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. Dale Davis, Glendora, California

    I just know that Huck will be able to use his knowledge of the Bible to become a basis of knowledge to construct an economic plan. It would definately be better than someone who has 2 degrees in both Harvard and BYU, in both business and law, with top honors in both, along with numerous successful business ventures.
    Afterall, Huckabee could hire the swift boat veteran guy to drive a swift boat to barter and sell Bibles to the Chinese, so that they won't just dump all of the trillions of dollars that they are thinking of dumping. And if they refuse, then another Huck supporter, Chuck Norris, could beat the excrement out of them to comply. This would be great. Then he could send some of those other supporters, like the old pro wrestlers, i.e. Ric Flair, to back him up. They could then sell cheese whiz in a can by the case loads, Red Man Chewing Tabacco, cloudy Arkansas diamonds, along with Nascar posters. Then we will be able to get more free trade and balance our trade deficit. This will definately get us out of our impending financial crisis next year. After all, the whole world will be charmed by Huck's "authenticity" of character that the common folk in Iowa and South Carolina are looking for. Well America, your finally waking up.

    December 18, 2007 01:46 am at 1:46 am |
  2. Kris in Atlanta

    Huckabee is wishing us a Merry Christmas. Meanwhile, while Huck is sending out Christmas cards, using and exploting Jesus Christ, and no doubt feeding his formerly fat face this Christmas, he should be thinking about the thousands of dead U.S. soldiers and the broken families they've left behind, and the millions of Iraqis whose lives have been turned upside down thanks to the Bush Bandwagon, which he enthusiastically supported over the years.

    December 18, 2007 01:58 am at 1:58 am |
  3. Ed Regnez , Vancouver , BC

    Huckabee is not afraid to celebrate the real Christmas and say so.
    Do you know why you are celebrating Christmas?

    December 18, 2007 02:14 am at 2:14 am |
  4. Brooks, Idaho

    Huckabee is getting Christian supporters because he lives his life based on Christian principles. Glenn Beck is very angry at Huckabee, even saying that he should ask "Huckabee's God" on his radio program. I'm sorry, but a mormon is not a Christian. They believe that Jesus is almost equal to us. When Christians believe Jesus is God. I don't believe Huckabee is trying to sell himself as a Christian, but to show that his morals are Christian based. And I believe people vote based on one's morals. I actaully really like Glenn Beck, but I may stop watching him if he keeps trying to press his religion as Christian and how mad he is at Huckabee.

    December 18, 2007 02:24 am at 2:24 am |
  5. Independent in IA

    Merry Christmas, Gov. Huckabee.

    Hope you enjoy your retirement in Arkansas and have many more joyous holiday seasons.

    December 18, 2007 05:33 am at 5:33 am |
  6. Trang, Fremont, CA

    Lighten up, folks! He just want to wish people 'Merry Christmas'. And if you are a Christian, then celebrate the birth of Christ.

    I don't think he's the kind of person that would impose faith on other people. However, he's a man of faith, and it guides him. And so far, I think it guides him well, in contrast to Bush, who is also a man of faith.

    As far as Christ and Satan being brothers – if you think larger, that we are all created by 'God', that we are a family, Christ and Satan might as well be brothers with different characteristics. Of course, I can't speak for Mormons and what they believe.

    Anyway, Merry Christmas to all.

    December 18, 2007 05:56 am at 5:56 am |
  7. Mark R. Fort Lauderdale FL

    Please wake up America. Please wake up. Our founding fathers explicity stated that church and state should be separate. Huckabee would be a slightly more radical form of George Bush, intent on legislating his morality and turning ouir democracy into a theocracy. If you want a religious leader, go to church. For a president, keep religion out of it.

    December 18, 2007 06:13 am at 6:13 am |
  8. Robert New York City & Miami, Florida

    Please enough of RELIGION!!!

    Let's work out our problems, not create new ones.

    Look at the cross (window).

    December 18, 2007 06:59 am at 6:59 am |
  9. Joe K.; Pittsburgh, Pa.

    Don't mind saying that I'm a loyal die hard Republican and I've been politically active in every presidential campaign since the first Reagan election in 1980.

    I believe Mike Huckabee and his TV ad staff have pulled off one of the most savy moves I seen in Presidential election campaigns in the last 30 years!!!

    I find nothing wrong with a political candidate from either party setting a side the political ads for 7 – 10 days and spending ad dollars to wish the electorate a Merry Christmas.

    Leave it to a Christian Republican to get it right. Best of all, coming from Mike Huckabee, you know he's sincere.

    December 18, 2007 07:15 am at 7:15 am |
  10. David, Baytown, Tx

    More interesting than Mike Huckabee's ad are the vitrolic, sarcastic reactions by people everywhere (including this blog). But this has been going on since Jesus asked Peter, "Who do you say I am"? Sadly, the Scriptures prove true yet again as it is clear that the broad road is paved by far more souls than the one less travelled. God bless you Mike - whether the masses of this world acknowledge it or not - what Christ did for us in 6 hours on the cross matters far more than all the blather and all the useless words about politics and politicians that have been uttered since the dawn of civiliation.

    December 18, 2007 07:58 am at 7:58 am |
  11. vp Omaha, Nebraska

    Hey, All you liberal cry babies, wipe your tears. Huckabee is the Man.Finally a man of Character with fresh Ideas.
    Merry Christmas.

    December 18, 2007 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  12. Esteban, Irvine, CA

    It is a bad choice to mix religion and politics. There are many religions in the US so good luck in appealing all voters.

