Huckabee shares his working class roots.
BERLIN, New Hampshire (CNN) – Campaigning Saturday in New Hampshire's economically depressed North Country, Mike Huckabee expressed his empathy with Berlin's working community, and identified himself as one of them.
"I grew up concerned about whether or not there would be a job in my family the next month and the next month," the former Arkansas governor told voters who have experienced growing unemployment and economic hardship as Granite State mills and factories close.
"I didn't grow up with a dad who was a governor," he said, repeating a regular campaign jab at his Republican competitor, Mitt Romney, whose father was a former governor of Michigan. "I grew up with a dad who was a fireman."
The former Baptist pastor, who regularly touts his own success story of being "one generation away from dirt floors," spoke generally about the economy, and touched on two pressing themes for voters in this region: economic security and the outsourcing of jobs.
"Many of you in this community worry every week whether you're going to have a job next month,” he said. “Some of you used to have a job a few years ago that doesn’t exist anymore and you wonder does anybody in Washington really get it? Do they care, are they going to do anything to make it different?"
"You can't pick up the newspaper without finding out there is another set of jobs that's leaving the United States in may be somebody who speaks Chinese or some other language will be having the job that you used to have," he added.
"How many of you believe that your children and your grandchildren are actually going to be living better than you?" he asked.
–CNN New Hampshire Producer Sareena Dalla