Friday, December 14, 2007

Huckabee Highlights

Some Highlights from Mike Huckabee's campaign to share.
  • News Release: Mike Huckabee Names Ed Rollins as National Campaign Chairman

  • December 14, 2007

  • Little Rock, AR - Former Arkansas Governor and Presidential Candidate Mike Huckabee has named Republican political strategist Ed Rollins as his National Campaign Chairman.
  • "I am proud to announce the addition of Ed Rollins as my National Campaign Chairman," said Huckabee. "Ed is an unparalleled strategist and is well-known as the man who directed the most successful Presidential campaign in the history of the United States. Ed's experience and track record of building winning coalitions within our party, bringing together social, economic and foreign-policy conservatives, and reaching across party lines, makes him a good fit for our campaign."
  • Rollins served as the National Campaign Director to Ronald Reagan in the 1984 presidential election in which Reagan won 49 states. [more here]
Side note; Mr. Rollins also served in the Ford Administration (our boy from Michigan)

  • December 14, 2007 - 11:51 AM
  • Huck And Chuck On Bill O'Reilly Tonight

  • The Gov and Chuck Norris are confirmed to appear on The O'Reilly Factor tonight for a joint interview from New Hampshire. The show will air @ 8pm ET this evening... [source]
  • Huckabee On "Money & Politics"

  • PETER COOK: Hi, Betty, and good morning. On the Republican side of the presidential race, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee has gone from afterthought to frontrunner in Iowa and he's surging in national polls as well. Mike Huckabee joins us now from Des Moines, Iowa to talk about his campaign, some issues important to business. Governor, good to see you again. Welcome back to Bloomberg.
    GOVERNOR MIKE HUCKABEE: Thank you very much, Peter. Pleasure to be back.
    MR. COOK: At yesterday's debate in Iowa, one of the challengers there called you the frontrunner. Are you in fact the man to be right now
    GOV. HUCKABEE: Well, I don't know if I even want to put myself there, but certainly, it's better than where I used to be. You're right. I've come from really the back of the pack - I think people are connecting with the message I'm talking about, changing our tax system. Eighty percent of the Americans are totally disgusted with it. That resonates with voters. And they want someone who's not a Washington insider, somebody who has actually been at a level of government that made it function and made it work and balanced the budget, things that families have to do, things that people want their president to do.
  • MR. COOK: There are a lot of business-related issues I want to get to in the course of our interview. Let's start with one of them now that's been in the news. The Bush administration last week announcing a deal with the mortgage industry to freeze interest rates for some sub-prime borrowers. It's been criticized by some for going too far. Others say it doesn't go far enough. Do you support this plan?
  • GOV. HUCKABEE: Well, it's better than have the taxpayers bail out people who made bad loans. The one thing I was so glad the Bush administration did not do is to say, okay, we're going to make it so that nobody has any harm. Look, this is a marketplace decision. People took some bad loans they shouldn't have taken. Lenders made some loans they shouldn't have done. It has to work itself out. I hope it's a lesson to people in the future; don't borrow if you can't pay it back. And it ought to be a lesson to the lenders: Be careful about loaning money to people that can't really give you your money back.
  • Now, the one problem with the plan - if it freezes banks from being able to foreclose, if this trend should continue, you really do create a chilling effect on the lending industry because who's going to want to lend money if they don't have the capacity to get their asset back if there's a default on the loan. So it's a tricky area, but I thought the Bush administration played it about as well as they could. [full transcript here]

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