Skip to comments.POLL: As 2012 GOP Respond, Who Benefits Most From Huckabee’s Decision Not To Run?
Posted on 05/14/2011 10:44:38 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
Some of the statements released by various members of the 2012 GOP field related to former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabees decision not to run for President next year. This post will be updated as more candidates release their statements over the next day or so.
Jon Huntsman: Our country has been very fortunate to have Mike Huckabee as a leader and public servant. His commitment to this country and its core values life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness is a model to which all elected officials should aspire. It is unfortunate that we will not have his voice or his bass guitar in the presidential debate, as our party would have benefited from his involvement. Yet Im confident that he will continue to be a positive force in the national conversation no matter his future endeavors, and I look forward to his continued friendship.
Tim Pawlenty: Mike Huckabee is a friend and colleague, and an important leader within the Republican Party. Mike and I agree our nation is facing big challenges and desperately needs new leadership, and I plan to work hard to earn the support of the millions of Americans who have supported him. Mary and I wish Mike and Janet all the best.
Rick Santorum via Twitter: So impressed with @mikehuckabee by putting the role of prayerfully following Gods will as the most important factor, because it is.
Newt Gingrich: Governor Mike Huckabee emerged in 2008 as a new star for the Republican Party and the conservative movement. Over the last 3 years he has used his gifts to create a popular Fox News TV show, produce an amazingly successful radio commentary, write best-selling books, and deliver thought provoking speeches. All have increased his stature and his influence. Had Governor Huckabee decided to run, there is no question he would have been a frontrunner in the 2012 campaign for president. He has achieved that prominence without a campaign simply based on his personal appeal and the attractiveness of his views and his character. His statement tonight emphasized the spiritual dimension of his life and his decision process. It is a wonderful example for all Americans of someone trying to do the right thing. Governor Huckabee will remain a major force for conservatism and he will play a major role in shaping Americas future. Callista and I wish him and his family a wonderful, happy, and successful future.
Donald Trump, appearing directly after Huckabees closing statement: This might be considered by some people not necessarily me bad news because he is a terrific guy and frankly I think hed be a terrific president. But a lot of people are very happy that he will not be running, especially the other candidates. So, Mike, enjoy the show, your ratings are terrific, youre making a lot of money, youre building a beautiful house in Florida, good luck.
No statement as of the time of this post from: Ron Paul, Herman Cain, Michele Bachmann, Gary Johnson, Mitt Romney, Fred Karger, John Bolton, Barack Obama, Sarah Palin.
Who stands to benefit the most from Huckabees departure?
No one, Huckabee would not have been much of a factor this time as he wasn’t last time around.
Huckabee’s people do not like Romney. Cain, and Palin will gain the most.
You are correct.
Much like the Fox channel Huckabee is irrelevant.
Conservatives would never vote for this Progressive. He took no voters from anyone.
We all do.
Your statement is irrelevant Two Swords.....are you a troll?
Obviously Fred Karger.
Take your pick:
2) The American people
I think one “second tier” candidate moves up.
Maybe TPaw but most people did not think Huck would run so who knows?
Lawrence Welk reruns?
“Much like the Fox channel Huckabee is irrelevant.”
This clearly benefits Palin, it eliminates any chance of division or confusion among Christian voters.
Assuming that all Christians will support Palin is ridiculous.
I quit watching this channel years ago. If you thing it’s worth watching have at it. I don’t. The lesser of two evils isn’t a choice I ascribe to.
Palin is running away with it now:
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