12:50 PM, Jun 30, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
On Tuesday, New Jersey governor Chris Christie became the fourteenth Republican to join the presidential race, promising in a rambling announcement in his hometown of Livingston that he would bring “strong leadership” to Washington. Christie also argued the country should not turn control over to President Obama’s “second mate, Hillary Clinton.”
The New Jersey Republican addressed a friendly audience that surrounded him on all sides, with his wife Mary Pat and their four children joining him on stage. As he often does in his town-hall-style meetings around the state, Christie spoke extemporaneously with a few glances at notes on a music stand. Despite his rhetorical talents, he stumbled over a few lines in a speech that stressed both his biography and his record as a tough-talking, truth-telling executive.
“The truth will set us free, everybody,” Christie said, vowing that he would answer questions directly and say what he means, even if it’s unpopular.
“I am not running for the president of the United States as a surrogate for being elected prom king of America,” he said to the crowd gathered in his high-school gymnasium. “I mean what I say, and I say what I mean, and that’s what America needs right now.”
The speech touched briefly on what policies Christie would push for as president, including entitlement reform and foreign policy. On entitlements, Christie’s proposal would seek to restructure Social Security as an insurance program as well as means testing Medicare benefits. While he didn’t mention those details in his announcement, he obliquely criticized politicians who say reforms would amount to stealing from hard-working Americans, likely a reference to fellow candidate and former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee.
"The lying and stealing has already happened. The horse is out of the barn,” he said. “We've got to get it back in, and we can only do it by force."
Christie also knocked both the current president and the party’s leading presidential candidate by name. He said Barack Obama’s self-assessment that the world is better off since he’s been president shows the president “lives in his own world, not our world.”
"After seven years of a weak and feckless foreign policy run by Obama, we better not turn it over to his second mate, Hillary Clinton,” Christie said.
Christie offered his assessment of the overall mood of the country and suggested he could be the one to make Americans feel better about their government.
“Americans are not angry. Americans are filled with anxiety,” Christie said. “Anxiety can be swept away by strong leadership and decisiveness to lead America again.”
Christie is currently at four percent support and in ninth place in the crowded GOP field, according to Real Clear Politics's average of national primary polls. He's in a slightly stronger position in New Hampshire, with 5.6 percent support in the home of the first presidential primary of the cycle.
12:05 PM, May 5, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Mike Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas and a 2008 Republican candidate for president, announced Tuesday he is running for the GOP nomination again in 2016. At an event in his hometown of Hope, Arkansas, Huckabee hit on populist and social conservative themes, repeatedly entreating voters to join him on a "journey from hope to higher ground."
2:52 PM, Apr 28, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
A new poll of likely Iowa Republican presidential caucus goers finds a wide-open field with three candidates vying for the top spot and a plurality undecided. Scott Walker, the governor of neighboring Wisconsin, leads the latest poll from Loras College, earning 12.6 percent support. Florida senator Marco Rubio, who declared his candidacy earlier this month, is close behind with 10 percent, while former Florida governor Jeb Bush has 9.6 percent.
Both Walker and Rubio have doubled their support from the January Loras poll, according to a press release from the college.
10:18 AM, Apr 25, 2015 • By DELANY HIGGINS
It can be hard to say anything nice about a man whose administration would malevolently inflict a traffic jam on residents of the Tristate area, but Governor Chris Christie’s recent proposal aimed at fixing the country’s broken Social Security system may make him deserving of forgiveness.
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.
Handicapping the 2016 GOP fieldFeb 23, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 23 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES
It’s still two years before the next president takes the oath of office, but the contest that will determine who raises his right hand that day started in earnest last month for Republicans, with a grassroots gathering in Iowa and a meeting of high-dollar donors in California.
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.
Oh my.Feb 16, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 22 • By ANDREW FERGUSON
Boy, that didn’t take long. Over the span of a few short days in late January and early February, three members of the top tier of Republican presidential candidates demonstrated why they’ll never be president. They didn’t do anything to disqualify themselves directly, just revealed the traits that will make them appear unsuitable to most voters by the time the campaign really heats up, say, when the presidential election is a mere 18 months away.
9:15 PM, Jan 3, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
Mike Huckabee signed off his final Fox News show by saying he's thinking about running for president. "Stay tuned," Huckabee said, alluding to his possible entry into the Republican field.
'Patience of Job, the strength of Samson, the courage of David, the perseverance of Noah, the intellect of Paul, the wisdom of Solomon, and the forgiveness of Jesus '8:25 PM, Jan 3, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
Mike Huckabee kicked off his final show on Fox News with a lesson on governing -- and a warning:
4:28 PM, Jul 18, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
It's still a year and a half before the first presidential primaries of 2016, but Gallup has a new survey out asking Republicans and Democrats about the potential GOP candidates. Analyzing those candidates' familiarity and favorability among Republicans, Gallup has discovered the best known and best liked are former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, Kentucky senator Rand Paul, Wisconsin congressman and 2012 vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan, and Texas governor Rick Perry.
8:29 AM, Jan 19, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
A new online ad from Newt Gingrich reminds voters of what the three principals from the 2008 South Carolina primary--John McCain, Mike Huckabee, and Fred Thompson--had to say about Mitt Romney at the time. Watch below: