LIVE BLOG – Mike Huckabee Fills In For Neal Boortz

I will be Live Blogging Mike Huckabee’s fill in for Neal Boortz.  He will be on the air live from 10 AM-1 PM Eastern.  I am getting started early to set everyone up so that they can listen and participate:  


As far as listening live you can click this link HERE.  In addition to see which radio stations are affiliates of the Neal Boortz show you can click this link.  Locally in Atlanta you can call into the show at 404-872-0750 or you can call toll-free at 1-877 310-2100  


It is currently 9:47 AM Eastern.  As soon as the show starts and thereafter I will update this post as we go along.  It’s going to be a fun morning.  Stay tuned!  


9:57 AM – We are just minutes away from the show.  Local host Herman Cain just finished his 1 1/2 hour fill in for Neal and will pass the baton to Huck after the news.  DON’T TOUCH THAT DIAL!!


10:05 AM – Weather and Traffic will soon be replaced by the winner of the Georgia GOP Primary, FairTax supporter, and my hero and champion Governor Mike Huckabee!!


HERE COMES HUCK!!!!!  🙂  


10:07 AM – Mike starts the show by remarking on on the hurricane, LA train wreck, and the trouble on Wall Street and then after introducing himself and why he was filling in for Neal, Mike mentioned that Merril Lynch has been sold to Bank of America and Leeman Bros. has filed for Chapter 11 and how atrocious it all is for us struggling in the current economy with high gas prices and truck drivers.  “Only in the financial world do bosses get a bonus for running their company into the ground”  With all of this “After this weekend our country is in a world of hurt.”  Mike now explains how Hurricane Ike impacted more than the Gulf Coast.  Also that “We are resilient!”


10:14 AM – Back to Leeman Brothers.  Mike says that a major reason why they ended up claiming bankruptcy is because they expected the Government to bail them out and credited those in charge for doing the right thing and not bailing them out.  Mike now goes into the FairTax and why we need it now more than ever and it would really help our economy out now.  “The economy is one of the most challenging issues today.” 


10:16 AM – COMMERCIAL BREAK


10:22 AM – We’re back!  “I wish term limits could get rid of some of these people.”  If in charge he would support term liomits for Congress and he says it might give a better chance to pass the FairTax because the people in Washington would not be power hungry.  A caller asked about the Bush tax cuts and he commented on how great they were but pushed the FairTax for a more permanent solution.  Mike says now the harder you work and the more money you make the more you are penalized you are under the current tax system.  “Let’s not penalize hard work.  There is a long line of callers.  My friend Don Williamson has now called in and he explained to Mike,  John Oxendine’s efforts to pass the FairTax via Constitutional conventions and Mike supports it. whole heartedly.  Don goes on to explain the true impact of the Huckabee Republican movement and how supporters are now running for local office.  


10:30 AM – NEWS BREAK  Mike is doing a fantastic job.  Between this and filling in for Paul Harvey occasionally he is now having an impact on the radio like Ronald Reagan did.  People seem to be interested in talking to him because the phone lines are packed to the gills!  Keep up the great work this morning Mike!  Also notice that he is spending a lot of time talking about the economy…he did not have a lot of time in the spotlight to talk about these issues and was hurt by it when he was running for President.  


10:35 – News is ending and Mike is coming back on the air.  “I’m on a high horse today and I’m not going to get off!”  He doesn’t mind the guy at the top getting a nice paycheck but it shouldn’t be disproportionate to the workers and he shouldn’t be paid for failure.  Airline workers are working really hard and it is not fair that their employers are being paid to drive the companies into the ground.  Mike gives stas on how bonus have increased while revenues are not increasing too much.  Mike esplained  that this is not a good way to run your business.  


The next caller Steve asked a question why Conservative leaders failed to get behind Mike during the primary but they are demanding Mike give commentary for them.  Mike said it had to deal with the way the money was flowing.  Some of it will be explained in his new book.  He was very frustrated especially with the way it was covered and that it was all about the money instead of the issues.  Candidates are now echoing Mike’s stances on the issues after he was laughed off the debate stands for having them.  


