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Campaign Chairman Says Reagan Legacy “Doesn’t Mean A Whole Lot”

Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee  EPA/STEVE POPE“All along, Mitt Romney has wisely run as the only candidate who represents all three legs of the ‘three legged stool’ that is the Republican coalition. For those of us who believe it is imperative to preserve the Reagan coalition, Rollins’ pronouncement is almost an argument to vote for Mitt Romney.” – Townhall’s Matt Lewis (Matt Lewis, “Rollins: Reagan Coalition Is Done,” Townhall, www.townhall.com, Posted 12/29/07)

Gov. Huckabee’s Campaign Chairman Declared The Reagan Coalition Dead:

Gov. Huckabee’s Campaign Chair Ed Rollins: The Reagan Coalition Of Social, Fiscal, And Defense Conservatives “Doesn’t Mean A Whole Lot To People Anymore.” Huckabee Campaign Chairman Ed Rollins: “The breakup of what was the Reagan coalition — social conservatives, defense conservatives, anti-tax conservatives — it doesn’t mean a whole lot to people anymore.” (David Kirkpatrick, “Shake, Rattle And Roil The Grand Ol’ Coalition,” The New York Times, 12/30/07)

Rollins On The Reagan Coalition: “It’s Gone.” “[Huckabee’s] success is setting off a debate in his party over whether his success marks the fading of the old Reaganite conservative coalition — social conservatives, anti-tax activists and advocates of a muscular defense — or, rather, offers a chance for its rejuvenation. ‘It’s gone,’ said Ed Rollins, who once worked as President Reagan’s political director and recently became Mr. Huckabee’s national campaign chairman.” (David Kirkpatrick, “Shake, Rattle And Roil The Grand Ol’ Coalition,” The New York Times, 12/30/07)

Rollins: Some Parts Of Reagan Coalition May “Go By The Wayside.” “‘It is a time for a whole new coalition — that is the key,’ he said, adding that some part of the original triad might ‘go by the wayside.'” (David Kirkpatrick, “Shake, Rattle And Roil The Grand Ol’ Coalition,” The New York Times, 12/30/07)

Gov. Romney Aims To Keep The Reagan Coalition United:

Townhall’s Matt Lewis: “Rollins’ Pronouncement Is Almost An Argument To Vote For Mitt Romney.” “All along, Mitt Romney has wisely run as the only candidate who represents all three legs of the ‘three legged stool’ that is the Republican coalition. For those of us who believe it is imperative to preserve the Reagan coalition, Rollins’ pronouncement is almost an argument to vote for Mitt Romney.” (Matt Lewis, “Rollins: Reagan Coalition Is Done,” Townhall, www.townhall.com, Posted 12/29/07)

National Review: “Romney Is A Full-Spectrum Conservative.” “Our guiding principle has always been to select the most conservative viable candidate. In our judgment, that candidate is Mitt Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts. Unlike some other candidates in the race, Romney is a full-spectrum conservative: a supporter of free-market economics and limited government, moral causes such as the right to life and the preservation of marriage, and a foreign policy based on the national interest.” (Editorial, “Romney For President,” National Review, 12/11/07)

Gov. Mitt Romney: We Need To Unite “Social Conservatives, Economic Conservatives And Defense Conservatives.” GOV. ROMNEY: “I believe that to win the White House that our candidate has to be somebody who can represent and speak for all three legs of the conservative stool or conservative coalition that Ronald Reagan put together – social conservatives, economic conservatives and defense conservatives.” (Gov. Mitt Romney, Press Availability, Grand Rapids, MI, 10/13/07)

Gov. Huckabee Alienates Fiscal And Foreign Policy Conservatives:

National Review: Gov. Huckabee Would Pull Apart The Conservative Coalition By Alienating Economic And Foreign Policy Conservatives. “Uniting the conservative coalition is not enough to win a presidential election, but it is a prerequisite for building on that coalition. Rudolph Giuliani did extraordinary work as mayor of New York and was inspirational on 9/11. But he and Mike Huckabee would pull apart the coalition from opposite ends: Giuliani alienating the social conservatives, and Huckabee the economic (and foreign-policy) conservatives. A Republican party that abandoned either limited government or moral standards would be much diminished in the service it could give the country.” (Editorial, “Romney For President,” National Review, 12/11/07)

Club For Growth’s Pat Toomey: Gov. Huckabee Is “A Big-Government Liberal.” “In order to earn back the public’s trust on economic issues, not to mention offer a compelling contrast with a Hillary Clinton-led Democratic ticket, Republicans must present a consistent message. A big-government liberal like Mike Huckabee, who takes pleasure in attacking the Republican party as the ‘party of Wall Street,’ will only reinforce the image of Republicans as ‘the big spenders that they used to oppose.’ A Huckabee nomination, even as vice president, will make it impossible for the Republican party to reclaim its brand of fiscal conservatism and limited government, without which it cannot be a majority party again.” (Pat Toomey, “Dump The Huck,” National Review, 10/26/07)

