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Friday, November 30, 2007

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Thursday, November 29, 2007

Huckabee Wins St. Petersburg Debate Flash Poll – Florida and Iowa Voters

Now everything has changed. Gov. Huckabee provided probably his best debate performance yet last night in St. Petersburg during the You Tube Debate. And to prove it, he won, in a landslide, a flash poll of 341 undecided Florida voter and 1,035 Iowa voters. Here are the results:


Huckabee: 44%
Giulani: 18%
Romney: 13%
McCain: 10%
Thompson: 5%
Paul: 4%
Hunter: 1%
Tancredo: 1%
Rest: undecided


Huckabee: 32%
Romney: 16%
Giuliani: 12%
McCain: 10%
Thompson: 7%
Paul: 6%
Tancredo: 2%
Hunter: 0%
Rest: undecided

“In the media Spin Room, most of the major candidates were left with little if any media attention as virtually all print and broadcast media circled Governor Huckabee.”

Read the full story here.

Here is some more coverage of last night debate in Florida:

Huckabee Wins CNN/YouTube Debate, Instant Poll Shows

Chuck Norris stumps for Huckabee

Huckabee wins

Chuck Norris Works the Spin Room

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Senator Webster Endorses Huckabee for President

From the Palm Beach Post:

Huckabee gets key Florida endorsement
Tuesday, November 27, 2007

ORLANDO — GOP presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee picked up an endorsement from one of Florida's most influential conservative politicians this evening in advance of Wednesday night's Republican debate in St. Petersburg.

State Senate Majority Leader Daniel Webster, who last week hinted he would support Huckabee, this evening publicly endorsed the former Arkansas governor prior to a fund-raiser in downtown Orlando attended by about 50 potential donors.

"The governor's proved himself to be a leader. Not just someone who sat there and pushed against what was happening but yet became the leader of a state that had a lot of problems. And he did it within an environment that was somewhat hostile not only to his principles but also his party," said Webster, R-Winter Garden.

After enumerating Huckabee's strong points, Webster offered another reason for his support: "He doesn't live in Washington."

Huckabee welcomed the endorsement and praised Webster, a former state House speaker who has become a nationally respected conservative politician during his 28 years in the legislature.
Recent polls indicate that Huckabee's popularity is climbing among Republican voters in the crowded field led by frontrunners Rudy Giuliani and Mitt Romney.

Huckabee had a simple explanation for the turnaround, with the Iowa and New Hampshire primaries just weeks away: "People started paying attention."

Although his fundraising has been eclipsed by that of Romney and Giuliani, Huckabee said that does not concern him because of the effect of the blogosphere on political campaigns.

"Thanks to the Internet, you can raise enough money you need for the entire campaign in one night," he said.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Extraordinary: Huckabee 2nd now in Florida at 17%

A new poll released just today by the Florida Insider shows that Mike Huckabee is not just surging in Iowa, but also in Florida. The poll placed Huckabee 2nd behind Rudy Giuliani. While 26% of likely Republican primary voters would select Giuliani, 17% now say they will support Mike Huckabee. The rest of the field: McCain had 13%, Romney had 12% and Thompson is down to single digits at 9%.

Here is the complete report from the Florida Insider which described the exciting showdown that this poll now sets up for this Wednesday’s debate:

Huckabee second in Florida GOP race; unprecedented InsiderAdvantage survey to determine winner of CNN debate in St. Pete
Florida Insider, 11/27/2007

Mike Huckabee has moved into second place among Republican presidential hopefuls in Florida, according to a new InsiderAdvantage/Majority Opinion Research poll of likely voters in the Jan. 29 GOP Florida primary.

The poll’s results serve to ratchet up the drama as the Republican candidates prepare to debate on CNN Wednesday night from St. Petersburg, and InsiderAdvantage and the Florida Chamber of Commerce get ready to conduct an unprecedented poll that will determine the winner of the debate.

Here are the results of the pre-debate poll, conducted Sunday and Monday nights:

Question: “If the Florida Republican presidential primary election were held today, would you vote for…”

Rudy Giuliani (26%)
Mike Huckabee (17%)
John McCain (13%)
Mitt Romney (12%)
Fred Thompson (9%)
Ron Paul (3%)
Duncan Hunter (1%)
Tom Tancredo (1%)
Undecided (18%)

The poll was conducted Nov. 25 and 26 among 675 likely voters in the January Republican primary. It has a margin of error of about three-and-a-half percent. The data have been weighted for race, age and gender.

Huckabee’s surprise surge into second place in Florida sets the stage for what is expected to be the most critical presidential debate so far. And InsiderAdvantage and the Florida Chamber of Commerce will announce the winner of the debate shortly after its conclusion with a specially designed poll.

