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Huckabee on the Rise

Posted on Dec 19, 2007
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Looming large:  Mike Huckabee (on the big screen at the Dec. 12 Republican debate in Johnston, Iowa) is winning over conservative voters.

Just two weeks shy of the Iowa primary, the contest for the Republican presidential nomination has shifted into high gear, with former Arkansas governor (note to aspiring politicos:  Arkansas is apparently not the worst place to cultivate presidential ambitions) Mike Huckabee rising quickly through GOP ranks to take the lead. But he’ll have to put some serious money down on his campaign to keep from being a flash in the pan, or, as he put it, a “one-night stand.”

CBS News:

It was only last week that Huckabee first aired ads on television in New Hampshire and South Carolina. His first ad in Iowa only aired a week before Thanksgiving, and he’s spent approximately $800,000 on advertising there.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, in comparison, went up on television in February and has spent $7 million on advertising in Iowa alone.

Yet in a matter of weeks Huckabee has achieved what Romney could not in nearly a year.

Not only does Huckabee lead in Iowa, but polls show he is now ahead in the crucial state of South Carolina and contesting Rudy Giuliani both in Florida and nationally.

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By driving bear, December 29, 2007 at 8:31 pm Link to this comment

If you remember a few months back that Dr. Dobson of focus on the Family was talking about a possible 3rd party Candidate. What you may not know is that Dobson wanted Huckabee to be that candidate. Huckabee turned him down and instead asked the christian right to support him in the GOP race. By looking at his poll numbers looks like the christian right is

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By JW Muller, December 19, 2007 at 11:04 pm Link to this comment

Nobody ever heard of Huckabee until he lost 100 lbs, wrote diet books and modeled health policy on his weight loss.

It appears likely that he lost his weight through gastric bypass, and has lied about it.  Wouldn’t be too hard for the Democrat to beat Elmer Pantry.

The circumstantial case for this is made here:

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By Allen, December 19, 2007 at 8:51 pm Link to this comment
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My unease has turned from concern to stage red alert.  The growing big H may be an even greater disaster than the diminishing big G.

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By PatrickHenry, December 19, 2007 at 5:39 pm Link to this comment

Aside from the cross prop and his prevarication regarding his theology degree, Huck is suppose to be broke!  Where is this new influx of cash comming from?

When he said that he would vote for Guiliani over Ron Paul, his so called credentials of the christian faith took a nosedive.

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By chris lawton, December 19, 2007 at 3:05 pm Link to this comment
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Huckabee told CNN that Richard Haass is “one my advisers”. Haass is the president of the Council on Foreign Relations. Read Haass’ article about sovereignty at the link below. Note paragraph seven! (See Video Reply)

Mike Huckabee on Taxing Christmas: What Really Mutters.

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By Thomas Billis, December 19, 2007 at 2:20 pm Link to this comment

Huckabee’s next strategy is to show him on a crucifix vowing “forgive the people who do not vote for me they know not what they do.“We elected one guy who talks to god and gets answers and we are in a mess.Is there really a chance that we could elect another one.I hear the Huckabee people are looking into buying large tracts of land all over the world and giving the non christians in America the choice of taking free passage and living there or converting.More astounding I hear they want to dig up all non christians buried at Arlington National Cemetery and put them into a heathen’s potters field.Sound far fetched ,if we keep electing these religious zealots you will look back on this post and think I am Nostradamus.

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