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Huckabee: "Understanding"

"When you grow up and life's a struggle, you have a whole different understanding of what most people are going through." That's how former Republican governor Mike Huckabee's new ad, "Understanding," begins. The spot hit the airwaves in economically-troubled Michigan earlier today, with just six days to go until the state primary.

Huckabee laments: "We're losing manufacturing jobs [a "For Sale" sign appears on the screen], home owners face a credit crisis, high fuel costs are spiraling and families are hurting." He says that if elected president, he'd cut taxes, build highways, reform health care and education and encourage "record job growth." In an appeal to parents watching, a school bus filled with children slides across the screen and at another point, Huckabee cradles a baby.

"I believe most Americans want their next president to remind them of the guy they work with, not the guy who layed them off," he says.

-- Sarah Lovenheim

By Washington Post editors |  January 9, 2008; 4:05 PM ET
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Mr. Huckabee does understand, doesn't he, that it's Congress who deals with taxes? It's nice that he's going to solve all our problems at one stroke. Did he borrow Harry Potter's wand?

Posted by: Wanderer | January 9, 2008 4:33 PM

If the economy is one of the major issues for the upcoming election, it seems that we have to decide whether a person with an education in military and war, a person with a degree in theology, or a person with a degree in economics, a juris doctorate in law, and a masters degree in business administration would have more insight into what it will take to fix the economy.

McCain graduated from the Naval Academy, at the bottom of his class (790 out of 795). McCain is formally educated in military and war. McCain does not have any economic or business experience outside of the existing Washington political establishment.

Huckabee graduated with a degree in theology from Ouachita Baptist University. Huckabee's only experience with large scale economics was as Governor of Arkansas. As Governor of Arkansas the Cato Institute gave Huckabee's economic policies and abilities a grade of "F". Under Huckabee Arkansas state taxes increased by 65% over a 10 year period, government employees increased 20%, and Huckabee left the state with a 500 million dollar deficit at the end of his last term.

Romney graduated with honors from Harvard Law School with a juris doctorate in law. Romney also earned a Masters in Business Administration from Harvard Business School, again, with honors.

Romney has been responsible for founding and running one of the most successful businesses in recent years, Baine Capital. Through Baine Capital, Romney has been able to create 1,000's of jobs in the US economy.

As Governor of Massachusetts, Romney turned a multi-billion dollar state deficit he inherited into a multi-million dollar surplus in the state budget. Romney was able to create this surplus by downsizing the state government, consolidating redundant programs and services, and reducing the number of state government employees.

In short, if you want a person with a demonstrated record of economic success in both the private and public sector, if you want a candidate that has a proven history of reducing the size and cost of government, then there is only one candidate to fit the bill... Mitt Romney.

Mitt Romney for President of the United States of America!!!!

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