December 17th, 2007
06:30 PM ET
15 years ago

Huckabee launches Christmas ad

Huckabee launched a Christmas ad Monday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - If there’s anything more ubiquitous than Christmas commercials this time of year, it’s political ads. A new Mike Huckabee spot falls under both categories.

“Are you about worn out of all the television commercials you’ve been seeing, mostly about politics? I don’t blame you,” says the former Baptist minister, sitting in front of an elaborately-trimmed Christmas tree as ‘Silent Night’ plays softly in the background.

“At this time of year, sometimes it’s nice to just pull aside from all that, and remember that what really matters is the celebration of the birth of Christ..... I hope you and your family will have a magnificent Christmas season. And on behalf of all of us, God bless, and Merry Christmas.”

The campaign says the spots will run in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina.

- CNN’s Rebecca Sinderbrand

Filed under: Iowa • Mike Huckabee • New Hampshire • South Carolina
soundoff (127 Responses)
  1. Jon B Olathe, KS

    LOL another "I love God, vote for me" political add.

    Lets put aside the politicking before anymore dirt comes up and reaffirm that I and the most christianny of the candidates and the Romney is a cultist...

    Anyone else get that vibe?

    December 17, 2007 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  2. geo

    thats some talk for someone not running for 'pastor-in-chief'. slick trick Huskster!

    December 17, 2007 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  3. john williams san diego, ca.

    even a former Baptist minister will not be able to defeat the 'pure evil' of HER ROYAL MAJESTY, the smartest woman in the world.

    December 17, 2007 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  4. Dan Davis Exmore, Va.

    ....Finally, a man of good moral character running for the oval office. Huckabee is the only sensible choice for the White House.

    December 17, 2007 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  5. Jackie Hanson, San Diego, California

    I write as a native daughter of Iowa (originally) and as a middle-class wife, mother, and church-going Christian. I find Huckabee's "Silent Night" ad completely inappropriate for a Presidential campaign. The last thing we need in the White House in the next term is another President who will pander to fundamentalist Christians in this nation who, like Huackabee, believe that the concept of evolution is an invention that denies the hand of God in human creation, and that, in fact, the world was created about 5,000 years ago.

    December 17, 2007 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  6. Morris, Pasadena, MD

    I like this ad, not because its Christian, but because its honest. Huckabee has guts to go out there in a politically correct world and stand for the real meaning of Christmas. Like him or not Huckabee is not ashamed of who he is.

    December 17, 2007 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  7. Agt. Smart

    Could someone please explain to me why Christianity is so intensely hated by some individuals? I just don't understand. It is not as if Christians are running around killing people or carjacking. What has Christianity ever done to these people to be so fiercely attacked? Just curious

    December 17, 2007 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  8. Rich, Des Moines IA

    Wasn't it just five minutes ago that this idiot was saying that he was not pandering to the uber religious right???

    Now a Christmas add with a glowing white cross behind him???

    This guy is slime

    December 17, 2007 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  9. Mr. Tracy McAfee, North Augusta, South Carolina

    To all you negative writers:
    Huckabee is not attacking but wishing you a Merry Christmas. Are your hearts so hardened that you can't even accept the ad for what it is? No one is perfect and you can't please everyone. Mike huckabee has his faults too – just like you and me – we're "human" and we aren't perfect. Let's not always think there's an alternative motive for this ad. Take it for what it is... a video Christmas Card! Thank you, Mr. Huckabee and Merry Christmas to you and your family too.

    December 17, 2007 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  10. Behnam, Washington, DC

    Someone should tell Mike Hick-abee that charity and wellwishing begins at home. In 1998 his son was involved in the hanging of a stray dog in Arkansas and when the attorney wanted to investigate the case, guess what Gomer Pie himself he did: he obstructed justice by not letting the police officer involved release information.

    Mike Huckabee is a two faced redneck who needs to stick to losing weight and counting his carbs.

    December 17, 2007 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  11. Satan, New Jersey

    Jesus would not like this

    December 17, 2007 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  12. Scott, Bangor, Maine

    Our current calendar is based upon the birth of Christ. Would you change that because Christianity is not your chosen religion. Christmas is a Christian holiday. It is true that many elements that make up the current holiday come from other traditions, but these traditions are not Christmas. There is a difference. It is kind of like implying that C.S. Lewis’ apologetic writings on Christianity aren’t totally Christian because he was an atheist prior to his conversion. And while admittedly there are many elements to our modern observation of Christmas that are not particularly “religious,” Christmas as a holiday was intended to commemorate the Christ child.

