CALL TO ACTION – ATTENTION ALL HUCKABEE BLOGGERS!!!

Good morning everyone! I know there are several Huckabee bloggers out there. THIS MESSAGE IS FOR YOU!!! That’s right. Listen up! It’s time to get active again. The Summer is almost over and soon enough the general election will be weeks away. Okay so we didn’t get our man the nomination. It’s okay. There are many candidates and causes worth supporting out there. In the coming days action will be required on the Pro-Life and Defense of Marriage initiatives that Mike and HuckPAC will probably be kicking off soon.

We worked very hard blogging for Mike for many months. I needed a break and I think we all did. I have not been as active lately myself so I completely understand.. However the time has come to come out of hibernation because it’s time to answer his call again. There is too much at stake. I urge all the Huckabee bloggers out there to get active again. We’ve got a lot of work to do!

SO LET’S GET TO IT!!

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This Afternoon’s Blogger’s Call

I just got off the phone from a Blogger’s Call with Mike Huckabee. The Governor is in Michigan today. He just spoke to the Detroit Economic Club. He had a little extra time between his speech there and a campaign stop later this afternoon. As a big music fan I was impressed that he got an opportunity to visit Hitsville, USA, and the original Motown Recording Studios. A lot of great music was recorded there. As I am, Mike is a music fanatic and I know he must be blessed to visit those hallowed halls.

The great news from a Georgia Perspective is that for the past few days Mike has been joined by my Representative in the House, John Linder (R GA-7), the sponsor of HR 25 “The FairTax Bill” In fact John was sitting right next to Mike on the bus. That answered my question right away. I knew that Mike had been endorsed by Rep. Linder but I hadn’t seen anything official from the national campaign on that. Well I am very pleased to see Linder active in the campaign!

Mike did not have much time for questions. When I do see a synopsis by One Mom or someone else I will post it in this spot.

SEMI-LIVE BLOG – Huckabee Call With Bloggers

Okay I am about four minutes early but that is good. I’ve got some coffee and I am ready to go. As of right now it is two minutes before the bottom of the hour. Stay tuned. I’ll try to stay up to the minute on the call with you. Hopefully my fingers will cooperate.

Okay it is now 9:31 still waiting for Governor Huckabee to arrive.

9:33. Here comes Mike!

Mike is expressing his admiration for us bloggers. Media is astonished about the success despite the lack of money and ads. We’re part of the success. We are getting out the message whether it be positive or being the truth squad against negative attacks. We are the Wind Beneath His Wings! There are now over 400 bloggers for Huckabee (wow)! He is proud to be named the best campaign on the web! He enjoys meeting us in person (I for one can’t wait for the day he returns to Georgia so I can meet him myself!). He loves our suggestions (Paypal etc) and the staff take them seriously and into consideration. They do listen to us!

HERE COMES THE QUESTIONS:

One Mom: Here’s a great explanation of her question, Mike’s answer and analysis on Mike and Homeschooling. Way to go Kerry! Thanks for the link yesterday too! 🙂

Michigan Redneck: She has a question about the Fair Tax I had problems hearing her question (bless her heart). There’s no need to fear though. Aslansmane’s Weblog was listening and summarizes the question and Mike’s answer.

I FINALLY GET MY MOMENT IN THE SUN!! I’ve been on these calls since late August. I finally got lucky enough to ask a question. I was euphoric and tried to control myself while asking my question. Luckily I had gone over it in my head last night and this morning so I was prepared. I think I did well enough.

My question was about fundraising and website infrastructure. I mentioned that we did a fantastic job raising money on November 20th. I noted that near the end of the day the website was swamped and crashed a bunch. I asked that if we do our jobs and get you a win in Iowa (or a good showing) are we ready for a $500,000 r even $1 Million day afterwards? Mike was very confident in the fact that we would be ready. They have had to upgrade the server a lot so far this quarter. Also they are suring up website security measures. For example on the day following the Chuck Norris ad there were hackers trying to take down the site completely. This is why the site was slow during that period of time. I am now confident that we can handle the high amounts of traffic of increased donors after our eventual successes!

Next is a question from the blog, Christianity Lived Out about Parental Rights Amendment. He needs to do more research on the issue. Mike is definitely against the UN Rights of A Child but the issue in question is totally different. I was not aware of this myself.

Mike And Arts Blog – Do you have a plan to increase the promotion of your education platform? Mike has been trying very hard to talk about this issue on the trail. However he is very disappointed that the issue is not being used in the debates. The last debate on Fox News was the first major debate with an education question at all. Mike was not allowed to answer the question and was very vocal to Chris Wallace afterwards about not being allowed to answer it. He hopes to get questions about this issue on Wednesday night. More on that below.

Jeff – Southeast Michigan (of the blog Conserve Thought). Jeff asked about Michigan and the status on where it stands in the process. Michigan had set its primary date for January 15th sometime ago. There was some litigation but the courts eventually backed off and thier date is now final. This means that Michigan will be holding the 2nd Primary after New Hampshire’s on January 8th. Mike said that while Michigan has moved up the media has not moved up its status. The focus is still on Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina. That is where much of the resources are going to go. He is hoping for support from his bloggers and grassroots efforts for him to do well in Michigan. The media seems to think Mitt Romney will do well and win by default because he was born there (and because of his father). Also we now know that South Carolina’s GOP primary is January 19th. I believe that is now a final decision as well. So at least we now know where everything stands.

