Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee joined me today:
HH: Pleased to welcome back Governor Mike Huckabee, former governor of Arkansas, star of Fox News Channel. Governor, welcome, it’s always a pleasure to talk to you.
MH: Hugh, it’s a pleasure to be back, thank you, sir.
HH: You must be happy. A Reuters poll showing you’re in second place nationally behind Donald Trump, showing momentum for Mike Huckabee.
MH: That’s always good news, but you know, I guess having been through this before, you don’t want to get too excited when the polls are showing you near the top. You don’t want to get too depressed if they show you that you’re not near the top, because at this point, they’re going to fluctuate. But the key thing we’re focused on is building the structure and the organization in the early states. And that’s what I’m very happy about. We’ve built out the biggest precinct-level organization in both Iowa and South Carolina, and that’s what it ultimately takes to win these early states. Continue Reading
Scott Walker On His National Security Speech At The Citadel, 2016 And VP Biden, Speaker Boehner And Hillary Clinton
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker joined me today for a wide ranging interview on national security and the 2016 race generally:
HH: I begin today’s program with Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. Governor Walker, welcome back, it’s always a pleasure to have you.
SW: Hey, Hugh, thank you for having me on. Love it.
HH: Well, today’s a big day for you. You’ve got this hard-hitting speech at the Citadel on national security and Islamist radicalism, but you also started a party debate on China this week, and it’s excellent, because it’s going to be a national security election. Before I go to those two issues, though, I have three political questions for you.
SW: Sure. Go…
HH: The first has to do with House Speaker John Boehner, who Wednesday at a fundraiser here in Colorado, I’m here in Colorado at Colorado Christian University, he called Senator Ted Cruz “a jackass.” Now I know you are competing against the Senator, but he’s a friend of mine, and he’s one of the great Constitutional litigators of our times. What do you think of the Speaker’s slam on the Senator?
SW: Well, I think it’s just wrong. I was, I’m in South Carolina today, and I was here at the beginning of the week. Senator Cruz and I and Ben Carson spoke to Congressman Duncan’s event, and even though I don’t know Senator Cruz as well as I know some of the governors, I’ve grown to like him and admire him quite a bit on the campaign trail.
HH: Does this rhetoric help at all in the party when people are slamming each other left and right like this?
SW: No, it doesn’t at all, particularly at a time when so many Americans, rightfully so, are frustrated that we can’t get things done in Washington, that people, I’m frustrated, although I think the one thing that’s interesting, some people in the national media think it’s anger. They talk about it with some of the candidates that it’s anger. I don’t. I think it’s a sense of urgency that Americans are urgent. There’s an urgent sense that they want leaders in Washington to actually follow through on the campaign promises they made on the campaign trail. It’s why there’s a growing frustration, for example, that they haven’t put a bill on the President’s desk to repeal Obamacare once and for all. And people can say yeah, sure, in Washington, the President’s going to veto it, but put it on his table, show the American people we have what it takes to get it through the House and the Senate. It’s why I put out a week ago our day one patient freedom plan to show we would introduce a bill on day one, and then lift, get rid of the special carve out that President Obama gave to members of the House, their staff and their families, and now have to live under the provisions of Obamacare. You may them live under that, I believe they’re going to move on it rather quickly. We need people who are going to support people who do just that. Continue Reading
Meet the Press host Chuck Todd joined me for his regur Friday appearance:
HH: Coming up after the bottom of the hour, the parade of candidates ends with Mike Huckabee, but I’ve asked NBC host of Meet the Press – Chuck Todd – to join me for two segments today because any week when I talk to Trump, Fiorina, Kasich, Walker, Rubio, and Huckabee is a week that I really need to sit down with the man who began his career at Hotline – the political junkie’s continual fix. Chuck Todd, how are you? It’s great to talk to you.
CT: I’m good. Happy Friday. Happy end of August.
HH: And to you. What do you do in this weekend? This is – it’s a week of tragedy. The assassination of the newsmen. We lost two special operators in Afghanistan. Political news blowing up. What are you going to do?
CT: Well, it’s funny you say that. I don’t want to say it’s – look, I got Scott Walker. I’m sitting down with him after you’re going to be in studio this weekend. After he gives his citadel speech. I do want to do the big foreign policy interview him. Go through the world with him. Obviously, they feel as if they’re prepared to do that, so that’s part one. I’m also doing ISIS – here we are, ISIS one year later from – Hugh, it was a year ago this week that the president infamously said we have no strategy yet. And then of course, by a week or two, they rolled out a strategy, but here we are a year later and – you know – we’re basically at square one. Even worse, the administration putting somebody to try and defend their position – will also have a couple of other people respond to it – Brett McGurk will come on and – it’s a tough thing for them to sell because I think everybody is acknowledging that the strategy doesn’t work. I have a different way of trying to do Katrina with Malcolm Gladwell. He wrote a very–
HH: Oh interesting.
CT: . . . provocative piece about New Orleans and Katrina. And essentially – you can’t help but read that piece and say, “Did Katrina save New Orleans?” I know it’s a little counterintuitive, but New Orleans a mess. New Orleans was plagued by so many problems. . .
HH: And they got to rebuild in their school system.
CT: The clean slate gave it a chance to survive.
HH: Yeah. How interesting. That’s–
CT: So anyway. Trying to do a little differently there than the typical stuff other people have been doing.
HH: Well, I just finished a lengthy interview with Walker, mostly about foreign policy, so I’ll be interested to watch you drill down further.
CT: Yeah. Alright.
HH: It’s posted over at Hugh Hewitt.
CT: That’s good stuff (laughs).
HH: But let me give the first question I asked him which wasn’t about foreign policy. I’m just curious about your take on this. Cut number eight – Scott Walker with me earlier at the last hour. How Speaker Boehner – who Wednesday at a fundraiser here in Colorado – I’m here at Colorado – Colorado Christian University – he called Senator Ted Cruz a “jackass.” Now I know you’re competing against the senator, but he’s a friend of mine and he’s one of the great Constitutional litigators of our time. What do you think of the Speaker’s slam on the senator? Continue Reading