Mike Huckabee 'Responds' to Obama's #SOTU Speech Three Hours Early

The former Arkansas governor got the jump on his GOP rivals.

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee delivers remarks to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at the Marriott Wardman Park February 10, 2012 in Washington, DC.

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As the saying goes, the early bird gets the worm. 

Prospective GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee got the jump on his rivals Tuesday by releasing his reaction to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address a full three hours before Obama had actually delivered it.

In a news release preemptively titled "Gov. Huckabee Responds to Pres. Obama's State of the Union," the former Fox New host presumably relied on the numerous previews that Obama administration rolled out in the weeks before the speech.

"There are two things certain about the Obama administration," Huckabee said in the news release, "debt and taxes." He continued, "I'm not surprised that in this State of the Union address, President Obama will introduce another plan for more taxes." 

While Obama critics don't exactly need a crystal ball to begin hammering the president for what he planned to say in the State of the Union, Huckabee's prebuttal was notable as one of the the first formal shots fired by a member of the 2016 field. 

"After growing our national debt by $7.5 trillion dollars since taking office, it's ridiculous for the president to propose $320 billion dollars in new taxes," Huckabee said in reference to Obama's forthcoming plan to further tighten capital gains loopholes. 

Senator Rand Paul, another Republican almost certain to run in 2016, got in on the pre-speech fun by offering a Facebook page that purports to fact-check statements made in Obama's past State of the Unions. Paul also plans a YouTube response to the actual speech after it airs. 

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