Mike Huckabee: Obama Will Be Tough To Beat, GOP Needs To Condemn Birthers

Mike Huckabee reminds his fellow Republicans that beating the President in 2012 is by no means certain:

Is Mike Huckabee reluctant to jump into the 2012 race because he thinks President Obama is too tough to beat? That’s what I asked the former Arkansas Governor when he introduced his new book — “A Simple Government” — on “GMA” this morning.

“I think he is going to be tough to beat,” Huckabee said.

“This race is going to be like climbing a ladder pointing toward you because Barack Obama is going to start this race with a billion dollars. He’s going to have no primary opponent,” he said. “The Republicans are going to have a crowded field all elbowing their way under the basket for the layup. And it’s not going to be a layup. It’s going to be a tough shot.”

Despite their differences in beliefs Huckabee’s new book makes it clear from the very first page that it is not a book about hating Obama. The Republican takes on his fellow GOP members for accusing Obama of being a Marxist or a Muslim – and I asked Huckabee why Speaker Boehner or Rep. Bachmann would not clearly state that Obama is a Christian and citizen of the United States?

“You know, I don’t know why it’s hard,” Huckabee said.

“I just don’t think it’s completely necessary for us to delve into such extraneous matters. And I’ll tell you, the idea that he’s not a citizen – you know why that’s nonsense? Because if there was a shred of truth to it, Hillary Clinton and her wonderful investigative opposition research team would have found it and would have used it,” he told me. “And for Republicans to even be bringing it up, I think it’s a waste of energy and time. Let’s focus on the issues with which we have disagreement, not on really the extraneous personal things that are immaterial.”


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Doug Mataconis held a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020. He passed far too young in July 2021.


  1. Wiley Stoner says:

    Huck will not be the GOP: nominee, so who gives a flying you know what about what he says? There is a simple way to make this go away. Produce an original BIRTH CERTIFICATE, not a certification of live birth. It really makes not difference where he was born as his father was a British citizen and his mother was a minor. You are a lawyer, go check it out.

  2. Fed Up says:

    Well the new Hawaii governor went to the Dept of Health to get Obama’s long form cert to publish it as proof of his citizenship and ended up opening mouth and inserting foot as there isn’t one that could be obtained!
    And as far as Hillary goes…..why wasn’t she arrested for committing the crimes of delving into the credit card info and other info of other diplomats around the globe that was exposed by Wikileaks? An “I’m sorry” isn’t good enough for the thousands of inmates in our prisons who have committed similar and even lesser crimes, so why should that work for her?
    The entire political system is nothing but corrupt ‘puppets’ having their strings pulled by by the most sinister of worldwide forces! Lets give em all pink slips, sever the political puppeteers from their puppets and and keep a very close ‘eye’ on who we put in these offices and on everything they do – remembering that none of them are above the law!!!!

  3. John Peabody says:

    My birth certificate says “certificate of live birth”. Doesn’t matter anyway- the document that was provided satisfies all constitutional requirements… It just doesn’t satisfy birthers.

  4. michael reynolds says:

    Wiley and Fed: thanks for reassuring me that Obama will win. Keep up the good work.