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Huckabee Yells Out for a Debate, but the Press Goes Deaf

Posted on Feb 26, 2008

How quickly the tides turn for would-be presidential nominees. Just a few weeks ago, a former Arkansas governor was grabbing headlines, and it wasn’t Bill Clinton. Now, Mike Huckabee is calling for a debate with GOP front-runner John McCain and almost no one in the media is taking note except the six reporters still assigned to trail him.

MSNBC via Wonkette:

Speaking at a press conference that drew no reporters other than the six who travel with the candidate—despite the national press corps in town for the Democratic debate—the candidate said he wants to debate McCain.

“There’s a race going on, and I wish Sen. McCain was debating me this weekend,” Huckabee said. “I wish we were gonna be in Cleveland tonight on stage or in Dallas or in Houston or San Antonio or Austin or somewhere between now and Tuesday having a debate.”

He said Republicans deserve a debate and that he was “disappointed” a forum between the remaining candidates hadn’t been planned.

“We’ve made it very clear that we would love to have,” he said, “whether it’s a debate or a forum or Q and A, where both of us are there. I think any type of format would be acceptable to us and any location would be acceptable to us.”

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By Joe Sellers, February 28, 2008 at 3:32 pm Link to this comment
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The reason McCain want debate Mike Huckabee is because he is afraid he would loose the debate.  Plain and simple.  Mr. Huckabee has never been given a fair chance by the media or the Republican Party.

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By matt, February 27, 2008 at 7:45 pm Link to this comment
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If McCain has the nomination locked up, what has he got to lose with 1 debate? Free airtime for him. But if he refuses he looks bad.

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By GB, February 27, 2008 at 8:23 am Link to this comment
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I wonder how long it will take Republican followers to understand just how much Democracy is missing these days thanks to their corrupt politicians and the corporate media getting favors from them.

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By Aegrus, February 27, 2008 at 7:00 am Link to this comment

But the media is being unfair to him! He’s a good guy! Really! You just don’t know him like I do! };>

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By yossarian100, February 27, 2008 at 5:53 am Link to this comment

I wouldn’t vote for Governor Huckabee but I’d love to hear him debate Senator McCain, or at least participate in a detailed discussion of the issues.

I’d love to hear a detailed discussion of the issues from the Democrats, too.

And while we’re at it, let’s dust off Dennis Kucinich, Ron Paul, and Ralph Nader and really get into issues.

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By Maani, February 27, 2008 at 12:07 am Link to this comment

dump-dump-dump - and another one bites the dust
dump-dump-dump - and another one bites the dust
And another one gone, and another one gone
Another one bites the dust…

So the media in its infinite unilateral wisdom has decided to “dump” Huckabee.  Typical.  Par for the course.  Why are we surprised?

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By Linda Rayborn, February 26, 2008 at 4:41 pm Link to this comment
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We still have a Republican election going on here and Huckabee is playing FAIR by the rules the GOP Party wrote, so why is everybody acting like he has done something wrong. Why can’t we get a debate on the Republican side the same as the Democrats?  There is no winner til 1191 and I for one, would never want a man for President who would quit or give up.  This is a sign of strong character, principles and a fighter attitude that I would hope to find in the President.  We all know that Huckabee would be in the lead had it not been for the multitude of conservatives in the race in the beginning competing for conservative votes while McCain collected ALL the liberal votes.  The other conservtives quit when McCain got ahead.  How admirable that Mike Huckabee is running on his beliefs and principles, not to worry how the GOP perceives him.  Would serve other politicians to remember they work for the people, not the establishment.  We screamed that Washington was broken and we now have 3 Senators from Washington left in the race along with Mike Huckabee who has never lived in Washington.  Go figure?????

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By matthew drew, February 26, 2008 at 4:18 pm Link to this comment
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Stick this in your piece of crap blog and all the ones you are connected to you no integrity worm.
If you want a freakin’ scoop, here it is you maggot.
How dare you put suggestive photos and headlines
next to this man of faith and honor.
This letter was sent DIRECTLY TO MCCAIN you
factless fools. Well ??? ‘Moderate’ this !

The Honorable John McCain

John McCain 2008

P.O. Box 16118

Arlington, VA 22215                                                                            

Dear Senator McCain:

It’s been my pleasure sharing the stage with you this past year, as we have worked to promote our ideas to lead this county.  I have the deepest respect for you as a person, politician, and an American hero – and I appreciate the way you have run such an issue-based, positive campaign. 

Now that the race for the Republican nomination is down to just the two of us, I believe this is the time for a real discussion about our vision for the future of this great country.  I encourage you to join me in a Lincoln Douglas-style debate so that voters can better understand our views on critical issues such as health care, education, energy independence, terrorism and national security.

Our Democratic counterparts, Senators Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, have had recent opportunities to underscore the differences in their positions. It seems only fitting to me that Republican primary voters are offered the same.

I look forward to working with your staff to schedule this as soon as possible.  I would suggest we set the debate before the March Fourth Primaries.  It is my hope that one of the TV networks would offer to sponsor such an event.

Senator, let’s lead by example and get the ball rolling. I look forward to hearing your thoughts on this idea and debating you in front of the American people



Mike Huckabee

Former Governor of Arkansas (1996-2007)

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