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Huckabee: 'Christian Ticket' Would Help Elect Clinton

Former Gov. Mike Huckabee says he would not seek, nor would accept an invitation to run as president from Christian conservative leaders who are considering such a move if the Republican Party nominates a pro-abortion candidate like Rudy Giuliani.

"No, I think a third party only helps elect Hillary [Clinton]," Huckabee said in an interview with washingtonpost.com. "I don't see that being a good strategy for those who really care about pushing a pro-family, pro-life agenda. If they want to do that, the smart thing to do is coalesce their support around Mike Hucakbee. If they do that, I'll become the nominee, I'll win the White House."

Asked if he thinks the evangelical Christian vote still carries as much weight as it once did with the Republican Party, Huckabee said he's not sure.

"I'm a little concerned that some of the evangelical leaders seem to be less committed to the principles that got them involved in politics in the first place, and more into the politics than the principles," he said. "You hear some of them saying, 'Well, this guy believes with us, but we want to get somebody that can raise money. Or, 'we want to get somebody that we think is going to win.' Well, when it gets down to their picking things based on completely secular reasons, and it's not about the issues, I think they completely marginalize themselves."

Huckabee suggests evangelical Christians should stick to the issues, and not worry about electability.

"When you cease becoming clear about who you are, and what you're about, you really just become another Republican interest group, and you have no core, you have no center, and therefore you have no influence."

The former Arkansas governor earned 8 percent support among Republicans in the most recent Washington Post-ABC News poll. He raised roughly $1 million in this year's third fundraising quarter.

"The way that we have budgeted, we are doing what we need to do to keep our feet on the ground," he says, stressing that "We try to be as careful with the campaign money as I would be with the taxpayer's money if I were president. I think a lot people start thinking that if a person spends recklessly with campaign money, they'd probably spend recklessly with taxpayer money if they were president."

While Huckabee did not explicitly refer to Mitt Romney or John McCain, he made it clear he thinks he's better at balancing the books.

"One of the candidates who's spent tens of millions of dollars, is three points ahead of us in the Washington Post poll that was released yesterday," Huckabee said, referring to Romney. "If you've spent that much money, and you're only three points ahead of a guy that's raised a million bucks this quarter, I'd be sitting in a warm tub with some razor blades in both hands."

Indirectly referring to McCain, Huckabee said, "We've not laid anybody off. We've not had to move backwards. We've moved ahead. Our trajectory is upward. We've gained momentum, and we've done so with limited resources."

The former governor has recently earned praise from former House speaker Newt Gingrich, who announced last weekend he will not run for president. Gingrich has blogged on Huckabee's Web site, while the former governor participated in the Gingrich's American Solutions conference last week. What gives?

"I value Newt's insight into policy. I don't know of anybody who's more creative and innovative in terms of ideas than Newt Gingrich. If I could have him totally on my team, I'd take it in a heartbeat."

Huckabee spoke with washingtonpost.com for the "The Post Politics Program," which airs on XM Satellite Radio's POTUS '08 channel Thursdays at 1 p.m. and 10 p.m. ET. [Listen to audio of the Huckabee interview below]

This week's show also includes a conversation on baseball, fundraising and the media with Democratic presidential candidate New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson.

-- Ed O'Keefe

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Huckabee has presented himself as the "Christian" candidate, and his surge in the polls is exactly because of that, despite questions about Huckabee's ethical record. Christians should judge a candidate's ethical record and decide whether the candidate is exhibiting the "fruits of the Spirit." (Galations 5:22-23)

The current administration does not show many of these fruits, and yet because Bush calls himself a Christian, many Christians take him at his word, and let him get away with unethical and dangerous behavior.

Don't make the same mistake with Huckabee. I have compiled a sampling of Mike Huckabee's record of questionable ethics. You can read them at my blog at leightonweese.squarespace.com

Posted by: dearleighton | December 21, 2007 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Huckabee is a member of the CFR, as well as Hillary. They are the same in both respects as they would give illegal aliens amnesty, favor open borders, and NAFTA.

http://www.cfr.org/bios/13301/mike_huckabee.html

Posted by: linuxgod | November 30, 2007 3:28 AM | Report abuse

The reason that Christian conservatives haven't rushed to coronate the Huckster is that MOST of us actually have functional brains, and don't march in lockstep behind our ministers. We realize that a minister is simply someone who sees to the upkeep of the church and conducts worship services. The pastor works for the congregation, not the other way around; that many in the clergy and congregation get confused on this point does not alter the fact. Pastors are no less susceptible to corruption than parishioners. In fact, sometimes the temptations of power can lead to sins that most of the congregation would never even contemplate. Mixing the cloak of the clergy with the dagger of the state can sometimes be a dangerous combination for a character already prone to corruption (Stalin himself started out in the seminary).

