Thursday, November 15, 2007

Harkin: Huckabee The Republican To Watch

But veteran senator calls presidential candidate's Social Security
one-time payout plan 'wacky'

U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin today said the Republican presidential candidate to watch in Iowa and nationally is former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.

Huckabee has been surging in polls and garnering more media attention.

"I tell you who you ought to keep your eye on," Harkin, D-Iowa, said. "You ought to keep your eye on Mike Huckabee. I'm telling you I think he could pull off some big surprises in the state of Iowa and beyond."

Harkin -- who himself has been a champion of fresh fruits and vegetables for schoolchildre and has gone so far as to take issue with Hollywood titans for their use of the cartoon character Shrek for marketing candy to kids -- credits Huckabee with zeroing on preventative health measures in the campaign.

"I've talked to Mike about this on more than one occasion," Harkin said. "He gets it and he's coming so I tell you: look out."

Harkin is not similarly impressed with Huckabee's plan to provide a one-time Social Security payout to seniors with a certain level of wealth, a vague plan Huckabee has talked about in debates and forums.

"I heard about and it just sounds like something he just threw out there for something," Harkin said. "That will not go anywhere. I can't imagine that getting support from anybody. I didn't say that I agree I with everything. That's sort of a wacky proposal. That's not going anywhere."

This story is crossposted to Iowa Independent where it originally appeared.

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