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Romney Hits Huckabee on Crime

By Howard Kurtz

Mitt Romney

The Ad: Two pro-life governors. Both support a constitutional amendment to protect traditional marriage. The difference? Romney got tough on drugs like meth. He never pardoned a single criminal. And Mike Huckabee? He granted 1,033 pardons and commutations, including 12 convicted murderers. Huckabee granted more clemencies than the previous three governors combined. Even reduced penalties for manufacturing methamphetamine. On crime, the difference is judgment.

Analysis: This is the second ad in which Mitt Romney has assailed Mike Huckabee by name--cushioning a negative attack by beginning with positive words that take none of the sting out of what follows.

The claim that Romney "got tough" on drugs like methamphetamine is undermined by the fact that the legislation he proposed as Massachusetts governor did not pass. Huckabee did support and sign into law a bill reducing sentences for those seeking to manufacture meth in an effort to ease prison overcrowding. Federal authorities cited a rising number of meth labs in Arkansas. The average meth sentence in Arkansas was nine years before the legal change; the Huckabee campaign says Romney would have boosted his state's penalty to a maximum of five years.

Huckabee did grant the pardons and commutations cited--twice as many as his three predecessors combined--and backed a notorious parole for a rapist who went on to murder another woman. He rejected 78 percent of the pardon and commutation applications he received. His campaign says that Arkansas governors face an unusually high number of requests because every convict is eligible for clemency. Romney received just 272 requests.

An earlier commercial began with the "two governors" formulation and ripped Huckabee for backing tuition breaks and scholarships for some children of illegal aliens.

As the only candidate who has used his advertising to attack a party rival by name, Romney is obviously trying to halt Huckabee's recent surge in Iowa. The challenge for Huckabee's shoestring campaign, which has run few commercials, will be to respond effectively to a candidate capable of sustaining a multimillion-dollar television blitz.

Posted at 6:10 PM ET on Dec 17, 2007  | Category:  Ad Watch
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I don't care that Huckabee is a so-called christian. What bothers me, is that he has consistantly used his so-called religious accomplishments to boost his campaign as well as attack others.

The only thing Huckabee wants you to think is that he is some how qualified to be president because he used to be a baptist minister and is a so called true "Christian Leader". Answer me this;


FACT: Mike Huckabee was one of 131 signatories to a full page USA Today Ad which declared: "I affirm the statement on the family issued by the 1998 Southern Baptist Convention." What was in the family statement from the SBC? "A wife is to submit herself graciously to the servant leadership of her husband even as the church willingly submits to the headship of Christ."

The ad wasn't just a blanket, "we support the SBC statement," but rather highlighted details. The ad Huckabee signed specifically said of the SBC family statement: "You are right because you called wives to graciously submit to their husband's sacrificial leadership."

FACT: Mike Huckabee granted 1,033 pardons and commutations, including 12 convicted murderers, one of which "Wayne DuMond" shortly after his release moved to Missouri where he raped and murdered Carol Sue Shields. He was convicted and sentenced to life in prison in Clay County, Mo., in 2003. He died in prison in 2005.

FACT: Mike Huckabee stole over $70,000 worth of furniture from the Arkansas governers mansion.

NO! Huckabee is a fraud that advertises his religion because where it matters, his record, he's got nothing! Huckabee is a wolf in sheep's clothing!

FACT: Mike Huckabee supported in-state higher education benefits for children of illegal immigrants.

FACT: Mike Huckabee opposed a federal raid of 119 illegal immigrants at an Arkansas poultry plant, 107 of whom left the country either voluntarily or through deportation.

FACT: Mike Huckabee opposed a bill requiring proof of citizenship to vote in his own state.

FACT: Mike Huckabee and his administration pushed for legislation to grant driver's licenses to illegal immigrants.


FACT: Mike Huckabee set up a nonprofit entity so he could give paid ``inspirational'' speeches without having to disclose the donors.

FACT: As governor of Arkansas five years ago, Mike Huckabee joined a bipartisan chorus of politicians who concluded that the U.S. trade embargo against Cuba was bad for businesses. Now that he's a top-tier candidate for president, Huckabee has decided he favors the embargo -- so much so that he vowed Monday to outdo even President Bush in strangling the regime of Cuban President Fidel Castro and punishing those who do business there.

