Mike Huckabee: Ron Paul Can’t Win – His Supporters Are Too Fanatical
by Napp Nazworth
Newscast Media HOUSTON, Texas — Although Ron Paul could win the Iowa caucus, he cannot win the nomination because his “fanatical believers” are not “mainstream America,” said former presidential candidate and media personality Mike Huckabee.
“Ron Paul is not going to get elected president. He’s not. His views on foreign policy are so much an anathema to the Republicans, much less the Democrats, and what I call ‘middle-of-the-road people,’” Huckabee said on “Fox News Sunday.”
“He has a very strong core of fanatical believers, but they do not represent the mainstream of America.”
In particular, Huckabee mentioned Texas Congressman Paul’s views on the possibility of Iran obtaining a nuclear weapon.
“You can’t go around saying, ‘yeah, it’s OK for Iran to have a nuclear weapon.’ That’s beyond off-the-edge to think that it’s OK for the government of Iran to have nuclear devices. And [Paul] says, ‘well Pakistan has them and Israel has them and U.S. and Russia have them.’ The difference is they have them so they won’t use them. Iran wants to get one because they want to use it. There’s a big difference. It’s like he doesn’t get it.”
Paul has argued that continuing sanctions against Iran is only “promoting [Iran's] desire to have” nuclear weapons. “We don’t need another war,” Paul added emphatically.
In addition to Huckabee’s criticism of Paul, the Texas Congressman is catching blowback from both libs and conservatives because his racially charged newsletters. Huffington Post did a piece on him that did not help, so did conservative blog that dug up some dirt on Ron Paul in this article by HotAir.
With the Iowa caucus taking place on Jan. 3, Paul has to find a way to diffuse the negative press from both sides. Whether or not he can pull it off remains to be seen.