February 26, 2009

GIVE 'EM HUCK, MIKE:

Huckabee takes on fiscal conservatives (Domenico Montanaro, 2/26/09, NBC First Read)

"The GOP can't be a haven for rich, white guys,” Huckabee added. He called himself "prophetic" for saying during the campaign that the party was too close to Wall Street. And he lashed out against conservative critics -- from whom he's still waiting for an "apology," he said -- who criticized his "populist" rhetoric on the campaign trail.

“I’m not a Republican because I grew up rich,” Huckabee said, reprising a line, notably from his Republican National Convention speech. “I’m a Republican because I grew up poor and didn’t want to sit around waiting for the government to come rescue me.”

Huckabee told fiscal conservatives they should embrace -- not criticize -- social conservatives.

"That's wrong," he said, as only about two-thirds of the crowd stood and cheered. "Fiscal conservatives need to realize without strong families," Republicans can't achieve their goals.

Yeah, but a lot of those families aren't white.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 26, 2009 10:23 PM
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