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Good, bad and downright ugly reaction to Eastwood's speech

Mike Huckabee weighs in

 

This is a rush transcript from "Your World," August 31, 2012. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

NEIL CAVUTO, HOST OF "YOUR WORLD": Unique, rousing, entertaining, just some of the words to describe Clint Eastwood's chat with President Obama last night.

And then there's this.

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LAWRENCE O'DONNELL, HOST OF "THE LAST WORD": Clint Eastwood was a disaster.

AL SHARPTON, HOST OF "POLITICS NATION": They did not think that he would get up there and erode in the front of the whole world like he did.

RACHEL MADDOW, HOST OF "RACHEL MADDOW SHOW": I don't -- I don't -- I don't know.

It's -- I don't -- that was the weirdest thing I have ever seen at a political convention in my entire life.

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CAVUTO: I was at the convention. Mike Huckabee was at the convention.

I -- maybe we were at different conventions.

First of all, this was a silly thing. It wasn't meant to be this great, cerebral moment where a guy like you takes the stage or another governor takes the stage. You know, am I missing something?

MIKE HUCKABEE (R), FORMER ARKANSAS GOVERNOR: No, I think you got it exactly.

Clint Eastwood -- it was the surprise vice guest. It was in part I think to respond to the Super Bowl ad, where some people had surmised that he was out there supporting the Obama bailout of the car companies.

CAVUTO: Right. HUCKABEE: He came back and walked that back and said, no, that had nothing to do with it. It was about America.

So, Clint Eastwood is a great American and he loves this country. He is conservative and tends to lean a little libertarian. He's very comfortable to go there. I thought it was a -- you know, it was Clint Eastwood, for gosh sakes.

CAVUTO: You know what happened? For those -- he wasn't reading any script.

HUCKABEE: Yes.

CAVUTO: He -- so we noticed a teleprompter, which I noticed, because mine goes down and just the show -- move up a little bit -- the show is finished.

(LAUGHTER)

CAVUTO: But there was no -- the prompter was frozen.

HUCKABEE: Yes.

CAVUTO: So, I thought, oh, my gosh, his remarks, you know, they are in ether. And he was winging all this.

HUCKABEE: Yes.

CAVUTO: And that, I could see. I felt a little pain at just winging something there. But what did you make of that and whether it helped or hurt Mitt Romney?

HUCKABEE: Oh. Well, you know, the people who do not like Mitt Romney and do not like Republicans hated Clint Eastwood being there.

The people who like Mitt Romney and who love Clint Eastwood and are for the Republicans, they thought it was just great and cute and fun and kind of -- frankly, it was the only moment in the entire convention that wasn't highly scripted and choreographed. I kind of liked the drama and the spontaneity. So, I found it entertaining.

I don't expect Clint Eastwood to come out and give a Ronald Reagan speech because he is not a politician. He was there because of the celebrity that he brings and the credibility with that and the attention that he brings.

CAVUTO: By the way, if he were to be doing this for Barack Obama, you would never hear boo about this.

HUCKABEE: No, it would be...

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CAVUTO: Clint Eastwood came out. They would say, oh, brilliant.

HUCKABEE: I guarantee you they're going to be all kinds of...

CAVUTO: Talking to a chair with Mitt Romney. Yes.

HUCKABEE: The Hollywood crowd will turn out big next week in Charlotte.

CAVUTO: Is this what you and Debbie Wasserman Schultz were getting all....

(CROSSTALK)

HUCKABEE: Yes. I had a little fun with her.

(CROSSTALK)

CAVUTO: Want to take a look at this...

(CROSSTALK)

HUCKABEE: OK, great.

CAVUTO: Like me here.

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HUCKABEE: The only hitch in an otherwise perfect week was the awful noise coming from the hotel room next door to mine.

It turns out it was just Debbie Wasserman Schultz practicing her speech for the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte next week, bless her heart.

(BOOING)

BROOKE BALDWIN, CNN: If he were sitting in that empty chair next to you, what would your retort be?

REP. DEBBIE WASSERMAN SCHULTZ, D-FLA.: I would ignore him because he is irrelevant.

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(LAUGHTER)

CAVUTO: Whoa.

HUCKABEE: Well, she should have ignored me then.

(LAUGHTER)

HUCKABEE: Oh, you know, I don't care. It was a fun remark. It wasn't intended to be mean.

And she made one statement that I loved. She said something about Mike Huckabee just has a problem being around strong women. I'm thinking, for 38 years, obviously, you do not know who I have been married for. You have not met Janet H. yet.

CAVUTO: Yes, I wouldn't mess with Janet H.

HUCKABEE: Yes. No, you shouldn't.

CAVUTO: That's very thin-skinned, very thin-skinned.

HUCKABEE: Yes. You know, people say stuff about me all the time. And sometimes it's even intended to be hurtful.

CAVUTO: You should hear when you leave what we say.

HUCKABEE: I know. That is some of the stuff I am talking about.

CAVUTO: It's ridiculous.

HUCKABEE: I have always believed in politics there comes a point you just have to say, look, that is part of the whole process. You move on. It is not a big deal.

I am flattered when someone takes a shot at me. Sometimes it will be Jon Stewart on "The Daily Show" or Stephen Colbert. And I consider that a great honor, because I feel flattered that they think I was important enough to mention.

From this point forward, I will try to remember Debbie Wasserman Schultz is not important enough for me to mention. Maybe that's who I should handle it.

CAVUTO: Is this going to come up on your show this weekend? Not important enough to come up on the show.

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HUCKABEE: Of course it will be.

CAVUTO: Oh, OK. Look forward to this weekend.

HUCKABEE: Thank you, Neil.

CAVUTO: Great job at the convention.

I always say, whether you are left or right, I go by just how effective their speeches are and how you can understand them, because I'm kind of a dolt with these things. I understood the governor's and I understood the passion it generated. It came from here, which I think could help all speakers. A tip for Democrats. Let it come from here, OK?

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