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Fox News "Fox and Friends" - Transcript

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MS. CARLSON: You've been seeing a lot of our next guest in the last few months, and now presidential hopeful, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee joins us live from the campaign trail in Pensacola, Florida.

Good morning to you, Governor. Hey, I dig that tie. I like the color.

MR. HUCKABEE: Well, thank you very much. I wore it just for you.

MS. CARLSON: Oh, sure.

MR. HUCKABEE: I wanted you to be impressed with it today.

I'm going green -- that's what I'm doing.

MR. DOOCY: If you want to impress her, get down and give us 10 pushups right now, Governor.

MR. HUCKABEE: (Laughs.) You're asking for a little bit more than I can give you on this sleep-deprived body today.

MS. CARLSON: Yeah. I can imagine you are sleep deprived -- the life of a candidate. You're certainly not getting a lot of rest.

But let's talk about Florida. The big day is finally here tomorrow, and you are stacking up in the polls behind McCain and Romney but ahead of Rudy Giuliani. How do you think it's all going to end up?

MR. HUCKABEE: Well, if that happens, I think that's a big significant situation for us. Rudy has put a lot of focus here. He's been here, what, 50-something days, skipped a lot of the early contests. He's worked very hard here and spent a lot of money, organized a lot. We've come in, you know, after some of these early primaries -- not a lot of money, just grass roots, people going door- to-door -- sort of the old underground, under-the-radar type campaign.

And I think we'll do well tomorrow, and we'll come out of here toward Super Tuesday. That's going to be a big day for us because so many Southern states in play where we are polling in first place, and we're excited about what happens after that day.

MR. DOOCY: All right. Make a prediction, Governor, if you would, as you look ahead to Super Tuesday, just eight days away. Which of the states are you going to take?

MR. HUCKABEE: Well, we feel like we'll probably win Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma, possibly West Virginia. We could be in play at the top of all of those states, and that's what we're going to try to do.

MR. KILMEADE: You're second in delegates overall. By the way, the Quinnipiac poll -- I know it's hard for you to keep up -- just came across and says McCain with a one-point lead over Mitt Romney; Rudy 14 and you right there with 13 as you move ahead. You're going to have Super Tuesday regardless of the way Florida comes out.

But Governor Huckabee, there's one thing we haven't seen. And I have not seen you say anything negative about Senator McCain. Will that change, especially with all these states on the line?

MR. HUCKABEE: I don't think it's necessary to go out and talk trash on other candidates in order to be president. I'd like to believe that the ideas that I have about abolishing the IRS, restoring some sense of balance to state and federal relationships, bringing he experience that a governor has and understanding how government actually works. I think that's what people look for more than the fact that I can go out there and do dumpster diving on other candidates and then get out there and rail against them.

MR. KILMEADE: But that's what's happening. Don't you agree that's what's happening with -- don't you agree, sir, that that's what's happening with Governor Mitt Romney and Senator McCain? They are killing each other over the last 48 hours.

MR. HUCKABEE: They've been going at it, and I'm more than happy to let their two cars bump into each other. Maybe both of them will have to be pulled off the track and there will be a clean track for me in this NASCAR contest we're in.

MS. CARLSON: Governor, you must be raising some cash because while I was getting ready for the show this morning I did see your ad talking about wanting to abolish the IRS. At the same time, some pundits are saying, "Hey, if Mike Huckabee doesn't fare very well in Florida, he's going to drop out before Super Tuesday.

MR. HUCKABEE: No, that's nonsense. There's no way. We're not dropping out after Super Tuesday. We've got the second most delegates, we are in good shape for Super Tuesday.

Florida was not an all-or-nothing state for us in terms of that we had to win it or we're finished. I mean, Rudy's put his flag here in a big, significant way. We never did. We certainly want to play here. We want to do well here. That's why we've been here every day. By the way, there's some folks who said we pulled out of Florida. That never happened. We were in Florida every single day, so those statements were absolutely, totally false. We've been working hard here.

MR. DOOCY: All right. Governor, as you know, I think you had the first celebrity endorsement on the Republican side with Chuck Norris a couple of months ago. And then on this program last week, the news was broken that Sylvester Stallone likes John McCain. When is Steven Seagal going to come out for you --

MR. KILMEADE: Lou Ferrigno.

MR. DOOCY: -- or Jean-Claude Van Damme or --

MS. CARLSON: What about Arnold Schwarzenegger?

MR. DOOCY: Arnold, Vin Diesel -- any of these guys.

MR. HUCKABEE: Well, I think they're probably all going to join up with us pretty soon. You're going to see people with knives in their mouths, jumping over large buildings. (Laughter.) And Spiderman's going to endorse me later this month.

MR. DOOCY: Congratulations.

MR. HUCKABEE: It's going to be a whole array of superheroes -- all the people smart and strong people will certainly be there.

MR. DOOCY: Spiderman?

MR. HUCKABEE: Yeah.

MR. DOOCY: You've got to tell me you're just pulling my leg there about Spiderman.

MR. HUCKABEE: Well, it's a sticky situation, and I just don't want you to get stuck in the web. (Laughter.)

MS. CARLSON: You would have my son's vote, Governor, because that is his favorite vitamin that he takes each morning.

MR. HUCKABEE: There you go.

Governor Huckabee, always great to speak with you, and good luck tomorrow.

MR. HUCKABEE: Thanks a bunch.


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