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http://www.politico.com/story/2014/07/mike-huckabee-private-planes-108851.html#ixzz37WvyfKPq

by Alexander Burns
July 14, 2014

As a presidential candidate, Mike Huckabee made a name for himself as the regular Joe on the debate stage, a threadbare underdog who couldn’t afford his opponents’ Madison Avenue-style commercials, plush hotels and chartered planes. In his campaign memoir, Huckabee proclaimed that he “kept in touch” with ordinary people while eating food-court fare and waiting for long-delayed commercial flights as “other candidates were stepping onto their Gulfstream jets.”

These days, the former Arkansas governor is living — and flying — far more comfortably.

Now a Fox News commentator and highly paid public speaker, Huckabee has in just a few years racked up at least $253,000 in private air travel bills on the way to political events, according to a POLITICO review of federal and state campaign finance records.

As he continues to toy publicly with the possibility of a second presidential campaign in 2016, Huckabee has cut a costly path through the nation’s political battlegrounds, incurring significant costs to Republican candidates and groups in at least nine states, among them the Iowa Republican Party and Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin’s infamous 2012 campaign. It’s a penchant for aerial luxury that could present a jarring contrast to Huckabee’s homespun shtick should he decide to be a candidate in the future.

While wealthy and famous politicians often fly in style, Huckabee’s political travel is lavish by any standard. He appears to rely on private flights far more frequently than his potential rivals in the 2016 field. And if fans are often happy to cover the cost, Huckabee’s insistence on chartered planes tends to set him apart from a field of competitors scrambling to amass chits from early-state power brokers.

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Not a big deal.
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Not a big deal.

Today, especially for Republicans, 'image' is reality. 

Compared to Romney, Huckabee's a fly to be swatted,  but anything POLITICO can do to diminish a candidate...they won't miss the oppotunity.
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This is nothing more than an attempt to "proactively" throw darts at Huckabee.  Politico needed some reason to mention Huckabee and Akin in the same article, for example, so they ginned up a non-story about air travel.  In reality, of course, Huckabee's desired image as a food-court-fare-eating man of the people is nothing compared to Shrillary's attempt to portray herself as a broke, lower middle class public servant who just wants to serve her country.  Huckabee's expenditures on air travel is also peanuts compared to Obama's grossly excessive use of taxpayer resources for his vacations and fundraising trips.
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This is nothing more than an attempt to "proactively" throw darts at Huckabee.  Politico needed some reason to mention Huckabee and Akin in the same article, for example, so they ginned up a non-story about air travel.  In reality, of course, Huckabee's desired image as a food-court-fare-eating man of the people is nothing compared to Shrillary's attempt to portray herself as a broke, lower middle class public servant who just wants to serve her country.  Huckabee's expenditures on air travel is also peanuts compared to Obama's grossly excessive use of taxpayer resources for his vacations and fundraising trips.
Huckabee was and is one of Akin's biggest backers. Had it not been for his continued support, Akin just might have dropped out.
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