Because public-survey phone calls are illegal after 9 pm, InsiderAdvantage placed over 100,000 calls to registered Republicans in Florida over the past week-and-a-half, with the criteria of finding undecided registered Republican voters who said they planned to watch the debate, and who agreed to call a special toll-free number immediately after the debate to answer questions about which candidate won the contest.

Data should be collected by 10:20 pm,” said Jeff Shusterman of Majority Opinion, InsiderAdvantage’s research partners. “We will weight the data for age, gender, and geographic location, and should have results between 10:30 and 10:45.”

The results will be announced by live webcast on www.southernpoliticalreport.com, and www.insideradvantage.com from the debate site in St. Petersburg, and will be released to the media immediately after. Results will also be posted on Florida Insider.

“Mike Huckabee’s sudden traction in the GOP race is similar to the jolt of publicity Fred Thompson enjoyed when he officially announced his candidacy,” said Matt Towery, CEO of InsiderAdvantage and a nationally syndicated columnist with Creators Syndicate.

“Now Huckabee must take advantage of the opportunity if he is to separate himself from all the other candidates trying to overtake Giuliani.

“And Mitt Romney and Fred Thompson are now under even more pressure to come up with powerful performances of their own in St. Pete Wednesday,” Towery said.

Whether they do so will be known almost immediately following the debate, with InsiderAdvantage’s poll results.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Gov. Huckabee’s Florida Schedule

I had the opportunity to speak with Gov. Huckabee this morning on the Blogger conference call. I told him that we were thrilled he was able to spend more time in Florida, with the Tampa reception last week and several appearances this week. The governor will be in Orlando on Tuesday and St. Petersburg on Wednesday for the CNN/You Tube debate.

To see the governor’s full schedule for this week, click here.

Huckabee Strongest Republican Against Hillary

In a new Zogby Poll released today comparing potential general election match-ups, Gov. Mike Huckabee faired better against Hillary Clinton than any of the other four top Republicans.

According to the poll, Huckabee would beat Clinton 44% to 39%, a margin of 5%. That is a greater margin than Giuliani (3%), McCain (4%), Romney (3%), and Thompson (4%).

What strikes me most about this new poll is that it only has a 1% margin of error because the sample size was so larger: 9,150 likely voters nationwide.

Full results…

Saturday, November 24, 2007

You-Tube Debate – Nov. 28

More than 3,500 video questions have been submitted to CNN for the debate this Wednesday from St. Petersburg. Here is a story from CNN about the debate:

While the GOP debate will also face a YouTube audience, don't expect to hear the same questions.

"This debate is to let Republican voters pick from among their eight candidates," said David Bohrman, Washington bureau chief and senior vice president for CNN. "We are trying to focus mostly on questions where there are differences among these candidates."

The White House hopefuls -- accustomed to the political tradition of stump speeches followed by queries from journalists -- have no idea exactly what to expect.

Full story…

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Giving Thanks

As supporters of Gov. Mike Huckabee for President, we have so much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving Day.

First things first, Florida for Huckabee and our statewide network of Mike Huckabee supporters extends our deepest appreciation to the men and women of the U.S. Armed Services and their families. Simple words are not sufficient to say how much you and your sacrifice are appreciated. The fact that I could hugs my kids tonight, pray with them and tuck them safely in bed is wholly due to your service to protect my family. Thank you.

Just like the theme says across the top of the official Mike Huckabee website:
Faith. Family. Freedom.
That’s what it is all about and we have so much to be thankful for in America.

Now to the reasons to be thankful as a supporter of Mike Huckabee for President:

1. Florida State Senator Dan Webster endorsed Mike Huckabee

2. Mike Huckabee is tied for second nationally

3. Gov. Huckabee caught up to Mitt Romney in Iowa

4. Another Fundraising goal was met by the campaign this week

5. Gov. Huckabee is tied for 2nd in Texas at 16%

6. Gov. Huckabee is at 12% in South Carolina

7. Gov. Huckabee was the TOP STORY at some point today on the Drudge Report, FOXnews.com, and Google News.

Gaining ground as GOP nominee

The St. Pete Times provides the first report out of Tampa from last night's fund raiser for Gov. Mike Huckabee:

TAMPA - For months, the pundits have been calling Mike Huckabee a charismatic speaker, an unassuming charmer, a load of laughs and a true social conservative.

But the former Arkansas governor and Republican presidential candidate brought a new description with him as he made his first campaign appearance in Tampa Bay on Tuesday: serious contender.

With polls in Iowa showing the former long shot now in second place and within striking distance of Mitt Romney, Huckabee has emerged as a top-tier candidate with the potential to ride a wave of momentum toward the GOP nomination.