Posted by: wealthtraining | December 17, 2007 10:57 PM

Anyone interested in what Huckabee is really like face to face should try this funny (but it actually happened) column:
http://goupstate.us/index.php/lanefiller/2007/11/02/title_14

Posted by: globetrecker1 | December 18, 2007 1:51 PM

Romney's "Choice" ads are not negative, but simply point out the facts. Huckabee is running a campaign of "misguided compassion". His "compassion" is misguided concerning crime, concerning benefits for illegal immigrants and concerning foreign policy. An article looking at just one of these many "misguided compassion" issues is shown here: http://mittromneyroadtothewhitehouse.blogspot.com/2007/12/sanctuary-magnets-misguided-compassion.html

Governor Mitt Romney, while compassionate, is not misguided and will be an informed, confident and strong leader concerning the important issues of crime, illegal immigration, and foreign policy.

Sometimes true compassion is shown only through a competent tough stance. And that is exactly what our country needs NOW.

And Mitt Romney does not need a "Chuck Norris side-kick" to help him out.

Posted by: all_surrender | December 18, 2007 12:14 PM

cpatter about romney appointing registered democrats/independents to fill judicial vancies, their party affiliation should be irrelevant. You find the best person for the job and appoint. Simply because you disagree with some of his views/opinions isn't a good enough reason not to appoint him. As for Huckabee, one person out of the thousand plus he released went on to kill someone. Nobody ever mentions the 999 who seemingly did not commit further serious crime. 1 in a 1,000, not too shabby a record at all.

Posted by: declan.crowe | December 18, 2007 12:13 PM

christmas is the celebration of the bith of jesus christ and if anyone do not want to celebrate it then don't but remember, each time you give a gift to someone else, you are mimicking the 3 wise men that gave gifts to jesus at his birth and most importantly, you are mimicking the giving factor that God gave his only begotten son to the world. So whether you formally cceleb rate or deny it, each gift given is a reflection of God Giving Christ to the earth as a gift.

I am so proud of Huckabee i do not know what to do. He is a man of principle and he surely just sealed the deal with my vote. He will win and big he will, and while the pundits try to demise him, or his other political rivals try to make him look bad. They may want to look at the mirror at themselves. You got flip flopping mitt, dead fred, pimped out guiliani and no brain mccain. Huckabee is the dure winner and will win big. I can not wait for romney to get out of the race. i bet he will go back to hiring illegals to work in his yard. check more out about him at www.massresistance.org he is the biggest flake since kellogs!

Posted by: in-God-I-Trust | December 18, 2007 11:59 AM

Romney is addressing the issues and at least we know where he stands. He admits when he has changed his position. Mike Huckabee is trying to play the nice guy christian card and ignor the real substantive issues that we face in the future. His approach is scary and a hudge risk to the American people. I can't support some one that will recraft his statements everytime he is confronted on something he originally said. An example is his recent statement criticizing President Bush. When confronted he modified the response and changed the meaning just enough to make it sound okay. Huckabee is slippery and unpredictable.

Posted by: bryantford | December 18, 2007 10:52 AM

Some IDIOT SAID:

"It is soooooo disugsting that Mitt Romney is using his own voters money to make TV ads that take cheap shots at the Republican base."

The Republican base is pro-victim, not pro criminal. Compassion for criminals shows a lack of compassion for victims.

It is so disgusting that Mike Huckabee lies about his soft on crime record to appeal to the Republican base.

"Dear Wayne it is my desire to see you release from prison...."

Quit LYING about Dumond and quit LYING about Huckabee's soft on crime record.

Posted by: Razorback1 | December 18, 2007 10:07 AM

It's so cute watching republics bicker as though they have a prayer of winning the presidency. So the Kevin Spacey candidate wishes everyone a pleasant Christmas without petty politics and nausiating mudslinging, but instead of showing he's a decent person, the Mormon candidate responds with...

Good to see that, in spite of a Democratic sweep in '06, the republics still refuse to change their tone from that of distrust and fearmongering. I think this Xmas I'm just going to pray they don't cause much more damage in the 398 days they have left in power.

Merry Xmas to you too Mike! You're now my least-despised Republican Slime-ball! Wait, what's this in my stocking?... It looks like... it's... An ounce of respect for Mike Huckabee!

Posted by: Terrorfied | December 18, 2007 9:42 AM

Great TV ad Mike!

