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Mike Huckabee Book Tour Begins February 27 in Iowa

He just doesn’t slow down.  Mike Huckabee has just returned from an extended trip to Israel which was his 15th visit there (read this Politico article about some of it) and starting on February 27 he will embark on a twelve state, forty city tour to promote his new policy book A Simple Government.  He will kick-off that tour in the First in the Nation caucus state of Iowa and will also visit other key primary states.

The entire schedule of the book tour can be found here and you can RSVP for any of these stops and you will be sent up-to-date information on that event.  If you can’t attend one of these events you can order an autographed copy of A Simple Government or puchase the book at many other retailers.

Huckabee had this to say about his new book in an email to supporters:

Just when I think the Obama Administration can’t possibly pile on more debt, more job-killing regulations, and more intrusions into our private lives, they surprise me. So I decided to sum up why I disagree with them about spending, taxes, health care, immigration, terrorism… and just about every other issue.

And while I was pondering our current problems, I kept thinking about the Founding Fathers. They understood that the best government is a simple government. They wrote the entire Constitution in about 20 pages of plain English. Compare that to the Obamacare bill alone — more than 2,000 pages of gobbledygook!

Don’t get me wrong — I know that problems like unemployment and national security are complex. But the principles that can solve them are simple: personal liberty, accountability, standing up to bullies, putting local government ahead of Washington, and putting the family ahead of everything.

In short, A SIMPLE GOVERNMENT is about the twelve things we really need from Washington — and a trillion that we don’t.

Governor Huckabee has stated that he will decide if he is going to run for President again by the end of this summer but it looks like the early primary states are already getting a taste of some ninety degree weather.

Mike Huckabee’s Next Book Tour shows Iowa and South Carolina the Love

Will he or won’t he?  That will most likely be the question until the end of this summer.  Will Mike Huckabee make a second run for the White House?  He has adamantly said time and time again that he will not make this decision until later in the year and lately he has been giving a time-table and his reasons for waiting, which I believe is a positive sign that he is going to run.  With now three different polls in Iowa showing that he still is the favorite and his base is still in tact, national polls like this that show him as the clear leader for the nomination, and just yesterday a poll that shows him with promise in a state that should never be a Huckabee state, why wouldn’t he run?

I know supporters are freaking out about his could-be late entry into the presidential race but I am not one of them.  The critics to his method point out Fred Thompson’s failure, but what they need to realize is that Thompson’s strategy did not fail but he failed as a candidate.  Huckabee has the grassroots foundation in the early caucus and primary states, a national platform on Fox News and ABC Radio until he does declare, and charisma to steal the show once he does enter.

Governor Huckabee will also be staying front and center in the news until this summer even without declaring a candidacy for POTUS.  He is scheduled to leave on a two-week trip to Israel the end of January and then will be hosting a week-long Alaskan cruise in June.  In between those two events he is fitting in a mega tour for his new policy book due out on February 22 called A Simple Government:  Twelve Things We Really Need from Washington (and a Trillion That We Don’t!) And this just isn’t any other book tour as it will be spreading the love to two early caucus/primary states…Iowa and South Carolina.  There are 40 stops on this tour with over a quarter of them being in these two states alone:  six destinations in Iowa and five in South Carolina.  And with the media just chomping at the bit for the presidential race to start but the heavy hitters in the GOP dragging their feet to enter, this event should get quite a bit of attention.

Hang on.  This should be quite a ride if you are a Huckabee supporter.  Is it summer yet?

Mike Huckabee Wrapped-Up Another Book Tour and Another Comes in 2011

Governor Huckabee has just wrapped up another book tour.  This time he was promoting his Christmas book A Simple Christmas from last year which has been updated and his new children’s book Can’t Wait Till Christmas which stems from one of the chapters in the adult version.  This was a more low-key tour as about half the stops were made than he normally does when promoting a book.  This time he visited the states of Arizona, California, Florida, and New Jersey.  I believe these were all states he had not visited before on a book tour with the exception of Florida.  He received an amazing response in these states in which many times hundreds of people were lined up to meet Huckabee and have their books signed.

While on the tour Gov. Huckabee also took the time to give some important lectures and speeches.  One of these was in Orange County in Southern California where it seemed he was taking a Presidential campaign for a test drive, and the attendees were enthusiastic about his message.  While going back to the east coast for his Fox News show and another book signing Huckabee stirred emotion at the 28th Beit El Dinner in New York where he received a standing ovation.  While on the book tour trail Huckabee was very open to talking to the press which could be because he is a natural behind the camera and microphone and is confident in his message.  There were two really good spontaneous interviews:  one was conducted at the Reagan Library in California and the other one was with NewsMax while he was in Florida where he stated that he could take the White House in 2012.