"I love Mike Huckabee," state Sen. Dan Webster, R-Winter Garden who is among Florida's most respected and courted conservative leaders and who joined Huckabee in Tampa on Tuesday. "He can articulate the issues, as well as solutions. He's not from Washington, and I think he's a fresh face with lots of great ideas."

The good news for Huckabee, 52, is that he's no longer written off as an also-ran. The bad news is that leading candidates get a lot more heat than long shots, and Huckabee is increasingly fending off critics attacking him as a big government tax raiser.

"If Ronald Reagan were on the ballot today, the Club for Growth would be crawling all over him," Huckabee said of the conservative group that has been relentlessly bashing Huckabee for state spending and tax increases during Huckabee's tenure as Arkansas governor.

In a Political Connections interview to air Sunday on Bay News 9, Huckabee downplayed his role in the early release of convicted rapist Wayne Dumond, who weeks after winning his freedom sexually assaulted and murdered a woman in Arkansas. Huckabee personally interviewed Dumond, publicly advocated for his release, and met on the matter behind closed doors with the parole board.

"Even though I supported the idea that he get parole, I had nothing to do with his parole because parole was not the domain of the governor," said Huckabee. But he acknowledged "terrible regrets."

Compared to Rudy Giuliani and Romney, who have organized and campaigned in Florida for months, Huckabee's Florida operation has been nearly nonexistent. With little money and a minimal campaign organization, he's banking on a strong showing in Iowa to catapult him into Florida's Jan. 29 primary.

Huckabee's low-key trip to Tampa Bay included a few media interviews and a $250-per-person fundraising reception at the South Tampa home of Stewart and Tammy Bertron.
Stewart Bertron, an investor, is one Huckabee's "Team 100" members working to raise at least $100,000 for the campaign. Also on the fundraising team is Byron "Gibbs" Wilson, owner of Tampa's Alpha-Omega Title.

"He's a conservative with a conscience," said Larry Sledge of Tampa, helping organize Huckabee's Tampa appearance. "He seems so genuine compared to so many of the other candidates whose minds you can see turning whenever they're asked a question - 'what's the correct answer here?'"

What's winning over supporters, Huckabee said, is authenticity. And he's not especially bothered by conservative skeptics who deride him as a populist.

"I think I'm a realist. I'm a person who is a conservative but an independent conservative," he said. "I'm not a wholly owned subsidiary of Wall Street. I'm not in the back pocket of the lobbyists on K Street. I never have been. I've never been the establishment's favorite, and that's not necessarily a bad thing."

Huckabee said he would support drilling near the Florida coast and within the Everglades "for a short term solution," but, when pressed, backed off drilling in the Everglades. He also was receptive to the idea of a national catastrophic fund to help spread the risk and alleviate Florida's property insurance fix.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

10,000 donations of $100 on November 20th

Now that’s an exciting vision and goal for supporters of Mike Huckabee to get behind!

One supporter has been promoting the idea to recognize what some have designated as “Children’s Day” by having everyone that can give $100 to the Mike Huckabee campaign that day. Nov. 20th is this Tuesday.

This will be an exciting one day national boost to Gov. Huckabee’s fundraising. It will also send encouragement to Gov. Huckabee on the day that he is in Tampa, Florida for the fundraising event there.

If you are able to give, please participate this coming Tuesday. Let’s send a warm Florida welcome as the future President of the United States visits Florida on Tuesday Nov. 20th. CLICK HERE to donate to the Mike Huckabee campaign.

(And even if you are not able to donate $100, please give what you can on that day as it will all help. Thank you!)

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Huckabee Confirms for Miami Spanish-language Debate Dec. 9

From the Miami Herald:

Tom Tancredo, the Colorado politician who once compared Miami to ''a Third World country,'' is the only Republican presidential candidate who will be absent from the UnivisiĆ³n Spanish-language debate in Coral Gables next month.

It's not likely many Floridians will miss the Colorado congressman, though. He's polling in the single digits -- 1 percent -- and admits his chances of becoming the party nominee are ``a long shot.''

Low poll numbers aren't stopping other lesser-knowns, such as Ron Paul and Duncan Hunter, who followed Arizona Sen. John McCain in September in announcing they would participate in the debate. That led to a domino effect that prompted all the other top-tier candidates to agree to the debate. The other holdout, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, announced Tuesday he will be there.

The debate, to be carried live nationwide by UnivisiĆ³n, will be held Dec. 9 at the University of Miami.

Full story…

Monday, November 12, 2007

Huckabee Ahead of Thompson in new Florida Poll

A poll just released by the St. Pete Times places Huckabee 4th now among the Republican candidates in Florida. Huckabee now is polling higher than former TN Senator Fred Thompson in Florida.

