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Republican 2012 primaries may be a ‘demolition derby,’ Huckabee predicts

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WASHINGTON – Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, a leading GOP presidential hopeful, predicted the 2012 primaries would be a bloodbath for his party and could gift reelection to President Barack Obama on a silver plate.

In a wide-ranging interview with The Washington Post, Huckabee revealed his concerns about running again in 2012 and offered a strikingly pessimistic take on his party’s prospects for capturing the White House.

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Obama “is going to be much tougher to beat than people in our party think,” Huckabee said. “He’s going to have a clear ride through to the Democratic nomination, because no one is going to oppose him or challenge him.

“He’s going to start out with a billion dollars, no opponent, so he can save his money to the last four months. He’s got a huge social network and he has the power of the incumbency. People underestimate how sweet it is flying on Air Force One with all the trappings of the presidency.”

Meanwhile, Republicans “could in fact end up with a demolition derby,” he lamented. “Whoever emerges will come out bloody, bruised and broke.”

If polling is any indication, Huckabee is a top-three candidate for the GOP presidential nomination in 2012, sharing the stage with former governors Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin. The clear frontrunner for the Iowa caucuses, which he won in 2008, Huckabee has built a loyal nationwide following among religious conservatives, a critical portion of the Republican base.

In remarks that may irk the party faithful, Huckabee questioned whether the tea party — which he praised for bringing disenfranchised voters into the political process — would permit the nomination of a candidate who’s more interested in governing than feeding red meat to the base.

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“What I don’t know is, does this translate into a party of such ultraorthodoxy that no one with a record of actually governing can get through the mire?” he said.

Huckabee was so vocal to the Post regarding his concerns about running in 2012 — money, preparation, health, and his general dislike of the process — that the ensuing headline was, “Does Mike Huckabee still want to be president?”

The former governor’s misgivings could keep him away from the contest, of course, but his comments to the Post could also simply be part of a media strategy that involves lower expectations in the early stages.

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Internet slams ‘disgusting’ Donald Trump Jr. after he skates for killing endangered Mongolian sheep

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According to new reports, Donald Trump Jr. illegally shot and killed an endangered argali sheep on a taxpayer-funded hunting trip in Western Mongolia in August — and the Mongolian government retroactively gave him a permit rather than tread on the toes of the U.S. government.

The report was met with outrage on social media, with commenters blasting Trump Jr.'s bloodthirst for endangered animals and the wealth and privilege that allowed him to kill them with no accountability. Some even compared it to the right-wing outrage about Hunter Biden being given a free position on the board of Ukrainian energy company Burisma.

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‘This is a lie’: Lisa Page pummels Trump for telling blatant falsehoods about her at crazed rally

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Former FBI attorney Lisa Page on Wednesday called out President Donald Trump for once again lying about her at one of his political rallies.

On Tuesday night, Trump told supporters in Pennsylvania that Page supposedly had to file a restraining order against former FBI agent Peter Strzok, with whom she'd had a relationship during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Trump hedged his claim by telling his supporters, "That's what I heard, I don't know if it's true."

Page, however, took to Twitter to shred the president for repeating a blatant falsehood.

"This is a lie," she wrote. "Nothing like this ever happened. I wish we had a president who knew how to act like one."

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Trump busted for lying about NATO in days-late response to world leaders mocking him

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President Donald Trump responded to a week-old tweet from a Fox Business personality about Canada's prime minister and other world leaders mocking him, and spouted misleading claims about NATO allies.

The president falsely claimed in his response to Charles Payne that Justin Trudeau, along with French president Emmanuel Macron and British prime minister Boris Johnson, were actually angry and not laughing about his bizarre news conference at the NATO summit.

"They were just upset that I demanded they pay their fair share for NATO," Trump claimed, four days after Payne's tweet. "Their countries are delinquent. I raised $530 Billion more from NATO countries! Thank you Charles."

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