Columnist Robert Novak: Gov. Huckabee “Is A High-Tax, Protectionist Advocate Of Big Government.” “Huckabee is campaigning as a conservative, but serious Republicans know that he is a high-tax, protectionist advocate of big government and a strong hand in the Oval Office directing the lives of Americans.” (Robert Novak, “The False Conservative,” The Washington Post, 11/26/07)

CNBC’s Larry Kudlow: Gov. Huckabee Naïve “On Dealing In International Affairs With Iran And Others.” CNBC’s LARRY KUDLOW: ” Condi Rice came out of the State Department … and attacked him because of his naïveté on dealing in international affairs with Iran and others. He doesn’t seem to understand power politics, and that we are in a jihadist global war.” (Hugh Hewitt Radio show, www.youtube.com/watch?v=mvfhmE6PKxI, 12/21/07)

Columnist Charles Krauthammer Said Gov. Huckabee’s “Naïve And Unconvincing” Views On Foreign Policy Are Disqualifications To Be President. “Huckabee is funny, well spoken and gave a preacher’s stemwinder that wowed the religious right gathering in Washington last Saturday. But whatever foreign policy he has is naive and unconvincing. In wartime, that is a disqualification for commander in chief.” (Charles Krauthammer, Op-Ed, “A Fine Field Of 4½,” The Washington Post, 10/26/07)

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Just as I did as Governor, I pledge as President to have a clear set of written, published guidelines setting out under what conditions pardons and commutations will be considered. Victims and their families will have an opportunity to be heard. Justice is not served when pardons and commutations are granted in an arbitrary or capricious manner.” – Gov. Mitt Romney (Gov. Mitt Romney, Statement, 12/31/07)

The More Clemencies Gov. Huckabee Granted, The More Applications Poured In:

Gov. Huckabee “Cut Prison Sentences Or Granted Pardons For More Than 1,000 Criminals.” “Nothing was more controversial about Mr. Huckabee’s governorship than his use of clemency to grant pardons and commute prison sentences. … In all, Mr. Huckabee cut prison sentences or granted pardons for more than 1,000 criminals, far more than either his immediate predecessors or governors in neighboring states. This did not happen by chance.” (Adam Nossiter and David Barstow, “Charming and Aloof, Huckabee Changed State,” The New York Times, 12/22/07)

  • “Huckabee Granted Clemency An Average Of About Once Every Four Days.” “Huckabee granted 1,033 pardons and commutations in his 10 1/2 years as governor of Arkansas. The acts of clemency benefited the stepson of a staff member, murderers who worked at the governor’s mansion, a rock star and inmates who received good words from their pastors. … During his years as governor, Huckabee granted clemency an average of about once every four days.” (Andrew DeMillo, “Huckabee Pardons Under Scrutiny,” The Associated Press, 12/10/07)

Gov. Huckabee Said That His Goal Was Not To Lock Up Criminals. Gov. Mike Huckabee: “It’s not our goal to just lock people up. … It is our goal to unlock their hearts, minds and souls so while they’re here they can learn the skills that most of us take for granted.” (Traci Shurley, “Work Starts On Site For Parole Violators,” Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 8/9/03)

“As His Reputation For Granting Clemency Spread, Applications Surged.” “But in a small though significant number of cases, he commuted prison sentences for murderers and other violent criminals over the pleas of victims’ families, prosecutors and judges. And as his reputation for granting clemency spread, applications surged.” (Adam Nossiter and David Barstow, “Charming and Aloof, Huckabee Changed State,” The New York Times, 12/22/07)

  • Clemencies Rose Because The Next Governor Might Not Be As Lenient As Gov. Huckabee. “‘We had tons of them,’ said Cory Cox, who worked for several years as Mr. Huckabee’s aide in charge of clemency matters. ‘People, they’d call and say, “Please, let the governor look at this. We don’t know who the next governor is going to be.”‘” (Adam Nossiter and David Barstow, “Charming and Aloof, Huckabee Changed State,” The New York Times, 12/22/07)

“The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Found That Nearly One In 10 Who Received Clemency From Governor Huckabee Were Later Sentenced To Prison.” (Adam Nossiter and David Barstow, “Charming and Aloof, Huckabee Changed State,” The New York Times, 12/22/07)

Gov. Huckabee Would Not Give Reasons Why He Granted Clemency:

Gov. Huckabee Would Not Detail Why He Granted A Clemency. “As for Mr. Huckabee’s refusal to detail his reasons for granting clemency, Mr. Cox said that was intended to prevent other petitioners from mimicking successful arguments.” (Adam Nossiter and David Barstow, “Charming and Aloof, Huckabee Changed State,” The New York Times, 12/22/07)

