National Politics - 2016

2016: Mike Huckabee Is In …

SOCIAL CONSERVATIVE ANNOUNCES PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDACY  || By FITSNEWS || Former Arkansas governor and ex-Fox News host Mike Huckabee threw his name in the ring for the 2016 “Republican” presidential nomination this week – making the announcement in his hometown of Hope, Arkansas. “From hope to higher ground,” Huckabee said, referring…


|| By FITSNEWS || Former Arkansas governor and ex-Fox News host Mike Huckabee threw his name in the ring for the 2016 “Republican” presidential nomination this week – making the announcement in his hometown of Hope, Arkansas.

“From hope to higher ground,” Huckabee said, referring to his campaign’s slogan.

Sound familiar?  The small town – named for the daughter of a railroad executive – was also the hometown of former Arkansas governor (and U.S. president) Bill Clinton.  In fact Clinton famously referenced it in accepting the Democratic presidential nomination in 1992.

“I still believe in a place called Hope,” he said.

The 59-year-old social conservative sought the GOP nomination once before in 2008 – winning the Iowa Caucuses and finishing a close second to John McCain in South Carolina’s “First in the South” presidential primary.  He declined to seek the GOP nomination in 2012 – and has spent the last few years hosting a popular program on Fox News bearing his name.

In Huckabee’s absence, fellow social conservative Rick Santorum emerged as a force to be reckoned with in the 2012 “Republican” primary – luring legions of impressionable voters in early-voting Iowa and South Carolina.

Santorum is also expected to announce his candidacy for president this go-round.

Huckabee’s announcement?  It was full of the sort of red meat his Fox News audience will love.

“I commit this to you today,” Huckabee said. “I will never apologize for America. Ever.”

Mmmm-kay.  Well we won’t apologize for America, either … although we can’t make the same promise for her government.

Our thoughts on Huckabee?

Eh … we were less than enthused when he began making rumblings about his latest presidential run, so we’re naturally less than enthused by his decision to run.

Huckabee is a fiscal liberal and social conservative … which is the precise opposite of what America’s situation calls for (at least insofar as the ideological moorings of its elected leaders).

He’s also got a “soft on crime” problem.  A serious one.  And an immigration problem.  And like establishment “Republican” Jeb Bush he’s a big supporter of “Common Core,” the federal government’s invasive curriculum mandate.

That won’t play well in the Palmetto State … at all.

On the plus side?  Huckabee has come out strongly in opposition to “Obamatrade,” an effort by U.S. president Barack Obama (and a lot of establishment “Republicans”) to manipulate American trade policy to benefit crony capitalists on Wall Street and liberal Hollywood elites.

So we give him credit there …

Huckabee drew just five percent support in the latest NBC/ Wall Street Journal presidential poll released this week – good for sixth place.  Meanwhile a pair of Iowa polls taken late last month showed him in fourth place among the GOP field there.  In early-voting South Carolina, Huckabee was last seen polling in eighth place with less than five percent of the vote.

In other words, he’s got his work cut out for him …

Huckabee joins retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, U.S. senator Ted Cruz of Texas, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, U.S. senator Rand Paul and U.S. senator Marco Rubio as announced “Republican” candidates.


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The Colonel May 5, 2015 at 1:09 pm

That’s sure gonna be a long list of “also rans”…

southmauldin May 5, 2015 at 2:03 pm

Half of these clowns don’t have a job and they are just spending the next couple of years living off of the dime of the dumbass voters who are dumb enough to dig into their pockets at the sound of the latest dog whistle.

guest May 5, 2015 at 2:32 pm

Democrats have adopted Hoover’s old line (with some changes):
“If a Democrat wins in 2016 there will be a hot dog in every pot,a bicycle in every tent and a prayer rug in every courthouse”

GrandTango May 5, 2015 at 3:29 pm

Can’t be. By 2016, the Democrat Party will outlaw hot dogs…and all pork, via Obama Executive Order…

Michelle Obama May 5, 2015 at 5:04 pm

Get your head rag @$$wipe, I’m coming for you first. Then we’re setting off that bomb in Charleston Harbor like your Mom thinks we are.

Rocky May 5, 2015 at 2:23 pm

Are you participating in the take over of Texas by the military this summer?