The next caller asked why more people are not behind the FairTax – Mike said that some of those people don’t understand it.  He was once one of those people.  Mike was won over when a supporter gave him “The FairTax Book” at a rally in Southwest Iowa last year (probably last spring based on my known time line of events). “I am now a strong unabashed supporter of the FairTax” Back to term limits – “You could go through the phone directory and pick 535 random names and they would do a better job than the current crop!”


10:45 – ANOTHER BREAK IN THE ACTION – Wow what a great show so far.  Mike is doing a fantastic job! 


10:51 AM – Mike is back.  Joe Biden has released 10 years of Tax returns.  and not much of it was donated to charity.  Anthony asks how the media became so biased.  “There is no such thing as pure unobjectivity in the media”  Mike says that if he read an article written about himself andh e couldn’t tell if he was a supporter than that is a good journalist.  


The next caller, Fabian is a Democrat and explained why he was a supporter and that because the GOP nominee is not him will be voting for Obama.  Mike will not press his luck and try to change his opinion and Mike respected his opinion.  


Rodney from Jacksonville asked about the Electoral College and Mike explained why it is needed.  If there was no Electoral College none of the smaller states would ever see a candidate and everything would be decided by the larger states.  “We have learned that from the past few election cycles.”   


10:57 – END OF THE FIRST HOUR  Phew!  time to rest my fingers for a few minutes.   I am really impressed with Mike’s radio skill and that he is talking about issues that are most important to us average everyday people.  I should not be surprised and I am not because this is what endeared me to Mike throughout his Presidential campaign.  


11:07 AM – START OF HOUR TWO  “The phone lights are lit up like a Christmas tree!” Mike read an E-mail and got a chance to explain that the Government shouldn’t force the companies to line up their salaries fairly…it should be up the the boards instead of the Government will take care of it because of public demand.  Mike does not want Government regulating it at all.  “That will only make the problem worse.”  “That is why we need the FairTax.” Mike said.  


The next caller James spent a long time railing on the Republican policies.  Mike is just letting him speak in Neal Boortz fashion.  James broke the ice, “if it wasn’t for that Movie Star you would have won South Carolina”  Mike understands James’ frustration.  “Republicans have not been acting like Republicans” on many issues.  When they go back to the basics and act like Republicans “We do fine” but they have not and that is why we lost the last cycle but the Democrats haven’t done any better.  Mike finished the thought, “There is a lot of blame to go around”


The next caller spoke about Ike and then the FairTax.  Mike said not only do we have to deal with a free spending Congress but they are spending money that they don’t even have!  Mike says that that is wrong!  


11:17 AM – TIME OUT!!  


11:23 AM – Mike is back on the air after the commercial break.  People are lining up on the phone lines.  Great response to his appearance!  Tina Fay’s spoof on Governor Palin on SNL.  Mike said it was very humorous.  the next caller, Ann wanted to talk about her.  The far left feminists have been down right nutty according to Huck.  “NOW is not a woman’s organization.  It is a leftist, feminist organization.”  they are hypocrites according to Mike because while they talk about how household duties should be shared that is exactly what Todd and Sarah do with their children.  “the NOW should applaud them” but they don’t because she is conservative and pro life and doesn’t fit their ideology.  “Sarah is drawing record crowds”  Mike was not optimistic about his parties chances a few weeks ago.   He did not see the base excited.  They were not going to be involved at the grassroots level.  However according to Huckabee, that has completely changed now thanks to Governor Palin!  


11:28 AM – TIME FOR NEWS BREAK – Wow how the time just flies.  We are now halfway through the program!  INCREDIBLE!  I wish Huck was on my radio everyday!  


11: 35 AM – Mike is back on the air!  More on Palin and the energy she has given to the campaign.  61% of Republicans are now more likely to donate money to the cause. Mike says that Governor Palin is authentic and she has run a small business and is the only person on a ticket that has signed a paycheck.  “If I knew being a woman was so important than I would have run in high  stiletto heels, lipstick and a wig!”  Mike is very appreciate to us Georgians for giving him a big win on February 5th and attributes a big part of it to us, the FairTax supporters!  