    December 17, 2007 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  13. wilson George, Rowlett, TX

    The love that Jesus had shown and the sacrifice he did for us all makes him unique. When you hear all the hate and willingness to kill another person in the very reason of a convction, remember only Jesus can heal the hearts.
    Huckabee is bold, he stands firm on his principles. He stands out from every one else. Hope he brings some peace to this world .... the peace of God.

    December 17, 2007 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  14. Richard, West Palm Beach, FL

    Bush says he talks to God all the time. What has this accomplished? It hasn’t stopped Bush from telling blatant lies like “Rumsfeld will stay”, “We were never stay the course”, etc. Bush’s tax cuts and favoritism for the rich people show he ignores God’s word that “it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God”. Bush showed he didn’t care about the Christians in New Orleans after Katrina. Bush has steadfastly refused to let people who work for him put their hands on a Bible and swear to tell the truth.

    God certainly didn’t tell Bush he didn’t know what he was doing when he sent thousands of our brave Christians to Iraq to die or be maimed for reasons that were false. God certainly didn’t warn Bush about the 9/11 attacks, although He had 8 months to do so. Bush was so unconcerned about an attack, that he took a month’s vacation just before 9/11. The attackers were enemies of God as well as enemies of our Christians, but God still didn’t tell Bush.
    Do we need another president who can talk to God and get nothing out of the conversation?

    December 17, 2007 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  15. Alexander, Washington, DC

    Anyone else notice the "floating cross" in the background? Don't be fooled folks. Huckleberry is always in campaign-mode trying to invoke Jesus to bring out knuckleheads like Chuck Norris to support him.

    Also, does he keep his family locked up in the basement somewhere. I never see them with him on the campaign trail. Perhaps, because they too have skeletons in their closet. Like father like son... Since when do "Boy Scouts" strangle and murder dogs to death? Huckabee's son should do time with Michael Vick!

    December 17, 2007 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  16. Joe, Dallas, TX

    Don't you understand that one of the reasons Mike put this ad up is because of the disgusting tone currently in politics? Anyone who watched Huckabee's interivew with Larry King tonight could tell that he is truly a genuine person. He is, in no way, forcing anything down anyone's throats. Oh yea...and 94% of Americans celebrate Christmas.

    December 17, 2007 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  17. Rick, Eugene, Oregon

    Umm, does anyone know anything about religion these days? "Christmas" started as a pagan holiday celebrating renewal of life with the passing of the year, the continuation of life, then transitioned into Yuletide, and then turned into Christmas when the Christ Birth story was written, many years after Christ died on the cross. Where do you people think the tree came from?
    Seriously, think about your beliefs before you base policy or political opinions on them.

    December 17, 2007 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  18. JC, Boston, MA

    huck's religious pandering is disgusting. after bush do we really need another god-first prez who is basically ignorant of history, the constitution, and foreign policy?

    December 17, 2007 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  19. Roy, Gaithersburg, MD

    What is particularly disturbing about this ad is the none-too-subliminal image of the cross in the background that floats behind Gomer's head.

    Please Iowa, NH, and South Carolina, don't fall for these shenanigans from Chuck-abee. Don't let this country turn into a theocracy like Iran! It's not what the Founding Fathers would have wanted.

    December 17, 2007 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  20. Walt, Belton, TX

    Oh no! He's not just satisfied screwing the voting public. Now he's out to screw Santa too?

    Sorry Mike, one loser from Hope, Arkansas is more than enough.

    December 17, 2007 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  21. Karen Houston TX

    The message is very nice, but I can't help but question the motive. Hmmm. Maybe just another way to say. "Look, I'm the Christian candidate".

    Merry Christmas to you too Mike. I still don't want you for a president!

    December 18, 2007 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  22. C. Hassel, Saint Paul, MN

    Nice Christian cross–oh, sorry, "inadvertant light scenario"–in the background, Mike. Wow, we really are sucked-in by ueber-commercialism and its accompanying symbolism that would appeal to a five-year-old mentality in this country, huh? Oh, that and mega-churches, as well.... How embarrassing.

    Oh, and since a lot of us oddly seem to need to drag him into absolutely every discussion we ever conduct, here you go: wherever Jesus is, I'm fairly certain he must be embarrassed for us, too...

    December 18, 2007 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  23. Christian, Tampa FL

    I normally don't say something like this, but wouldn't it be appropriate to also wish people a Happy Hanukkah and simply a wonderful time with family? Don't get me wrong, I think we need to remember the meaning of Christ's birth, but Christmas in America is an occasion for all Americans, not just Christians.

    December 18, 2007 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  24. Dale Davis, Glendora, California

    Excellent post Marti of San Diego. I couldn't have said it better.

    December 18, 2007 01:28 am at 1:28 am |
  25. Tom,NY

    All Mike wants for Christmas is higher taxes...

    December 18, 2007 01:44 am at 1:44 am |
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