Radio host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones has been sending out warnings for weeks regarding the exercise, saying it is the U.S. military positioning itself to take over the states and declare martial law.

Abbott apparently has heard the concern and ordered the Guard to monitor the training and U.S. military personnel.

“To address concerns of Texas citizens and ensure that Texas communities remain safe, secure and informed about military procedures occurring in their vicinity, I am directing the TExas State Guard to monitor Operation Jade Helm 15,” Abbott wrote in his letter to the commander of the Texas Guard.

Goobersmacker May 6, 2015 at 10:42 am

You’re a fucking loony toon if you believe this shit. Why do you hate our armed forces?

fc May 6, 2015 at 10:45 am

Rocky was defending ISIS and the terrorists all day yesterday. Funny how radicals like Rocky get all worked up about a drawing however are silent when Christians are beheaded or we lose one of our armed forces.

GrandTango May 5, 2015 at 1:39 pm

Huckabee, Jeb, Christie, Gary Johnson, Mitch Daniels, Jon Huntsman…even Romney…

Let all the moderate establishment players in. Let them fight each other to appease the Democrats who have given up on their extremist party…We need to break up the weak Republican vote, instead nominate another one…..

Once a CONSERVATIVE emerges….this time…we need to ALL agree…and stick w/ ONE…so the FITS-Liberal-tarian sect of the GOP does not succeed in fielding a LOSER candidate…like they have in ’08 and ’12.

ExtremistTango May 5, 2015 at 1:46 pm

Your backwards ass little party is the one being extremist.

GrandTango May 5, 2015 at 2:02 pm

Have you seen Baltimore…or the Consumer Confidence Numbers????- or the Nov 4 election results???…..Dumb@$$….

Rocky May 5, 2015 at 1:48 pm

Jeb wins it. He leads all right now in the polls for the nomination. He’s got all the money from Wall Streat etc. He’s the guy. Get used to it. Maybe you can give us your insite like 2012.

GrandTango May 5, 2015 at 2:01 pm

Pull for whoever you want. FITS-type Republicans would rather lose the country than let one of their consultants lose a dime. They are as GREEDY as Democrats, like that….

But I think the people who LOVE this country have had enough losers and FITS-like moderates. We must do something right, and successful, for a change. That means Jeb LOSES in the primaries…

fc May 5, 2015 at 2:17 pm

Jeb stands ZERO chance of getting thru the primaries.He won’t win the primary in Florida.People are working hard for Rubio-even those that supported Jeb as governor.

GrandTango May 5, 2015 at 2:55 pm

Yeah fc, Jeb is already taking on water. He’s done before he’s started.

The media has already started CPR on his candidacy, because Jeb’s who the Democrats want…But if he’s dead out of the gate, his chances are about mil.

Rocky May 5, 2015 at 3:18 pm

Can we save this post for later? So others can throw it in your face between the day he wins the primaries and the day he takes the oath of office? Such a rube. Money matters – and Jeb’s already got it sewed up.

GrandTango May 5, 2015 at 3:22 pm

Why is it your wins are either WAY off in the future…like Ravenel was going to take the Senate and Ervin was the next Gov. Or you dwell in the past….

Of course, with the way it looks for you right now…I don’t blame you for projecting…

Rocky May 5, 2015 at 3:38 pm

Just saying, you just stated with certainty that Jeb’s dead in the water and going down. I just want to see if we can quote you on that for next year when he wins. Backing away now?

Rocky May 5, 2015 at 3:37 pm

Nah, W will get the real Republicans motivated and Jeb will win. See, even Walker can’t beat Jeb. Let’s look at the field. We have one freshman Senator that hasn’t passed anything, and ran away from his own Immigration Reform legislation. Another Freshman Senator who doesn’t even show up to work (Cruz) and probably isn’t even allowed to be President since he was born in Canada to a Cuban father, another Freshman Senator who’s father is known as a “wacko bird”, a college drop out Governor who’s own state won’t vote for him, a Doctor Detriot guy, a businesswoman who nearly killed one of America’s greatest tech companies, and finally, a Fox News host who loves Walker Texas Ranger re-runs. So we add in Trump, Bachmann, Looney Goobert and maybe Charro, and it gets fun.