So, There Has Been Much Speculation On The Reasons For Clemencies:

  • “Prosecutors say Huckabee was more inclined to release or reduce the sentences of prisoners if he had direct contact with them or was lobbied by those close to him.” (Andrew DeMillo, “Huckabee Pardons Under Scrutiny,” The Associated Press, 12/10/07)
  • “‘It seems to be true at least anecdotally that if a minister is involved, (Huckabee) seems likely to grant clemency,’ prosecutor Robert Herzfeld said in 2004 after successfully battling the then-governor over the release of a killer.” (Andrew DeMillo, “Huckabee Pardons Under Scrutiny,” The Associated Press, 12/10/07)
  • “Questions are being raised about then-Gov. Huckabee’s 2004 decision to grant clemency to a repeat Driving While Intoxicated offender in Arkansas named Eugene Fields, despite the objections of a law enforcement official at the time. Documents obtained by NBC News reveal Fields’ case was handled differently from any other DWI clemency or pardon granted by Huckabee, and some Republicans are now suggesting significant political contributions may have influenced the governor’s decision.” (Amna Nawaz, ” DWI Clemency/Donations Spur Questions,” NBC News’ First Read, http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com, Posted 12/15/07)
  • Elaine Colclasure, co-leader of the Central Arkansas chapter of Parents of Murdered Children, a victims’ advocacy group: “He doesn’t want anyone questioning anything he does. And when you do, he bristles. His compassion is for the murderer and any criminal who says he has found Jesus.” (Adam Nossiter and David Barstow, “Charming and Aloof, Huckabee Changed State,” The New York Times, 12/22/07)

Gov. Romney Issued Detailed Clemency Guidelines, Declaring It Should Be Exercised Only Rarely:

Gov. Romney Declared That Clemency Should Only Be Granted “Under The Most Rare And Extraordinary Circumstances.” “The Governor views the granting of executive clemency as an act of grace and not merely a remedy, which should be only awarded under the most rare and extraordinary circumstances. Because a grant of executive clemency has the effect of eradicating a lawfully obtained Massachusetts conviction or reducing a properly imposed sentence, the granting of executive clemency should not be viewed as a routine post-conviction remedy.” (Office Of Governor Mitt Romney, “Executive Clemency Guidelines,” 4/22/03)

“In Granting Executive Clemency, The Governor Neither Questions The Propriety Of A Court Proceeding Or Disposition, Nor Does He Substitute His Judgment For That Of The Courts.” (Office Of Governor Mitt Romney, “Executive Clemency Guidelines,” 4/22/03)

In His Four Years As Governor, Romney Denied All Requests For Pardon And Commutation. “During the four years Romney was in office, 100 requests for commutations and 172 requests for pardons were filed in the state. All were denied. ‘Governor Romney’s view is that it would take a compelling set of circumstances to set aside the punishment and guilt resulting from a criminal trial,’ said Romney aide Eric Fehrnstrom… ‘The power to pardon should only be used in extraordinary circumstances.'” (“Romney Touts Record Of Never Granting Pardons,” The Associated Press, 6/12/07)

As President, Gov. Romney Would Also Lay Out Clear Guidelines On Clemencies. GOV. MITT ROMNEY: “One of the awesome powers granted by the Constitution to the executive is the power to pardon. I believe the power to pardon should be used in only the most narrow of circumstances, when the facts of a particular case are so compelling that the punishment and guilt should be set aside. In the recent past, pardon power has been used much more broadly. Bill Clinton abused this power to forgive criminal offenses that in my view were not deserving of clemency. Just as I did as Governor, I pledge as President to have a clear set of written, published guidelines setting out under what conditions pardons and commutations will be considered. Victims and their families will have an opportunity to be heard. Justice is not served when pardons and commutations are granted in an arbitrary or capricious manner.” (Gov. Mitt Romney, Statement, 12/31/07)

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Huckabee Defends Ignorance of NIE Report By Mocking President Bush

No Laughing Matter: A serious look at Gov. Mike Huckabee’s record and policy beyond the one-liners.

