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Huckabee draws a crowd in Richmond

Anita Kumar

Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor turned FOX News commentator, said the White House's feud with FOX is only helping the network.

"The ratings are already at the top and now they are soaring to new levels,'' he said in a press conference Monday afternoon. "The sad thing is it's not just FOX news. [Obama] is taking on the Chamber of Commerce and the insurance companies. It seems like if people disagree with him, it becomes very personalized. It's unfortunate. I think it's going to be very troubling to the White House if they continue this tact."

Huckabee will headline the Family Foundation's gala Monday night at the convention center in Richmond. About 1,300 people are expected to attend, including House Speaker Bill Howell, who will introduce Huckabee. Statewide candidates Bob McDonnell, Bill Bolling and Ken Cuccinelli are on the campaign trail and will not attend.

Huckabee will headline a fundraiser Tuesday in Newport News for McDonnell.

Huckabee, who ran for president, spoke about some of the frustrations some Americans have with Obama.

"I think people still like him and want him to do well, certainly want him to do better,'' he said. "It's not personal, but they are very concerned with the policies that just seem to continue more with a sense of reckless abandonment of what people want. I think it's as much against Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi, who many people believe are running the agenda and not the president these days."

Oh, and in case you were wondering, Huckabee said he isn't interested in running for president.

"Right now it's not on my radar screen. I know everyone assumes that it is. It's on a lot of other people's because you know I get named in polls and it's always nice to be included but the truth is I'm having a great time doing what I'm doing and I think it's going to be a much tougher deal to knock Obama out than people think. It's not easy to unseat an incumbent president."

By Anita Kumar  |  October 26, 2009; 6:15 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Bill Bolling , Ken Cuccinelli , Robert F. McDonnell  
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Interesting. But I hear there's a new poll out . . .

Posted by: OlMcCreedy | October 26, 2009 9:09 PM | Report abuse

Mike Huckabee is a bright individual, but not suited to be President. He needs to bury his animosity toward Mitt Romney.

Posted by: JohnRice | October 26, 2009 10:29 PM | Report abuse

Mike Huckabee is a man of true Charachter. Just as Ronald Reagan, Huckabee loves this country and believes in the strength and optimism of the American people. Mike Huckabee for President in 2012! Lets conserve our freedoms!

Posted by: christopher8 | October 27, 2009 12:07 AM | Report abuse

Huckabee is a man of integrity and conviction! I hope he does run for president in 2012!

Posted by: 58steadfast | October 27, 2009 8:21 AM | Report abuse

Mike Huckabee is a bright individual, but not suited to be President. He needs to bury his animosity toward Mitt Romney.

Posted by: JohnRice | October 26, 2009 10:29 PM


Correct Huck needs to be nice to Mitt because Mitt is going to be our new president starting in January 2013.

He's the most qualified and pragmatic candidate from either party

Posted by: allenridge | October 27, 2009 10:22 AM | Report abuse

I do not believe people will want Mitt Romney especially after they realize the disaster that ROMNEYCARE has become. Even Glen Beck is bashing Romneycare on his show.

Mike Huckabee 2012!

He is this generations Reagan!

Posted by: christopher8 | October 27, 2009 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Huckabee tells the truth. He would NOT be accepted by the teaparty, "club for growth" crowd. I remember when Fox News did not allow him to DEBATE on their network, in the primary ('ol Fred Thompson was invited)...The social conservatives would rally around him but his record is spotty on taxes. He's also speaking the truth about the GOP's prospects against Obama. There's NO "Republican" that can beat him in a national election. The best candidate would be Romney but he's got that "socialist healthcare" problem. Huckabee might be smart to make a run in 2016 instead of playing the "Bob Dole, circa 1996" role.

Posted by: TruthHurts2 | October 27, 2009 12:59 PM | Report abuse

It is highly likely that Romney will do even worse this time out than he did in 2008. He's got Massachusetts-care hanging around his neck like a millstone & he was a TARP cheerleader - neither one of those supports the idea of him as an economic wizkid or conservative savior politically.

The GOP is already showing signs of pulling the tent pegs from Romney's camp and shifting over to Pawlenty. (Which may well be the kiss of death for no-charisma Pawlenty in our country's current anti-establishment mood)

I'm convinced that Huckabee is the best shot we've got at taking the WH back.

Having researched his time in AR for myself rather than accepting the word of people with ulterior motives, it is clear that Huckabee is a man with an impeccable executive resume.

He cleared out a lot of the bureaucratic bloat & improved efficiency in AR - no mean feat. He IS a fiscal conservative, but he is a reasoned one. Despite the smears, the only things he spent money on were exactly the things people WANT the govt. to attend to - things like improving children's health, education & necessary road improvements.

He took AR from a major deficit to an almost $3bn surplus while he was governor - and he did it while working with a Democrat legislature who hated him so much that they nailed his office door to the chamber shut!

Here's a guy who can handle partisanship because he has dealt with it at its worst! Not by using nuclear options, but by winning enough of them over to get them all to work together when it mattered.

So many of today's pols encourage the division & animus between us because they can profit politically by it. Wouldn't it be awesome to have a guy in office who actually wanted to see our country united and had the ability to initiate that healing?

Posted by: QuoVadisAnima | October 28, 2009 12:53 AM | Report abuse

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