Soft Sigh from Hell May 5, 2015 at 6:51 pm

And they all get out of one car.

Rocky May 5, 2015 at 3:28 pm

Jeb currently is polling at 25 in Florida, to lil’ Marco’s 12. Yeah, Marco’s going to win Florida. Even his own mother won’t vote for him. Hope the foreclosure on his house in Tallahassee isn’t completed before the primary.

Rocky May 5, 2015 at 2:24 pm

Jeb wins because he doesn’t have to face anyone in Texas. The Federal government is putting into place martial law in Texas this summer, and suspending elections.

Radio host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones has been sending out warnings for weeks regarding the exercise, saying it is the U.S. military positioning itself to take over the states and declare martial law.

GrandTango May 5, 2015 at 2:54 pm

I see your political handicapping ability is equal to your assessment to the US economy under Obama…LMAO…

Soft Sigh from Hell May 5, 2015 at 6:49 pm

Martial law in Texas? Who could be against that? Though personally I’d have it under quarantine by the US Public Health Service. Or perhaps NIMH.

GrahamNasty May 5, 2015 at 2:01 pm

You forgot Lady Lindsey, from Queer Eye for the Straight Senator.

GrandTango May 5, 2015 at 2:17 pm

You’re kidding, right???…he’s not viable enough to even warrant mentioning…

Saluda Rapids May 5, 2015 at 2:16 pm

You are a hypocrite, just like your new hero, North Dakota State Rep. Randy Boehning (R).

fc May 5, 2015 at 2:20 pm

Why is it ‘saluda vapid’ that when Republicans announce they are running for office they speak of God,family and love of country….and when Democrats announce they are running for office they speak of America is evil,stealing wealth and perversion?

vicupstate May 5, 2015 at 2:24 pm

Because the Democrats have more humility than to proclaim themselves ‘God’s choice’ for President. Meanwhile the GOP will say or do anything to pander to their clueless base. A base that doesn’t even understand this nation was founded on Freedom of Religion, including from Government interference into religion.

fc May 5, 2015 at 2:37 pm

LMAO!!! You don’t think the narcissistic ‘closet’ Muslim occupying the wHite House doesn’t believe he was the ‘chosen one’-ordained by Allah to perpetute the spread of Islam?

Look at his policies and ask Israel. Even Billy Graham figured it out.

GrandTango May 5, 2015 at 3:20 pm

Good post. Not only does Obama think he’s a god…his minions, like vic, believe he is too.

vicupstate May 6, 2015 at 9:13 pm

… the nutty rantings of a right wing nut job.

fc May 5, 2015 at 2:43 pm

This nation was founded on Biblical Christian Truths,faith and those principles.

Just because your ‘ilk’ are trying to destroy the spiritual,moral and cultural foundations of this nation doesn’t mean you will succeed.

You were 0-14 in the 2014 mid term elections. We still have hope…in 2016 we will try and keep what is left of our ‘change’.

vicupstate May 6, 2015 at 9:13 pm

This is NOT a Christian nation, this is a nation of (predominately) Christians.

The founding fathers specifically and deliberately intended for government to NOT control religion, and religion NOT to control government (like Pakistan for instance). It was intended by design to be a country where anyone could follow the religion of THEIR choosing or none at all, if they wished.

Most of the founding fathers held religious beliefs and most were Christians. They believed that a population of morally upright citizens was necessary for it to survive, but it was NOT their intend to have a state religion.

Just because your ilk are ignorant of history, does not make your misguided beliefs true.

guest May 5, 2015 at 3:01 pm

You are right.Democrats BOOED God at their 2012 convention and tried to have God removed from the party platform.

My guess in 2016 is they get a member of ISIS to attend their convention in Philadelphia and deliver the ‘keynote’ address?

GrandTango May 5, 2015 at 3:18 pm

Good point. Democrats HATE God. He is competition for their religion of Liberalism…even though HE always beats them in the end…(see Hitler, Stalin, Democrat Slaveowners)….

Goobersmacker May 6, 2015 at 10:44 am

How can you hate something that doesn’t exist?