  • Gov. Mike Huckabee: “And the ultimate thing is, I may not be the expert that some people are on foreign policy, but I did stay in a Holiday Inn Express last night.” (WABC Radio’s “Imus In The Morning,” 12/4/07)
  • National Review: “The Holiday Inn Express Candidate.” “In sum, conservatives should have worries about the depth and soundness of Mike Huckabee’s foreign-policy views. And staying at a Holiday Inn Express is not going to be enough to allay them.” (Editorial, “The Holiday Inn Express Candidate,” National Review, 12/10/07)

Gov. Huckabee Attacked Bush To Defend His Not Knowing About The NIE Report:

  • Gov. Huckabee Defended His Not Reading The NIE Report On Iran By Joking That President Bush Hadn’t Read The Report In Four Years. “Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee defended his failure to read the National Intelligence Estimate on Iran in early December, joking in an interview Monday that President Bush didn’t read intelligence reports for four years. … ‘Maybe I should’ve said, “Have you read the report?” President Bush didn’t read it for four years; I don’t know why I should read it in four hours.’ His comment about President Bush appears to be a reference to allegations made by Bush’s critics that Bush didn’t pay close enough attention to intelligence reports, particularly in the early years of his presidency.” (Dan Gearino, “Huckabee Pokes Fun At Bush Over Reading Intelligence Reports,” Quad City Times, 12/31/07)
  • Gov. Huckabee Echoed Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV), Who Accused President Bush Of Knowing Four Years Ago That Iran Had Stopped Its Nuclear Weapons Program.President Bush’s heated rhetoric on Iran – including comments about a potential World War III – is even more outrageous now that we know the intelligence community had informed him that it believes Iran had stopped its nuclear weapons program four years ago. This is the latest in a long line of inaccurate and misleading comments that got us into the Iraq war to begin with. They further diminish the credibility of a President with a dangerous record of overstating threats.” (Sen. Reid Press Release, US Fed News, 12/4/07)

Gov. Huckabee Claimed The Report Came Out Much Later Than It Actually Did:

  • Gov. Huckabee Claimed The NIE Report Came Out Just Hours Before He Was Asked About It. “‘The whole perception was based on an ambush question on the NIE report,’ Huckabee said in an interview Monday with the Quad-City Times. ‘From there, it was like, ‘Wow.’ That was released at 10 o’clock in the morning. At 5:30 in the afternoon, somebody says, ‘Have you read the report?'” (Dan Gearino, “Huckabee Pokes Fun At Bush Over Reading Intelligence Reports,” Quad City Times, 12/31/07)
  • But The NIE Report Actually Came Out At Least 36 Hours Before Gov. Huckabee Was Asked About It. “That particular day [when the NIE came out], which I thought it was a little bit ridiculous to talk about, the report came out at 10 in the morning and it was like five in afternoon. [Editor’s note: The National Intelligence Estimate report stating that Iran was not pursuing nuclear weapons came out Monday Dec. 3. Huckabee was first asked about it in the evening of Dec. 4]” (Michael Scherer, “Mike Huckabee-The Front Runner Q&A,” Time, http://www.time.com/time/printout/0,8816,1699051,00.html, Posted 12/31/07)
  • Gov. Huckabee Compared Knowing About Foreign Policy To Keeping Up With Celebrity Gossip: Gov. Huckabee Said That Keeping Up With Foreign Affairs Was As Tough As Keeping Up With Britney Spears Gossip. “When asked to clarify, Huckabee said this: ‘The point I’m trying to make is that, on the campaign trail, nobody’s going to be able, if they’ve been campaigning as hard as we have been, to keep up with every single thing, from what happened to Britney last night to who won “Dancing with the Stars.”‘ He said the campaign learned from the criticism related to the Iran report and now he gets regular briefings about developments in foreign policy.” (Dan Gearino, “Huckabee Pokes Fun At Bush Over Reading Intelligence Reports,” Quad City Times, 12/31/07)
  • Gov. Huckabee Was Well Versed On The Jamie Lynn Spears’ Pregnancy But Had Been “Caught Off-Guard By Breaking News Events.” “Baptist minister and anti-abortion supporter Mike Huckabee was asked today about 16-year old celebrity Jamie Lynn Spears’ decision to continue her unplanned pregnancy. While the candidate has been notably caught off-guard by breaking news events recently, today he passed a test of pop culture with flying colors.” (Mary Hood, “Huckabee’s Happy Spears Is Keeping Her Baby,” CBS’ From The Road Blog, www.cbsnews.com/, Posted 12/20/07)
 

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    The evidence is in… Slimy Huck deftly avoids any responsibility for the scummiest politics of the campaign process so far…

    Apparent Huckabee Backers Smear McCain N.H. Phone Campaign Starts as Poll, Then Turns to Anti-McCain Ad

    …After he told the automated caller that he intended to vote in the Jan. 8, 2008, New Hampshire GOP primary, that he considers himself pro-life, and that he intends to vote for McCain, the poll took on a decidedly negative tone, Campbell told ABC News. “It was a series of questions that you would associate with a push poll,” Campbell said, referring to the negative campaigning technique of pretending to be a pollster gathering information from voters when really the intention is to spread negative information about a rival.

    The automated machine, which identified itself as being with Common Sense Issues, threw Campbell questions about whether he’d be less likely to support McCain if he knew the Arizona senator opposed a federal amendment to ban same sex marriage, or that he’d hurt the anti-abortion-rights cause by leading the charge for campaign finance reform…

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