Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Mike Huckabee to Shape GOP Focus in Final Weeks Leading Up to Iowa Caucus

Mike Huckabee will hold a GOP Candidate Forum on December 3rd in the New York Fox News Studio. Attorney Generals Pam Bondi (FL), Ken Cuccinelli (VA), and Scott Pruitt (OK) will assist Huckabee in asking questions. The focus of the forum has not yet been revealed, but the format has been detailed according to the Caucus:

Our goal is to have a unique and intimate setting in which each candidate is given equal time.

· The forum will last approximately 90 minutes.

· Candidates will be individually questioned. At no point will candidates have on-air interaction with each other.

· The order in which candidates are questioned will be determined by a draw. Each candidate will have an 8-10 minute question and answer session. The exact amount of time will depend on commercial break structure.

· Candidates will be in the studio one-by-one for their Q&A. The remaining candidates will be watching the forum from their private work space provided by Fox News.

· At the end of the forum, each candidate will be given one-minute rebuttal/final thoughts. Candidates will be on separate cameras.

· There will be no studio audience.

So far 5 of 8 Republican candidates have agreed to attend the forum: Bachmann, Gingrich, Paul, Romney, and Santorum. Huckabee is still waiting to hear from Cain, Huntsman and Perry.

Will these candidates win over an endorsement from Gov Mike Huckabee should they answer the questions to his satisfaction? Huckabee has stated numerous times that he will not endorse during the primaries, but will enthusiastically get behind the eventual Republican nominee.

However, the questions that he asks will help shape the focus of the final weeks leading up to the Iowa Caucus. Huckabee is also scheduled to host a Pro-Life forum in Iowa on December 14th.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Mike Huckabee to Host Pro-Life Iowa Forum

Mike Huckabee continues to lead on the issues that defined his campaign in 2008. On December 14th, he will host Republican candidates in a Pro-Life forum in Des Moines, Iowa.

This forum will feature a Pro-Life documentary, The Gift of Life, narrated by Governor Mike Huckabee and produced by Citizens United:

Eight of the Republican presidential candidates have been invited to discuss abortion and the Pro-Life cause 20 days before the Iowa Caucus. Will any of these candidates turn down the opportunity to speak to Iowa voters? And if they do, does this imply that the Pro-Life cause is not a value that they would further if they won the White House?

Politico reports: "Every conservative candidate for president will be fighting to come to this event," said David Bossie, Citizens United's president. "I think the campaigns see the value to be at a forum, in Iowa, three weeks before the caucus, standing next to Mike Huckabee. This is a unique opportunity."

Let's hope that all 8 invitees* reply yes and show the nation that while the key priority in America is JOBS, they all agree with Mike Huckabee that Every Life has Intrinsic Value and Worth.

* Invited but not confirmed: Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, Jon Huntsman, Ron Paul, Rick Perry, Mitt Romney, and Rick Santorum.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

You Be the Somebody, You Do the Something: Huckabee Republicans

Before the 2008 presidential race I did not pay close attention to the selection process of either party's eventual nominee. I always voted in the general election, but not the primaries. That all changed when Mike Huckabee caught my eye during the GOP debates. He was a breath of fresh air standing by his convictions and not worrying about political correctness. While he did not end up as the Republican nominee, he did bring into the party a whole new batch of grassroots volunteers dedicated to making a difference.

One key phrase that Mike Huckabee championed was "You be the Somebody, You do the Something." Huckabee supporters took those words to heart and got actively involved in politics. For many this was their first foray into the political arena. These supporters that are called HucksArmy made Get Out The Vote phone calls, worked on local campaigns, petitioned their congressmen, went to rallies, and even decided to run for office themselves.

While Mike Huckabee decided against running in the 2012 election, he is still making a difference by standing up for the principles that he ran on in 2008. He has used his Huckabee Show to fight against Obamacare, bloated government spending, bailouts, and failed foreign policy that has hindered our standing in the world. He has worked hard to Repeal Obamacare by participating in the Repeal Healthcare Act campaign. In July Mike Huckabee went before the House Ways & Means Committee in support of the FairTax.  And of course, he continues to promote and further the ProLife cause.

Huck supporters are certainly disappointed that Mike Huckabee is not running this time around. But he is not sitting idly by, nor should we. As a Huckabee Republican, We Can Make a Difference. Find the issue that is near and dear to your heart. Volunteer at an organization that is championing your cause.  Contact your congressperson and let them know where you stand on the issues. Donate to a cause that needs funding. Run for office and be the needed change at the local level.

The race for 2012 will not include Mike Huckabee. But you can still Be the Somebody Who Does the Something.