Breaking: What Just Happened To Mike Huckabee Could Have the GOP Establishment Looking Over Its Back

The latest national poll by Reuters and Ipsos indicates Republican presidential primary front-runner Donald Trump has maintained his commanding lead. The order of those pursuing him, however, has shifted significantly.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee has amassed more support than 15 of his 16 rivals, earning 10 percent support and landing in second place – albeit with a hefty 20 point deficit.

Huckabee recently acknowledged that Trump will make all other GOP contenders fight for the nomination.

With Trump and Huckabee accounting for a combined 40 percent of the poll’s total, everyone else in the crowded field earned single-digit support. Jeb Bush and Ben Carson were tied for third place in the poll with 8 points. Scott Walker and Marco Rubio rounded out the top five spots with seven and five percent support, respectively.

Bush – an early favorite among establishment Republicans – has struggled to find support in recent weeks. Reuters’ Mike Brantley chalked much of his statistical dip to intraparty scuffles with Trump.

Ipsos’ Chris Jackson concurred, noting Bush has been “overshadowed by Trump” thus far in the primary process.

“His argument that he will be the establishment’s guy in the race is looking less and less convincing,” he concluded.

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Hillary Complained About GOP’s ‘Offensive’ Term. Huckabee Fired Back 2 PERFECT Sentences…

Former Gov. Mike Huckabee of Arkansas, a Republican presidential candidate, slammed his Democratic counterpart, Hillary Clinton, on Twitter Wednesday after she condemned the use of the term “anchor babies.”

Speaking on Bill Bennett’s Morning in America Wednesday, another GOP presidential candidate, former Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida, told the former Reagan education secretary his view on illegal immigrants who are able to stay in the United States by virtue of having children after crossing the border:

If there’s abuse, if people are bringing — pregnant women are coming in to have babies simply because they can do it, then there ought to be greater enforcement.

That’s [the] legitimate side of this. Better enforcement so that you don’t have these, you know, ‘anchor babies,’ as they’re described, coming into the country.

Taken aback by the use of the two-word term, Clinton tweeted the following along with an article from Politico:

Shortly thereafter, Huckabee noted that those seen and discussed in the videos produced by the Center for Medical Progress, in which Planned Parenthood employees are seen negotiating prices over fetal tissue, are also babies:

While at a press event in New Hampshire Wednesday, a reporter asked Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump if he was “aware that the term ‘anchor baby,’ that’s an offensive term?”

“You mean it’s not politically correct, and yet everybody uses it?” the real estate tycoon immediately responded. “So, you know what? Give me a different term. Give me a different term. What else would you like to say?” 

The reporter suggested to Trump a loquacious alternative: “The American-born child of an undocumented immigrant.”

“Oh, you want me to say that?” asked Trump. “OK. I’ll use the word ‘anchor baby.’”

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Huckabee In Israel: Every Presidential Candidate Should Visit Israel, Including Judea And Samaria

Republican Presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee campaigned in Israel this week.

While visiting the ancient Jewish town of Shilo in Samaria (West Bank), he called upon every presidential candidate to come to Israel and to show solidarity with the Jewish State. He said Israel is “a country that most reflects the mirror image of the American spirit.”

Huckabee added that candidates should show solidarity with the Israeli people and “show their extreme disgust with any deal with Iran.”

The GOP candidate explained his position on Israel’s presence in the so-called West Bank during his visit in Shilo.

Shiloh was the capital of Israel 3,500 years ago, to say Jews have no connection to Shiloh is bizarre. If you’re going to visit Israel, you should visit all of Israel and that would include Judea and Samaria.

Shilo was home to the tabernacle before the Temple was built in Jerusalem.

Huckabee said that he was glad that his visit cast attention to this “sacred spot of biblical significance” and told residents and reporters that he has always been a supporter of eventual Israeli sovereignty in Samaria and Judea (West Bank). “I have recognized Judea and Samaria as part of Israel,” said the former Arkansas governor.

He later told the Israeli news site Ynet: “Jews have a stronger connection to Shiloh than Americans do to Manhattan.”

Huckabee promised that as a president, he would make sure that the U.S. always would stand by its ally Israel.

When asked what he thought about the chances of a peace agreement with the Palestinians, Huckabee answered that peace was not possible as long as one of the sides doesn’t acknowledge Israel’s right to exist.

He said that incitement against Israel and Jews in Palestinian schools is a major stumbling block on the road to peace. “You can’t have Palestinian kids learning to hate Jews in school,” Huckabee told Ynet.

The Republican Presidential candidate defended Israel’s policy on the settlements in Judea and Samaria: “I would love to see a true peace in the world, but the question is does Israel have a right to build bedrooms for the expanding number of people who are coming here, who are making aliyah, to make sure there people have a secure land they can defend; I don’t know why anyone on this earth would think that they should surrender that right.”

Huckabee also distanced himself from the land for peace policy that has been supported by previous U.S. administrations, saying: “Land for peace has not worked for Israel, They lose the land and they lose the peace.”

When the interviewer presented the current dispute about the Iranian nuke deal between the Netanyahu government and the Obama administration, Huckabee responded by saying: “Generally Americans are supportive of Israel and understand the relations we have. I don’t see this as a family fight, more like a dispute with members of this administration who will only be in office for another year and a half.”

