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Tuesday, December 11, 2007
posted by Aaron Gulbransen | 5:30 PM | permalink
Twin articles with earily similar themes show that Giuliani wants Huckabee to clear the way for him and the Democrats want Huckabee to win the nomination to clear the way for them.

The first article, which can be found here, details how Mayor Giuliani and Governor Huckabee's respective campaigns have made a non-aggression pact with each other that resulted in both camps not criticizing the other camp. The strategy was to allow Huckabee to gain steam, thus knocking off Fred Thompson and Mitt Romney.

"Rudolph Giuliani, the Republican frontrunner, and Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor now surging up the party’s rankings, are pursuing an unofficial non-aggression pact as they try to knock rivals out of the race for the presidential nomination.

In the week that the battle for the Republican nomination turned ugly in a bad-tempered televised debate, the former New York mayor and the ex-Arkansas governor have been at pains not to knock each other, according to campaign insiders.

Advisors to Mr Giuliani told The Sunday Telegraph that they were deliberately refraining from public criticism of Mr Huckabee, despite his increasing popularity, in the hope that he can derail their mutual rivals, Mitt Romney and Fred Thompson."

The article goes on to mention that should Huckabee actually become a real threat to Giuliani, then the gloves will come off.

"Former Giuliani speechwriter Fred Siegel told The Sunday Telegraph: 'Right now, Huckabee is an unmitigated Godsend for Rudy. They have a shared interest in not attacking each other right now, but if Huckabee threatens to upset the apple cart in Florida, then the gloves will be off for the Giuliani campaign. Florida is his firewall.'"

The second article can be found on the Drudgereport

"Democrat party officials are avoiding any and all criticism of Republican presidential contender Mike Huckabee, insiders reveal.

The Democratic National Committee has told staffers to hold all fire, until he secures the party's nomination.

The directive has come down from the highest levels within the party, according to a top source.

Within the DNC, Huckabee is known as the "glass jaw -- and they're just waiting to break it."

In the last three weeks since Huckabee's surge kicked in, the DNC hasn't released a single press release criticizing his rising candidacy.

The last DNC press release critical of Huckabee appeared back on March 2nd.

[DNC Press Release Attack Summary:

Governor Mitt Romney (R-MA) – 37% (99 press releases)
Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R-NY) – 28% (74)
Senator John McCain (R-AZ) – 24% (64)
Senator Fred Thompson (R-TN) – 8% (20)
Governor Mike Huckabee – 2% (4)]

In fact, as the story broke over the weekend that Huckabee said he wanted to isolate AIDS patients back in 1992, the DNC ignored the opportunity to slam the candidate from the left.

The interesting thing is that, at least in terms of press releases, the DNC clearly considers Romney the greatest threat with Giuliani coming in second.
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