This man is a great role model for society. Someone who tries to bring people up, someone who keeps his focus on uniting people instead of dividing people.

Our children and young people have Mike as a role model to look up to. It is so refreshing to see someone who is kind and caring like Mike Huckabee.

Mitt Romney on the other hand is wasting millions of dollars of his base's hard earned money spewing out negative TV ads, especially during this Christmas season. His poll numbers are sinking and he is acting like a spoiled child. Throwing stones at the other kids because he is losing. If Mitt Romney can't take the pressure now, how in the world can he take the pressure of leading this country?

Mike Huckabee on the other hand is very calm, caring, humble and trustworthy person. He is down to earth, and easily connects with all different types of people. That's why his poll numbers are skyrocketing. He is riding in his HUCKABUS at HUCKABOOM speed, and just this week has cranked up the speed to HUCKABAMBOOM speed. Let's jump on the HUCKABUS and get America back in the running!

Posted by: vote4mikehuckabee | December 18, 2007 7:16 AM

Mark Halpern said, "Huckabee is unflappable, unfailingly genial, and willing to pleasantly deny the truth when it suits his purposes (such as claiming that he did not support the quarantine of AIDS patients in 1992)." I think Huckabee lies too easily. For example, he said his scholarship program for illegal aliens applied to kids who had been in school in the U.S "all their lives," when the program only required them to have been in high school for three years. Huckabee has also been fined for ethics violations, such as taking thousands of dollars from his campaigns for govenor for his own personal use.

Mitt Romney is the better man with vastly more experience as a manager who gets the job done.

Posted by: jfrench | December 18, 2007 1:26 AM

Mike Huckabee is clearly another Jimmy Carter. Nice guy, but unqualified to be the executive of the largest corporation in the world, the U.S. GOV't. Who could possibly say that he is the best qualified man to take hold of this country and lead it out of the economic crises we're in? After looking at his record in Arkansas; on crime, dealing with illegal aleins, using U.S. citizens hard earned tax dollars to pay for illegal aleins to get tax funded tuition breaks, raising taxes as a fix-all. It's so clear, Huckabee is not the man to fix the big problems facing this country, i.e., our economy, terrorism, security at our borders, sensible health care that's not Hillary-care, crime, education, reducing demand for foreign oil; and our biggest task? to balance our Nations budget. Huckabee has clearly shown he is liberal in the decisions he has made. Huckabee is not the man this country needs to be its next President!

Posted by: red31663 | December 18, 2007 12:36 AM

Anyone interested in what Huckabee is really like face to face should try this funny (but it actually happened) column:
http://goupstate.us/index.php/lanefiller/2007/11/02/title_14

Posted by: lanefiller | December 18, 2007 12:04 AM

I don't care that Huckabee is a so-called christian. What bothers me, is that he has consistantly used his so-called religious accomplishments to boost his campaign as well as attack others.

The only thing Huckabee wants you to think is that he is some how qualified to be president because he used to be a baptist minister and is a so called true "Christian Leader". Answer me this;


FACT: Mike Huckabee was one of 131 signatories to a full page USA Today Ad which declared: "I affirm the statement on the family issued by the 1998 Southern Baptist Convention." What was in the family statement from the SBC? "A wife is to submit herself graciously to the servant leadership of her husband even as the church willingly submits to the headship of Christ."

The ad wasn't just a blanket, "we support the SBC statement," but rather highlighted details. The ad Huckabee signed specifically said of the SBC family statement: "You are right because you called wives to graciously submit to their husband's sacrificial leadership."

FACT: Mike Huckabee granted 1,033 pardons and commutations, including 12 convicted murderers, one of which "Wayne DuMond" shortly after his release moved to Missouri where he raped and murdered Carol Sue Shields. He was convicted and sentenced to life in prison in Clay County, Mo., in 2003. He died in prison in 2005.

FACT: Mike Huckabee stole over $70,000 worth of furniture from the Arkansas governers mansion.

NO! Huckabee is a fraud that advertises his religion because where it matters, his record, he's got nothing! Huckabee is a wolf in sheep's clothing!

FACT: Mike Huckabee supported in-state higher education benefits for children of illegal immigrants.

FACT: Mike Huckabee opposed a federal raid of 119 illegal immigrants at an Arkansas poultry plant, 107 of whom left the country either voluntarily or through deportation.

