lindsey Graham said. “Look on TV. Look in your mailbox in New Hampshire. John’s been pounded by Governor Romney with that charge. I was just dumbstruck.”

FAST FORWARD 12 HOURS to Romney's appearance on This Week with George Stephanopolis where, unbelievably, Romeny was STILL flipping and flopping about whether he ever called McCain's plan amnesty. At one point, Romney pulled a Clintonesque attemp to parse words, saying it depended upon what the definition of amnesty is.

Stephanopolis repeatedly asked questions about it and Romney got into a horrible box. Romney was becomming visibly upset, and then Stephanopolis said: "Last night you siad you don't call McCain's plan amnesty in your ads."

"Here's the ad," Stephanopolis said, and played it. And there it was, in huge letters on the screen, saying McCain's plan was amnesty."

They camera cut back to Stephanopolis and Romeny. Romney sat there for an uncomfortable second and said "I have not seen that ad."

UPDATE: You can watch the exchange on This Week here.



WHAT??? The ad says "I'm Mitt Romney and I approved this message." Are you saying that your staff is putting out ads you don't see, without your approval???

Stephanopolis finally said smugly, "Lets move on."

Romney looked relieved.

UPDATE: We have found YET ANOTHER ad (and press release) that Romney apparently hasn't seen.

Click HERE.

And here's the script, from a Romney press release dated 1/3/08:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Kevin Madden (857) 288-6390

Boston, MA – Today, Romney for President launched its newest television ad, "Remember." The ad highlights the people of New Hampshire discussing the issues that important to them – lowering tax burdens, securing our borders...The ad will begin airing today as part of the campaign's rotation in New Hampshire.

Script For "Remember" (TV:30):

GOVERNOR MITT ROMNEY: "I'm Mitt Romney and I approved this message."

BOB DUFFY: "I believe John McCain's war record is outstanding."

MARIE PALING: "He's a true patriot and has served his country long and well."

BOB DUFFY: "However, his record in the US Senate leaves a lot to be desired."

GENE BOIS: "John McCain has been one of those Republicans that have been wrong on tax cuts."

RAY BRUN: "Opposing tax cuts that would have helped our family, supporting amnesty for illegal immigrants, taking jobs away from Americans."

COLLETT HILL: "He wrote the amnesty bill that America rejected."

BOB DEGANGE: "He's not really listened to the American people."

MARIE PALING: "He's had his chance in Washington to make things better."

Saturday, January 05, 2008

Huckabee in New Hampshire


Rich Lowry of National Review reports about a Huckabee event in New Hampshire today:

"I only could stay for Huckabee's 15-minute opening remarks at a packed—I mean packed—event at a gym in a Londonberry middle school this morning, but it was brilliant, absolutely brilliant. It was one of the most stirring and persuasive defenses of self-government and limited government—including the doctrine of subsidiarity—that I have heard in a long time. This guy is very good ... today he was saying how America is all about "live free or die." If McCain beats Romney here, you have to favor McCain for the nomination, but you can't totally discount the possibility that Huckabee wins it, if it turns out that McCain still has limited appeal to bedrock Republicans despite a win here (and perhaps Michigan too) and if Huckabee can broaden out from evangelicals."

Folks, Governor Huckabee IS good. In fact, he the BEST THERE IS.
UPDATE: We found a great video of this event. Click HERE.


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New Hampshire GOP Debate

Earlier this week, Governor Mike Huckabee won the Iowa caucus in a landslide. Tonight he is participating in the New Hampshire GOP debate, and he is doing very well (as expected). Check back here for a round-up of opinion and analysis after the debate ends.

In the meantime, if you would like to support Mike Huckabee's run for the White House, please visit www.MikeHuckabee.com
ANALYSIS
National Review Online: "Mike Huckabee: I think there will be a familiar split in reaction to his performance. Pundits, and folks who know these issues backwards and forwards, will find his answers glib, lightweight, paper-thin. Voters will like it. I don’t know how much of a splash he’ll make in New Hampshire, as he’s an odd fit for the state, but everybody else in this field ought to be going to Red Alert, because this guy is going to play the Pied Piper, and a lot of folks are going to line up behind him."