He pointed out that the overwhelming majority of the American population rejects the nuclear agreement with Iran and advised congressmen to go home and listen to their voters.

From his comments on the content of the nuclear agreement, it became clear that Huckabee shares Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu’s position that it is a bad deal, and not only because it paves the way to a Iranian nuclear weapon.

Here is what he said:

The US and Israel have vowed to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. This is a terrorist state, and we are empowering and enriching them through this deal, by unfreezing $150 billion in assets which they will use to buy conventional weapons.

Today, during a press conference in Jerusalem, Huckabee said that the nuclear deal with Iran is not only dangerous for Israel but for the U.S. too.

“I want to note the remarkable relations between Israel and the United States, but I also want to note on this awful deal – not only for Israel but also for America. This is a regime that promotes terror in the Middle East. I’m happy that Senator (Robert) Menendez joined us in protesting the deal. We all need to be worried by the agreement,” Huckabee said.

During the press conference, Huckabee clarified his position on the establishment of a Palestinian state and the withdrawal of the IDF from Judea and Samaria:

Didn’t you see what happened in Gush Katif (Gaza)? Didn’t you see how many rockets flew at Israel from the territory that was evacuated? I saw the rockets with my eyes! Everyone understands today that withdrawals won’t bring peace.

Earlier, Huckabee also took aim at the long standing U.S. policy not to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem. He said he was in favor of moving the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem because it is the capital of Israel and the Israeli government resides there.

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WATCH: Mike Huckabee Just Revealed The 1 Reason He’s Refusing To Bash Donald Trump

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee sees no ground to be gained by attacking rival Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

Appearing on Fox News on Thursday, Huckabee said: “Why should I attack him? Donald Trump may be the guy that I’m going to look to for support when I get the nomination.” 

The former governor likened the process all the candidates are going through right now to trying out for the quarterback of a football team. “I want to get the job and take us to the Super Bowl because I play a better game, not because I broke the legs of everyone else trying out for the team.”

“I think that Republicans have made big mistakes in the past by eating each other alive in the primary,” Huckabee continued.

He feels his job is to “explain to people why I should be president, not why someone else shouldn’t and let the voters sort it out.”

As reported by Politico, fellow GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz offered similar sentiments to Huckabee on Monday. “I would … note that an awful lot of Republicans, including other Republican candidates, have gone out of their way to smack Donald Trump with a stick. Now I think that’s just foolish,” he said.

Asked why, the senator replied: “Donald Trump had a rally in Phoenix, Ariz. [to which] between 10 and 20 thousand people came out. When you attack and vilify the people at that rally as crazies, it does nothing to help Republicans win in 2016. I’d like every single person at that rally to show up and vote in 2016, knock on doors with energy and passion, and turn this country around. If Washington politicians show contempt and condescension to those [voters,] that is a path to losing at the ballot box.”

As reported by WJ, presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul did go out of his way to attack Trump in an ad currently running in Iowa and New Hampshire. The two minute ad challenges Trump’s loyalty to the party, incorporating footage of favorable things he has said about Democrats in general, and Bill and Hillary Clinton in particular in the past. It also hits the billionaire for his former support of universal healthcare.

Trump currently leads the Republican field in Iowa with 22 percent support, followed by Ben Carson at 14 percent according to a CNN/ORC poll released Wednesday. Huckabee comes in 6th place at 7 percent support.

These results mirror pretty closely the “Corn Caucus” taking place at the Iowa State Fair.

Image Credit: Twitter/@DonGonyea

Image Credit: Twitter/@DonGonyea

According to NPR, as of 11:30 a.m. on day one of the fair, the rankings were: 

Republicans

-Donald Trump 32%

-Ben Carson 20%

-Mike Huckabee 9%

Democrats

-Hillary Clinton 65%

-Bernie Sanders 31%

-Martin O’Malley 3%

h/t: The Hill

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Ted Cruz Just Dropped The Hammer On The GOP – Trump Will Be Pleased With His Comments

Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz recently added to his prior defense of rival Donald Trump against the intraparty jabs he has sustained since announcing his candidacy.

Describing the approach as “foolish” in a recent Politico interview, Cruz lambasted Republicans determined to “smack Donald Trump with a stick.”

He explained his position by referring to the reaction Trump received from Sen. John McCain following a sold-out address in Phoenix earlier this summer.

“When you attack and vilify the people at that rally as crazies, it does nothing to help Republicans win in 2016,” he asserted. “I’d like every single person at that rally to show up and vote in 2016, knock on doors with energy and passion, and turn this country around.”

As Western Journalism has previously reported, Cruz’s previous endorsement of certain aspects of Trump’s campaign has raised speculation that the two have formed an alliance of some sort.

Of course, Cruz acknowledged that the two candidates have many differences of opinion. At this point in the process, however, he said it is important to remember that the Republican’s reclamation of the White House should be every candidate’s primary motivation.

Responding to the media’s constant demands that he “comment on the salacious back-and-forth,” Cruz said he is “not going to play that game.”

The remarks echoed fellow GOP candidate Mike Huckabee’s recent advice for his party’s primary contestants.

Huckabee shared his concern that, upon the selection of the GOP candidate, “that person is so bitterly wounded that it becomes quite easy for the Democrat to step over his bloodied carcass and take the victory.”

Can Republican infighting damage the party’s 2016 chances? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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