January 12th, 2008
01:51 PM ET
7 years ago

Huckabee mobilizes Michigan ministers

 Huckabee campaigned in Michigan Saturday.

Huckabee campaigned in Michigan Saturday.

GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan (CNN) - Mike Huckabee urged more than 100 pastors in Western Michigan to "take a stand" and organize evangelicals to vote in next week's Republican primary here.

The ordained Baptist minister told the pastors Saturday to "mobilize in every way possible every single friend you know" in advance of next Tuesday's vote.

"I am not going to ask for you to endorse from the pulpit," he said at a campaign breakfast. But he implored the faith leaders to work their personal mailing lists and phone directories of "like-minded folks" in their spare time.

Roughly one in three Republican primary voters in Michigan is a self-identified evangelical.

Huckabee, as he often does, declared that he will not run from his faith if he is elected president.

"This country needs to regain its soul," he said. "For a long time, those of us are people of faith were asked to support candidates who would come and talk to us. But rarely has there been one who has come from us."

Huckabee, who spent a good portion of his remarks criticizing abortion and same-sex marriage, also repeated his pledge he would never attempt to impose his own religious beliefs on the country if elected president.

- CNN Political Producer Peter Hamby

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  1. Paul

    Huckabee seems to be a good guy. However, he is unelectable. If he does well now, it will just seal a Republican victory for Giuliani by taking votes away from Romney. I would urge all Huckabee suporters to consider who they prefer; Giuliani or Romney. Heck, they probably hate both of them, but at this stage of the game a vote for Huckabee is almost equivalent to a vote for Giuliani. If Huckabee somehow manages to win the Republican nomination, it will just ensure victory for Clinton or Obama.

    January 12, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  2. DJ Ross

    Maybe Romney should start a whisper campaign that the IRS has begun an active investigation on all religious organizations to determine if they have violated their tax exempt status for various activities including the endorsement and solicitation of votes during political elections.

    Maybe just the rumor would be enough to stifle the rapture politics of Huckabee. This is bad, really bad.

    January 12, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  3. Tyler

    Huckabee is not bad. All the arguments against him are all explainable. Nothing huckabee has said has backfired or been in any way hindering to his potential as president. Nobody can say anything about him.

    January 12, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  4. Sheilah

    Read it however you want... Huckabee is a great man, person and candidate. With or without his religion, his issues STAND!! Romeny for Michigan? Please – his home state? The man left here and never returned. Don't be fooled by that Michigan. He appears plastic to me. The Reagon Dynasty, the Clinton Dynasty and the Bush Dynasty and now the Romney Dynasty? Not in my book. VOTE HUCKABEE – I like Mike!!!!

    January 12, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  5. DJ Ross

    Tyler, you mean arguments like these:

    hotair dot com/archives/2008/01/10/mike-huckabee-and-the-shiite-republicans/

    January 12, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  6. Paul Thompson

    Ryan....two wrongs don't make a right.

    And we have Freedom in this country...because of Judeo-Christian values.

    January 12, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  7. lolli

    exactly right MR PRESIDENT-this country cannot recover without regaining its soul. Thank you sir for telling the truth. May the almight bless you in Michigan. blogging north of your border abit...transplanted from louisiana the forgotten state.

    January 12, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  8. Ike

    This is truely disgusting. Was in not our FOUNDING FATHERS who said that anyone using religion for political gain is not fit for any position?
    I am all for our prestident to have strong Christian values because such a moral compase only helps when making difficult desicions, but this guy is the worst of the worst to ask church learders to wield their authority for him. He isn't running on any type of platform, he is just asking all pastors to help him. Does this make sence? What did he say in the debate last night that makes any type of sense? Let's see, Illegal immigrants can got themselves to the US, they can get themselves out. Yeah that is how it will work. He also said the didn't raise taxes he raised hope. He raised "hope" in excess of $500 million. His health care program is that we all stop being so unhealthy and our costs will come down. The only plan he has, and it can't work, is the Fair Tax, and the supposed downfall of the IRS. Well you can't get rid of the IRS and still collect the Fair Tax, and even if you could it still wouldn't work, unless Huckabee knows something that all leading economists don't know. Also for those who say the fair tax is 23%, they should do their research. The Fair Tax is 30%, but it is twisted to look like 23%. I will tell you how. If you buy a pack of gum that is $1, under the Fair Tax it will be $1.30. Looks like 30% doesn't it? Leads one to wonder how can Huckabee claim it is only 23%. Well the tax is an increase of 30 cents on the dollor, but 30 cents is only 23% of $1.30. Sounds splendid doesn't it. As that is Huckabee's only plan to do anything with the US which will never happen, he goes to churches to find votes based on nothing but they have the same religious doctrine. Wow, what a great reason to vote for someone and an even better way to campain. Huckabee is pathetic for even attemting it, and it is even sadder that people will vote for this dispiciple man.

