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Huckabee Takes a Bow

Republican presidential hopeful and former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee signs a supporter's sign at his campaign headquarters Tuesday in Dallas. (Getty Images)

By Michael D. Shear
Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee said he would wait until someone got 1,191 delegates to consider stepping aside.

He waited about 15 minutes.

Television networks declared Sen. John McCain the Republican nominee, having surpassed the number of delegates he needed, just after 9 p.m. Eastern time. Huckabee was on a stage almost immediately.

"We started this effort with very little recognition and virtually no resources. We ended with slightly more recognition and very few resources," he told his supporters.

Huckabee clearly looked like a man who didn't want to give up the national stage he has commanded since he became a serious contender for the Republican nomination.

Huckabee said he called McCain to congratulate him for an "honorable" campaign and pledged "to do everything possible to unite our party, but more importantly to unite our country."

The speech ended the improbable run for Huckabee, an amiable but little-known ex-governor who managed to raise almost no money in the first half of last year.

But he emerged in Iowa as the only real alternative for many voters, especially evangelicals and those who consider themselves very conservative. He won the Iowa caucuses in early January, severely damaging the campaign hopes of former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney and clearing a path for McCain.

The race between McCain and Huckabee never got nasty, but it dragged on for much longer than expected, even as McCain had dispatched other rivals.

Tonight, though, Huckabee finally gave up the fight, saying that he -- like a baseball player -- "gave it his best, all the way to the end."

By Web Politics Editor  |  March 4, 2008; 10:36 PM ET
Categories:  Mike Huckabee , Primaries , The GOP  
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Compro0-Your facts are unsubstantiated, your arguments too vague. I agree that Bushie's selective stance on WHICH Laws he swore to uphold is pretty bad. It is one of the things I bit his Butt for years over. Hopefully he is showing McCain the Bites right now!

The Fedreral Requirement for verifying an Employee's eligibility is NOT an Option. Then, it is a Federal Responsibility to enforce! It is also the only Law I want to see a Zero Tolerance applied to!

Solution? Raid Construction sites, Cafes, Service institutions, Automotive Shops, Etc(Read "SKILLED Jobs"), and verify Worker eligibility! Fine the Employers! Un-Employed Illegals report to ICE for free rides home! :-)

Then, want troops home? Why do we still have them in Japan, Korea, Germany....?

Ohhhh, Yeah! Strategic Advantage!

FYI-George Washington did NOT have to worry about the British Submarines, Jet Aircraft, ICBM's, or Satellites/ Tracking Stations!

It was a much Smaller World!

Then, there was "Pearl Harbor".

Want to wrap yourself up in that Constitution-that has been amended a few times?

Sounds like you are NOT a Republican. It sounds like YOU are a Constitutional Law Lawyer Loving Obasamasite, pretending to be a Paulite, bashing the Party you deceptively claim to support! ;~)

Posted by: rat-the | March 5, 2008 2:06 PM | Report abuse

rat-the... this will be my last comment as I am tired being a petty snit and showing the world your dirty underwear.

We have in this country a supreme law that trumps all other laws, something you obviously have not taken the time to read. So I will cut you some slack for you ignorance. I am talking of course about our Constitution, something your benevolent leaders piss on when it gets in the way and invoke when it is convent.

Do you understand this is the problem, selectively choosing which laws to follow? Of course you don't. That is why we are in this mess right now.

Ignorant people (read: you) fail to learn from mistakes of the past. Enjoy your Trillion dollar a year unconstitutional war. I'm sure your grandchildren will thank you for the $200,000 (as of today) debt per person you advocate leaving them.

I am not coming back, have a good life.

Posted by: compr0 | March 5, 2008 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Compro0-What you are talking about is the symptoms of problems that can be held culpable to BOTH Parties, and Individuals.
Pre-Emptive War? At what number of UN Resolutions Violations would YOPU have finally developed Cajones? Saddam Insane needed to be removed. Congress ORDERED Bush to do it! The Senate reviewed the Intelligence! We, the Coalition of the Un-Tainted, Gave Iraq back to it's People! It's People became pawns of bigger Powers playing Sectarian Games. Yeah, Meaghan O'Sullivan was a VERY Stupid choice! She is not there anymore!
Torture? Talking about Abu-Gharib? Criminal Charges and investigations were filed against the Bad Soldiers in a Good Army, that did it-We do not allow that sort of stuff. Now, look at what our Enemy does! :-(
Empire Building? God, I wish! WE, would have never allowed a Muslim State to have been installed where a Secular Country was!
But, as I said, WE gave Iraq back to the Pre-Cavemen(Too soon!).Thanks, in no small part, to Idiots screaming we were "Empire Building"!

The Economy? The Democrats are supporting the Invasarios destroying our Wages and Communities! Bushie needed Funds that were never made available, and Pelosi is sitting on the HR:1940 Birthright Citizenship Act, along with the 9Th Circuit Court Blocking ID Checks. Clinton in 1998 Deregulated the Banks and signed EO13166. Two things that DESTROYED My World!
Income to the Government to Finance? With 10 Million Jobs given to Un-Documented Workers(No Payrolling) we lose 150 Billion Dollars a Year!