Click here for the full story…

Friday, November 9, 2007

Positive News for Mike Huckabee

On second thought, conservatives give Huckabee an amen
LA Times, November 9, 2007
After months of dismissing Huckabee as a nice guy with no chance to win, Iowa's influential social conservatives are giving him a second look. The latest polls give him anywhere from 13% to 19% of the vote in Iowa, up from 2% to 3% a few months ago. Those numbers put him in second place behind former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.
Full Story…

From Back of G.O.P. Pack, Huckabee Is Stirring
New York Times, November 9, 2007
With less than two months until Iowa’s first-in-the-nation caucuses, there are signs that Mr. Huckabee, a former Baptist pastor for whom Bible verses flow easily off the tongue, is charming, quipping and sermonizing his way from a long shot ensconced in the second tier of the Republican presidential sweepstakes to a possible contender here.
Full Story…

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Florida's Primary Lineup Is Official

From the Orlando Sentinel yesterday:

In a meeting lasting less than 10 minutes, a state panel Tuesday set the field of candidates for Florida's Jan. 29 presidential primary -- officially signalling the start of a battle likely to consume much of the next 10 weeks. Full story...

Gov. Huckabee finishes 3rd in Orlando Hob Nob Straw Poll

Last night the Orlando Chamber of Commerce sponsored a straw poll event. Many Mike Huckabee supporters showed up. Here are the results of the straw poll:

Rudy Giuliani 20%

Mitt Romney 17%

Mike Huckabee 10%

Fred Thompson 9%

John McCain 6%

Ron Paul 5%

Duncan Hunter 1%

Tom Tancredo 0%

Michael Patterson, a volunteer in Orlando, coordinated the event for the Mike Huckabee supporters. “That is an incredible number when you consider that the campaign doesn't have staff in the state and hasn't advertised,” Michael said. “It gives us a solid foundation to work with. We received a lot of encouraging words.”

Way to go Michael and Team Orlando! Click here to see the full result.

Tampa Reception - November 20th


United States Presidential Candidate
Governor Mike Huckabee (R)

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

1901 S. Brookline Street ~Tampa, FL 33629

Private Reception, Signed Book & Photo with Governor Huckabee
5:00 to 5:45 P.M.
Contribution: $500 per person

General Reception 5:45 - 7:00 P.M.
Contribution: $250 per person

Business Casual ~ Heavy Hors D'oeuvres

RSVP by November 15
813.223.4995 or huck_nov20@yahoo.com

Paid for by Huckabee for President, Inc.www.mikehuckabee.com

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Jeb Bush on Mike Huckabee (Part 2)

I find it very interesting and encouraging to see Florida's wonderful former governor, Jeb Bush, not only including Mike Huckabee in the top tier but speaking so highly of him. I posted a couple days ago about his initial comments in a web cast interview. Now more glowing remarks come out in the Dallas Morning News:

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee should be included among the GOP field's top tier candidates, along with former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Arizona Sen. John McCain, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson, Mr. Bush said Friday after headlining a National Center for Policy Analysis lecture at Dallas' Hilton Anatole hotel.

"He's a great speaker. And I like governors. He's got a great sense of humor. But he should be taken seriously," Mr. Bush said of Mr. Huckabee, who was Arkansas governor from 1996 until earlier this year.

Click here to read the full article.

Friday, November 2, 2007

Florida Republican Presidential Debate – November 28th

The YouTube debate originating from St. Petersburg, FL is quickly approaching. On November 28, 2007, the Republican Party of Florida in partnership with CNN and YouTube will host a Presidential Debate. Governor Mike Huckabee will have yet another opportunity to have a Florida victory and win the hearts of even more new supporters across the nation.

Start planning your Florida YouTube Debate Party now! This will be a unique and timely opportunity to invite your friends over who do not know Mike Huckabee. You can share some campaign material printed from the http://www.mikehuckabee.com/ site, show a few select video clips of the governor and tell why you are supporting Mike Huckabee for president. Then you and your friends can settle back and watch Gov. Huckabee give the other candidates another lesson in being a statesman, a leader and a communicator. After the debate you can sign people up to help with the campaign here in Florida.

You can also still submit a video question for the debate. CLICK HERE to learn more about how to do that.

Jeb Bush on Mike Huckabee

Gov. Jeb Bush recently made the following comment about Gov. Mike Huckabee: “"I like him. He's a great speaker and clear-minded about the importance of moral principles. Particularly if you believe in limited government you have to also advocate self government. You can’t untie the two. You can’t be libertarian in a libertine world.”

As reported by the St. Pete Times Political Blog, The Buzz, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush made these kind statements about Gov. Mike Huckabee in an Web cast interview called Uncommon Knowledge produced by the Hoover Institution. CLICK HERE to watch the interview. He speaks about the candidates about 28 minutes into the interview.