Can’t Wait Till Christmas debuted at number ten on The New York Time’s Best Seller List last week and Huckabee has already announced that he will have a new policy book coming out at the end of February 2011.  I have been made aware that this spring book tour will have a large amount of destinations and in states that could send a message.  It will be interesting to see the footprints of Mike Huckabee in 2011 since he has remained so popular and continues to lead in polls not only for the GOP nomination in 2012 but also in head-to-head match-ups against President Obama.  Maybe soon he will get some respect.

Huckabee: Another Book?

Right now Governor Mike Huckabee is on a 64 city and 22 state book tour for A Simple Christmas and so far it has reached #18 on the New York Times Best Seller list.  His best seller from last year Do the Right Thing has come out in paperback during the release of the new book.  What I didn’t realize, however, is that a new chapter was added to Do the Right Thing that deals with the 2008 election.  (It was published even before the Republican Convention.)

Adam Graham at race42012 gave a summary of what this new chapter is about.  Huckabee uses this chapter to praise the pick of Sarah Palin as Vice President, to hammer on those who supported TARP and the stimulus and to make a point how some of those people were the very ones who criticized him for not being a fiscal conservative, and to make a statement of what he would have done if Joe Lieberman was the VP pick:

Huckabee planned to not appear at the Republican Convention “quietly” and to focus his attention exclusively on House, Governor, and Senate candidates.

At one of the book signings Huckabee admitted that he was already working on his eighth book which will be a policy book due out the end of 2010 or beginning of 2011.  Hmmmm………..

Huckabee Touring the Country and Rising to the Top

Governor Huckabee’s recent visit to Iowa to promote his new book A Simple Christmas:  Twelve Stories That Celebrate the True Holiday Spirit demonstrated that Iowans still like Mike.  He was met with great crowds at all of his three stops (which is similar to the enthusiastic response he is getting in other states as well) and at his last event of the evening he shared why he’s in the state and why he will be back in Iowa again.

A lot has changed since Huckabee first stepped foot in Iowa.   He began as a blip in the polls and now he is considered the front runner for the Republican nomination in 2012.  He has recently had a clean sweep in the polls; Rasmussen, CNN, PPP, and most recently Gallup have all proved him to be the number one choice for 2012.

The question that remains is will he leave his number one weekend cable show on Fox which dominates the ratings across the board and his in demand radio show that is up to 450 affiliates to pursue the nomination?  We sure hope so.

Huckabee Hits the Road for His New Book “A Simple Christmas”

Governor Mike Huckabee is coming out with a new book called A Simple Christmas:  Twelve Stories That Celebrate the True Holiday Spirit on November 3rd only a year after his last book Do the Right Thing hit the top five on the New York Times Best Seller list.  This book, however, is much different from the last in that it is not a policy book but instead a people book.

“The first Christmas was a simple one. So simple that it had all the makings of a first-class disaster. It’s miracle it turned out well at all. In fact, that’s the whole point. It really was, and remains, a miracle – the greatest miracle of all time. And it really was simple.”

Huckabee recounts twelve Christmas memories – often funny, sometimes deeply moving – that range from his childhood in Arkansas to his years as a young husband and father to his time as a governor and then a presidential candidate. These true stories will help you smile, take a deep breath, and maybe slow down your own holiday treadmill.

If you’re looking for a little clarity, sanity, and inspiration at this insane time of year, you’re sure to enjoy A Simple Christmas.

Huckabee will once again be hitting the trail in an exhausting sixty city stop book signing tour in November.  Be sure to check if he is coming to a city near you.  This is the seventh book that the Governor has authored.

Huckabee’s Current Successes

Since ending his presidential campaign in March of 2008, Mike Huckabee has not slowed down too much.  In April he launched Huck PAC, which is dedicated to finding and supporting conservative candidates seeking all levels of office.  Following that, he launched the Vertical Politics Institute which will become a think tank for promoting conservative issues.

Next, he began to venture into the media in order to discuss the issues.  At the end of September his TV show Huckabee debuted on FOX News and has been one of the highest ranking new shows on that network.  In October the show reached #1 status with 2,316,000 viewers for one episode.  In November, his book Do the Right Thing hit the shelves while Huckabee went on a fifty-six city book tour.  The book is currently in its sixth week in the top ten of the New York Times Best Seller List.  He has started 2009 off by launching his new radio show The Huckabee Report on the ABC Radio Network.  Time will tell if this avenue will also be as successful as his others.

Huckabee’s Words of Wisdom

Some people have a problem walking and chewing gum at the same time, but evidently not Mike Huckabee who conducted an interview while engaging in his book signing of Do the Right Thing.  He had time to weigh in on the bailouts, Obama, and Libertarianism.

These words of wisdom should not be taken lightly since back in October of 2007 Huckabee had this do say about the economy during a Republican debate in Dearborn, Michigan.

“I want to make sure people understand that for many people on this stage the economy is doing terrifically well, but for a lot of Americans it’s not doing so well.  The people who handle the bags and make the beds at our hotels and serve the food, many of them are having to work two jobs. And that’s barely paying the rent.”

