Huckabee And Santorum To Join Trump On CNN


The past two winners of the Iowa Caucus former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick  will join front runner Donald Trump at his event in Iowa tonight that will air 9 p.m. ET on CNN. While, neither man is expected tonight to endorse Trump this evening at his fund raiser for military veterans, their voters know that being there is a show of support for the man who tops the polls.

Both men will be part of the undercard debate on Fox News then they will make the 10 minute drive over to Drake University to join the Trump. Huckabee told reporters that he supported the vet’s and that joining Trump to raise money was something he wanted to do.

“I respect Donald Trump, I like him. We’ve had a great relationship, and we are competitors in this race, but we are still colleagues towards some issues.”

Trump’s event is scheduled at the same time as tonight’s Fox News main stage debate, so other candidates have argued that Trump is ducking the stage because he’s afraid to debate the issues.

But instead, Huckabee lauded Trump for his commitment to veterans and said he wouldn’t take sides on the issue between Trump and the network as a former Fox employee.

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“I’m not sure I would be willing to do this with every one of the Republican presidential candidates, to go to one of their events, but I’lll do it with Donald Trump,” said Huckabee, who will be in the undercard debate that ends before Trump’s rally. Rick Santorum will also attend Trump’s event.

When asked if he’s more comfortable with Trump than with Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Huckabee lampooned Cruz for being backed by the “hedge-fund billionaire circle” and accused him of tailoring his message differently on the stump than he does in Manhattan with donors.

Having both Huckabee and Santorum at the Iowa event could very well clinch the Iowa GOP Caucus for Trump who is in a close battle with Cruz in the “Hawkeye State.”

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Jim Williams is the Washington Bureau Chief, Digital Director as well as the Director of Special Projects for Genesis Communications. He is starting his third year as part of the team. This is Williams 40th year in the media business, and in that time he has served in a number of capacities. He is a seven time Emmy Award winning television producer, director, writer and executive. He has developed four regional sports networks, directed over 2,000 live sporting events including basketball, football, baseball hockey, soccer and even polo to name a few sports. Major events include three Olympic Games, two World Cups, two World Series, six NBA Playoffs, four Stanley Cup Playoffs, four NCAA Men’s National Basketball Championship Tournaments (March Madness), two Super Bowl and over a dozen college bowl games. On the entertainment side Williams was involved s and directed over 500 concerts for Showtime, Pay Per View and MTV Networks.