I missed the last call typing.  Sorry.  I am surprised it hadn’t happened yet.  I must be doing a better job than I thought I would.  I am a fast typer but I have to go back to fix my typos a lot.    


The next caller went back to executives…or at least he wanted to…Mike was able to elucidate and cleared the air.  The caller went on to talk about gas prices. Mike clarified his position on executive salaries again.  Mike wants to let the executive take home all he can as long as the wealth is shared for the hard work of the employees but Government shouldn’t force the issue – “I’m not for government regulations. I’m a free market guy!”


Grace in Kansas is up next  (mentioned Huck’s Army!  Great plug) and asked about the black vote. Mike noted it is a big mistake to go to their community to reach out their hand in October.  “They should start at the beginning.”  the GOP doesn’t have to refine its message it just has to be clear from the beginning and reach out at the very start of the cycle.  The preceived notion that all blacks are liberal is nonsense.  there are lots of them that are conservative but they are not hearing from a lot of Republicans who think they matter or are authentically respected.    


11:45 AM – BREAK TIME


11:52  AM – Here we go again!  Mike is commenting on the news.  One of the stories going over the wire is that Obama is questioning why the Iraqis won’t wait to drawback troops until after election.  Mike is steamed.  “Obama better answer that and answer it soon” 


The next caller, Dan wondered if a political commentator had to present his credentials publicly before an interview.  Mike thought it was interesting and a good idea but said it will never happen.  Mike says that the commentators were more interested in their own credentials while hosting the debates.  That frustrated him a lot!  


11:58 PM – END OF HOUR TWO   While you listen to the news I am going to go get the mail.  Maybe I got some Birthday cards today (Mine is on Friday!).  Nope…not today.  Just a stupid Credit Card offer.  I hate those!  😦  


12:06 PM – Mike is back for the final hour of his fill in for Boortz.  Mike says that Obama has been claiming that he is the agent of change and that he would bring a new breeze to Washington.  Washington Times now claims that John McCain has been partnered 55% of the time with Democrats in the Senate over the past two terms.  Take that!  


Mike is now joined by WSB Washington Correspondent Jamie Dupree.  Dupree says that the state of New York now has a 5 percent lead for Obama (down from 18 %).  Jamie Dupree agrees with Mike in that the establishment and the Washington chattering class are eating their hats on the Palin selection.  Jamie thinks they are jealous and that people can identify with her and the more they look down on her the more the people support Sarah.  Mike says at the convention there was a sigh of relief that Joe Lieberman was not picked.  Mike even says he would not have spoken at the convention if McCain had done that.   Than Governor Palin invigorated the delegates and energized the party base.  Jamie Dupree says the bounce while it will eventually receded it will take a long time to do so – “Whomever wins three out of four between FL, MI, PA, and OH will win the election.”  They went on to discuss the Charlie Gibson interview.  There were many got cha questions and Jamie said that we in the media look bad when we ask those.  In other words Gibson and ABC looks terrible for asking the questions that they did of Governor Palin.    They both agreed that this has galvanized the Conservatives and it is working.  They also agreed that Palin is now in Obama’s head and has really hurt him.  Mike is criticizing both campaigns for not talking to the American people and focusing on the issues and neither have lately according to Mike.  


12:17 PM – END OF SEGMENT AND COMMERCIAL BREAK


12:22 PM – Mike is back from the break.  Mike is talking about the Charles Rangle scandal with his tax returns.  He helped write the current tax code and he screwed up on his returns.  there are demands that he step down from the Ways and Means Committee.  “Neal would not be as polite as I am to Charlie”  My friend Lisa is now on the line and she asked about their (McCain/Palin) position about the FairTax.  He does not know about Governor Palin’s position but that he hopes John McCain would consider it and he thinks he will and hopes he will support it.  Mike would like to see the IRS out of business within the next few years and definitely in his lifetime.


i missed the last caller of the half hour cause I had to feed the cat.  Sorry.  