Those other people on stage with him with the exception of one had very different views of how the economy was doing.  Huckabee was beat up by the media and talking heads for his stance on the sputtering economy, but I wonder who was correct back then now that it has been said that we have been in a recession since December 2007?  You be the judge.

Huckabee Iowa Interview

 Steve Deace from WHO radio out of Des Moines, Iowa, interviewed Governor Mike Huckabee yesterday on his show Deace in the Afternoon.  Huckabee was interviewed via cell phone while he was on his Do the Right Thing book tour en route from Alabama to Mississippi.  The governor has not been on this radio show since the day after he captured the Iowa Caucuses.

Steve Deace started the interview by pointing out that the book has debuted at #5 on the New York Time’s Best Seller List and that the crowds on the book tour have been huge.  Huckabee added that the message of common sense conservatism in the book is “really resonating with the people.”  When it was mentioned that the reviews of the book have not been fair because most of the book is about specific policy proposals and not attacks on former opponents, Huckabee said that he was not surprised because he noted that people who reviewed the book admitted to him that they were just “reviewing the reviews.”

When asked about calling out people by name, Huckabee said that he had to do that if he was going to have any credibility with his audience.  He claimed that he is known as “plain spoken” and not to “sugar coat” things, so he had to tell the truth about the campaign trail but that it is not “mean spirited.”  Huckabee also added that while some may object to him naming names, no one has yet to challenge the truthfulness of the book.

When it comes to criticisms about his book, Huckabee brought up the Hugh Hewitt interview and said that he blew Hewitt’s anti-Mormon accusation “out of the water” when he pointed out that he has twice on his FOX tv show Huckabee gave kudos to the Mormon church for its support of Prop 8 in California.  Huckabee said that Mormons are very conservative and stand for traditional marriage and the sanctity of life, and that if all of their members stuck to that then maybe there wouldn’t have been a problem with Mitt Romney this primary season.  When Deace brought up the failure of Chistian leaders to back him in his presidential run, Huckabee responded that he felt that he needed to tell the truth on the “why” they wouldn’t back him even though he came from them and had already run for office, because he knew that a lot of people sensed something was going on.

In this interview Huckabee also touches on that as time goes on, he has felt vindicated in the positions he took on certain issues during his campaign, such as the economy and Pakistan.  During the primaries he said that the economy was “starting to sputter” and the Wall Street Journal and National Review beat him up for it, but now it has come true.  He also said that he predicted that Pakistan would be our “greatest threat to peace and the greatest threat of terrorism” in an article he wrote for Foreign Affairs which some in the Republican establishment ridiculed, but now look at what has happened in Mumbai.  On the current bailout issue he stated that he has been one of the few ferociously against it because it is “unconstitutional for the government to pick winners and losers in the market place” and had John McCain also protested it, he could have won the election.

Steve Deace also questioned Mike about what the establishment is saying about him now, and Huckabee says that nothing has changed because they want people like us “to dry up and blow away.”  He also pointed out that this is the subject of one of his favorite chapters “Politically Homeless” where he discusses that pro-life and pro-family people came to the Republican party for these two issues and if we go “soft” on them, that is when we lose.  His advice to the Republican party nationally and for Iowa is that we have to “stay true to being pro-life, pro-family, lower taxes, and being for moms and dads and not government.”  Because if we get “squishy” on those topics, people will not believe in us or our promises any more because it is “not just about elections, but about principles.”  Of course, Deace brought up the 2012 prospect for Huckabee and he said, “I’m not going to close the door on it.”  Right now he would like to focus on defining himself and his message instead of someone like the Club for Growth doing it for him.

You can listen to the entire interview here.

Holy Cow! The Huck-a-Bus Has Come and Gone

What would bring so many Iowans out of their warm houses on a freezing November night?  The same thing that inspired them to drag their butts off of their couches on the sub-zero night of January 3rd:  their support of Mike Huckabee and conservative values.  One would think that after a roller coaster election season that has lasted more than fifteen months for Iowans and ended in bitter Republican defeats plagued with party in-fighting most people would not find having a political book signed by a former presidential candidate high on their priority list.  But someone forgot to tell the base of the party that they have been left for dead while mods in the GOP continue to argue that it must move to the center to win elections.  Really, win elections without these people and these issues?

At the Cedar Rapids event at Barnes and Noble it has been reported that between 600-800 showed up for the Do the Right Thing book signing over the noon hour yesterday.  And at the Des Moines event that same night at Sam’s Club that number of people were already there one half hour into the event.  What is easy to see is that Huckabee still has the base support, but now he is also shaking hands with liberals on his FOX tv show and will be reaching out to millions of other Americans on his radio show The Huckabee Report.  I have paid attention to the media and the blogoshpere and I am fully aware of the ridicule and hatred that a few have directed towards Huckabee and those who believe that focusing on the social issues is what can make the government fiscally conservative.  All I can say is “bring it on” because that means we must be above the target.  Don’t kid yourself for one minute that the Republican party does not need candidates like Mike Huckabee or voters like these to get our conservative message out.