Below is a part of a transcript from Lou Dobbs' interview with Ed Rollins, the Republican strategist and new national campaign chairman to Gov. Mike Huckabee's presidential campaign. Rollins appeared on the Dec. 14 edition of "Lou Dobbs Tonight" in an exclusive interview.
DOBBS: The national review endorsing one of your candidates' opponents. Mitt Romney and the national review said that point of fact, "Mike Huckabee," your candidate now, "would pull apart the conservative coalition from opposite ends." What's your reaction to that?
ROLLINS: The reality is, if Ronald Reagan was running today, the national review and these various puritan groups, puritan conservative groups, he wouldn't pass the litmus test. He had to come in and raise taxes when he had a multi-billion dollar deficit. He had to pass a welfare reform bill. Lots of things a governor has to do, if you're going to be a good governor to make the state function better. Mike spent money to fix schools. Mike spent money to fix roads. Mike spent money to fix parks. At the end of the day, he took a state and left it a $500 million surplus, nobody bothers to talk about that.
DOBBS: You didn't mention the fact that he also supported the Dream Act and that is giving illegal aliens rights superior to those in many instances of U.S. citizens.
ROLLINS: No, the act wasn't successful and I think his immigration bill today is one that you would certainly approve. You probably wrote it. It's very, very much in line with what we've talked about over and over again.
So, the good part is he obviously is a guy who understands that there's different times and different problems and I think to a certain extent what he has, though, he's connect would voters and like Barack Obama. They don't want the Washingtonians. They don't want the Wall Street types. Just as your show has over and over again talked to ordinary people out there that want change, I think these are two candidates of change and two different parties.