Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee tweeted Thursday that he will be joining Donald Trump at his veterans event in Iowa, which is scheduled during the Fox News prime-time presidential candidate’s debate.
Both Huckabee and Sen. Rick Santorium indicated they would like to participate in the event. Both are slated to take part in the so-called “undercard” debate, which happens before Trump’s veterans event.
— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) January 28, 2016
“After the debate, I’m not going to be doing anything, so, I guess, if it’s a charitable thing for the troops and he invites other people to come, I certainly would attend to support the troops,” Santorum said, according to Breitbart.
The Trump campaign announced Tuesday their candidate would not be participating in the Fox News debate, due to differences he has with the network. In a press release, Fox indicated Trump’s main contention with the debate is that Megyn Kelly is one of the moderators. Trump felt Kelly treated him unfairly and unprofessionally during the first debate in August, and as referred to her multiple times this week as “a lightweight reporter.”
The billionaire candidate purposefully scheduled his rally to benefit veterans at the same time the Fox News debate is occurring to hurt the networks’ ratings. CNN has indicated it will cover Trump’s event.
The “debate” tonight will be a total disaster – low ratings with advertisers and advertising rates dropping like a rock. I hate to see this.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 28, 2016
Now, I have spent countless hours getting to know, observe and study many of the GOP presidential candidates. And I’ve been struck by an uncanny likeness between Reagan and Mike Huckabee.
Not only are their personalities, styles and temperaments much alike, but they share many of the same principals, beliefs, talents and gifts, on top of having many similar experiences in their lives.
I don’t make these comparisons lightly. Here are some of the reasons why I think they are so similar.
The common thread begins in their backgrounds. Reagan and Huckabee successfully held the political office of governor of their state for two terms. Less well known is that before politics, Huckabee, like Reagan, worked in TV and radio.
The leadership strength both share is they are master communicators. The main essence of communication is to connect with others, and impart and share information or ideas. Both men share the keen ability to take complex ideas and difficult-to-understand problems and explain them in clear, concise and easy-to-understand ways.
“A leader,” Huckabee explains, “is the one who can outline the broad vision and the direction, and say here’s where we are going to go, here’s why we need to go there, and here’s how we are going to get there.”
Reagan and Huckabee are deep thinkers, but they both explain things in a very natural and easy-to-understand manner, often using metaphors and analogies. Pundits and journalists make the mistake of assuming them not to be deep thinkers, but this is contrarily so, because it takes a great deal of intelligence and unique ability to take the complex and paint word pictures and stories with examples to help clearly explain a multifaceted situation, or take a gigantic numerical figure and relate it to a common object as a way of explanation.
Early on, some intellectuals erroneously assumed the ability to speak clearly and naturally to everyday people, as Reagan did, was the result of simple thinking. However, quite the opposite was true. It takes a very gifted and skilled communicator to achieve this ability.
Another huge leadership quality and advantage both share is their optimism, cheerfulness, sense of humor and storytelling. In fact, what might come as a surprise to some is the importance storytelling can play in the lives of extraordinary leaders. Think Lincoln, Churchill and Roosevelt in addition to Reagan.
Another shared trait is Reagan’s and Huckabee’s sense of humor. Leadership studies have shown it’s a powerful tool and sign of intelligence. A cleverly placed joke can ease stress, decrease conflict and increases comradery, cohesiveness and bonding in groups. Motivational speaker Mike Kerr says humor can boost morale, motivate people, increases communication and builds trust and relationships.
After almost 8 years of Barack Obama, who caused deep wounds and division by stirring up hatred amongst Americans, our nation sorely needs to unite. Reagan was masterful at uniting Americans, as now Huckabee seeks to do. By having a great sense of humor, Reagan and Huckabee found a good way to express something that’s hard for some people to hear, but softens it while getting the idea or message across without sounding too harsh.
Neither Reagan or Huckabee are narcissistic and self-centered, like some politicians. “Candidates don’t run for themselves; they run for the future,” Huckabee said in October. And Reagan had a saying on his desk in the White House that read, “There is no limit to what a man can do or where he can go if he doesn’t mind who gets the credit.”
Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee is seeking to siphon evangelical voters from Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, by revealing the senator’s inconsistencies in his faith.
Huckabee, former governor of Arkansas, said tax records show that Cruz tithed less than 1 percent of his income to his church. Cruz and Huckabee are Southern Baptists, and that denomination’s doctrine states members are to tithe 10 percent of their income.
The tax returns are from Cruz’s 2012 senate race. According to Huckabee in one interview, “Cruz contributed less than 1 percent of his income to charity between 2006 and 2010 – a far cry from the 10 percent most evangelical leaders believe the Bible demands.” Huckabee said the amount given to his church demonstrates Cruz’s priorities in his life.
“I just think it’s hard to say God is first in your life if He’s last in your budget,” Huckabee said. “If I can’t trust God with a dime out of each dollar that I earn, then I’m not sure how I can tell Him that I trust him with my whole life.”
He said tithing demonstrates a person’s spiritual place.
“To me, it’s a validation of a person’s stewardship and whether they put God first in their life, not just in their political endeavors,” the former governor said.
Huckabee launched an attack on Cruz earlier in the week when he criticized the Tea Party favorite for meeting with New York gay hotel owners early in his campaign while stating he is against gay marriage. Huckabee’s criticism came after Cruz attacked “New York values” in criticizing leading GOP presidential rival Donald Trump.
In a Wednesday tweet, Huckabee shared a link to a New York Times article published in April 2015 about a meet-and-greet with Cruz hosted by two homosexual businessmen in their penthouse. According to the article, Cruz was attempting to court moderate Republicans and said that states should determine marriage laws. He also said he wouldn’t love his daughters any less if they were homosexual.
Huckabee tagged the link with his comment, “I’ll never play political games with my faith.” Huckabee added that a person’s word should be true.
“We shouldn’t say one thing for votes and another for NYC money,” Huckabee said.
Huckabee is the favorite among Christians, according to the American Christian Voting Guide. Huckabee ranks the highest of the current presidential candidates at 93 percent, followed by Rand Paul at 84 percent, Dr. Ben Carson at 81 percent and Ted Cruz at 80 percent.
Huckabee, who won the Iowa caucus in 2008, has remained low in most national and state polls. Real Clear Politics has him at 3 and 4 percent in Iowa and at 1 percent in New Hampshire. However, the former Baptist pastor is at 3 percent in Florida, between 2 and 6 percent in North Carolina and at 3 percent in national polls.
While 3 percent is considered low, the Iowa polls suggest that Huckabee has climbed some from 1 percent in polls conducted last week.
A heckler interrupted Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee’s recent campaign stop in Iowa with the intention of rehashing the controversy surrounding the Duggar family.
After news surfaced last year that former 19 Kids and Counting star Josh Duggar had sexually molested multiple underage girls, including his own sisters, Huckabee publicly stood by the family.
For a woman attending one of the candidate’s events this week, that support is tantamount to an endorsement of Josh Duggar’s abuse.
“You have no idea what you’re talking about,” Huckabee shot back. “You don’t know that family and I do.”
He then attempted to clarify his position regarding the family, though his words failed to immediately change his critic’s mind.
“I’ve never supported anything that happened to those daughters,” Huckabee said.
His concern is for those victims, he said, suggesting they have been victimized again by the intense media scrutiny that has followed them since the story first became public. The way the Duggars handled this familial crisis, Huckabee added, is worthy of defense.
“I would support any family who tries to work through their problems under the grace of God,” he said to applause from most of the others attending.
As Huckabee worked toward steering his remarks toward a friendlier area of the room, the woman continued to interject.
“I’m glad you came,” he responded at one point. “You got what you wanted. You wanted to come and make a scene. You’ve done it. We’re finished with you.”
As she left the venue, Huckabee slipped in one last gibe. “I’m going to mark her down as undecided,” he said.