This 47-minute sit-down interview was conducted on November 17, 2008. Mike Huckabee speaks to the Hudson Union Society in Manhattan, New York, telling them about his new book, about his experiences in the 2008 Republican primaries, talks about Barack Obama and his soon-to-be administration, the Fair Tax, and even takes questions from the dining audience members. It is yet another very in-depth, revealing, and insightful interview of Governor Huckabee.
For the entire video, click on the "Direct Link" button above or the "Watch FULL Program" button on the bottom right in the embedded video when it starts playing.
I didn't appreciate much of what Maddow said in the first 4 minutes of the video posted (fast forward if you want to see only Huckabee), but this was an interesting interview. Once again, this interview shows that Mike Huckabee can get hardcore liberals/Democrats to genuinely like him and see his point of view on many things. Maddow despises Republicans and conservatives, but she conducts a fair interview here, allowing Governor Huckabee ample time to speak and explain himself. She was also able to find some common ground between herself and Huckabee at the end of the interview, sharing some laughs and pleasant talk.
Mike Huckabee's new book, Do The Right Thing: Inside the Movement That's Bringing Common Sense Back to America, chronicles the amazing campaign that Huckabee ran during the 2008 Republican primaries. How did a relatively unknown Governor of Arkansas come in second place during the primaries with less than 1/10th of the budget (only $16 million) that other candidates had? Huckabee tells us, as well as many touching stories in regards to his supporters, in this new book set to release November 18.
The book will also show insight into and give suggestions as to how the Republican party can regain its former success: by bringing back true conservatism and practicing true conservative principles.
There will also be a 17-day, 53-city book tour planned for this release. And no, I'm not being paid to promote Huckabee's books.
With America electing Barack Obama as our next President, John McCain losing, and most of Congress being overtaken by liberals and Democrats, the GOP needs a new, true conservative leader to vote for when 2012 comes around. What better candidate than Governor Mike Huckabee? With Huckabee's successful new show on Fox News Channel and this new book, he is off to a great start in his journey for a potential 2012 run. I hope people read all of Mike Huckabee's books and come to understand what great things Mike Huckabee can do for the United States.
Mike Huckabee spoke to the Republican National Convention on the eve of John McCain's acceptance speech, joined by former Governor Mitt Romney, former mayor Rudy Giuliani, and the Governor of Alaska and Vice Presidential nominee, Sarah Palin.
This speech covered a lot of ground, endorsing John McCain and Sarah Palin, while also making several points against the Democratic party's ticket of Obama/Biden. The most powerful and emotional portion of his speech came at the end, when he spoke about our veterans earning our freedom for all of us. John McCain, like him or not, was certainly one of those veterans who paid for our freedom, by giving up his own for 5+ years.
John McCain's surprise Vice Presidential selection of Governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin, garnered joyous reaction from the Republicans, conservatives, and Hillary Clinton supporters that felt mistreated and abused by the Democratic party. But what did former Governor of Arkansas and former runner-up in the 2008 Republican primaries think about being passed up by McCain for the VP slot? Here is his reaction on Fox News' Hannity & Colmes show:
"I'm thrilled with Sarah Palin; brilliant choice," was Huckabee's opinion on this VP pick. It completely negated the media's "day after" coverage of Barack Obama's acceptance speech and historical nomination the previous night. Huckabee also makes it a clear that Sarah Palin has more executive experience than Obama has just from being mayor of a city. Huckabee then proceeds to bat away every attack Alan Colmes used against Palin.
I personally believe Sarah Palin is a near-perfect vice presidential pick for John McCain. Palin secures the conservative base of the Republican party. She makes social conservatives extremely happy with her strong pro-life and marriage stances. She doesn't just talk the talk, she walks the walk. When she found out that her 5th child was going to be born with Down Syndrome 4 months into her pregnancy, she decided to give birth and not abort like many mothers would have done. Fiscal conservatives have nothing to complain about either, as she lowered taxes in Alaska as Governor and has put an end to the state's wasteful spending. She attracted national fame by blocking Congress' pork-barrel spending projects such as the "bridge to nowhere."