Thursday, January 03, 2008

Live Blogging the Iowa Caucus


BREAKING...

AUTHENTICITY WINS!


FOX PROJECTS HUGE HUCKABEE VICTORY.




ROMNEY CONCEDES!!!!




TIME FOR A CHANGE. TIME TO MAKE HISTORY.

8:30 PM Fox News just reported that entrance polls indicate a BIG night for Huckabee.

8:40 PM Fox reports that very early office returns are trending strongly for Hucakbee.

8:45 PM Fox reports "all signs good" for Huckabee. Exit polls show "huge" evangelical turnout; undecideds breaking strongly for Huckabee.

8:47 PM Fox: With 15% reporting, Huckabee up 36% to 23% over Romney. Thompson distant third.


8:50 PM Fox reports there was a "sense" among reporters that Romney camp was losing confidence.


8:55 PM Fox reports Romney spin already beginning -- trying to put best face on "decisive" Huckabee win. Crowd at Romney HQ emptying.


8:56 FOX PROJECTS "DECISIVE" HUCKABEE WIN!!!!!!!!!! "EARLY BLOWOUT." "HUGE TURNOUT FOR HUCKABEE."


Well...that didnt take long.....and it is NO surprise to us or to readers of this blog.




ON TO THE NOMINATION....




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Caucus for Huckabee


Time to Make History! Caucus for Huckabee!
Questions about how? Go to www.MikeHuckabee.com

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

New Huckabee Ad: "Tax Cuts Matter"

This new ad will run in New Hampshire:

New Huckabee Ad: "Our Values"

This great new ad began running in Iowa today:

Romney Flips...AGAIN


Mitt Romney, long known as an unabashed flip-flopper, did it again today. Only this time he didnt flip on a key social conservative issue like abortion or gay marriage. Today he flipped on his ardent support for President Bush's handling of the war on terror.

Check it out:

Associated Press Analysis, December 20, 2007: "Republican Mitt Romney aligned himself squarely with President Bush and his national security policies Wednesday, reaching out to GOP loyalists who hold the president in high regard, back the Iraq war and could sway the high-stakes nomination race."

Reuters News Analysis, January 1, 2008: "Presidential candidate Mitt Romney said on Tuesday the Bush administration mismanaged the Iraq war, distancing himself from his party's unpopular president two days before Iowa's first-in-the-nation presidential contest."

Apparently Romney conducted a poll and found out something new to say.


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2008: Time for a Change; Time to Make History

Good morning, folks,

We hope your New Year's Eve was fantastic. Now its time to get back to work!

We've already made a little bit of history here at MHP2008. Not only were we the first site of any kind promoting Mike Huckabee for president (we launched an amazing 749 days before the official Huckabee blog), but unbeknownst to us at the time we were also the first 2008 candidate blog PERIOD (National Journal's The Hotline has labled us "the first unnofficial WH '08 blog we remember seeing.").

That's a nice little footnote in the history of presidential politics, but it's not enough for us. We have come a long way since our first post in February 2005, when almost nobody outside the state of Arkansas even knew who Mike Huckabee was. Today, as we knew he'd be, he is among the front-runners for the GOP nomination.

There were a lot of frustrating days along the way, while the "elite" member of the press wasted truckloads of ink and bandwidth on stories about so-called "top tier" candidates that we KNEW had little chance of capturing the hearts of true conservatives.

But we kept at it. Now the Iowa caucus looms and Mike Huckabee the "surprise" candidate, stands poised to make history. Wow...what a great time we've had.

We are going to wait until our official anniversary on Feb. 14 to write a big "Look Back" post -- we'll know quite a bit more about Mike Huckabee the candidate by then.

For now, have a look at the latest numbers coming out of Iowa. This Des Moines Register poll was released just this morning and shows Huckabee surging yet again among voters planning to attend the caucus.

Huckabee 32
Romney 26
McCain 13

Have a great New Year's Day!

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