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Backers See Huckabee Filling VP Niche (editorial)
Real Clear Politics ^ | May 29, 2012 | Scott Conroy

Posted on 05/29/2012 5:03:25 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued

If Mitt Romney's most pressing consideration in selecting a running mate is to find someone who can expand his appeal among independents or a critical demographic that remains up for grabs, several candidates would likely fit the bill better than Mike Huckabee.

But if the former Massachusetts governor instead concludes that his right flank is not as secure as it needs to be, Huckabee may be among his best options.

The winner of the 2008 Iowa caucuses remains one of the most popular and well-recognized conservatives nationwide, and his decision not to launch a second presidential run removed what might have been Romney’s toughest competitor on the road to the Republican nomination.

Thus far, most GOP strategists assume that the urgency to defeat President Obama will negate any conservatives’ thoughts about staying home in November. Romney’s primary concern over the next five months, this dominant line of thinking goes, is to make headway with the narrow slice of the electorate who can be won by either candidate.

With that in mind, Huckabee backers are quick to draw attention to the former Arkansas governor’s affable demeanor, lack of pretention, and his up-from-the-bootstraps personal story, all of which might soften Romney’s image and make the GOP ticket more relatable to blue-collar independents.

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TOPICS: Editorial; Politics/Elections; US: Arkansas
KEYWORDS: huckabee; huckabee4copkillers; huckabee4murderers; huckster

1 posted on 05/29/2012 5:03:29 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued
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To: AuH2ORepublican; Impy; GOPsterinMA; randita; Sun; LdSentinal; Norman Bates

Huckabee has some assets, but conservatisim isn’t one of them, his stances on social issues aside.


2 posted on 05/29/2012 5:05:29 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Obama and Company lied, the American economy died)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Romney is a Rino. Huckabee is a RINO. Can we get one conservative on the ticket?


3 posted on 05/29/2012 5:09:20 PM PDT by whitedog57
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To: Clintonfatigued
Huckabee backers

Thanks, Ma!

That Huckster, he's such a card.

4 posted on 05/29/2012 5:11:12 PM PDT by metesky (My retirement fund is holding steady @ $.05 a can.)
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To: Clintonfatigued

In the 2008 election cycle, Huckabee ranted over and over again against Mormons, since he is a Southern Baptist and they apparently have a long running grudge with Mormons. I don’t know the origins or why.

In any case, Mitt better not pick Huckabee.

I am a life-long Republican and I am already holding my nose to vote for Mitt.

I don’t know if I can squeeze tight enough to vote also for Huckabee.

This is really putting manyof us between a rock and a very hard place. We cannot vote for Obama.

This is not a good rumor.


5 posted on 05/29/2012 5:15:03 PM PDT by ridesthemiles
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To: ridesthemiles

Me to

It’s going to be very painful enough for me to vote for Mitt.

Huck, no way. That will be the final straw and I will not be voting


6 posted on 05/29/2012 5:17:13 PM PDT by qam1 (There's been a huge party. All plates and the bottles are empty, all that's left is the bill to pay)
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To: Clintonfatigued
No Huckabee for me,thanks!
7 posted on 05/29/2012 5:18:21 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Julia: another casualty of the "War on Poverty")
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To: Clintonfatigued; AuH2ORepublican; GOPsterinMA; randita; fieldmarshaldj

Huck is Romney + a gut and a Southern drawl. And okay genuine social conservatism too but he’s another Governor with a lousy record.

And he’s not the guy to embarrass Biden in the VP debate.


8 posted on 05/29/2012 5:22:23 PM PDT by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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To: Clintonfatigued

I will stay home if Huckster is the VP......


9 posted on 05/29/2012 5:22:31 PM PDT by stockpirate (Romney, Ann Coulter & our ruling republican elites, are Big Government socialists, Grand Ole Sociali)
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To: Clintonfatigued

The dang GOP-E already has one of the biggest RINO’s at the top of the ticket now every name I hear floated for VP is a RINO! How about Ryan? or DeMint......


10 posted on 05/29/2012 5:23:38 PM PDT by jakerobins
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To: Clintonfatigued

Huckabee? Where’s the barf alert?!


11 posted on 05/29/2012 5:24:09 PM PDT by exit82 (Democrats are the enemies of freedom. Be Andrew Breitbart.)
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To: Clintonfatigued

I hope this is satire.


12 posted on 05/29/2012 5:28:14 PM PDT by Parley Baer
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To: Clintonfatigued; AuH2ORepublican; Impy; GOPsterinMA; randita; fieldmarshaldj; sickoflibs

VP doesn’t matter in office though, only during the election or if they become President or run for President themselves in the future.