Another reason why Sarah Palin was a great VP pick is because she "makes history," just like Barack Obama has, by becoming the first female to appear on a Republican presidential ticket and has the potential of being the first female ever, to become the Vice President of the United States. Palin also takes away Obama's appeal even further, by being a TRUE agent of "change." Obama merely talks about "change" ad nauseam. Palin has actually changed the corrupt Alaskan government for the better from inside out. She otherwise would not have the 80%+ approval rating she currently enjoys in the state that she is governing.
Sarah Palin has a ton of experience in regards to a solution in getting the U.S. off our addiction and reliance on foreign oil. Her in-depth knowledge on matters of energy resources will be of great value if she was to become the next Vice President. If given the opportunity, she will be an integral part in attempting to achieve energy independence.
The real "game changer" may be the fact that Sarah Palin appeals to all of the disaffected Hillary Clinton supporters who are still angry at the lack of respect their candidate of choice received, similar to the treatment Mike Huckabee received from his own party, the media, and even Evangelical leaders in the primaries. These Clinton supporters were looking for a good reason to support John McCain and vote for him. Well, Sarah Palin is more than a good reason. Palin's successful career, her strong will and determination, her intelligence, membership to Feminists for Life, ability to balance her career as a mayor and Governor with being a mother of 5, and willingness to "cross party lines" to get things accomplished is more than enough reason for Clinton supporters to feel good about switching party affiliation and vote for John McCain come this November. Heck, you don't even have to be an unhappy Hillary supporter to now vote for McCain/Palin. All mothers across the nation can now relate with this incredible woman and may think twice about voting for Democrats, a 3rd party, or not voting at all.
Sarah Palin excites the conservative base along with many, many Hillary supporters to become active in campaigning for John McCain, as well as donate funds, when they otherwise might not have. Barack Obama's grassroots support is overwhelming, while McCain's grassroots support WAS almost non-existent. McCain now has 2 potent groups of grassroots support to help him knock on doors, make phone calls, and blog on the Internet.
When Alan Colmes asked Huckabee, "Do you believe that John McCain would've chosen Sarah Palin, if Hillary Clinton were on the Democratic ticket, on either the top or bottom of the ticket?" Huckabee's response: "Well, you know what? I'm not sure, but it doesn't matter because Obama didn't pick Hillary. He said no to 18 million voters for her. But I'll tell you what McCain did... he said yes to women of this country."
The most used attack against Palin is her supposed lack of experience. Alan Colmes tried using this attacking point with Huckabee by asking "Do you believe Sarah Palin is ready, from 'day 1,' if God forbid, something happens to John McCain, to be President of the United Stats (referring to Palin)?" Huckabee wisely answers, "I think she's far more ready to be President, if something happens to McCain, than Barack Obama would be, if something DOESN'T happen to McCain." "
The liberals and Democrats are now scared. Scared that their nominee has a very real possibility of losing an election in which ANY Democrat would have been heavily favored in winning the Presidency this year. They were not prepared for Sarah Palin. They had their ads all ready to air, full of Mitt Romney attacks against John McCain, hoping McCain would be dumb enough to listen to the Republican establishment, talk radio, and biased media when deciding his VP pick.
All Sarah Palin has to do is brush up on her foreign policy debating skills (most elected officials (Governor or Senator) DO NOT have any foreign policy experience), do well against Joe Biden in their debate (he will be very tough, but so is she), not make any significant gaffes, and help McCain make some good speeches on the campaign trail for the next 2 months.
Entire Ohio rally, where John McCain introduced Sarah Palin:
Almost exactly a month ago, Mike Huckabee went on MSNBC's Morning Joe and told the American public to cut some slack for Jeremiah Wright because we don't really know what Wright went through as an African American growing up in and living through a segregated America. In light of the recent public appearances Jeremiah Wright has made and his willingness to further fan the flames that he has caused for Barack Obama, Governor Huckabee made another appearance on MSNBC. This time, he was a guest on Dan Abrams' show called "Verdict," to comment that what Jeremiah Wright is saying and doing is "crazy," is "utter nonsense," and explains why all of this "absurd."
