Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Video: NewsMax Interviews Mike Huckabee

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Video:Mike Huckabee At Music Aid Northwest

If you are a fan of Governor Huckabee's bass playing, then you are going to enjoy the below video of him jamming to the classic Jimi Hendrix tune,"Angel". Governor Huckabee gave this stellar performance last week at a benefit concert. Read the press release below for all the info on the event.

Music Aid Northwest presents “Rockers, Suits, the Kids Jam” featuring Mike Huckabee on Bass.

Redmond Old Fire House Teen Center will host benefit concert in support of music program in schools

REDMOND – On Thursday, May 22, 2008, at 7pm, the Old Fire House Teen Center, 16510 NE 79th St., Redmond, will host “Rockers, Suits, the Kids Jam”, a cross-cultural benefit music event sponsored by Music Aid Northwest. The evening will mark the third in a series of community outreach and promotional concerts in support of “Music Plates”, a Music Aid Northwest Washington State specialty license plate project to fund music programs in schools. The event will also serve as the launching point for the Music Plates website at

The headliner for the evening will be the former governor of Arkansas and former 2008 presidential primary contender Mike Huckabee. When asked why a politician, and why Huckabee, Music Aid Northwest (MAN) President Bob Tomberg was quick to point out that MAN is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and the event is not political in nature. However, he also noted the license plate endeavor will require legislative approval, as well as collecting 3500 signatures and raising $35,000 in Washington State Department of Licensing start-up fees before lawmakers will even consider the proposal. Signature sheets are available for download at

According to Tomberg, “As Governor of Arkansas, Mike Huckabee successfully passed legislation guaranteeing a music and art education for all students. We hope to see the same thing happen here in Washington.” In 2007, Huckabee was presented with the Music for Life Award by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) for his commitment to music education.

Tomberg said, "Our goal in holding this event is to bring people from all walks of life together to make music. It’s truly going to be a cross-cultural event with national politicians, international rock stars, students, as well as journeyman musicians, melding their talents to promote music education in the schools. We are grateful that Mr. Huckabee has agreed to support our project." Tomberg is the guitarist and manager of the pop/rock band Shelley and the Curves. He is also a dentist with a private practice in Bellevue.

Huckabee has been playing bass since he was 12. He is so convinced about the benefits of music, he doesn’t think he would have made it to governor had it not been for music in his life.

According to Huckabee, “Music students do better at math, language studies, every other field of studies and they are better equipped for life. Music teaches the discipline to study and helps students gain self-confidence and learn about teamwork as they realize every piece of the band is important. Music kept me focused and provided me with the disciplines to be a successful governor. It’s something I’m very passionate about. It’s terrific that Music Aid Northwest is championing this cause in Washington State. I’m happy to endorse their efforts and I’m looking forward to an awesome event,” he said.

Huckabee formed his own rock band in 1996 called Capitol Offense. In addition to a line up of resident youth musicians, Huckabee will be joined on stage at the Redmond Teen Center by Tomberg; Alan White, MAN board member, best known for his legendary drumming for Yes, as well as his work with former Beatles, George Harrison and John Lennon; Shelly Tomberg, MAN board member, lead singer for Shelly and the Curves; Reek Havok, MAN board member, known for his pioneering work in electronic percussion and studio electronics, he will spin a mix of progressive house music on deck with recent University of Washington grad and Seattle club DJ Dave Airborne. The event is expected to draw the support of other local and national talent as well.

The public is invited. Music teachers, students and parents are encouraged to attend. Suggested donation $20 at the door. Music Aid Northwest is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. All donations are tax deductible. For more information, please visit or, or call Ken Wong, Redmond Teen Programs Director, 425-556-2320.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Huckabee To Visit New Hampshire In June

May 28, 2008 - 8:25 am
The Concord Monitor

Former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee is coming back to New Hampshire - and he's bringing his bass guitar.

Huckabee will be campaigning for state Sen. Bob Clegg, a Republican candidate for Congress from Hudson. Clegg, who was one of Huckabee's most prominent supporters during the New Hampshire primary, will campaign with the former Arkansas governor on June 8 and 9 in Nashua. The pair will attend the Nashua "Summer Jam" on June 8, where Huckabee may join in the music.

Music-making was a big part of Huckabee's campaign. As governor, he was in a band called Capitol Offense.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

The Huffington Post Interviews Mike Huckabee

Huckabee On The Next Republican Revolution

From The Huffington Post

h/t to Dale

Former Arkansas governor and GOP presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee was in Seattle last Thursday promoting music education for Music Aid Northwest after speaking to a meeting of the Family Research Council.

Between making the rounds on local rock and conservative radio stations, he sat down with Will Mari and Laura Mansfield, writers and OffTheBus members, for a wide-ranging interview. He talked in part about how the Web has transformed politics, moving power out of the hands of the wealthy, how Fred Thompson killed his candidacy, how South Carolina was the turning point, how Republican ideology has been hijacked by a new-style fiscally irresponsible and un-American version of libertarianism and how the evangelical vote is up for grabs this fall. Here's a partial, summarized transcript of the Q&A.

How are you doing after the election and the primary season?

Almost as busy as I was during the campaign [doing a lot of speaking on behalf of candidates for the House and Senate and for Sen. John McCain]. Then also, [I have] been working on my future, on what I'm going to do, and some of that involves writing a book that will come out in November."

What's the book about?

I have to kind of keep it very general. The publisher wants me to keep things very mysterious for now, but essentially it'll be a book on the overall direction of American and where it's headed.... I'm also looking at some media opportunities that I'm trying to nail down ... I'm certainly not lacking for something to do."


