Entries Tagged as 'Mike Huckabee'

Rick Perry’s Little Trick

David Frum December 23rd, 2011 at 8:59 am 32 Comments

Mike Huckabee has not endorsed Rick Perry for president. On the contrary, there’s a long, rich record of Huckabee jabs at Perry.

Yet take a look at the new Rick Perry ad, “President of Honor,” aimed at the Iowa caucus-voters. The ad montages endorsements and testimonials from winners of the congressional medal of honor, artfully edited in ways to make you think that Gov. Perry must be almost sort of a war hero himself.

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Will Newt Win? Lets Ask President Giuliani!

December 7th, 2011 at 1:30 pm 21 Comments

Though Newt Gingrich seems to be styling himself as the inevitable nominee, a look back at the polling in during the Republican primary race in late 2007 suggests that Gingrich’s camp should not get too confident yet.

In December 2007, no polls seemed to show McCain as the frontrunner. Instead, Giuliani and a fast-rising Mike Huckabee tended to dominate in polling.

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With Huck Out, Will GOP Lose the Middle Class?

David Frum May 16th, 2011 at 1:03 pm 77 Comments

This Saturday, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee announced that he would not run for the 2012 Republican party’s nomination. As my latest column for CNN.com notes, for all his political flaws Huckabee understood the economic concerns of the middle class.

The exit of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee from the 2012 presidential race opens a huge void in the Republican field.

Who now will speak to the concerns of middle-class American families?

There were many flaws in [Mike] Huckabee’s 2008 candidacy. His cultural message was too reactionary. His so-called Fair Tax was an ill-considered gimmick. His foreign policy background was too thin.

But of all the candidates in that year of economic crisis, Huckabee was unequaled in showing understanding and regard for those families getting by on incomes of five figures and not six, seven, eight or nine.

Now in 2011, the Republican candidates have wandered even further from middle-class concerns.

You hear more from this field about imaginary threats to the Constitution than about real threats to middle-class wages. More about the gold standard than about educational standards. More about eliminating Planned Parenthood than about improving health care coverage.

Meanwhile the American middle class faces its harshest challenge since the Great Depression. …

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