I have tried very hard to not blog about anything that's not positive "vertical politics," that's not Huckabee-related, and that doesn't promote Mike Huckabee and his conservative causes. However, this is a very important issue and because Mike Huckabee is weighing in on it, I will blog my personal analysis and theories as to WHY Jeremiah Wright has been doing what he's doing: causing an even bigger divide amongst blacks and whites in America, continuing his anti-American rhetoric, and further causing grief for his "pupil," Barack Obama.
I kept asking myself: WHY? Why is Jeremiah Wright coming out and conducting his media tour, reigniting and fanning the dying flames of this whole controversy. I kept wondering, just like millions of Americans, why is Wright purposely causing more problems for both himself and for Barack Obama?
Back when this controversy originally broke in March, starting a national debate and outrage, Obama knew he could not throw his pastor and "spiritual mentor," "under the bus." He still needed his supporters to keep supporting and trusting in him and his calls for "change," "yes we cans," "hope," and "believe." If he completely disavowed Wright back then, he most likely would have lost a good chunk of his "hardcore" supporters... supporters Obama needs to carry him through the rest of this year to the presidency.
What did Barack Obama do in response to this controversy when it first made national news? He waited an entire week (to see if this controversy would just go away), before he was finally forced to make a speech hailed by most media pundits, as the most important speech about race in recent memory. He was even being compared to great speakers in American history, such as Bobby Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr.
Obviously, that was far from the truth, because Obama's "race speech" did nothing but blame racism in America on everyone (including his own grandmother) but himself or Jeremiah Wright. In fact, Mike Huckabee did more to help Obama out with his short, 7 minute appearance on Morning Joe, than Obama did in his 47+ minute "historical" speech. Regardless, Obama escaped that period of this controversy, mainly because the media was tired of talking about racism and tired of bashing their golden boy, Barack Obama.
Which brings me once again to this question: Why did Jeremiah Wright suddenly come out and do what he did, making national and international headline news for 4 days straight, when he didn't make a peep about this for over an entire month? Why did Wright seemingly "throw" Obama "under the bus" NOW and not back when the fire was still burning? Why did Wright make more outrageous comments specifically geared towards this controversy and the Obama candidacy?
I believe he did it for 2 main reasons. The first reason is quite obvious: The fact that Wright loves the attention and because he is a racist, anti-American megalomaniac who believes he is this generation's version of Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X, combined. Like Mike Huckabee said in the video above, Wright wants the attention all of his terrible, divisive comments bring. But there is another reason why I personally believe Wright is doing what he's doing. And that's to actually HELP Barack Obama. That's right, you heard me correctly. I said he is actually helping Barack Obama. How?
Because this is all about the general elections in November, not the primary elections happening right now. The big prize is the Presidency. Obama knows he could lose every state from now until the last contest in early June (which he won't) and still get the nomination. Him and his campaign knows this fact. That's why Obama doesn't really care if this sudden outburst of Wright's hurts him in the short-term, as long as it helps him out in November. I believe they secretly planned for Wright to come out and do what he's doing right now....
By doing what he did, Wright gave Obama the best opportunity and excuse to distance and disassociate himself from the anti-American and racist comments he (Wright) made on the pulpit. If anyone ever asks, Obama can just say that he never asked Wright to say these things and that he was merely responding to Wright's recent comments. Obama is playing the "victim card," acting like he is outraged and saddened by Wright's decision to "throw him under the bus." Obama can then say to Republicans and critics in November: "I already dealt with my ex-pastor's crazy remarks all the way back in March and April."
This is all an elaborate scheme Obama, his campaign, and Jeremiah Wright came up with to keep their core constituency and also for Obama to show the rest of America who's not yet sold on the Obama phenomenon, that he is nothing like his insane ex-pastor and mentor. Everything was done to make it SEEM like Barack Obama is the polar opposite of Jeremiah Wright and that he is above racism and anti-Americanism. To put it simply, Obama and Wright are playing "good cop, bad cop."
