In an interview on “America’s Newsroom,” Huckabee mentioned that whereas no conventions imply not attending to see the candidates — President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden — of their component, the talk stage might be a revealing, “pay-per-view” second.
“All we’ve seen is Joe Biden from the basement. The president is, after all, relegated to having to talk in sure venues with out the type of crowds [that] usually do create an power that he feeds upon. However, it does not imply that this campaign is one way or the other going south for the president,” he mentioned.
“I nonetheless suppose the important thing turning level will not be going to be the conference,” Huckabee mentioned. “It’s going to be the debate. When these two guys are on stage collectively — I have been on stage with Donald Trump in presidential debates — I do not know if Joe Biden has any concept what he is stepping into when that occurs.”
“You realize it has been a very long time, governor, since a debate has moved the needle,” host John Roberts interjected. “1960 involves thoughts, however I do not actually recall many moments since when in case you are a candidate at a deficit you’ve got a knockout debate efficiency and also you flip issues round. So, will the debates actually be that massive [of] a second?
“Effectively, I’m going again to the Mondale-Reagan moment, the place Mondale type of went after Reagan [about] his age and Reagan slapped it again at him – knocked it out of the park,” he famous.
“Michael Dukakis forgot that, you understand, his spouse actually ought to have been a little bit bit extra [of] an object of ardour than when he reasonably nonchalantly mentioned what would occur if she had been raped,” he mentioned. “I imply, these had been seminal moments in campaigns that have occurred in debates. So, it will possibly occur.”
“Proper, however did the Reagan Mondale debate actually change issues?” requested Roberts. “I imply, Reagan gained 49 states.”
Huckabee mentioned that whereas folks had been questioning if Reagan nonetheless had “it,” he was capable of show he did.
“And, I feel the president’s going to show he nonetheless has it too,” he concluded.