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!”
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