Obama had very little choice but to do what he has done. He did not want to do the RIGHT thing and admit fault for being a pupil of Jeremiah Wright's for over 20 years, back when this whole controversy started in March. He did not have an excuse for sitting in the pews for so many years, along with his wife and kids, and plead ignorance to all the hateful speeches Wright has made all these years. He could not throw Wright "under the bus" last month because he still needed his core supporters to keep trusting and believing in him, thinking he is a loyal black man that supports and defends his "family" and friends.
The ugly truth is, Barack Obama has always shared the same ideology as his "spiritual mentor." Wright even admits it in the speeches he made recently, but you must listen carefully to understand the hidden meaning behind his words.... that Obama has always been an egotistical elitist and racist like himself (Wright). The difference between Obama and Wright is, like Wright himself said, Obama's a politician and he (Wright) is a Reverend. Both of whom are fakes in their chosen professions.
Mike Huckabee got it half right in his appearance on the "Verdict." I agree with most of his comments, except for one very important part. Jeremiah Wright did do this on purpose. Both Wright and Obama are very intelligent individuals. They know exactly what they're doing and had this whole thing planned out. They always knew that Obama had to deal with this problem eventually. There was no better time and no better way to deal with it than they have just done. I applaud Wright and Obama for their amazing scheme and their impeccable timing. They have almost everyone fooled and wondering "what in the world is going on?"
Regarding Wright's "I'm coming after you" comment to Barack Obama: There is no way we can verify that he actually did tell Obama this over a year ago. It was just another line Wright threw in there to make this scheme sound more credible. He wants to make it look like he has betrayed Obama and that he's not on Obama's side, when in fact, he is and always will be. Again, I applaud Wright and Obama for their brilliance along with their ability to confuse and trick the American media and the American public. It is politics at its best (or worst, if you ask me).
Mike Huckabee has been saying recently, it's not 1 particular controversy or issue that kills politicians. In the end, it is the cumulative effect of many, many controversies and issues with political candidates that kills their candidacy. "Death by 1,000 cuts."
Obama has successfully covered his butt for November on this one particular (major) issue. But I am positive we'll see a lot more skeletons in Obama's closet the next 6 months. Whether or not he can weather them all, tricking voters, and still be elected as our next President... only time will tell.
April 15th, "just another Spring day" as Mike Huckabee likes to say, when speaking about the need for the United States to reform its extremely flawed taxation system, using the FairTax as his model of reform. 2008's April 15 turned out to be more than the annual national "tax day" since 1955, nor was it simply the annual commemoration of Jackie Robinson's Major League Baseball debut back in 1947. This year was a bit different. Mike Huckabee officially announced his new Political Action Committee (PAC), in hopes of getting conservative, Republican political candidates that Mike Huckabee has researched, elected into the Senate and House of Representatives. The organization's name is Huck PAC.
Mike Huckabee's "failed" first attempt at getting elected President of the United States really wasn't a failure. In fact, he was able to garnish well over 4 million votes within a span of 3 months and 13 months of almost non-stop campaigning. This was an extraordinary feat for a no-name politician (nationally) with little to no financial and political support to accomplish. Ever since his withdrawl from the presidential race, Huckabee mentioned several times that he planned to help get conservative candidates elected into Congress, along with helping John McCain become the next President. A man of his word, Mike Huckabee called the McCain campaign several times since he dropped out, but received no instructions from them when Huckabee asked what he could do for the 2008 presumptive Republican presidential nominee.
Update: John McCain asked Mike Huckabee to campaign with him in Huckabee's home state of Arkansas.
Instead of "waiting around for phone to ring" from the McCain camp, Huckabee decided to keep the other promise he made to his supporters: to be proactive in finding, researching, endorsing, and supporting conservative candidates to help them get elected into Congress... as well as continue to fight to keep the ideas, ideals, principles, and values that got him so far in this year's race and into politics in the first place.
There is another organization (independent from Mike Huckabee) that launched less than a week after Huckabee dropped out. The F3 Coalition (faith, family, freedom) was formed from the inspiration given by Mike Huckabee, attempting to accomplish the same goals of Huck PAC. Utilizing members' input, F3 will attempt to find, research, and support the best conservative choice in this year's local, state, and national candidates for the House and Senate in all 50 states.
