Mike Huckabee

  • Aired:  02/24/11
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Mike Huckabee believes there aren't nearly enough potential presidential candidates working for Fox News. (5:08)

>> WELCOME BACK, EVERYBODY.

MY GUEST TONIGHT, RECENTLY

SAID IT IS STUPID TO DECLARE

YOUR CANDIDACY TOO EARLY.

BUT I WILL REMIND HIM THIS

IS LATE NIGHT.

PLEASE WELCOME MIKE

HUCKABEE.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

GOVERNOR, GOOD TO SEE YOU

AGAIN, THANKS FOR COMING

BACK.

>> THANK YOU.

>> Stephen: ALL RIGHT, SO IT

HAS BEEN A QUICK FOUR YEARS.

>> YES T HAS.

>> Stephen: JUST A FEW

MONTHS FROM NOW IN 2007 WHEN

I PLUCKED YOU FROM OBSCURITY.

>> AND GAVE ME THE COLBERT

BUMP.

>> Stephen: AND YOU WON

IOWA.

>> I KNOW.

(LAUGHTER)

>> Stephen: WHICH LEADS ME

TO THE NEXT OBVIOUS

QUESTION.

>> YES.

>> Stephen: ARE YOU RUNNING

FOR PRESIDENT?

>> I AM SERIOUSLY THINKING

ABOUT IT I REALLY AM.

>> Stephen: OKAY HOW

SERIOUSLY, LIKE RUNNING,

RUNNING?

>> OR RUNNING.

>> IT'S A TOUGH DECISION.

YOU KNOW, RUNNING FOR

PRESIDENT IS NOT LIKE SAYING

I THINK I WOULD LIKE TO HAVE

STRAWBERRY INSTEAD OF

VANILLA IT IS A BIG THING

YOU PUT YOUR FAMILY THROUGH,

YOU PUT YOUR FRIENDS THROUGH,

YOU PUT YOURSELF THROUGH.

AND YOU KNOW, I GOT TO KNOW

THAT MY MESSAGE IS

RESONATING WITH ENOUGH

AMERICANS TO MAKE IT WORTH

THE EFFORT TO GO OUT THERE

AND DO IT.

>> Stephen: OKAY, SPEAKING

OF YOUR MESSAGE.

LET'S GET TO YOUR BOOK.

IT'S CALLED "I AM RUNNING"

(LAUGHTER)

>> IS THATS WHAT IT'S

CALLED.

YOU ALSO HAVE ANOTHER BOOK,

IT'S CALLED "A SIMPLE

GOVERNMENT"

>> YES.

THAT'S REALLY THE BOOK

THERE.

>> Stephen: SO NOW WHAT DO

YOU MEAN BY SIMPLE

GOVERNMENT.

HOW-- HOW, SIMPLE MINDED?

HOW SIMPLE DO YOU WANT OUR

GOVERNMENT TO BE?

>> WELL, WHAT I TRY TO DO IN

THE BOOK IS TO SAY THERE ARE

A LOT OF ISSUES.

THEY'RE VERY COMPLICATED BUT

WHILE THE ISSUE MAY BE

COMPLEX, THE SOLUTION IS NOT

EASY BUT IT PLAY BE SIMPLE.

FOR EXAMPLE, WE'RE DEALING

WITH AN ECONOMIC MELTDOWN

BECAUSE OF A SIMPLE

VIOLATION OF THE PRINCIPLES

YOU CAN'T SPEND MONEY YOU

DON'T HAVE AND YOU CAN'T

BORROW MONEY THAT YOU CAN'T

AFFORD TO PAY BACK.

NOW INDIVIDUALS KNOW THAT.

BUSINESSES KNOW THAT.

WHY DOESN'T THE GOVERNMENT

KNOW THAT?

BUT THEY CONTINUE TO SPEND

MONEY.

IF YOU ARE IN A HOLE, NUMBER

ONE, STOP DIGGING.

IF YOU ARE BROKE, NUMBER ONE,

STOP SPENDING.

THAT'S A SIMPLE PRINCIPLES

APPLIED TO A COMPLEX

PROBLEM.

>> Stephen: ARE YOU CLEARLY

RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT.

>> I AM?

>> Stephen: YES, BECAUSE

YOU-- YOU, THIS IS A TEA

PARTY BOOK.

THIS IS A GOVERNMENT

CONSERVATIVE, SMALL

GOVERNMENT REPUBLICAN BOOK

WHEREAS YOU HAVE BEEN A

SOCIAL CONSERVATIVE

REPUBLICAN.

AND GUYS LIKE YOU, THE

SOCIAL CONSERVATIVE KIND

WERE SORT OF SENT TO THE

BACK OF THE BUS AT CPAC

RECENTLY.

>> I DIDN'T EVEN GO.

>> Stephen: THAT IS HOW FAR

BACK OF THE BUS YOU WERE.

OKAY.

>> HOW ABOUT UNDER THE BUS.

