Despite Attack Ads, Huckabee Still Leads in Iowa

By Too Conservative

Today was a powerful day for Gov. Huckabee in Iowa.

At noon he hosted the best attended Press Conference I have seen to date in which he refused to go negative and counter attack Mitt Romney. The Governor will remain on the positive in Iowa and let the voters decide who their nominee based on why he’s the right choice and not why Romney is the wrong one.

A new Des Moines Register poll that came out today showing the Governor remaining in first place with 32%. He leads by 6 over his nearest competitior.

Two days until caucus!


  • t says:

    Praise God! All hands on deck for Huck – NOW

    We must help this Godly man attain the Presidency.

  • 10 feet tall and Bulletproof says:

    Vince, what even I questioned was his message of not going negative, and then going negative at a press conference without even paying for the airtime and using that time to show what it would look like if he went negative.

  • Ric James says:

    Well put, 10 feet. To call a presser with negative placards displayed around the room, then announce you abhor negative politics and won’t air the ad, and then actually run the ad for the gathered newshounds is just incredible. I’m sorry, that’s just not behavior that’s going to be called “presidential,” not by me.

  • rtwng extrmst says:

    I also have to wonder… if he’s so committed to a positive message how could he even have been part of making a negative ad? Did he take part in the ad? Did he make negative statements in the ad? Why would he only come to the conclusion that this was wrong at the last minute after some of the ads by his own admission might have hit the airwaves before they could have been pulled from the stations’ schedules? It seems to me this could only come from a man who is easily coaxed by his staff to “play the game” that he himself says he finds repugnant.

    Bottom line I have alot of questions about Mr. Huckabee’s leadership capability. If he wanted to make running a positive campaign his goal, he should have stuck to his guns and not faltered a bit. Perhaps this is the real reason why there seems to be so much evidence of his past policy decisions as Governor not necessarily matching his positions on the stump today. I appreciate he seems to be a good man, but as has been suggested by others I’m seeing alot of “Carter-like” tendencies here that are worrisome to me.

    Unfortunately to date I’m not seeing one candidate who is taking the bull by the horns and leading that I also can get fully behind based on his stances on the issues. The only good thing is the Dems have nothing at all approaching a statesman in the election. They are also all featherwrights in my opinion mostly who were riding the anti-war sentiment of recent months. If the war continues its current trend over the next few months they might not have an issue to stand on in the fall.

  • Craig says:

    Vince, what are you smoking? That was the silliest press conference ever. “I am not going to go negative but here is the TV ad I would have run if I was going to go negative. I am not going to run that ad but I want to make sure you see how I would have gone negative if I was going to go negative…”

    Huckabee is a stooge. You have clearly drunk the cool aid Vince.

  • t says:

    Ed Rollins and Charmaine yoest are to blame for the rather inhoherent and amateurish ad.

    Huck did the right thing by nixing it.

    Please pray that Huck wins – Praise God!

  • The Governor wanted the press to know that he had the ad…so that they would believe that he was going to go negative..which he was….

    The campaign was ready for that.

    He didn’t want to personally because of his convictions.

    I can only tell you the truth from the campaign and my knowledge having worked for the Governor since May….trust me on it…he chose not to run the ads.

  • anon says:

    The laughter in the room was the best. It proves the Huck is a joke.

    What’s he going to do when Hillary comes after him?

    Nominate Huck you might as well say Hello President Hillary.

  • Dorothy says:

    Why did he produce the ad to begin with? Sounds like “I voted for it before I voted against it”. He is off my list.

  • t says:

    That laughed at Christ, too.

  • NovaConservative says:

    You didn’t really just compare Mike Huckabee with Jesus Christ, did you?

    Please tell me that was said in jest or something.

    This final stunt was the straw that broke the camel’s back for me. I had begun to turn on Huckabee some time ago when I became more familiar with his policies. His foreign policy comments have made me increasingly alarmed.

    But this sanctimonious stunt he just pulled was over the top and positively insulting.

    I’m left hoping that Fred Thompson has some kind of groundswell in IA that isn’t really being picked up. I detest Mitt Romney, so he’s out for me.

    Fred’s at least a relatively genuine, straight shooting consistent conservative across the board.