12:29 – TIME FOR NEWS  


12:35 PM –   The last break for News is over and the last half hour of the show has begun.  Wow.  Time flies.  “What would Neal Boortz do if he couldn’t find anyone good to fill in for him when he was gone?  He got me!”  Mike hopes to get Sarah Palin on board wit the FairTax as a response to a caller in North Carolina.  The next caller  wishes that every time Obama said change that people would hear “towards socialism”.  Mike agrees and while Obama wants change he doesn’t advocate change that he wants or that we need.  Mike ran into a small business owner last night and she is worried about Obama because his economic policy would kill her business.  Mike understands and he agrees.  Now he is advocating the FairTax for the 100th time today (it seems).  He is talking about the New Hampshire stump story about the 2nd job someone took to help her job and that it wasn’t helping because he was basically being taxed everything from that 2nd job. where he noted that the only way he could get assistance for his daughter would be to quit both jobs.   


Mike is now taking a deluge of calls and it is hard to follow.  Many of them are talking about the FairTax and/or people are hailing Mike and telling him that they voted for him.  One caller commented about the bias in the media and Mike said the only way it will stop is if the ratings and money go away and mentioned that MSNBC is now tanking because of their bias.  Mike doesn’t want Government to regulate it and he supports free press.  


12:46 PM – FINAL COMMERCIAL BREAK  One of the many soldiers in Huck’s Army is recording the show and will be splitting it up by segment.  Stay tuned for those.  


12:52 PM – FINAL SEGMENT BEGINS – Mike says thanks to Neal’s staff for helping him and for helping Neal and to Neal for supporting the FairTax.  Here comes another deluge of calls.  First topic  up is offshore drilling.  Mike is explaining  that there is not as much environmental concerns to get oil today than there once were.  Mike says we need energy developed of all types.  Mike is next asked about the cabinet. Mike doesn’t think he will be asked and is not really interested.  H wants to stay out there to help push the issues important to him.  “Never say never though”  The last caller asked about Obama and why he did not donate much money to help education initiatives.  


Mike finshes the show. “It was a pleasure.  God bless and have a nice day!”  


12:58 PM – AND THE SHOW IS OVER


Phew.  I’ll have more and add to this later in the coming hours and days.  I am going to get lunch now.  If you missed it there are some affiliates that run the show on tape later and WSB plays the show back from 1-5 AM the next morning.  So he would be on from 2-5 AM if you are up at that ungodly hour.  Thanks for hanging around with me for the past three hours.  It’s been a pleasure enjoying the show with you.  

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Mike Huckabee Performs Well During Lackluster NBC Debate

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January 24, 2008

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HUCKABEE PERFORMS WELL IN LACKLUSTER NBC DEBATE
Pundits, supporters give Huckabee praise for Florida performance

BOCA RATON, Fla. — While NBC’s Brian Williams and Tim Russert’s moderation of the GOP debate in Florida was lackluster, Gov. Mike Huckabee was still able to shine, demonstrating his clear communication skills to push for a better tax system and a strong defense of the Second Amendment.

On MSNBC, Tucker Carlson said Huckabee did surprisingly well and had the strongest performance of the evening.

At the National Review blogs, Jim Geraghty and Jonah Goldberg made these Live Blog Comments:

Jim Geraghty
Huckabee makes a fair and effective jab at everyone else on stage, noting that when CNBC hosted a debate in Detroit — back when Fred Thompson was a new candidate! — all of the candidates said the economy was doing well. … The best exchange of the night deals with Huckabee and a Chuck Norris comment that McCain was too old to be president.

Jonah Goldberg
I hate to say it, but for politics — and to a certain extent policy — (Mike Huckabee’s answer about the proposed stimulus package) was the best one. The $300 rebate thing is largely stupid as far as I’m concerned. But if we’re going to spend $150 billion, building more highways seems like a better way to go. The China jabs were just smart politics.

Also this from NBC’s Carrie Dann
Huckabee calling Romney out on the Second Amendment is smart Florida politics. They’re fighting over many of the same voters in rural parts of northern Florida and the panhandle, many of whom are hunters and strong gun-rights advocates.