>> Stephen: ARE THE SOCIAL

CONSERVATIVES GOING TO BE

GIVEN A SEAT AT THE TABLE IF

THEY CAN GET THE TABLE ON

THE BUS.

ARE THE SOCIAL CONSERVATIVES

GOING TO BE LISTENED TO.

BECAUSE I'M HEARING FROM MY

REPUBLICAN BUDDIES, LET'S

KEEP ABORTION, GAY MARRIAGE

AND NOT TALK ABOUT THAT, SO

WE CAN GET THE CENTER THIS

TIME?

>> THE FACT IS SOCIAL

CONSERVATIVES ARE ALSO

FISCAL CONSERVATIVES.

IF YOU WERE TO POLL THE TEA

PARTY YOU WOULD FIND THAT

WHILE THE ECONOMIC ISSUES

ARE FRONT AND CENTER,

BECAUSE IT'S LIKE THE HOUSE

ON FIRE, AND THE ONE THAT IS

ON FIRE IS THE ONE YOU PAY

ATTENTION TO, NOT THE ONE

THAT HAS HER

MIGHT-- TERMITES, EVEN

THOUGH THE TERMITES MAY BE

SOMETHING YOU HAVE TO DEAL

WITH.

THAT IS REALLY KIND OF WHAT

IS HAPPENING-- .

>> Stephen: WHICH HOUSE IS

THE TEA PARTY SETTING ON

FIRE.

DID YOU JUST ACCUSE THE TEA

PARTY OF ARSON.

>> THE ECONOMIC PROBLEMS

WHEN, AS MANY AMERICANS 14

TO 15 MILLION DON'T HAVE A

JOB, THAT HAS TO BE THE

PRIMARY INTEREST OF ANYBODY

RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT RIGHT

NOW.

>> Stephen: FAIR ENOUGH.

THAT'S FAIR ENOUGH.

NOW DO YOU HAVE A JOB RIGHT

NOW?

>> ACTUALLY HAVE SEVERAL OF

THEM.

>> Stephen: YOU WORK FOR FOX

NEWS.

>> I DO.

>> Stephen: HOW MANY

POTENTIAL PRESIDENTIAL

CANDIDATES WORK FOR FOX NEWS

RIGHT NOW.

>> NOT NEARLY ENOUGH THERE

NEEDS TO BE A FEW MORE.

>> Stephen: ARE YOU SAYING

THAT GLENN BECK SHOULD RUN?

(LAUGHTER)

>> Stephen: LET'S TALK ABOUT

SOME OF THE VIEWS THAT THE

REPUBLICAN PRIMARY VOTERS

HAVE OF YOUR LIKELY OPPONENT

BARACK OBAMA.

>> OKAY.

>> Stephen: A POLL TAKEN

LAST YEAR SAID THAT 46% OF

REPUBLICANS BELIEVE THAT

BARACK OBAMA IS A MUSLIM.

>> I DON'T BELIEVE THAT.

>> Stephen: YOU DO NOT

BELIEVE THAT.

>> I DO NOT BELIEVE THAT.

I THINK IT IS RIDICULOUS TO

TALK ABOUT THAT.

>> Stephen: YOU BELIEVE THAT

46% OF AMERICANS ARE DUMB,

STUPID,.

>> NO, I THINK THEY HAVE

COME TO A CONCLUSION THAT IS

NOT BASED ON FACT.

HE HAS ARTICULATED

REPEATEDLY THAT HE IS A

CHRISTIAN.

>> Stephen: YOU ACTUALLY

THINK IT'S TRUE.

>> WELL, AND I ALSO THINK

IT'S IRRELEVANT.

>> Stephen: I DIDN'T HEAR A

YES.

>> I THINK IT'S IRRELEVANT.

>> Stephen: ABOUT WHETHER HE

IS A MUSLIM.

I AGREE, I AGREE.

I THINK HE SHOULD COME OUT

AND ADMIT HE'S A MUSLIM.

NOW YOU SAID MITT ROMNEY

WON'T WIN BECAUSE HE

REMINDED PEOPLE OF THE GUY

THAT LAID THEM OFF.

>> WELL, DURING THE LAST

CAMPAIGN--

(LAUGHTER)

>> Stephen: RIGHT, YOU SAID

THAT.

>> I NEVER SAID HIM.

EVERYONE ASSUMED THAT I WAS

TALKING ABOUT HIM.

WHAT I SAID WAS THAT

AMERICANS WOULD LIKE TO

ELECT SOMEBODY THAT IS LIKE

THE GUY THEY WORK WITH, NOT

THE GUY THAT LAID THEM OFF.

AND I-- THAT'S ALL I SAID.

AND EVERYBODY SAID OH,

YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT MITT

ROMNEY.

I DIDN'T SAY MITT ROMNEY,

EVERYONE ELSE DID.

>> Stephen: WELL WA, DO YOU

THINK MITT ROMNEY LOOKS

LIKE?

OTHER THAN GUYS SMILING ON

SES KNEE STREET.

GOVERNOR, THANKS,.

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