    December 18, 2007 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  13. Jeff, Houston, Texas

    I think we have a potential nausea situation here. Warning: If you have had even two minutes of education or a free mind, do not read the flood of comments that is about to occur.

    Bible thumpers, you're up! Be a star! Don't stop till you are foaming at the mouth and spasming.

    December 18, 2007 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  14. Mike, Twin Falls, Idaho

    What a joke!! Imagine a country where only chistians as defined by Mike Huckabee were welcome. I cannot believe the people of Iowa are letting themselves be pandered to like this. I love the subliminal cross in the background. Isn't that a Nazi swastika being formed by the tree branches? This guy is so dangerous for America. Beware of wolves in sheeps clothing. The Democrats are licking their chops hoping that this guy is the republican nominee. Wake up folks he is about to ruin our party.

    December 18, 2007 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  15. Kathleen, Gaithersburg, MD

    Mike is charming and disarming. The attacks on Romney's religion by Huckabee, however, should scare everyone. The coy question in the New York Times followed by the idiotic explanation "I don't know much about Mormonism" by Huckabee is only the last straw in a series of underhanded, manipulative tricks to grab voters away from Romney based soley on his religion. Not sure who I'm going to vote for, but at this point it's anyone but Huckabee.

    December 18, 2007 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  16. Joshuarp

    Painting himself as the religious candidate is at least honest and truthful. Those who've taken the Huckster to the woodshed for mentioning religion in the campaign are disingenuous, at best.

    It's how you use religion in elections that are important, the approach you use. This add does not make me feel he has used religion, or worse for some of you, Christianity, in a cheap way. However,there are some adds that do.

    I've listened to Beck on radio (I don't watch any of the cable news shows, unless forced and chained to a chair, which is never, unless the girlfriend does it), and understand his true point. A person's religious belief does not automatically kick you off the stage. It is who you are as a person, if you belittle others, if you show disrespect in a number of ways, and if you make light of other religions, just because they are different than your belief – those are wrong.

    My problem is that most of the main line candidates on either side are pretty much the same – globalists who wouldn't really do anything about maintaining US sovereignty. This includes Romney, Giuliani, Clinton, Obama, Edwards, & McCain.

    The second tier candidates are safer, at least at this point. Not too sure about Thompson. It's important who our President is, but I'm a bit concerned that the 'fix is in' and it's just the flavour of the next 'Bush' that is in doubt.

    December 18, 2007 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  17. Concerned Citizen, IN

    So he tells people (after his mormon faith slipups) that religion should have nothing to do with politics, yet he never fails to remind people that he's a Christian former preacher who believes in Christ?

    Come on, if you are going to say religion has nothing to do with it, then keep your faith out of it. People who live in sub-Saharan Africa know you are a man of faith at this point.

    December 18, 2007 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  18. Steve, NY

    What is this country coming to when it becomes offensive to wish people a Merry Christmas? This is a genuine message of good will, people who read more into it need to relax!

    December 18, 2007 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  19. Bob, Las Vegas NV

    The man is an absolute bigot and homophobe in the name of his God! The president's position is secular and should NEVER include his personal beliefs about GOD! His homophobia is the tip of the iceberg, elect him president and watch the Establishment clause go by the way side as religion begins to be given a larger and larger role in American Government activities. Also, his Christianity will be a barrier to America's relationship to the Muslim World as he believes his way is the only right way.

    December 18, 2007 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  20. Baron, Raleigh NC

    This looks like a 1980s Folgers Ad

    December 18, 2007 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  21. hey allons,tn

    hey just like a god standing there bow and give me your vots.

    December 18, 2007 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  22. Gary, Detroit. Mich.

    Please keep religion out of politics. Keep religion out of politics. Keep religion out of politics. What part of 'keeping religion out of politics' don't the bible thumpers understand?

    December 18, 2007 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  23. Mike Huckabee= Abraham Lincoln

    It is true that Mormons believe that Jesus and Satan are both brothers. I'm a Christian and I believe that Jesus and Satan are brothers. Huckabee is the second incarnation of Abraham Lincoln and God is on Mike's side

    December 18, 2007 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  24. Sophia, Kansas City, MO

    This guy's views don't represent "Christianity" as far as I'm concerned.

    He's a politician who's exploiting religion in a very underhanded way. I hope that he's trounced at the polls so that he can go back to selling snake oil.

    December 18, 2007 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  25. David, Bossier City LA

    It amazes me that ignorant people leave posts on these when they have no idea what they are talking about because they have an agenda of trying to push their candidate on others. The most ironic statement I read on here is that we should not have another "Christian" President. All I have too say is check the history books and see when the last non-Christian was elected President. Our society has turned from compassion and understanding to one of hate and destruction. The only way we will save our great nation is to revisit the fundamental principles our country was built upon. If that means you have to look back into the history books, they I suggest you start now because you will need a lot of time to educate yourself before you cast a vote in the election.

    I wish people would do a little research before they spout off on one of these because no one will take you serious if you come across as a blinded, close-minded, ignorant fool.

    The message Mike Huckabee is sending out on this ad is a genuine reflection of his beliefs. Remember folks he is using his campaign funds for a Christmas message and not a political one. He is the real deal; don't look at his religious beliefs as a reason to discount him as a viable candidate, especially if you don't understand what Christianity is all about. Look at his record as the Governor of Arkansas and remember this, a Governor or President is only as effective as the Legislature will allow them to be.

    This country needs to get back to the track we were on when Reagan left office. The only viable candidate to right the ship is Mike Huckabee!!

    December 18, 2007 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
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