On the message boards at HucksArmy.com, the troops were excited about Huckabee’s positive performance. The posters were particularly impressed with Huckabee’s handling of moderator Tim Russert’s attempt to enforce conventional wisdom.
“ Good for Huck to shut down Russert in the pessimistic attitude of unlikely tax reformation. It’s about time Huck shut him up so he can show his optimism, and that we CAN do it, if we want to,” wrote one poster. “I am sick of everyone saying, ‘We can’t,’ ‘It’s unlikely,’ ‘It’ll never work.’”
Huckabee supporters at HucksArmy.com also praised the governor for his support of the fair tax.
“ I think Mike’s Fair Tax commercial is the key point tonight. I think it is likely to have the greatest effect on polling relative to the other issue based answers tonight,” explained one recruit. “From what I gather, Florida has a significant FairTax grassroots effort. Think Iowa Straw Poll, except everyone will be voting for Huckabee instead of splitting their vote amongst various candidates.”

“Mike Huckabee reached a broad conservative audience tonight,” said Lucas Roebuck, public affairs officer for HucksArmy.com. “His comments on the right to bear arms, a fair tax system, strengthening the economy and being grounded by a foundation of faith are core conservative values that will resonate with Republican voters.”

About HucksArmy.com
With core values of faith, family and freedom, HucksArmy.com is an online grassroots movement not owned or operated by any candidate or political campaign. With over 14,000 recruits, HucksArmy.com is dedicated to mobilize support for candidates who honor God and country.

Huck’s Army Vows Surge For Huckabee

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January 22, 2008

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HUCKSARMY.COM VOWS TO LAUNCH SURGE FOR HUCKABEE
14,000 online volunteers move into action for Florida, Super Tuesday

HOUSTON — Leaders for the largest online grassroots movement to elect Gov. Mike Huckabee have pledged to launch an online surge to win the critical electoral battles in Florida and on Super Tuesday.

“We are going to launch an all out assault over the next few weeks to mobilize voters in Florida and the Super Tuesday states to win Huckabee critical delegates,” said Brett Harris, co-founder of Hucksarmy.com.

Huckabee currently is second in the delegate race, with 40 pledged for his campaign. Gov. Mitt Romney has 59 delegates, and Sen. John McCain has 36.

The surge will incorporate the traditional grassroots efforts that helped propel Huckabee to his first place finish in Iowa and his close second in South Carolina. In addition, the surge front these addition initiatives:

• OPERATION CARAVAN: Members of HucksArmy.com will caravan to Florida to put boots on the ground and campaign for Gov. Huckabee. For more information of the caravans, visit the discussion forum on HucksArmy.com.

• SPECIAL FORCES at SAVE08.org: Working with sister site Save08.org, HucksArmy special forces will be collecting names and counties of people pledged to vote for Gov. Huckabee. HucksArmy is encouraging supporters to become JOHN HANCOCKS by boldly signing their names in support of Gov. Huckabee.

• OPERATION MEDIA VOICE: Former Arkansas journalist Lucas Roebuck has signed up with HucksArmy.com to direct public affairs. He will coordinate a media relations campaign to highlight Gov. Huckabee’s conservative record and publicize the grassroots efforts of HucksArmy.com.

“We have over 14,000 people —and growing everyday — who have enlisted in HucksArmy, ready to mobilize,” said Roebuck. “The outcome of any election is always uncertain until the ballots are cast, but we believe Gov. Huckabee represents the best of America, and we are going to do everything in our power to send Huckabee to Washington.”

About HucksArmy.com
With core values of faith, family and freedom, HucksArmy.com is an online grassroots movement not owned or operated by any candidate or political campaign. With over 14,000 recruits, HucksArmy.com is dedicated to mobilize support for candidates who honor God and country.

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The Reports of Huckabee’s Demise Are Not True!!

Over the last day or so the media and opponents are gleefully reporting on the demise of Mike Huckabee and that he will be the next to drop out of the presidential race. They cite that he has no money left. Folks that is definitely not the case. Let’s do some quick math.

On Sunday there was the BBQ at the Chuck Norris ranch. Attendees to that event paid a $1,000 donation each. It was reported that over 200 attended the event. That’s $200,000 right there alone. Since that point there have been at least four other fundraising events in Florida and Georgia. Add to that the nearly $300,000 we have raised (almost $170,000 and climbing since Fred dropped out yesterday around 1 PM) that puts a total of online and offline fundraising at an estimated $500,000-$600,000 in 4 and a half days!

