Thursday, January 28, 2016

Sad Huck watch: Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum hope to take advantage of Cruz-Trump feud

Posted By on Thu, Jan 28, 2016 at 9:04 AM

Donald Trump is teasing Ted Cruz for being a Canadian and Cruz is challenging him to a one-on-one debate. By the time I post this, he may well have challenged him to a duel. For charity. For the veterans. 

Anyways, the goof balls at the back of the clown car see the knock-clown-drag-out fight up front as an opportunity, the Washington Post reports

“In 2012, 40 percent of people who voted for me decided in the last couple of days,” Santorum told an early morning crowd in Lake Mills, a small town near the Minnesota border. “Because of the food fight between the top two candidates, you’re going to have a ton of people showing up who are not decided.”

Like Mike Huckabee, Rick Santorum is struggling because the evangelical base that plays an outsized role in the Iowa caucuses seems to be siding with Cruz, or even Trump, who barely even goes to church. That's left the two holy rollers who have previously won Iowa, Huck & Rick, out in the cold. The whole thing is a confusing bummer for them. From the Wapo story, here's Santorum: 

“I got a call from somebody last night, saying they were going to endorse Cruz,” Santorum said in an interview after his morning event. “I said, ‘I think that’s a mistake. He’s not catching on. He’s got a lot of issues even social conservatives are worried about, like his stance on marriage, and you’re giving him a pass.’ Fine, go ahead, make him the standard-bearer, but what you’ve done is make it harder for me and Mike to break through.”

And the Huckster?

Huckabee was even bolder in his disdain for Cruz. Ever since the New York Times released a tape of Cruz telling a New York donor that banning gay marriage would not be a “top three priority” for his administration – Cruz said he would defend “the whole Constitution,” effectively leaving marriage to the states – Huckabee has insisted that the Texas says “one thing in Muscatine [Iowa] and another thing in Manhattan.” And a pro-Huckabee super PAC has put $1.1 million behind an ad campaign that casts Cruz as a “phony” Christian. In the radio and TV spots from Pursuing America’s Greatness, two women bemoan how Cruz “doesn’t tithe” and his wife Heidi worked at Goldman Sachs before the candidate secured a crucial loan guarantee for his 2012 Senate bid.

On Wednesday, speaking to around 50 voters at a pizza restaurant in Ames, Huckabee repeatedly leaned into those attacks, warning of candidates backed by “Citigroup and Goldman Sachs,” and asking how much better the country might be if Christians tithed 10 percent of their earnings.

“I don't want to comment on what he gives or doesn't,” said Huckabee in an interview after the speech. “My view is this: On a spiritual level, it’s really hard to say that God is first in my life if he’s last in my budget.”

The former Arkansas governor was even more comfortable chastising Ted and Heidi Cruz for the 2012 loans. “How many people out here could do that?” said Huckabee, pointing to the people who had come to see him. “Could you do that? I couldn’t, either. If you’re going to say ‘I’m not one of those insiders in the cartel,’ but you get the money only the cartel gets, and your background is that you worked for the cartel, and that was the launch of your [political] career, how do you say: Oh, that’s not me?”

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