So after all of the media and (Huckabee) supporter speculation and predictions of what Mike Huckabee's new website will become and what Mike Huckabee will do next, we finally see what the former Governor of Arkansas plans to do in the next 7 months. No, he wasn't going to launch a new talk show on TV or radio (yet). No, he wasn't going to announce that McCain picked him as the Vice Presidential nominee. What Mike Huckabee did yesterday, April 15th, what he always does; keep his word by helping the Republican party and ultimately, the United States, get back to its roots of "Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness."
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Mike Huckabee, an ordained Baptist Minister/Pastor of 12 years, became one of Arkansas' best Governors for 10 and a half years. Huckabee, more than any pundit on TV, understands both sides of the Barack Obama / Rev. Jeremiah Wright controversy. Even though Huckabee is not African American, he fully understands the segregation of America's past and present, being born in Arkansas and having lived there for most of his life.
In this revealing interview on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" show, Mike Huckabee talks about his Iowa victory in early January, how well Barack Obama handled the Jeremiah Wright controversy, and then spoke about segregation.
Although I personally do not fully agree with Mike Huckabee's statements of how Obama handled this situation, I do agree with Huckabee when he said that we have to "cut some slack to people" like Wright who experienced racism first-hand and the fact that anyone of any race, who experienced those things would probably have the same "chip" on our shoulders, maybe more.
This interview shows once again, how understanding, compassionate, and insightful Mike Huckabee is. He can see things in different perspectives that many others cannot or refuse to see and understand. He says things that many politicians, leaders, and media personalities fail to say... either due to fear, ignorance, and/or lack of insight. Mike Huckabee was a great pastor, is a great politician, a great leader, and overall, a great person.
Mike Huckabee gets interviewed on the O'Reilly Factor and sounds off on Eliot Spitzer's sex scandal, 1 night before Spitzer resigns his position as the Governor of New York. Huckabee wants people to be sympathetic towards Spitzer's wife and 3 daughters. He couldn't believe Spitzer had all the time and money to be so involved with a sex scandal.
O'Reilly then asks Governor Huckabee about how he would contest either Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama if he (Huckabee) was the Republican nominee. Mike Huckabee said that Clinton's "experience" in the White House should not be credited to her, because it was Bill Clinton's experience she's claiming as her own. He also said that you must be very careful when running against a female opponent. Through his personal experience, Huckabee understands that one cannot be too soft nor too hard towards female candidates.
When asked about Barack Obama, Mike Huckabee says that you must embrace his "style," and not criticize the excitement Obama was able to generate. Governor Huckabee compliments Senator Obama's ability to create new voters and supporters. To combat Obama, Huckabee would point out how expensive all of Obama's ideas and plans would ultimately cost tax payers and how much more debt we'd incur as a result.
Everyone is curious as to what Mike Huckabee's next step is going to be. The media has been wondering and wondering, even before Governor Huckabee came in "2nd place," and exited the race on March 4. So, what is the next move for the most talented, sincere, and amazing politician, speaker, and leader this world has seen in decades (if not more)?
Well, my answer is, depending on what happens the rest of this year, I believe Mike Huckabee needs to become the national spokesperson and leading activist for the FairTax. Huckabee already has a very good grasp of what the FairTax is and what it can do to really change the United States and indirectly, this world. He has brought this potentially revolutionary tax system from an unknown, scary idea (much like Mike himself), to become something a substantial amount of this country now has a good idea of how it can change America's economy. Huckabee's numerous speeches during his campaign has spread the word and "sown the seed" of the FairTax across America.
The FairTax platform could very well be the best way for Mike Huckabee to keep his name, his ideas, his policies, his record, and his presence in the American public for years to come. I suppose Governor Huckabee can also write books on the FairTax, since he has already written 5 great books, but some people have already done a good job in writing books about the FairTax (ie. Neal Boortz).
