Mike Huckabee Courts Voters In Iowa, Hints at Run In 2012

Mike Huckabee spent the day in Iowa today in an effort to court evangelical voters in that state for a likely presidential run in 2012. He spoke to reporters about the ouster of three state Supreme Court judges in this month's election and claimed that it was the beginning of a larger national movement.

The Associated Press reports:

"The significance and historic nature of the judicial elections here in Iowa were far bigger than the borders of Iowa," he said. "It was a very important statement that voters made, a statement that resonated across the country and one that I think will give legs to a larger movement over the next few years."

Huckabee spoke to more than 1,000 evangelicals gathered at a massive church in Des Moines. The gathering marked the merger of a series of evangelical groups into a single organization known as The Family Leader, to be headed by veteran activist Bob Vander Plaats.

The merged group likely will play a crucial role in Iowa's Republican politics, as the campaign for the state's precinct caucuses begins to warm. And the former Baptist minister Huckabee is moving quickly to court the activists.

"This is a group of people with whom I am very comfortable and familiar," he said.

Does this mean he's comfortable enough to again bring up what he refers to as the "ick factor?"

It looks as if Huckabee will most likely battle it out with Sarah Palin over the GOP nomination in 2012. He said, "Am I keeping the option open? Yes. Am I open to considering it? Of course I am, I would be foolish not to in light of what I've been through."

Said Huckabee about Palin: "She's got a very strong and important voice and has brought a lot of energy to the grass roots" and that "she may run away with it, and that's something everybody has to be prepared for."

Meanwhile, Palin herself will embark upon Iowa which some are referring to as "more than just a book signing."


  1. Rich says

    “It was a very important statement that voters made, a statement that resonated across the country…”

    Important statement: The bigotry and hatred of the ignorant masses will not be ignored, moderated or silenced by such things as constitutionality.

  2. mike says

    So, Huck, you’re going to lead a “movement” of hateful, spiteful, bigoted people whose central goal is to deny millions of LGBT Americans the civil equality that should be their constitutional birthright? You’re proud of this? You think this is a good thing for America? Sorry, Huck. Trust me, Huck. Believe me, Huck. It ain’t gonna happen.

  3. Ick, Ick, Ickky Ick says

    This story reminds me of two movies, Gidget Goes To Washington, and the other would be any movie with a smooth talking alien who rips off his mask to reveal a hideous lizard-like creature.

    Huckabee is a far more dangerous villain than Palin could ever hope to be.

  4. EnzoInOmaha says

    Huckabee was in Des Moines to speak at the annual fundraiser of the Iowa Family Policy Center, a prime mover in dumping three of Iowa’s supreme court justices Nov. 2.
    The event was entitled “Celebrate The Family — 2010″
    The IFPC web site selling tickets ($25) sternly admonished attendees that “No child care is provided.” LOL.
    (source: http://www.aksarbent.blogspot.com)

  5. says

    Huckabee is the “ick factor.”

    Palin is a mere parade flot. THIS is the face of the enemy. He is to be taken seriously and destroyed utterly.

    Thanks for reminding us all of his puppy-hanging son, Ichabod.

    That’s a great meme to work with, and should be thrown in his face at every opportunity.


    Know thy freak:


    “Mike Huckabee once advocated isolating AIDS patients from the general public, opposed increased federal funding in the search for a cure and said homosexuality could “pose a dangerous public health risk.”

    As a candidate for a U.S. Senate seat in 1992, Huckabee answered 229 questions submitted to him by The Associated Press. Besides a quarantine, Huckabee suggested that Hollywood celebrities fund AIDS research from their own pockets, rather than federal health agencies.”

  7. Mac McNeill says

    Huckaberry hound and Sarah both with stop each other by taking each other’s votes. The one we need to fear is Christie, he is the next leader of the Republican Hate Party.

  8. Joe says

    I agree with McNeill, people like Huckabee and Palin don’t have a shot in hell at seriously getting the nomination. They’ll just make money, rally the base, and get in their issues.

    But others like Christie, Barbour, or Pawlenty are the ones we need to watch out for. They are legitimate contenders who are just as hateful and scary, but they’re actually electable. particularly because of distractions like Palin – which keeps the attention off of them.

  9. John says


    Some gays will vote ABB (Anybody But the Black) regardless of who the Republicans put up.

    Remember, 27% of them voted for Grandpa McCain, who is trying to singlehandedly kill DADT repeal as we speak, and the Mama Grizzly in 2008. Incidentally, that is the same percentage of the general population that thought Bush was still doing a great job at the end of his term. There’s always going to be a percentage of voters who are completely brain dead and will go against their own self-interest every time.

    And what we need to understand about the gay electorate is that, in many ways, it is exactly the same as the rest of America. Gays aren’t that much smarter than the average bear. And since the average bear is Sarah Palin, well, you can write your own joke here.

  10. says

    Whoopi Goldberg was a guest on “Huckabee” (that’s his weekend FNC show, Nov 20) promoting her book “Is It Just Me?: Or is it nuts out there?” A total love-fest. She said at the end what a “honor” it was to be on his show.

    I think she answered the questions in the title of her book.

  11. TANK says

    I sure as hell didn’t know that they still sold suits at Sears! Too bad Huckster the Suckster forgot to take the padding out of the shoulders before putting on that ill-fitting coat! Tank the All-American Fashionista gives that pompous old blowhard 2 points out of 10 on Tank’s Foolproof Style Meter!

  12. says


    Thought I would look up this guy Vander Plaats because I had not heard of him before. It seems all this guy can do is spend his own money on races and then lose.

    However you don’t know how much help or hinderance he’ll be to Huckabee. And let’s just remember that Huckabee has not been vetted the way other candidates have … yet. He’ll have a Palinesque choice of either wanting to remain viable commercially or running and losing, with the consideration that there will be a lot, and I mean A LOT, of Romney money being thrown around at the same time.

    I still think there’s more than a good chance the Rethuglicans will eat their own by election day 2012.

  13. anon says

    MH only gets press coverage because he will do well in one state: Iowa. He has made no inroads in the mainstream of the Republican party over the last 10 years and has been eclipsed by SP. In theory, the nomination should go to Mitt Romney, though his connection with Obamacare will hurt his fundraising ability for the next two years.

  14. justiceontherocks says

    Tank, the suit comes from K-Mart, which is owned by Sears.

    Huckabee has come a long way. 15 years ago he weighed 400 pounds and lived in a trailer.