“McCain’s starting to look better to than this guy, and that’s saying something.”
“The Huckabee campaign is trying to dumb down conservatism in order to get it to conform with his record.”
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“Who is this campaign to decide who is and who is not conservative? I hadn’t heard of Huckabee in any serious manner before this campaign began. Believe me, I know who the conservatives are and aren’t.”
“It’s elites who want to talk to Iran, not Middle America. It’s the elites who are soft on crime, not Middle America.”
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“I’ve not attacked him. I’ve studiously avoided it. But I’ve raised questions. I’m going to keep asking the questions if I feel they’re warranted.”
“The very fact that I have looked at his record has stirred great anguish in his campaign.”
“If he wants to tag me, or some of his supporters, want to tag me as being part of a New York-D.C. axis… the New York-D.C. axis is the drive-bys!”
“He’s been endorsed by the New Hampshire NEA. They endorsed Huckabee on the Republican side, and Hillary Clinton on the Democratic side. The NEA is not interested in conservatives getting any power anywhere. Huckabee’s record is a better record for the Wall Street D.C. Axis than anything.”
“How is questioning that record an attack on Christians or evangelicals? That’s a deplorable tactic.”
“That’s what the libs do. They do that because they don’t want to discuss the issues. I’m getting the sense that Mike Huckabee doesn’t want to debate the issues. He uses this as a firewall to prevent the issues from coming up.”
In response to a caller on Huckabee vis a vis Mitt Romney or Rudy Giuliani: “In Rudy and Romney’s case you can cite two things – gay marriage and abortion. In Huckabee’s case, you can cite four or five things. There’s more than two deviations in the Huckabee governing record.”
Jim himself ends with a biting line from Steven Stark: “The good news for Mike Huckabee is that he’s doing one hell of a job of reuniting significant portions of the old Reagan coalition. The bad news is that it’s increasingly arrayed against him.”