Huckabee should be granted NO pass by Christians or anyone else, based solely on his public professions of faith (or his membership in the Mason dominated SBC, an awkward spiritual dilemma). The Huckster needs to be carefully scrutinized based on his actions in office. I initially considered supporting Huck, but the deeper I dug, the more unbearable the stench became. Unfortunately, the similarities between Clinton and Huckabee are more than superficially biographical. Any "Christian" willing to look past Huckabee's easily verifiable record of corruption, hypocrisy, flop-flops, and lies doesn't take his faith as seriously as he pretends.

http://www.americanchronicle.com/articles/viewArticle.asp?articleID=42787
http://www.newswithviews.com/baldwin/baldwin411.htm
http://www.spectator.org/dsp_article.asp?art_id=12205

Posted by: sdmb | November 14, 2007 4:04 PM | Report abuse

I am a Christian who believes that it is time that we - as Christians- stand up and take back our country! This country was founded with God and it's gone to pot because we Christians are too scared to say what's right, and put a real "Man of God" in the White House. We've allowed God to be taken out of everything and then we expect Him to "Bless our Troops", and "Bless our Country". BLAH! Our Presidential Elections are nothing more than a high school popularity contest. Pull the led out people. If there is ever going to be any hope for our children in this country, then we're going to have to vote against the grain, and vote for someone who cares more about what God wants, and less about what he/she wants.

Posted by: lsword28 | October 31, 2007 7:28 PM | Report abuse

The only Republican strategy that can work is achieving a major domestic reform that even people who are not committed Republicans can appreciate. That way we gain momentum that allows us to bring about more and more difficult reforms. Regan's tax cuts worked in this way. Deregulation of telecoms and the trucking industry worked in this way, convincing folks in the mushy middle that Republicans are *competent* managers. Even people who have no understanding of economics are capable of appreciating the fruit of these kinds of reforms AFTER THE FACT. Bush was right to try to do "the hard things" (as McCain is fond of saying), but he picked the WRONG HARD THINGS: foreign policy and immigration. The liberation of Iraq might have a long term benefit, but we might not see it soon or see it at all, because we'll never know how things would have been if we had left Sadaam in power. Republicans will get credit for the pain, which is visible, and not get credit for the benefit which may be invisible. A guestworker program would have brought incredible blessing to our nation, installed a floodgate mechanism on the border that would have relieved pressure and made controlling the border possible for the first time in a half century, and it would have helped strapped home owners import inexpensive labor and reduce the cost of housing. Unfortunately, economic interests like construction workers have no qualms about using the power of government to artifically prop up their wages & prevent home owners from getting a better deal. They torpedoed this noble effort at reform & Bush should have forseen that this would happen and not touched immigration with a 10 foot pole. Huckabee, on the other hand, has very wisely chosen to be radical in exactly the right area: tax reform. Tax reform has its enemies and as always there are special interests who resist any reform, but the opponents of tax reform are not as passionate as the opponents of immigration reform. People who resist immigration reform are jihadists who oppose reform with religious passion tinged with racial bigotry, because they fools who are insecure about their economic future for ignorant reasons. The opponents of tax reform are just the usual array of normal economic interests & are much easier to defeat. Huckabee is a good conservative, but his instincts for longterm success are better than Bush's. We'd be crazy not to support this guy with heart mind and soul.

Posted by: pluviosilla | October 22, 2007 5:22 PM | Report abuse

I remember when Mike Huckabee said that the almighty himself speaks through him and directs him as if he were the Jesus Christ of our generation. And right after he said that Sam Brownback made a similar claim. I don't think Huckabee can get the Christian vote. At least not the majority of it. While he is a social conservative. He is NOT a fiscal conservative. And he's certainly NOT a policy conservative. He's a BIG government guy. He advocates for the expansion of government and the reduction of liberty. He's one third Republican and two thirds Democrat. He's running for the wrong party. If he was not anti-abortion he would certainly be perfect for the DNC.

Posted by: bigrubes2000 | October 7, 2007 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Hilary Clinton cannot be taken seriously to claim having a 'Christian ticket' for next year's elections.
Written in the New Testament, the Bible of Christianity is:
"The worker deserves his wages ... What soldier serves at his own expense? ... Where you have selfish ambition and deceit ... it is of the devil".