So anyone who is holding their nose for Romney but won’t do it if he picks a bad running mate is being silly. VP has no power.

Palin did lead me to more strongly support McCain but I was wrong in thinking that way.


13 posted on 05/29/2012 5:28:50 PM PDT by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Huckabee seems like a really nice guy, but he’s always reminded me of Gomer Pyle. Not that there’s anything wrong with Gomer.


14 posted on 05/29/2012 5:32:17 PM PDT by randita
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To: ridesthemiles

Huckabee said mormons teach that Jesus and satin are brothers, that’s not railing about mormonism it is stating a fact.


15 posted on 05/29/2012 5:34:48 PM PDT by svcw (If one living cell on another planet is life, why isn't it life in the womb?)
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To: Clintonfatigued
Backers See Huckabee Filling VP Niche"

That would be Obama Backers of course.


16 posted on 05/29/2012 5:44:58 PM PDT by Iron Munro (If you want total security go to prison. The only thing lacking is freedom. D. D. Eisenhower)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Huckabee, Jeb Bush, Chris Christi.

Just when you think you might be able to keep the gag reflex at a point where you can force yourself to vote for Willard they float another wet noodle for VP.

The Stupid Party is becoming a parody of itself.


17 posted on 05/29/2012 5:50:02 PM PDT by SharpRightTurn ( White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Won’t happen, Huck. Sorry.

Huckabee would bring nothing to the ticket.


18 posted on 05/29/2012 5:52:03 PM PDT by TomGuy
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To: Clintonfatigued

N O


19 posted on 05/29/2012 5:57:52 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: Clintonfatigued

The author is dillusional. How will Huckabee shore up Romney’s right flank. I guess from the Stalinist left, even the RINOS are too far away to see with a telescope.


20 posted on 05/29/2012 5:58:14 PM PDT by MtnClimber (To the left wrong is right, down is up and backward is "Forward")
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To: Impy

Palin did lead me to more strongly support McCain but I was wrong in thinking that way.”

IMO if you think that Palin would have been your normal VP, you obviously never paid much attention to her. Other VP’s not mattering much - yes. Her - no! McCain totally under estimated her ability to get things accomplished.


23 posted on 05/29/2012 6:13:18 PM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Ooooohhh HELL no.


24 posted on 05/29/2012 6:14:24 PM PDT by TLI ( ITINERIS IMPENDEO VALHALLA)
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To: Grams A

Disagree. She’d have been loyal to him.


25 posted on 05/29/2012 6:15:57 PM PDT by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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To: Grams A; Clintonfatigued; AuH2ORepublican; Impy; GOPsterinMA; randita; fieldmarshaldj; ...

Oh something I forget to put in my original post, if McCain had picked the democrat Joe Liarman that would have and should have effected my vote cause it would have signaled that McCain intended to govern as a superrino.

But in picking Palin, that was politics to get conservatives to be enthusiastic.


26 posted on 05/29/2012 6:20:38 PM PDT by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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To: Clintonfatigued
Puh-leez.
27 posted on 05/29/2012 6:20:46 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: Clintonfatigued

Huckabee.. The walking definition of ‘placater’.


28 posted on 05/29/2012 6:24:36 PM PDT by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
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To: Clintonfatigued

It’s getting worse.


29 posted on 05/29/2012 6:29:30 PM PDT by duffee (NEWT 2012)
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To: Clintonfatigued

RINO + RINO = FAIL


30 posted on 05/29/2012 6:50:10 PM PDT by Bigg Red (Pray for our republic.)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Not again! No. No and double-no. Not Huckabee, not A Bush, not some east coast RINO. There has to be someone better.


31 posted on 05/29/2012 7:34:51 PM PDT by madison10 (The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots & tyrants. TJ)
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To: Impy; Clintonfatigued; AuH2ORepublican; randita; fieldmarshaldj
100% agree. If the South was in play, MAYBE. But I have to think that the Southerners will vote for a Yankee (actually, I don't consider Mittens a Yankee, but I digress) over a Communist Muslim, so Mittens will win the South.

I think VP will be either Portman or Rubio. I'd love to see an “out of the box” candidate, but I doubt that will happen.

32 posted on 05/29/2012 7:57:20 PM PDT by GOPsterinMA (We may die, but DISCO LIVES FOREVER!!!)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Romney’s best shot at winning is to follow McCain’s most brilliant move and pick a strong conservative to shore up the base. Romney can do much better than Huckabee.


33 posted on 05/29/2012 8:08:07 PM PDT by unlearner (You will never come to know that which you do not know until you first know that you do not know it.)
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To: ridesthemiles

You’ve said it for me, and said it quite well.


34 posted on 05/29/2012 8:09:31 PM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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