FACT: Mike Huckabee opposed a bill requiring proof of citizenship to vote in his own state.

FACT: Mike Huckabee and his administration pushed for legislation to grant driver's licenses to illegal immigrants.


FACT: Mike Huckabee set up a nonprofit entity so he could give paid ``inspirational'' speeches without having to disclose the donors.

FACT: As governor of Arkansas five years ago, Mike Huckabee joined a bipartisan chorus of politicians who concluded that the U.S. trade embargo against Cuba was bad for businesses. Now that he's a top-tier candidate for president, Huckabee has decided he favors the embargo -- so much so that he vowed Monday to outdo even President Bush in strangling the regime of Cuban President Fidel Castro and punishing those who do business there.

Posted by: wealthtraining | December 17, 2007 10:57 PM

Mitt Romney is clearly getting desperate. Huckabee actually review the requests for clemency and did his job. The reason he had so many to deal with was because Bill Clinton and "Guy" Tucker totally ignored them when they were governors.

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Posted by: joseph.steinbeck | December 17, 2007 10:24 PM

Why does Howard Kurtz continue to spread misleading information? Didn't he read the comment on an earlier post where I pointed out his error? (I'm sure others did.)

While technically correct, "tuition breaks and scholarships for some children of illegal aliens" is misleading because the conditions were very easy (3 years of AR schools + graduation from HS or equivalent), and the parents' status(es) were immaterial: the beneficiaries were themselves illegal aliens. Here, read the bill as voted on:

http://lonewacko.com/blog/archives/007268.html

Posted by: LonewackoDotCom | December 17, 2007 10:19 PM

It is soooooo disugsting that Mitt Romney is using his own voters money to make TV ads that take cheap shots at the Republican base.

Meanwhile, Mike Huckabee is making kind and caring TV ads during this Christmas season. It shows how much passion Mike has about trying to unite this country to accomplish so much more.

Mitt Romney and his gobs of money and his big portrait of himself can go back home. The American people do not want a cry baby childish person leading this country. If Romney can't take the pressure now, can you imagine him leading the country?

Talking about foreign affairs, Mitt Romney has some nerve to disgrace others. Isnt he the one who said in the national debates that if a Nuclear bomb was headed our way what would he do? He went on to say he would first call his lawyers to see what to do!

And talk about Katrina, can you imagine what he would do? Of course he wouldnt make a tough and quick decision, instead he would have to call his lawyers then put everybody thru tons of red tape to file a claim which would take 3 years. Do the American people a President like that? Absolutely no way.


Posted by: vote4mikehuckabee | December 17, 2007 8:58 PM

December 17, 2007
Response to Romney December 17 Attack Ad

TRUTH: Governor Huckabee was tougher on methamphetamine manufacturers than Governor Romney
In a new attack ad released today, Governor Romney attempts to contrast his position on drugs with that of Governor Huckabee. The ad says that Romney got "Tough on Drugs Like Meth," while Governor Huckabee "Reduced Penalties for Manufacturing Meth." What Romney fails to mention is that -- even with the reductions -- Governor Huckabee was tougher on methamphetamine manufacturers than Governor Romney was.

¢ The "reduced penalty" in Arkansas was a requirement that meth manufacturers serve 50 percent of their sentence rather than 70 percent before being eligible for parole. In Arkansas, the average meth dealer spends an average of 10 years in prison.
¢ In contrast, the source quoted in the Romney ad that claimed Romney "got tough" on drugs notes, "The punishment would be either 2 1/2 years in jail or five years in prison."

Let's compare: Under Huckabee, 10 years; Under Romney, 5 years

The ad also states that Romney "never pardoned a single criminal." But this begs the question: how many clemency cases did he actually review while he was governor of Massachusetts? Or did he simply avoid his responsibility as chief executive of the state to review clemency cases and give petitioners a fair hearing?
The ad also points out that Governor Huckabee granted more clemencies than the "previous three governors...combined." It doesn't mention that two of the previous three governors were Bill Clinton and convicted felon Jim Guy Tucker. Governor Huckabee's clemency rate, however, was in line with other governors who have served the state.

Romney also fails to acknowledge that in Arkansas, every person who is convicted of a crime and every person in prison is eligible for clemency. Because of this, the number of clemency applications is extraordinarily high. Governor Huckabee had 8,698 applications during his 10 ½ years in office.