    January 12, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  9. Tyler

    Ike, Huckabee is not using his religion for "political gain". He just simply states what he believes and people like him because of his morals.

    January 12, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  10. Tyler

    and DJ ross, i'm not even gonna go to that site, just looking at how that ridiculously stupid that URL is.

    January 12, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  11. Paul Thompson

    Ike...tell me one candidate that hasn't spoke in a church or advocated a Christian belief system....your comments are total garbage. And the more garbage in...the more garbage out...let Christians have their say...we don't need more Anti-Christian bigots in this country.

    January 12, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  12. robert, pasadena, ca

    Somebody needs to remind Huckabee that we live in a DEMOCRACY, not a Theocracy. This man is the most DANGEROUS candidate by far. God help us all if he becomes President.

    January 12, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  13. Tyler

    Ike, Huckabee is not using his religion for "political gain". He just simply states what he believes and people like him because of his morals

    January 12, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  14. Paul

    Like i have said in other post. The only plank that Mike Huckabee has to stand on is the fact that he is a Christian and is essential guilt tripping Christians into voting for him. The man has a horrible record on running his state, he took "kickbacks" as governor of Arkansas and also raised taxes many many times. It is unfortunate that Americans have had the wool pulled over their eyes by Mike Huckabee. I do agree with those that say he is a great man, but as a candidate and as the potential leader of this country he is far from great. Most of the candidates this year are unacceptable for being President. Many do not understand the role of the President and the role of the United States in regards to foreign affairs. Do your homework and figure out what the role of the President is and the role of our executive branch and you will see that our current administration and the potential administrations have gotten it all wrong. I encourage each person to critically evaluate each candidate after you have studied what the role of the Government and what the role of the President is. You will find the field of acceptable candidates is very small. 2 in fact. You can figure that out also. A vote for Mike Huckabee is a vote against every thing that this country was founded on. Regardless of his moral convictions and past work experience of being a pastor he is misinformed of what a President should do. Voting for him will continue the downward spiral of this country in economic depression, needless war on foreign lands and the war on our personal freedoms in this country. Hopefully the words of stronger candidates do not fall on deaf ears. If i made any spelling errors or grammatical errors i apologize i don't really feel like going over this. Best regards, Paul

    January 12, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  15. Maryann - Orlando, FL

    Yeah, I can't wait for Huckabee to get the nomination since he promised many times that Stephen Colbert would be his running mate!!

    Wouldn't that be GREAT??????????????

    January 12, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  16. Donna

    Why oh why do liberals want us christians to be TOLERANT of them...but they don't think they need to be tolerant of us. Every single candidate "works" every possible support base they can find...be it workers unions / political allies / media supporters / education supports / etc etc etc... Huckabee is just doing the same...just because you don't like his beliefs doesn't make his methods WRONG. What about those wonderfully TOLERANT attitudes you speak so highly of....where are YOURS ???

    I'm not sure who I'm voting for....but at least I'm willing to listen to ALL of them...and then decide who I want....hope ya all do the same. Then we will all be ok here in the great USA.

    January 12, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  17. Proud Free Independant Texan

    All of Hickabee's televangical propagandist electioneering networks should lose their TAX-EXEMPT NON-PROFIT STATUS...as we've known all along....while Hickabee mobilizes his vast powerful finacial televangical network to defeat middle-American canadiates from the Republican Party with help from other Candiates like McCain, and with a TON of free air time from the foreign (French/Canadian/German) owned LEFT-WING global media conglomerates such as NBC UNIVERSAL/GE/VIVENDI UNIVERSAL/BERTELSMANN AG/ABC and the one lone Right-Wing, but STILL foreign owned (Australian) nonetheless NEWSCORP....AMERICANS KEEP GETTING MANIPULATED WITH FOREIGN MONEY/MEDIA/PROPAGANDA....and the ONLY ones they aren't helping are poor old Fred Thompson and Mitt Romney!!! WHY?? They back Obama/Clinton/Hickabee/McCain. Leaving the TRUE AMERICAN candidates who are FOR ***America's** best interests (not foreigner's best interests) Thompson/McCain to fight this huge almost insurmountable WALL OF ANTI-AMERICAN PROPAGANDA. I will stand by these loyal, brave AMERICAN candidates THompson/Romney as they continue to stand by ME and all the rest of my fellow Americans..will my fellow AMERICANS stand by them too? I pray they will. Or our elections will have been bought by foreign money yet again :(...

    VOTE ROMNEY/THOMPSON in 2008!!!!

    January 12, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  18. Bryan

    Huckabee's tactics are absolutely pathetic. Evangelicals ought to find this kind of strategy an insult. Huckabee is basically saying, "pastors, tell your congregations that even if they've never heard of me, vote for me, because I'm one of you. Forget the issues, there's no time for that. Look into that later. You must get out and vote for me. Trust me." As if evangelicals are so mindless that they'll just blindly vote for a guy that says he's an evangelical too. The family of the victim that got murdered by the guy that Huckabee pardoned made a statement recently, and Huckabee said, "it's a shame that people are politicizing this tragic event" Gov Huckabee, this is the tragic event right here - that you have stooped so low that you're violating the very principles that keep America's churches operating with their tax-exempt status.