Here's something else to take into consideration. Even if Huckabee was to become President in 2009 (which still is not a complete impossibility), he would still need to convince enough Americans to support this radical change to our taxation system (which would be near impossible given the duties of a President) if he wants to have the FairTax passed. Congress, Washington D.C., "fiscal conservatives," tax preparers, and other cynics would not allow something so radical to be passed into law without a vast amount of the American public supporting this new taxation system. If Huckabee doesn't become the Vice President or even President, this would be the best use of his time in the next few years. He'd be building a coalition and force Washington to take the FairTax seriously, while also keeping his original presidential platform alive.
To those people that think Mike Huckabee should be a TV and/or radio personality, I believe it would be awesome for his supporters, listening to and/or watching him and his messages. It would help boost his celebrity status even further and would be great for Huckabee's personal financial situation. However, it would be a disastrous career move for Huckabee's potential 2012 Presidential candidacy. If Mike Huckabee still has aspirations in being President, he cannot "lower" his status to become a member of the broadcast media.
This is just my personal idea and opinion of what Mike Huckabee's next major career move should be, depending on what happens the rest of this year. I truly believe this would be the perfect opportunity for Governor Huckabee to spend his time in the upcoming years. FairTax is a very radical departure from our current tax system. Huckabee, or anyone for that matter, would have to create a movement to specifically bring public awareness to this plan: getting rid of our current complacency in putting up with the IRS and the 60,000+ pages of tax code, by completely overhauling our tax system. Proponents of FairTax need to rally around Mike Huckabee, as does Huckabee supporters and voters, to rid ourselves of this intrusive and counter-productive income tax system and switch over to a comprehensive consumption taxation system.
Governor Huckabee is extremely grateful proud of his dedicated supporters in Huck's Army and reiterates his desire to support the Republican party, as well as help struggling GOP campaigns. Huckabee wants to keep making paid speeches and write more books.
Ed Rollins was Mike Huckabee's Campaign Chairman and Senior Adviser. He was also Ronald Reagan's former National Campaign Director in 1984. He came out of retirement to help Mike Huckabee out in December 2007.
Rollins spoke to MSNBC's Morning Joe co-hosts about Huckabee's 2008 campaign and potential future ambitions 1 day after Huckabee's telephone interview on the show and 3 days after the concession speech. Like Mike Huckabee, Ed Rollins also reflects back on the amazing 3 month journey and about all of the things Huckabee and his supporters (Huck's Army) have accomplished. The interview ends with Led Zeppelin's "Fool In The Rain."
MSNBC's "Morning Joe" always welcomed Mike Huckabee to speak on the show throughout the campaign. Host Joe Scarborough, co-hosts Mika Brzezinski and Willie Geist never took Huckabee's candidacy seriously and even occasionally made fun of him. However, towards the end of Mike Huckabee's run at the nomination, they finally realized how great of a politician, person, and leader Huckabee really was.
This was a great telephone interview in which Gov. Huckabee reflected on the hard-fought race where he eventually took "2nd place," with not even 1/5 of the staff of other campaigns, not even 1/10 of the funding, started out with virtually no name-recognition, no Republican establishment support, and had to fight against media bias as well as an Internet smear campaign.
Scarborough and Brzezinski ended the interview awed and extremely impressed with all that Mike Huckabee has accomplished. The MSNBC crew also ended the segment with a great song by Jimi Hendrix's rendition of "All Along the Watchtower."
It has been a great campaign with lot of great memories. Mike Huckabee kept to his word and graciously bows out immediately after John McCain reached 1,191 delegates on eve of March 4, 2008 in Irving, Texas. This marks the end to the first chapter in Mike Huckabee's journey to becoming the President of the United States. Keep in mind, during the past 50+ years, no Republican Presidential nominee was picked on their first attempt except for George W. Bush, who no doubt was helped tremendously by his father's reputation.
Mike Huckabee will return in 4 years; better funded, having far greater name-recognition, and with a large, strong base to support him. 2012 is going to be the year Mike Huckabee returns to lead this movement in transforming the Republican party and America back to its former glory!
To start off my blog, I feel that everyone needs to watch this mini-biographical documentary of Mike Huckabee. This was originally created back in early 2007, before Mike Huckabee ran for the Presidential race in 2008.