  • t says:

    Fred is a sap drained prune.

    He is as old as a dinosaur, and looks even older.

    t was NOT joking about Huck.

    My only problem with Huck was that he shot the pheasant. Did you notice his poll numbers went into a freefall AS SOON as he shot the bird.

    Dumb move Huck.

  • 10 feet tall and Bulletproof says:

    So you did compare Huck with Christ, -t??
    Just shows how unbalanced some of you far right hacks are.

    I liked Fred, too…I just don’t think he’s got enough numbers and recognition to go up against Billary in a general election with the natioanl populance that votes wherever they’re led. Fred is fine, so long as the crowd is an educated one who knows what he stands for.

  • t says:

    Obviously, Huck is a sinner man, and is not Christ.

    However, more than any other candidate, Huck is striving to be Christ-like — an aspiration for which ALL Christians should strive.

    And the only “Fred” that has any juice in him, is the one that plays for D.C. United.

  • NovaConservative says:

    See, I think Huck has been decidely UN-Christ like lately, between these little “what, me?” digs at Romney and that stupid “I’m not going negative but here look at my negative ad” press conference.

    Now, that’s a hardly an indictment that he alone is guilty of–Romney’s got a nasty streak and hasn’t done a great job of hiding it, Rudy…well…I don’t even need to explain…and McCain’s not exactly one to turn the other cheek either.

    I think Fred is certainly more electable than Huckabee and Romney. Huckabee’s going to scare everyone who doesn’t agree with him, and even some who do when they get a load of his foreign policy, and Romney’s a serial flip flopper who nobody will trust. Rudy has enough baggage to fill a 747. Fred comes across as reasonable, smart, and even-keeled. Those kind of traits could grow on people, especially against a shrill and calculating Hillary.

    Ultimately, I think McCain is probably going to win this thing, for better or for worse, but right now Fred’s still alive—he needs a solid 3rd in Iowa and a good showing in South Carolina.

    I think Huckabee is on a Howard Dean trajectory–he may well hold on in Iowa, but I’m not sure how well he plays beyond that. What’s getting to me the most in his and his team’s assertion that a rejection of his big-government, high tax, John-Kerry-esque foreign policy is somehow a rejection of Christianity in politics. Hardly. Its a rejection of a non-conservative running in a Republican party.

    Of course, I’ll take Huckabee over Giuliani, based on respect for life alone. But Fred will carry the pro-life banner a lot more EFFECTIVELY (though not as forcefully, but there is a difference) than Huckabee. At the end of the day, pro-lifers should be focused on results–otherwise we’d all have to support Alan Keyes.

  • Former LCRC Member says:

    Love the redecorating, Vince. Huckabee’s stunt was silly, but it probably has more impact within the political chattering class than it does in Iowa itself – the bigger problem is organization vs. Romney’s, but I’m not telling you anything you don’t know. You’ve done a great job; whatever happens you should be proud.

  • 10 feet tall and Bulletproof says:

    While I do not like the latest tricks from Huck, why in the world is everybody bagging on his foreign policy? From what’s been reprinted on here and other blogs (and , yes, that’s all that I’m familiar with) his analysis (or the quotes attributed to him on these blogs) is spot on. I think he has a firm grasp of the subject matter.
    But little tricks like this latest press conference defeat that grasp.

  • NovaConservative says:

    Well, if you look at what he’s actually said, you’ll know. He is wholly uninformed about Iran (makes pre-POTUS Bush look like Kissinger), and attacked the Bush Administration for its bunker like mentality, which is just cheap liberal rhetoric that bears no resemblance to reality (call it what you want, but bunker-like isn’t it).

    He’s offered less substance than any other major candidate from either country. I’ve gone out of my way at this point to try to read what he’s said just because I was trying to talk myself into liking him, and I was appalled. Times are too serious for somebody who thinks we can solve the world’s problems by holding hands and singing Kumbaya, which, near as I can tell, is essentially what Mike Huckabee has to say about every major foreign policy question.

  • 10 feet tall and Bulletproof says:

    Where is this stuff. I’ve referred to what was quoted in another thread here, which is all I’ve seen (or made the effort to find)

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