GrandTango May 6, 2015 at 11:39 am

It’s that why you just HATE white people and Conservatives????…LMAO…

GrandTango May 5, 2015 at 3:17 pm

No, you elect your gods. Isn’t Obama your messiah?

Rocky May 5, 2015 at 3:19 pm

They think it was only founded on “their” religion. They still can’t understand how odd it is they are huge lovers of the Jewish State who’s last great performance was the death of Jesus.

GrandTango May 5, 2015 at 3:32 pm

So you’re telling me you advocate ALL Christians to STOP paying taxes…if you want to separate Christians from government…

You see…WE fund it you, F*#king @$$-hole…You Democrats w/ Government jobs don’t produce a D*#n thing..other than a Tax Bill…

So if we can’t participate in government, That includes paying for it, does it not????…Dumb@$$…

vicupstate May 6, 2015 at 9:01 pm

Is there no limit to your stupidity?

Christians should pay to Caesar (government) what they owe it, just ask Jesus. They get to use roads, schools and get national defense just like everyone else.

Churches, which ARE religious institutions are exempt from taxation BECAUSE of the separation of church and state.

GrandTango May 7, 2015 at 8:55 am

Another liberal perverting the Bible…to try to manipulate the people you hate…

Jesus didn’t say: Christians should pay to Caesar (government) what they owe it…
How ’bout leave our books to us. We don’t need NAZI idiots interpreting……and you keep yours…like Mein Kopf and Das Kapital…

vicupstate May 12, 2015 at 2:15 pm

I guess you have never read the Bible, you only thump it.

GrandTango May 12, 2015 at 2:18 pm

Certainly won’t defer to you on it….Democrats voted out God in 2012…

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GrandTango May 5, 2015 at 2:56 pm

Thanks…And you’re just a F*#king idiot…LMAO…

Crooner May 5, 2015 at 3:08 pm

You mean like someone who is severely conservative?

Rocky May 5, 2015 at 2:03 pm

I pulling for Sarah Palin.

fc May 5, 2015 at 2:22 pm

That’s a switch.Like a true Democrat you have been pulling for the terrorists and radical Islam all morning. Huckabee get to ya?

Rocky May 5, 2015 at 3:16 pm

Sarah is not a terrorist.

erneba May 5, 2015 at 2:08 pm

The carnival that is the list of potential Republican nominees is a godsend for the train wreck that is the Hillary Clinton Campaign. The press will amplify everything about any Republican candidate, ie Christie’s Bridgegate, Fiorina’s HP problems, Trump’s exetreme comb over, etc., while completely ignoring the absolutely lawless behavior of the Clinton’s, ie destroyed emails, Benghazi, the Clinton Foundation’s problems, etc., .
Fun times ahead.

Tazmaniac May 5, 2015 at 6:44 pm

The fix for Hillary is in. People like Huckabee and Palin have tremendous ideas and Patriotism that any reasonable voter could agree with, they come across as Populists ……and then they throw the principle of secularism right under the bus. It is a shame.

Lexguy May 5, 2015 at 2:18 pm

Wait..what? Mike Huckabee is running for president? What a surprise. He’s only been announcing his intention to announce his announcement that he is announcing his candidacy for president for weeks! No more establishment RINOs!

Libtard May 5, 2015 at 2:19 pm

It’s interesting. The democrats have such a poor chance of winning a third term in 2016 that every “republican” and their brother in law is throwing their hat into this three ring circus.

shifty henry May 5, 2015 at 2:40 pm

Hope? .. and change? (hmm, sounds familiar)

erneba May 5, 2015 at 3:44 pm

“Hope and Change” evolved into “Dope and Golf Range.”

easterndumbfuckistan May 5, 2015 at 2:45 pm

Don’t pay any attention to me. I’m just looking for a viable third party over here. No Bushes no Clintons. I swear if it comes down to the Socialist Bernie Sanders vs Jeb, I’ll vote for Bernie.

He and Trump May 5, 2015 at 3:02 pm

Huckabee is in-SANE

Soft Sigh from Hell May 5, 2015 at 6:43 pm

I saw a big HUCKABEE / PALIN sign in the rear window of a pickup truck a few days ago near Horrel Hill.

Let the zoo parade begin!

euwe max May 5, 2015 at 8:06 pm

They’ll tour the nation in a double-wide!


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