8:26 PM, Mar 26, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee met with about 40 conservative scholars in California Thursday in preparation for a potential presidential run in 2016. The discussion and Q&A session occurred at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, and included in attendance George Shultz, Ronald Reagan’s secretary of state. Huckabee later joined Lanhee Chen, a Hoover research fellow and the top policy adviser to Mitt Romney during the 2012 election, in a private, hour-long conversation.
Bob Wickers, the veteran Republican pollster and media consultant who advised Huckabee in his 2008 White House campaign, was also at the meeting.
Hogan Gidley, a spokesman for Huckabee, characterized the Hoover confab as a “long, very constructive, and very productive meeting.”
Huckabee "had a frank and in-depth discussion on domestic and foreign policy" with the many policy experts, says Gidley.
Huckabee spoke a great deal his economic record as governor of Arkansas from 1996 to 2007, including his tax cuts that he often touts as the “first broad-based tax cut” in state history. He also discussed his push to establish a maximum wage, a policy proposal Huckabee has spoken about during his recent trips to Iowa.
The visit to Hoover suggests the former Arkansas governor is moving closer to running for president next year. Huckabee, a source says, will make a decision about his presidential plans this spring.
Huckabee ran for the GOP nomination in 2008 and won the Iowa caucuses, though he failed to capture enough delegates to contend against eventual nominee John McCain.
Ole Doc Huck's One Hunnert Persint Guaronteed Magic Diabetes Potion3:26 PM, Feb 9, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee famously shed more than 100 pounds before his first White House run in 2008. The story of his weight loss was part of Huckabee's political identity during the GOP presidential primary.
At the beginning of his governorship, Huckabee had weighed in at nearly 300 pounds, was diagnosed with diabetes, and told he had just a few years left if he didn't get healthier. After a change in his diet and more exercise, the Republican governor lost a whopping 110 pounds.
4:22 PM, Dec 17, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Jeb Bush is considering running for president in 2016, but he might have run in 2008 if not for the reasonable belief the country wouldn't elect brothers to the White House successively.
In 2006, Fred Barnes wrote about Jeb as America's "governor in chief"—a popular, conservative reformer who could lay claim to the title of best governor in the country. Here's an excerpt:
And the GOP's opportunity.12:00 AM, Aug 15, 2014 • By JAY COST
A friend of mine and I were discussing Hillary Clinton’s putative presidential candidacy over email, and he flagged for me a YouTube video of a debate from the fall of 2007. In it, Tim Russert queried her thusly:
6:33 PM, Mar 8, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Sarah Palin, inspired by Ted Cruz's reading of Green Eggs and Ham during his filibuster last year, re-wrote the Dr. Seuss classic to whack Uncle Sam at CPAC today:
10:24 AM, Jan 27, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
A gathering of pro-Hillary Clinton activists in Iowa this weekend revealed how supporters of the former first lady are hoping to learn from the mistakes of Clinton's failed attempt to win the Iowa caucuses in 2008. America Rising, a conservative opposition research firm, had its cameras rolling at the meeting, organized by Ready for Hillary, a super PAC that supports Clinton.
11:44 AM, Oct 16, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
In 2008, Barack Obama promised to cut federal spending, cut wasteful programs, reform Medicare and Social Security, and create "5 million new jobs" in a "new energy economy." At Buzzfeed, Andrew Kaczynski has four videos of Obama making those promises at the town hall debate in 2008. Here, for instance, is Obama talking about the need to reform entitlements in his first term:
The forecast in Charlotte is cloudy, with a strong chance of empty seats.
2:55 PM, Sep 5, 2012 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
It's been raining every afternoon during the Democratic convention, but from talking to the locals here, short afternoon showers are pretty common this time of year. One imagines that way back when Democrats booked the 74,000 seat Bank of America stadium for Obama's acceptance speech, someone did the due diligence to inquire what the weather might be like in Charlotte this time of year. The possibility of rain must have been considered.
6:00 AM, Aug 22, 2012 • By JAY COST
Earlier this week, we received final fundraising totals for the month of July – and the numbers were quite a shocker. The Republican side of the campaign (a joint effort between Mitt Romney and the Republican National Committee) raised a total of $101.3 million dollars, and has $185.9 million in the bank. Meanwhile, the joint effort of President Obama and the Democratic National Committee raised $75 million and has $95.8 million in the bank.
1:09 PM, Aug 9, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
A new poll from WTOP in Washington shows Barack Obama and Mitt Romney statistically tied in Northern VIrginia, the state's most populous region. Forty-eight percent of voters support Obama while 46 percent support Romney in the Virginia region of the D.C. metro area.
Trumka cites auto bailouts, health care law.11:00 AM, Aug 9, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The president of the largest trade union federation in the country told reporters Thursday morning that the union money donated to Democrats in the 2008 election was "worth it."
At a breakfast sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor, THE WEEKLY STANDARD asked AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka if the approximately $1.2 million his organization donated to political campaigns benefitting Barack Obama and Democrats in 2008 was worth it.
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