Why do you believe you lost to John McCain, other than money?

He got more votes than me! If you do an analysis of the election, if we had played by the rules of the Democrats, I would have won, and if the Democrats have played by the rules of the Republicans, Hillary would have won this long ago.

If you look at the process, and I'm not bitter about and it's nothing that I'm complaining about. It is what it is. But the Republicans had a front-loaded system with winner-take-all states, and the front-load was largely states that were states that are not Republican states, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, California. They were winner-take-all states, but they were big states and delegate-rich. Those were the states John McCain plays very well in. I've won the states in the South. I won Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, West Virginia and Arkansas...

But those were all proportionate states. So I won them, but I didn't get all the delegates. But if you had taken that whole system and reversed it, it would have been a very different outcome.

[The January 19 South Carolina primary was a turning point in the campaign.] Fred Thompson's presence took votes from me. We would have won by 10 points had Fred not been in the race. We would have won handily in South Carolina, but because the conservative vote split, in essence, three ways, and even though I had more than Fred Thompson and Mitt Romney combined, the fact is, their presence kept me from the two points I needed to beat John McCain in South Carolina. [He lost 29.9 percent to McCain's 33.2 percent.]

[Even after winning New Hampshire, McCain] had said that if he lost South Carolina, he was quitting. Instead, he won South Carolina, and so he goes on to get the nomination. We barely missed it in South Carolina and then we had some conservative talk show hosts that kept saying we were pulling out of Florida, which was not true. I was in Florida every day, and that hurt us... We never could recover because by that point the media had already decided how the outcome was, and you couldn't overcome it.

We knew there was still a chance, but the problem was, it was a perception issue we had to overcome. It's not unlike what Hillary's facing today. Whether she likes it or not, the perception is that it's over for her. She can argue that she could take it to the convention. I could argue the same thing. The convention is where the process really does happen. But once every day, the media pounds it in that the elections over, then at some point it becomes this self-fulfilling prophecy... if every day for weeks on end, the people of Ohio or Wisconsin or Texas or Rhode Island are told that it really doesn't matter how they vote, it's already done, then first of all, some of the people just don't even bother to go vote, and others don't want to vote if they don't think they're going to win, so they go vote for whoever everybody says is going to be the winner. There's just a certain psychology about that.

Up until the very end, though, the people who were really with us, were fanatically loyal to us. It was incredible. [There were record crowds at Huckabee rallies right on through the March 4 Texas primary/caucus, after which he dropped out of the race.]

We had incredible support from people, most of whom had never been involved in politics before. We did not get the establishment Republican support, but what we did get was a whole new breed of people who had never been involved, and for the first time, decided to plug in. [Half of Huckabee donors had never given to a political campaign before.] MORE [HERE]

Friday, May 23, 2008

Mike Huckabee Wins Important Online VP Poll

May 22, 2008 – 12:55 p.m.

CQ Politics VP Madness: And the Winner is.....

The polls have closed, the votes have been tallied, and it’s a landslide: CQ Politics readers think Arizona Sen. John McCain should pick former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee as his vice-presidential running mate.

Huckabee was the winner of CQ Politics’ inaugural “VP Madness,” a college basketball-style tournament that whittled a field of 32 potential McCain running mates that were selected by CQ Politics editors and reporters. Visitors to CQ Politics could vote once in each of five single-elimination rounds spread out over three weeks. The voting ended Wednesday at noon.

Huckabee, who was a McCain rival for the presidency before endorsing him in early March, crushed Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin in the final round, 72 percent to 27 percent. Some blogs even promoted the selection of Huckabee and Palin.

Huckabee has signaled his willingness to share a ballot with McCain: “There’s no one I would rather be on a ticket with than John McCain ,” Huckabee said on NBC’s Meet the Press program last Sunday.

Huckabee’s backers have touted his executive experience — he served more than a decade (1996-2007) as governor of Arkansas. He’s articulate and likeable, and he campaigned respectfully against McCain and eschewed scorched-earth tactics. McCain has made it clear that he’s looking for a much younger ticket-mate, and Huckabee will turn 53 a few days before McCain turns 72. Huckabee’s social-issue conservatism could help McCain assuage some activists on the political right hold about the independent-minded Arizonan.

Huckabee’s social-issue conservatism could be a minus, though, if McCain and his advisers think that selecting Huckabee, an ordained Baptist minister, could turn off political independents. The Club for Growth, a group that emphasizes tax cuts, restraint in spending and free trade, has described Huckabee’s fiscal record as “mixed, at best.” And the quick-quipping Huckabee had to apologize for making a joke at the National Rifle Association’s annual meeting about someone trying to shoot Obama.

Other Republicans who performed well in the VP Madness were Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty , who lost to Huckabee in one semifinal, and Rob Portman, a former Ohio congressman (1993-2005) and former Bush administration trade and budget official who lost to Palin in the other semifinal.

Meanwhile, the real vice-presidential vetting process has begun. At least two of the final eight choices in VP Madness — Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and Florida Gov. Charlie Crist — plan to meet with McCain this weekend at his Arizona home, according to press reports. So will former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney , a former McCain rival for the presidency who lost in the second round.

McCain’s campaign is describing the meetings more as social visits and less as auditions for potential running mates. McCain will select a candidate before the Republican convention in St. Paul the first week of September.

Stay tuned for the Democratic version of “VP Madness” in the coming days or weeks — or whenever the Democrats settle on a nominee. Feel free to use the comments section to opine on who you think that McCain and the Democratic nominee should — or will — select as their running mates.

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