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– Immigration. Mike was able to reiterate his stance on illegal immigration, securing the borders and answering the critics about the scholarships he gave in Arkansas.

Michael from Europe asked an excellent question. Here is his blog and some explanation to the question and his thoughts about the call as an added bonus.

Brooklyn Blessings – She asked a great question. She deals with many legal immigrants and she wanted Mike to talk about them because they feel turned off by the anti-immigration crowd even though they are focused on illegals.

Florida 4 Huckabee – He was very happy to see Mike doing so much in Florida lately with all the fundraising and debates there. Nathan had two thoughtful questions. He was wondering about an answer to the Club For Growth’s attacks in the Truth Squad section. Mike said that they are working on a comprehensive answer to be posted soon by his staff. He does know that we need to have more Truth Squad presence on the website.

Also asked of the governor was what kind of questions Mike wanted to hear/see during Wednesday’s YouTube debate on CNN. Mike is really anxious to answer questions about education and health care. He believes (as do I) that the American people want to know where the candidates stand on these key issues and that the debates thus far have not lived up to our standards by not asking many questions about these key issues.

And we’re out! Mike again thanked us for all that we do. We are his heroes! “Keep those fingers busy!” Mike said as he stressed our importance, “I’m riding you all the way to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue!” Thanks Mike it was an honor to ask a question of you today. These calls have been wonderful. I am proud to support you!

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Stand By For Bloggers Call

Good morning everyone!

There is a Huckabee Bloggers call this morning in about fifteen minutes. I can’t live blog it (who knows I may try) but at the very least I will semi-live blog it and do my very best to provide a decent-enough transcript of the call this morning. Stay tuned. I am going to call in a few minutes to make sure I am not late. Hopefully I’ll get to ask a question this time.

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Speaking of the bloggers Call

Some other points that were made tonight:

1. Mike really appreciates us a whole lot. In fact he said that when he is sitting at a desk in the Oval Office one day and is asked “Well How did you do it?” Mike would definitely say that it was his bloggers that helped him out a whole bunch.

2. This has been a huge week. Fundraising goals are being blown out of the water. Online alone $112,000 and counting have been raised just today! There are twelve phones in the Little Rock office and all of them are literally ringing off the hooks! Additional phones are going to need to be brought in, as well as, increased server capacity for the website that keeps crashing under the weight of increased web traffic every few hours! It is now clear that the counter on the website is for Internet donations only. There is much more being raised over the phones. At this rate the 4th Quarter is going to be absolutely huge. In fact there is a group of 100 people efforting to raise $100,000 each for the campaign by December (that would be 10 million dollars if anyone is counting)!

3. Also discussed tonight was the GOP possibly punishing states that have moved up their primaries. Mike said he would work with what is put in front of him. He will not let anything stop him. Mike stressed the importance of Iowa and New Hampshire to the process as well. He did not say it but I think Mike is irritated that the RNC would even think of such a move. There is much more to gain from letting this one go while the Democrats disenfranchise states’ voters.

That was basically it tonight. Mike had to get ready for a fundraiser in California this evening. As always it was very informative and entertaining. I’ve been on the line for each one since August except for one. Does anyone know the trick to actually getting to ask a question. I press the right key almost immediately after the prompt and I never get in. Oh well. As usual I was on the line while riding my exercise bike (my usual routine for debates or TV appearances that Mike appears in).

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Huck Is The Real Deal – Thoughts On Today’s Blogger’s Call

First of all I am very honored and proud to be an official “Blogger For Huckabee!” I have been interested in the politicalreal of things for a while but I have never really gotten behind a candidate in my short life like I have for Mike.

Last night I received an invitation to a “Blogger’s Conference Call” with the former Arkansas Governor. I couldn’t have been any more excited. I quickly sent in my RSVP to proper person and set my watch for 2 PM. It never dawned on me until that time today that I had never participated in a conference call before. Thus, I did not make the proper choice of how to call in. I make a lot of phone calls now via Skype, unless I have free time on my cell phone during nights and weekends. I called in using that method. I quickly learned that it was not in my best interest to do so. I was not able to ask a question because to do so I had to “Press the 1 key” and Skype does not have that ability. Next time I will definitely use my phone to make the call.

As for the call itself I was greatly impressed (like I needed anything else to sell me on Huck). He was nice, friendly and quite personable, just as he is on TV. I hope to see him at a live venue sometime in the near future and I am quite certain Mike will be the same in that environment as well.

To kick things off there was a summary of what has happened since the Iowa Straw Poll and the big bump in ‘mo that has occurred since. There are now 150 fellow “Bloggers For Huckabee”, the website has had 3.2 million hits, and contributions are now through the roof compared to before the straw poll. There will be no resting on laurels as there are plans set in motion by volunteers to raise considerably more more money in the next sixty days!

For the rest of the thirty minute call, questions were taken and politely and intelligently answered. Topics ranged from the economy, to health care, to the effect Fred Thompson’s entry into the fray next week to the campaign. eyeon08 has a summary of the call here. The blog also has his own analysis of the call and Huckabee’s current situation here.

All-in-all I was impressed with the experience. I can’t wait to participate in the next call.

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