I get it, I try to let it be known that there are solutions to the problems causing it. I do not sit and point fingers crying about it and Blaming others. When I criticize an issue, you will find I have a solution to throw in the culprit's face!
Unfortunately, (Fortunately), MY, Congressional Reps also have these clues!
But I do know the E-Mail:, that allows me to CONTRIBUTE my Views, rather than being a petty snit, throwing dirty laundry all over the world! :-(

Posted by: rat-the | March 5, 2008 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Also, even though Huckabee stayed in the race for another month, he never did pass Romney in delegates to move into second place.

Posted by: danielhancock | March 5, 2008 10:57 AM | Report abuse

Huckabee has always been dependent on being part of a multi-candidate field where twenty-five percent of the vote would be a good showing. That type of showing did not cut it once Romney withdrew after Super Tuesday and it became a two candidate race. The race, for all practical purposes, has been over for weeks.

It was once thought that Huckabee was running for vice-president and maybe he was. But overexposure can sometimes hurt a candidate and that is what Huckabee did to himself by staying in the race so long.

McCain is not stupid and he will not pick Huckabee who would only help McCain in states he is already going to win. Also, any oppo guy can dig up wacko things that Huckabee has said from the pulpit.

Huckabee is like former North Carolina Senator John Edwards who also had a flash in the pan good Iowa showing when he first ran for president in 2004. Now they both have the presidential bug and will chase it for the rest of their lives even though they don't have much of a chance.

Posted by: danielhancock | March 5, 2008 10:33 AM | Report abuse

No Mr rat-the, I do get 'it'. The party Ron Paul is trying to convince is shrinking daily, and for good reason: Pre-emptive war, torture, empire building and destruction of the domestic economy required to finance these things, taking away protection of citizens by setting aside habeus corpus... These are NOT conservative values, yet it is now the new Repubican platform.

Paul consistently stands by his oath of office and opposes the radical status quo agenda that is destroying this country ... and he is being called "radical."

It's downright Orwellian. Up is down, left is right and pigs fly. The MSM has been a joke for many years, but in 2007 and 2008, it has gone into overdrive in protecting the establishment and destroying its own credibility. As MSM newpapers and t.v. news networks downsize and lose ratings, internet use goes up. It indicates that people are wising up and perhaps someday there will be enough informed people in this country to bring about change for the better.

Posted by: compr0 | March 5, 2008 10:16 AM | Report abuse

compr0-You just do not get it do you?

Fortunately, your good Doctor does. He realized he was making a STATEMENT. That he was NEVER going to get ALL he wanted.

His views do need to be heard. Do we let him re-make our Worlds into his Image?

I don't think so! :-[

Do we get him into a Position in the White House where we can still get his opinions and insights, KNOWING full well, the problems of today are going to be replaced by the surprises of tomorrow?

Yes! What is needed is a "Brain Pool".

Dr.No has a Brain. Into the Pool! :-)

Now, if only we can get some of his devout fans to stop detracting from the cause, and start joining and contributing.
Think you have GREAT Points? If you cannot convince your own Party's Members of it's brilliance, maybe it needs a little more work?! ;~)

Posted by: rat-the | March 5, 2008 12:58 AM | Report abuse

"STOP Spoiling, and Start CONTRIBUTING!"

Ummm, what is he "spoiling"? Dishonest Government, Dishonest media? The status quo that has a policy of dying for oil and a dollar that is about to replaced as "the world currency" due to unrestrained spending and empire building overseas? What exactly is he spoiling? I don't understand? Is he spoiling the American public by showing us how the IRS can be dismantled?

Us Paulites will absolutley not contribute to this blatant law breaking just because everyone else is. You may think our Constitution gets in the way of getting 'things' done, but we do not. We believe it is there for a reason and it is too bad people in the country are not willing to give it a chance anymore. Going into an inflationary depression is too harsh of a punishment to make people realize what the Federal Reserve has done to our currency. This and more could have been avoided if we just respected and followed the Constitution that freed this nation long ago.

Posted by: compr0 | March 4, 2008 11:40 PM | Report abuse

That's right...Mike Huckabee ran an "honorable" campaign because he is just that... an "honorable" man. He is a man that, for millions, stands for what "honorable" represents in a president. Those of us who support Mike Huckabee have no doubts that we haven't seen the last of him. And, we will continue to support him because we so strongly believe in what he stands for; not only the new and refreshing ideas and innovative plans on how to unite this country to help bring prosperity to the less fortunate and middleclass people; not only the implementation of a FairTax plan ending the ridculous and cumbersome IRS but more importantly to revive the principles and values that at one time was what made our country great. It may not be evident to some, but it is truly a loss to our country that Mike Huckabee is out of this race. But,....he will prevail.....God bless Mike Huckabee and we will see you again soon!

Posted by: TrueColors1 | March 4, 2008 11:25 PM | Report abuse


What about Dr.NOOOOOOOOO????????

Ron "Zero Delegates" Paaaauuuullll?


NOW, all you Paulites, pull them out, and LISTEN UP!

STOP Spoiling, and Start CONTRIBUTING!

I said it before, and I'll say it again!

Dr. Ron Paul, a Military Trained Doctor, and Politician of High Morals and astute Judgment(On some issues), would make an EXCELLENT CABINET CHOICE!

As would Dennis Kucinich, as well! ;~)

Both have strong senses of what the common American desires, and have unique opinions! :-)

President-Oops, Senator, and President to Be, McCain-Grab them both! :-)

Posted by: rat-the | March 4, 2008 11:20 PM | Report abuse

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