    Republicans will not tolerate this kind of tactic, and should Huckabee win the nomination, I know many Republicans will vote Democrat to make a statement...that we can not reward a candidate with this kind of inappropriate campaign behavior. Let's raise the bar, not lower it.

    January 12, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  19. David

    Donna, the issue isn't about tolerance. It is about legality. Workers unions, the media, education supporters, etc., etc. are all tax-paying portions of America. Churches are TAX EXEMPT for the very reason that they should not participate in politics. That is constitutional and irrefutable.

    If these pastors and churches would truly like to switch their position from being politically neutral to politically active, and pay taxes accordingly like the rest of business-america, then more power to them. But don't do it under-the-table and in secrecy, toeing the line of legality and going beyond the line, as I believe they did in this instance.

    January 12, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  20. Katy Hill Prescott Az.

    Huckabee and his anti abortion stance should make every liberal woman cringe. I just hope all those good Christians out there are willing to open their homes to all the unwanted babies, especially those born with aids or crack addiction, when he overturns the right to choose.

    January 12, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  21. Pam B

    A President is supposed to be elected on his leadership skills, knowlege, and his/her's ability to bring about accomplishment. They are applying for a job, and should be presenting thier resume. Not run thier campaign on the premise of another Christian Crusade. This country was founded on the premise of seperation of church and state. Huckelberry lost my vote the minute he asked a reporter a deliberate devisive question regarding Mormon theology. This is not a man who leads ALL Americans. This is a man who wants to be King over only those who agree with him. I loved Mitt's speach when he said that the President of this country will need prayers from members of ALL faiths. So tell me who is the most professional and prepared here? I look at Hucky and see only perspiration stains. I will pray to God in my chapel of choice. I will vote for my preferred candidate based on their past political and business history. Enough said.

    January 12, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  22. John S. Maine

    Pretty Soon He will be telling Pastors how to pray. When does the true "Christian Leader" realize he is making a mockery out of religion and his faith!

    January 12, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    Hucakbee appealing to Christain voters is no different than Obama chanting his weak slogan (yes we can) in Spanish to appeal to a specific group.

    Why are you liberals so resistant to God and good Christian people? I will never understand your hate.

    Like Donna stated in her comments above, why do you expect everyone to tolerate your behaviors, yet you think it is ok to be bigots and hate Christians? Most true Christians are very good people that do not deserve your nasty comments.

    We Christians will pray for you to soften your hearts and open them up to God. That is the ONLY thing that will truly solve the problems and unite America or the world for that matter!

    January 12, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  24. David - Oregon City

    God save us from these complainers and fake alarmists here rattling on against Mike Huckabee. I am sure they are just as critical or more so when someone speaks ill of their favorite football team or color of thier mobile home. Wake up American! These people are the reason why our country has moved in the wrong direction for the last forty years.


    January 12, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  25. Michigan for Huckabee

    Amen to all your points, Donna.

    I pray for my fellow Americans every day. Huckabee gets my vote because he is the only person who has a passion for every human life, period. The comments on this site show just how lost this country is. Separation of church and state? People need to read the constitution... as this is not anywhere in it. This is a Christian nation founded on Christian principles. These Christian beliefs is what allows the freedom of religion in this country in the first place. That is what makes this country so special.

    People need to quit passing judgement because Huckabee is a proud Christian American, which by the way forms the compassionate character that he has. Let's say people didn't know he was a Chrisian, would their view of him be different? Personally, I think it would be, It is amazing how people view others (like Huckabee) that are obedient servants of God serving in a manner that it envious to others. Don't dislike, hate and discrimminate against this man for being proud of his convictions. Huckabee shows the love that God wants all of his followers to show and he does not pass judgement on others because they don't hold the same beliefs. His record as governor clearly shows that. He is actually the opposite of these preconceived accusations and embraces all people.

    Where is the freedom of religion for Huckabee and other Christians of this nation? Why is it that people think this applies only to those who do not proudly wear their beliefs? Don't people realize that the ignorant thinking "separation of church and state" is what is tearing this country apart? Anyone who calls themselves a Christian, yet criticizes a person for wearing their religion should question and pray why they don't proudly proclaim their faith as The Bible teaches. Those who don't hold Christian beliefs can choose to continue in their existing religious beliefs, scientific/evolution beliefs or convert to Christianity.. whatever they choose. They also can choose to move to another country that is not founded on Christian principles and be forced to follow whatever beliefs are dictated to them there.

    This is a critical election for the future of our country. I pray that people wake up and see that only a leader who cares for people from the depths of their heart can heal and uplift this nation to the great nation it once was.

    Huckabee is that man!

    January 12, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
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