Here’s more collected comments from CNN’s Bill Schneider on Huckabee’s performance during the debate last night:
Huckabee scores in debates – 08:22 PM ET
Huckabee speaks in a manner using a language that connects with ordinary voters.
McCain and Romney sound like politicians. His appeal is that he doesn’t.
He won the Iowa caucuses because of his performance in the debates. It was the debates that put him out in front in Iowa – in a debate like this, he could make some gains.
Huckabee’s common-sense response – 08:33 PM ET
Huckabee’s answer on climate change sounds like a common sense defense of federalism– right or wrong, Californians should be able to make the decision for themselves. And he brings up “unfunded mandates” – major negative buzzwords for GOP primary voters…..
First, catch Mike’s OUTSTANDING answer to “Would Ronald Reagan endorse you?”, asked of all the candidates. He was the very last one to speak last night:
Watch the entire debate on YouTube (I love the Internet!):
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 31, 2008
CNN: Huckabee Big Winner of Reagan Library Debate
Huckabee electrifies supporters after sharp debate performance
Bennett: Huckabee performed well
SIMI VALLEY, Calif. — CNN political analyst Bill Schneider said it best: “Tonight’s big winner: Huckabee.” Live Bloggers from ABC News also lauded the performance of Gov. Huckabee. More importantly, Huckabee energized his critical grassroots supporters with probably his best debate performance since the Nov. 28 CNN/YouTube debate. The debate provides a critical boost in advance of Super Tuesday.
Huckabee currently leads the following Super Tuesday states in the most recent polling data*: Arkansas, Georgia, Missouri, Montana, Tennessee and Oklahoma and Alabama (tied).
FROM THE PUNDITS
Conservative Bill Bennett on CNN: “I think Huckabee performed well.”
Writes CNN’s Schneider: Huckabee, I think, stood out in this debate as the one who made sense, talked as ordinary people do, and rose above politics. … He connected. And that’s a problem for Romney, who would like to become the alternative to John McCain among conservatives who oppose the Arizona senator. But he has very tough competition from Huckabee, who’s forcing people to re-think his run at a time when he was supposed to be out of the game.
When the candidates were asked why the late President Reagan would endorse them, Huckabee’s answer impressed ABC’s Karen Travers. She wrote on the ABC Live Blog, “Huck crushes the Reagan question. Not using it as a chance to squabble with a rival — totally stays above that.”
Rick Klein from ABC’s The Note writes: Huckabee sounds like a candidate for president — not vice president — for tonight at least. He hasn’t played the McCain protector I assumed he would, or would have to. Mostly, probably, because of the docile tone, but for people tuning in late — hey, this Huckabee guy can be really good.
FROM THE GRASSROOTS
Some interesting comments from the official Huckabee website, mikehuckabee.com:
A.S. writes, “Until today I had always considered you a solid candidate, but not necessarily one I would vote for. You refusing to be treated as a 3rd class candidate while also respecting the other candidates impressed me. I came to this site for more information as I rethink who I’m going to support on the 5th. I vote for character and I think you showed a lot of that tonight. Well done!”
M.S writes, “I was yelling at the TV at how much time was given to McCain and Romney to act like children! The blessing was that they both hurt themselves tonight. I could see the expressions on Nancy Reagan and Gov. Schwarzenegger’s faces, and it was embarrassing. McCain and Romney should both be ashamed of their personal bickering instead of addressing issues. It really showed their colors, and also Mike’s true character and grace.”
Ranger writes, “Gov. Mike Huckabee, you did great tonight! You stood out as the truly authentic conservative Republican, in the mold of Ronald Reagan. I expect another huckaboom forthcoming from your performance tonight.”
And from the Troops at HucksArmy.com:
Thall writes, “His answer to the last question about Reagan was wonderful. I grew up watching Reagan and had the honor to vote for him in the ’84 election. Mike brought back memories of Reagan’s speeches and how he lifted the spirits of the nation. What an image for Mike to leave with the audience. The McRomneys looked like scabbling school children.”