Posted by: j7brooks | October 6, 2007 7:10 AM | Report abuse

edwin.swezey, your comment makes NO sense! How in the world could you call yourself evangelical, and vote Billery and not Huckabee. Seek the Lord humbly and don't lean on your own understanding. Voting for a President should be done prayerfully and it sounds like you haven't!

Posted by: godngold | October 5, 2007 5:45 PM | Report abuse

MIForRonPaulcom, could you crack smokers PLEASE blog on your own site and stay away from Mike Huckabee blogs? What's wrong with you people? Oh, that's right... you're a bunch of anarchists

Posted by: godngold | October 5, 2007 5:40 PM | Report abuse

People want to know why those Christian leaders don't support Huckabee while he stands for all the principles they have been teaching others. I am sure there must be reasons. But, I am afraid their resoning is resonable, but not necessarily Christian.

If it is personal issure - they simply don't like him - then they should repent.
If, on the other hand, it is his electability they are concerned about, then it sounds very pragmatic, but doesn't sound what they have been teaching others for all those years.

In my opinion, they do disservice for those who are really concerned about the priniciples and issues.

Posted by: barnabaspark | October 5, 2007 4:32 PM | Report abuse

When Huckabee drops out after finishing fourth or fifth in Iowa, who will he endorse?

Whoever gets that endorsement will have the backing of the Christian right going into NH.

I am guessing, based on his own comments, Huckabee won't be supporting Giuliani, McCain, Romney, or Paul.

Hmmm... who does that leave?

Oh, yeah, FRED THOMPSON.

Meanwhile, Fred is busy spreading the word that he won't pander to the Christian right, which will help him out with moderates and secular/libertarian conservatives (the people he needs to win over to kill the Giuliani and Paul campaigns).

So we will end up with Fred Thompson being the candidate for both the Christian right and the rest of the GOP.

Combine that with Romney and Giuliani both fighting to hang on to their NH leads, and McCain's NH base (liberal independents) likely voting democrat in the primary, and Thompson wins NH before heading into his deep south stronghold.

President Thompson: better get used to saying that.

Posted by: dvgulliver | October 5, 2007 2:21 PM | Report abuse

A third party candidate that would split the Republican vote is a horrible idea. It would only help elect the Democratic candidate. We need to all get behind Huckabee! As more and more people get to know him, his numbers will continue to rise. I had only vaguely heard of him before the Values Voter Debate a few weeks ago, but but my husband and I were impressed with him at the debate. I further researched him and now am excited about his candidacy! If you haven't already, check him out and see what he has to offer at www.mikehuckabee.com.

Posted by: kisamore | October 5, 2007 1:21 PM | Report abuse

It's very strange to me that the social conservatives have not rallied around Mike Huckabee by now. That's just the shot in the arm he needs. He's everything they say they want in a candidate. No one on either side speaks better than he does. He has a great personality and sense of humor and he answers each question straight on. Who else actually answers the questions asked? If they put their endorsement behind him, I think he's shoot into the top three almost immediately and the money would start pouring in.

Mike Huckabee is the best candidate we have.

Posted by: bobrock | October 5, 2007 10:14 AM | Report abuse

Huckabee is definitely the most articulate and balanced candidate the Republicans have. He has had a slow start, but has had continual growth both in polls and support. I would like to see a president who knows how to manage money well, especially if he is going to spend MY money. There is still a lot of dissatisfaction with the frontrunners, and I think Huckabee will continue to emerge as the "dark horse" candidate who has the ability to unify not only the Republican but the American vote.

As far as Ron Paul goes, internet statistics are great if you are talking about name recognition, but I know an awful lot of people who have visited Paul's website just to find out how loony he is. I appreciate some of his stances on the constitution, but as a libertarian, he has zero chances of winnin the Republican primary. As a Christian, I cannot support someone like Paul who believes that homosexual marriage is OK in God's eyes and who believes that everyone (including Islamic terrorists) are God's children.

I will stick with Mike Huckabee as he has the best chance to beat Hillary. He is articulate, humble, and well-qualified to be our next president.

Visit www.mikehuckabee.com for more information.

Posted by: jimmy | October 5, 2007 9:42 AM | Report abuse

Honestly, NO conservative has a chance in '08. Conservatism is a failed philosophy (debt, war, Cutlure War, culture of corruption). Gov. Huckabee is the "leading conservative voice" and his popularity speaks for himself. And he is a very decent man. In '06, Americans rejected people who hate the govt. and elected dozens of Senators and Congresspeople who respect and honor civil service and our U.S. Constitution. These people are called progressives, or DEMOCRATS.