There is a big buzz around the Huckabee camp. They were planning updates to the website but high traffic after Fred’s announcement has forced them to move slower on those updates or the site would crash.

Took us a little longer than we thought. We will make the changes live tomorrow. Website was hopping with traffic today. Lots of energy building. Keep it coming.


UPDATE – Also the return of national momentum can be seen in the Rasmussen daily tracking poll. Huck hit a low on Monday of about 15% but is creeping back up to a virtual tie for 2nd with Romney. Currently it stands at McCain 24% Romney 19% and Huckabee at 17%. Rudy is back in the pack at 11%. the past two nights of polling shows Huck with a gain of 2% in the average while McCain and Romney haven’t budged. Last night was the first night that Fred was not in the poll but with it will be a few days until his numbers disappear because the poll is a an average of the past four nights. Fred is at 7% based on the prior three nights before he dropped out. We’ll find out who gets his support. Many elected officials in Georgia that supported Fred and now moving towards Huckabee (not all of them but many).

And while Mike Huckabee may not be spending as much money or time around Florida his grassroots Army will be. So don’t be surprised if Huck does better than expected on Tuesday night.

LET’S ROLL – Huck’s Army Special Forces Formed!

Good morning!

I don’t know about you but it will be a busy day for me. It is finally the 15th of November and that means it’s time to roll out! this afternoon, Lisa Chambers, myself, and a few others from Gwinnett County for Mike Huckabee will be meeting together for lunch and afterwards hitting the streets with our Huckabee signs! During lunch we will have plenty to talk about…even more than I thought yesterday!

A few days back I was invited to a conference call. If you have read this blog for a few months I have talked about the Blogger’s calls with Mike Huckabee. This was different and perhaps more important. The conference call was about the formation of the Special Forces of Huck’s Army.

Our General is a fine man from Kentucky named Bill. He made his mind up about Mike Huckabee during a CNN Debate when Mike was asked about Evolution by Wolf Blitzer. He spent a month in Iowa before the Straw Poll and was quite an asset to the operations there and the eventual 2nd place finish there back in August. Other than that he has lots of experience with managing large groups of people, he once managed a group of 40,000 at his last job before he retired. We definitely have a competent leader!

I was really not sure what to expect out of the call and I suppose that is quite appropriate. I’ve been doing that a lot lately. I didn’t anticipate what this blog would become, how much on fire I would get for Mike Huckabee, or what would happen with the Gwinnett County Meetup group either. It’s all been a leap of faith for me.

After introducing himself we went around the country and introduced ourselves to each other. We all were somewhat familiar with each other from the Huck’s Army Forum. I don’t know what the camaraderie is like with supporters of any other campaign but I don’t think they can match our ability to become instant friends and our sincere adoration for Mike. What might have been quite rigid in other camps was very laid back and informal but we did not lose sight of our goal.

I am waiting a transcript of the call from some others on the forum. However the site is still down as it is being worked on for a re-launch to coincide with the Special-Forces operation kickoff. The site was to be ready at 0800 (8 AM Eastern) but to this point hasn’t come back online yet. I will share notes from the call later since I don’t think I can do them justice. What we talked about was of the utmost importance. Our first goal is of course to get Mike a win in Iowa and then spread operations all over the country.

What I did find out, to my excitement, that we, Huck’s Army is a member of Team 100! For those who are not aware there is a Team of 100 people that are raising $100,000 each for the Mike Huckabee campaign by the end of December. If you do the math that equals $10 Million by the end of 4th Quarter! Huck’s Army has been given a donor code of 160. We’ve been using that code for a few weeks now and we are already the Top Rated donor code!

I don’t have too much time to talk this morning. Please check back this evening for more. I hope to have the notes from the call to share. This is not a covert operation anymore! I will also have pictures from the Sign Waving. Also expected today is a third poll from Iowa that will confirm the surge for Mike there. Oh and I will have news about Mike’s first ad buy in the Hawkeye state as well!

LET’S ROLL TROOPS!!