ColoradoMom4Huckabee writes, “WOW WOW WOW!! I couldn’t have asked for Mike to end on a stronger note!! He hit several home runs tonight, and his last words were a great way to seal the image of him as a statesman, who sees beyond the issues, to the heart of America…like Reagan!”
With core values of faith, family and freedom, HucksArmy.com is an online grassroots movement not owned or operated by any candidate or political campaign. With more than 16,000 recruits, HucksArmy.com is dedicated to mobilize support for candidates who honor God and country.
The CNN debate this evening is critical for the Huckabee campaign. The audience has the potential to be the largest of any debate yet. With Super Tuesday looming, people from all across the country will be tuning in to help them make a final decision about who to vote for.
Huckabee comes into this debate in much the same way he came into the first debates, with his candidacy dismissed. The media has written off his campaign and the conservative talking heads have turned their firepower against McCain because they no longer perceive Huckabee to be a threat. Huckabee has the potential to come out of this debate looking very good because expectation are so low.
The debate this evening could possibly be the largest audience that Huckabee has ever reached at any one time. There will be people watching this debate who have never heard any more from Huckabee than the soundbites in the media. A strong debate performance tonight (if CNN gives him enough air time) will allow him to get the word out about his radical tax reform plan (Fair Tax), strong anti-illegal immigration stance, and innovative economic ideas.
Huckabee supporters all across the country are holding their breath as each hour brings us closer to the debate, and what could be one of the defining moments of the Huckabee candidacy.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 30, 2008
Public Affairs, HucksArmy.com
HUCKSARMY.COM READY FOR HOME COURT SUPER TUESDAY ADVANTAGE
Grassroots organization plan massive voter contact campaign
JOPLIN, Mo. — With the 2008 Florida primary now in the history books, the troops at HucksArmy.com plan on launching their largest grassroots voter turnout effort so far this campaign in anticipation of Super Tuesday next week. While Gov. Mike Huckabee is already leading in many Super Tuesday states, HucksArmy.com will be working around the clock to help Team Huckabee win decisive victories.
Gov. Huckabee is either tied or ahead in the following Super Tuesday states: Alabama (48 delegates), Arkansas (34), Georgia (72), Missouri (58), Montana (25) Tennessee (55), and Oklahoma (41). States with no polling data that Huckabee should do well in include Alaska, North Dakota and West Virginia. Huckabee also leads in Texas (140) which holds its primary on March 4.*
“We intend to reach voters directly with phone calls, e-mails, meet ups and door-to-door visits before Super Tuesday, building a coalition of pro-life, pro-marriage, pro-Second Amendment, pro-American business, and pro-military voters to give Huckabee clear victories, from Alaska to Georgia,” said HucksArmy.com National Grassroots Campaign Manager David Schmidt.
“The voters in many of these Southern states have known Huckabee for years and they know his conservative record,” said Lucas Roebuck, HucksArmy.com public affairs officer. “The half-truth negative campaigning against Huckabee will have little effect here.”
HUCKABEE EARNS ARKANSAS RTL ENDORSEMENT
Mike Huckabee this week also earned the Arkansas Right to Life endorsement. Arkansas RTL joins Tennessee, Arizona, Alaska, Missouri, Georgia, Montana and Missouri RTL organizations in endorsing Huckabee.
Additionally the National Right to Life made this statement:
“National Right to Life is grateful for the strong pro-life record established by Mike Huckabee as governor of Arkansas, and recognizes that Governor Huckabee has taken the strongest pro-life position on all of the life issues of any of the remaining candidates for president.”
“These are states where the value voters are looking for leaders to advance the defense of the sanctity of life,” said Lucas Roebuck, HucksArmy.com public affairs officer. “Mike Huckabee has the best record of defending life of any candidate running for president, hands down. There’s no contest.”
With core values of faith, family and freedom, HucksArmy.com is an online grassroots movement not owned or operated by any candidate or political campaign. With more than 16,000 recruits, HucksArmy.com is dedicated to mobilize support for candidates who honor God and country. For more information visit www.hucksarmy.com.
This is must-see-TV!