Posted by: mainetimes | October 5, 2007 8:33 AM | Report abuse

Ok Christian right - time for a wake up call. Mike Huckabee will not beat Hillary Clinton - period. $1M in fundraising for the 3rd. quarter is dismal - people just don't support him.

Fact: Ron Paul is the only Republican who can beat Clinton or Obama. The proof is in the REAL un-controllable, un-censorable polls found right here - on the internet.

Consider: Since May 15th. when the very liberal Rudy Giuliani engaged Ron Paul in the second debate on Fox News, Ron Paul has done nothing but go up, up, up.

In fact, he's the ONLY republican to increase his fundraising in the 3rd quarter (up 114% to $5.1M).

Christians ought to know that a country divided is easily conquered. That's what we have right now - a country that is dangerously divided.

Internet statistics show Ron Paul running neck and neck with the big dogs (Clinton and Obama). The national polls are from a small sampling (400-800 people at a time) and leave Ron Paul's name off the list regularly when polling.

www.HitWise.com, an Experian (huge) credit company holding, does competitive web traffic analysis on over 1 million website, tracking 10 million internet users (now THAT'S a poll). In the category, 'Top Presidential Candidate 2008 Websites', Ron Paul is second only to Barack Obama, and is BEATING Hillary (he has a 17% share to her 13.75%). Huckabee is at a 6.87% share; Giuliani is even lower with 3.26%.

In the category 'Top Republican Candidate 2008 Websites' Ron Paul DOMINATES - with a whopping 36.53% share to second place Thompson, at 17.51%, and Huck with 14.73%.

Keep in mind that this is no small or limited poll - it's based on 10 million people!

Another great website to track the true following of a candidate is www.TechPresident.com, where you can see how well the candidates are using the internet to spread their message. There you'll find stats like YOUTUBE views, MySpace friends, Blog mentions, etc. Now as a Christian, I realize that there is objectionable content on those sites. But those people are lost and need a Saviour just like the rest of us. They do indicate the sentiment of the younger generation (and anything that motivates this group to seek the truth is great).

Ron Paul is the #1 Republican on MySpace.com and FaceBook.com; and is the #1 CANDIDATE period on YOUTUBE. There are more than 32,700 videos on Ron Paul on YOUTUBE, more than ALL the other candidates combined! Young people want to take back control of a government gone wild.

US Military personnel gave more money to Ron Paul last quarter than ANY other candidate. What does the military see in Ron Paul?

And for heaven's sake, Ron Paul is the most conservative, Reagan-esque candidate out there - he was even close friends with Reagan, being one of the first congressman to come out and openly endorse Ronald Reagan's presidency. He's pro-life, pro-Constitution, and all for making sure, as Christians, we can openly preach the whole Bible into the future. He doesn't believe it's the job of the government to mandate morality (that's the job of the Bible and the local church - have we failed church?)

Do you research. Know your enemy. And then you'll probably come to the same conclusion as millions of others - Ron Paul is OUR, the Christian right's, man! And register REPUBLICAN now to vote for Ron Paul in the primaries. States are changing their rules to try and limit his chances in the primaries to you MUST REGISTER NOW - you only have literally days to do so. And give money - he doesn't take (and is not swayed by) corporate or lobbyist contributions!

www.RonPaul2008.com/donate
www.DailyPaul.com
www.FreeMe.TV
www.IHateRonPaul.com

Posted by: MIForRonPaulcom | October 5, 2007 6:47 AM | Report abuse

Yes, Huckabee is certainly the best of the Republican bunch; but as an evangelical christian who is not a conservative, I'll still vote for Clinton next year even if she's up against Huckabee.

Posted by: edwin.swezey | October 5, 2007 4:23 AM | Report abuse

I can't understand why republicans don't get behind Huckabee. He's the best of that bunch for sure.

Posted by: gamblor77 | October 4, 2007 8:06 PM | Report abuse

This is why I like Mike. He knows how to manage money effectively. As a taxpayer, who has to manager a household budget, this is very appealing.

Even more important, he has integrity. He won't splinter the party for his own ego. And he is fearless. He risks offending the Christian leaders who might support him for a 3rd party run by reminding them NOT to give up their values in the search for "winning" candidate. They should support a candidate because of who he is and what he represents. Excellent.

Mike Huckabee is the real deal. He doesn't have handlers telling him what to believe, or what not to admit to believing for political gain. He's a real winner in my book. He deserves our support to win the nomination.

Posted by: Nanellen | October 4, 2007 3:17 PM | Report abuse

They're not 'Christian.' They are Fundamentalist. Big difference.

Posted by: ssomo | October 4, 2007 3:11 PM | Report abuse

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