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Mike Huckabee warns of ‘radical left’ takeover if Biden wins

Staff photo / David Skolnick Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who unsuccessfully ran for president twice, spoke Tuesday at a Mahoning County Republican Party fundraiser in Canfield. The event coincided with the first presidential debate in Cleveland.

CANFIELD — If Democrat Joe Biden wins the presidency, the “radical left” will take over the country, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said at a Mahoning County Republican Party event.

“If Joe Biden is elected president, he won’t be calling the shots,” Huckabee told a crowd of about 300 on Tuesday at the fundraiser at Waypoint 4180 in Canfield.

He added, “It will be people like Kamala Harris (Biden’s vice presidential running mate), who’s the No. 1 liberal in the Senate. It will be people like (U.S. Sen.) Bernie Sanders, who’s an unapologetic socialist. It will be people like ‘The Squad,” AOC (U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez), the 30-year-old wonder.”

Huckabee, who unsuccessfully ran for president in 2008 and 2016, spent time mocking Biden for being confused and lost.

“If he wasn’t so completely disconnected from his own policies, I would feel sorry for him,” Huckabee said. “But I don’t for this reason: It is our country that’s on the line.”

The fundraiser was the same night as the first presidential debate between Biden and President Donald Trump, a Republican, in Cleveland. Barely any people at the Mahoning Republican event were wearing face masks despite a state mandate.

Huckabee, who lost the 2016 Republican nomination to Trump, praised the president as intelligent, gracious, funny and hardworking.

Huckabee said Republicans who don’t support the president aren’t “Republicans anymore.

“I’m not being mean, but I don’t think it’s possible for a person to say, ‘I’m a Republican, but I’m voting for Joe Biden,'” he said.

Biden is for higher taxes and more regulations while Trump supports lower taxes and fewer regulations, Huckabee said. Also, he said, “Donald Trump is the most pro-life president in all American history.”

In response to Huckabee’s appearance, Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper said the Trump campaign is “no longer even on TV in Ohio so they’re swarming the state with people who have no connection with the people of Ohio to try to win votes. It’s a desperate move by a bankrupt campaign.”

Huckabee also complimented Trump for nominating Judge Amy Coney Barrett for the U.S. Supreme Court, saying she’s an even better nominee than Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, the two justices Trump nominated and were confirmed by the Senate.

Huckabee said he isn’t concerned about a justice being conservative or liberal. He wants a justice to be constitutionalist.

“I want someone to be blind to the politics,” he said.

Huckabee urged Republicans to vote “to make sure we make up for the dead Democrats who vote absentee.”

Trump said that during and after the 2016 election and is accusing Democrats of doing it this year, although no evidence has been presented that it’s happened.

In response to the debate, Jeff Goodman, the Trumbull County Democratic Party’s parliamentarian, said it “clearly defined the differences between the two candidates’ policies and personalities. Joe Biden appeared poised, prepared and made a tremendous effort to address substantive issues and the American public. Donald Trump appeared unhinged. Seeing an American president chastised by the moderator like a petulant teenager repeatedly for his inability to follow the agreed-upon debate protocol was, at best, embarrassing. Tonight was a clear victory for the Biden campaign.”

Trumbull Republican Party Chairman Kevin Wyndham said, “One can’t fault Trump (for) his inability to maintain his patience to tolerate the constant attacks, misrepresentations and misinformation that he has endured the last four years.”

Explaining complicated issues in two minutes is “almost damning to either candidate,” Wyndham added. “Unfortunately, I think the debate failed to convince any undecided voters and probably only entrenched the 92 percent that say they have already decided.”

U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Marietta, called the debate “a lively exchange between two passionate candidates, but also reconfirmed for America the stark policy differences between them.”

Johnson said Trump “forcefully highlighted his record of success the last four years and also talked about the hard work left to do.”

Before the debate, U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Howland, who was in the audience in Cleveland, said, “A lot of undecided voters will go with Biden. He’s good in situations like this. He is confident and caring. Trump is mean-spirited.

“There’s been a campaign to put doubt on (Biden’s) capabilities, and that’s not true,” Ryan said.

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