Some Governors are content to simply deny the vast majority of clemency applications without bothering to consider their merit.
Governor Huckabee, however, believed that respect for the legal process required that he give them the consideration for which they were entitled.
During his tenure, Governor Huckabee denied 88 percent of the applications.

Before granting clemency, the Governor issues a notice of intent and opens a 30-day public comment period in which people can protest the decision. Very rarely does the public oppose a clemency because almost all are granted for minor offenses, involve reductions in fines, or reduced prison sentences that were longer than the average for a particular crime.

During the 10 ½ years Mike Huckabee was governor the number of government agencies and businesses that conducted background checks increased at an incredible rate. The terrorist acts of September 11, 2001, have resulted in increased concerns regarding security. Potential job candidates and long-time employees considered for promotion are under increased scrutiny.

Before the mainstream use of background checks, most people could have some youthful arrest, change their lives and become good, tax-paying citizens without that earlier arrest coming back to haunt them.

Governor Huckabee found during his time in office that each year the number of people needing clemency to clear their record increased. Denying their request prevented them from continuing to earn a good living and pay taxes. The majority of the clemency requests he granted were for this reason.

Nevertheless, on behalf of the Mike Huckabee for President campaign, we want to wish Governor Romney, his family and his staff, a very merry Christmas.
Additional Notes:

What is Clemency?
Clemency is the process through which the Governor considers requests for granting reprieves, commutations of sentence, and pardons after conviction.

What is a Pardon?
A pardon is the exemption of a convicted person from the penalties of an offense or crime. A pardon can be requested by someone who is no longer incarcerated.

Who May Apply for Clemency?
Any person serving a term of any number of years, life, life without parole, or a sentence of death may apply for executive clemency. A person who is not presently incarcerated may also apply.

What are the Steps in the Clemency Application Process?

1. Any person making a request for clemency must first have their application processed by the Board of Parole in what is called a screening. This will determine if there is any merit to the application. A victim can only make written recommendations to the Board of Parole during this step of the process.

2. If the application is found to have merit, it will most likely be scheduled for a hearing before the Board of Parole. A victim will be notified (if they have requested these notifications) when a hearing is scheduled and can contact the Board of Parole about providing written or oral recommendations. Once the hearing is complete the Board will vote on a recommendation to send to the Governor for final action.

3. The Governor will review the application, the recommendation of the Board of Parole, and all other pertinent materials before making his decision. If the Governor intends to grant the application for clemency, he will announce his intent and allow a 30 day period for public comment. If the Governor decides to deny the application it will be announced and no further action will be taken.

http://www.acic.org/justice/Clemency%20Process.htm


Posted by: Keastburn2 | December 17, 2007 8:49 PM

Huckabee did not have the autority to parole Wayne DuMond. In fact he refused to commute his sentence. He did agree with the parole but the fact is he did not parole, pardon or commue the sentence of Wayne Dumond.

Posted by: tjh2545 | December 17, 2007 8:04 PM

I would say that this contrast ad is fair, but let's be fair about Romney too...

Governor Mitt Romney, who touts his conservative credentials to out-of-state Republicans, has passed over GOP lawyers for three-quarters of the 36 judicial vacancies he has faced, instead tapping registered Democrats or independents -- including two gay lawyers who have supported expanded same-sex rights
-- Boston Globe 7/25/2005

About supporting that constitutional amendment...

Posted by: cpatter6 | December 17, 2007 8:04 PM

The odd thing about the DuMond case is that no one mentions that in addition to raping a 17 year old girl, DuMond killed a man by beating him with the claw side of a hammer, was convicted of child molestation, and admitted to raping another woman before he was convicted of the crime that Huckabee paroled him from.

All of this is documented (see Wikipedia "Wayne DuMond" and its attached sources). I have heard (but cannot find a good source to confirm) that Huckabee paroled him in part because he was "born again" in the state prison. Now whether or not the last part is true or not is irrelevant, Huckabee is a nice guy, just too much of a dufus to be our president. Can you imagine this guy on 9/11? Can you imagine this guy helping our economy? Come on. Giuliani or Romney. Even Fred or John wouldn't be so bad. But Huckabee? Please.

Posted by: jasofbase2001 | December 17, 2007 7:55 PM

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