One-hit wonder | Arkansas Blog

Thursday, May 24, 2007

One-hit wonder

Posted By on Thu, May 24, 2007 at 12:01 PM

Does a lame joke a presidential candidate make? Mike Huckabee seems to think so. He's trying to parlay the John Edwards line into money. His release on the jump. It's about judgment.

And here's a thought: Why settle for a contribution equal to the cost of a haircuit? Why not a contribution equal to the cost of those free suits Jennings Osborne once gave the Huckster?


LITTLE ROCK, AR – Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee’s campaign announced a new fundraising drive late Tuesday to take in donations at the price of an average haircut from at least 400 individual contributors in 96 hours.  Now at its midway point, the campaign has nearly hit its target.


The drive started at 5 p.m. ET on Tuesday, May 22, 2007 and will end at 5 p.m. ET on Saturday, May 26, 2007.


Huckabee said the goal of the drive is to underscore comments he made last week at the GOP Presidential Debate in Columbia, SC.  “A joke I used in the last Republican debate comparing Congressional spending to John Edwards spending money in a beauty shop seems to have gone over pretty well.  While I used humor to illustrate my point, the fact is, most hard-working Americans have to budget for everyday expenses such as getting a haircut,” he said.


“Perhaps if Senators and Members of Congress were more in touch with the real concerns of average Americans, they would be more responsible with the money of their constituents,” said Huckabee, who launched his presidential exploratory committee in late January.


Huckabee said he believes that “connecting with average Americans is critical to the Republican Party’s prospects” of holding onto the presidency in 2008. “I hope my supporters will use this opportunity to weigh in with the campaign while having a little fun,” he said.


Donations in the amount of an individual’s last haircut can be made online at or by calling Huckabee’s exploratory campaign headquarters at 1-501-324-2008.  Donations are not tax deductible as charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes.


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