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. J, Houston, TX

    Attacking Huck for being "Christian" as you seem to like quotation marks around plain pathetic. Since when did professing one's faith become "bible thumping." The man said Merry Christmas...get the sticks out of your behinds and grow up. Merry Christmas to you too Huck! I'm not going to vote for you, I think you'd make a horrible president, but I am certainly mature enough to take a Merry Christmas and say thanks.

    December 18, 2007 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  2. darrin, COLUMBUS OH

    I suppose God spoke to him and told him to send forth a message to three random US states... all the ones with upcoming primaries. I'm embarrassed for him. It's on the same level as an ambulance chasing lawyer.

    December 18, 2007 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  3. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    It is nice that he takes time out for the Christians in the country (of which they are currently the majority) to remind them of the holiday coming up.

    As for the rest of us, please leave your religious observances out of it. I believe that there is a place for someone's religion (please note the difference between religion and faith) in politics; it would be enough to say that I belong to this religion. I believe that belonging to a religion could be part of the insite into someone's thinking (but not always).

    There are many people who vote have their vote solely informed by one issue; that could be religion, abortion, or other issues, but just one. That would be a mistake for the whole country.

    December 18, 2007 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  4. Sara, Raleigh, NC

    In response to the comments from Kim in Fl, i'm guessing you are someone who's never been taught anything accurate about Mormon doctrines. your comments were bigoted and ignorant. do you even know why you and so many other people are so prejudiced against Mormons in the first place? is it that threatening for there to be people with different ideas than your own? do we really want to say to the world that it's ok to hate a person simply on the basis of their religion?

    December 18, 2007 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  5. Justin, Lincoln, NE

    Throughout this whole election season I've been hearing an awful lot about this "CHRIST" guy. Who is he? What party is he running for? I wonder if he's against gay marriage or if thats just his peeps. Maybe I'll vote for that guy.

    December 18, 2007 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  6. Anonymous

    i bet all of you blathering bags of hate that are posting like to think of yourselves as "tolerant" and "open-minded" and "accepting" people.

    kinda ironic, seeing your hate....

    December 18, 2007 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  7. Carl Grant

    This is an exploitation of some of the most sacred things in life for his own political purposes. Furthermore, while this ad was being produced, his campaign stated "He doesn't think a candidate's religion should be an issue in the campaign." – Huckabee Hipocracy

    December 18, 2007 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  8. Babe, Hackensack, NJ

    I didn't know we were electing a Pastor In Chief.

    December 18, 2007 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  9. Dee, Nebraska

    You gotta give the guy credit...he wanted to say Merry Christmas, and he did. Get off his back!

    December 18, 2007 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  10. Nate, Minneapolis, MN

    If Huckabee is elected, America officially becomes a Christian nation. He's incredibly eloquent and he comes across as honest, and that is what is most frightening about him. Washington and Jefferson would be turning in their graves.

    December 18, 2007 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  11. Carl G., Mount Vernon, MO

    This ad is inconsistent with his approved statements just 2 weeks ago. "Gov. Huckabee has said consistently that he believes this campaign should center on a discussion of the important issues confronting our nation, and not focus on questions of religious belief,"(CNN Washington bureau-quoting official campaign statement)

    Then why does he spend large sums of political monies to "ride" on his religious belief? This amounts to "Huckabee hypocrisy".

    December 18, 2007 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  12. Victoria Coeur D' Alene,Idaho

    Finally, there is someone that will stop and actually acknowledge what Christmas is about, Retail has attempted to reduce why we even celebrate this season.Broadcasters like yourself,seek to not acknowledge that Jesus,based on historical,factual,account was not just a man but the "Son of God".,Huckabee understands to what people connect,family,home,tradition.He has won many political races, why would he not understand what to do in a race that has attacked him because of his beliefs? Christmas is the only day that the Smithsonian closes. Why in this politically correct society do we have to drop the reason that we celebrate this season? Good for you Mike!

    December 18, 2007 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  13. Derrick, Elk Grove, CA

    How DARE Mike Huckabee have specific references to CHRISTIANITY regarding CHRISTmas, a Christian holiday?! The unmitigated gall! :o) LOL.

    GOOD FOR YOU, MIKE! And thanks for the heartfelt ad; what a breath of fresh air amid the toxic fog of political correctness promulgated by those seeking to obfuscate our nation's Christian heritage.

    December 18, 2007 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  14. John, Groveport, OH

    You may want someone else but to say Huckabee has no record to run on is ridiculous. He was named one of the 5 best governors by Time a couple years ago. This as about the 2nd or 3rd republican governor since reconstruction with a legislature that was about 70% democratic. The ranking was well deserved because there were major reforms in state government, infrastructure, health care, and the business climate as well. Take a look at what he did to help hurricane victims for an idea of how he responds to crisis as well. In a nutshell he accomplished more than Clinton ever did as governor and rapidly organized state and private entities under pressure from all angles. Heck he even had a live 'Ask the Governor' show where he took live calls and e-mails on air and gave well thought out (not fluffy) answers on very thorny state government issues. Most folks (republican and democratic) voted for the man as a result of his extraordinary effectiveness and his "real" personality.

    December 18, 2007 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  15. Cody Harding, Kinsley, KS

    Merry Christmas, Sen. Huckabee.

    I still won't vote for you, but thank you for devoting some of your ad space to the holiday season. May your holidays be cheerful.

    December 18, 2007 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  16. Pontius Pilate

    Hey.., let's build a super coliseum in Iowa. Then every four years for Christmas, each state can bring in their right wing radical Christians and feed them to the lions. What a glorious spectical it would be.

    It’s just a suggestion, do what you will...

    December 18, 2007 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  17. Terry, El Paso, TX

    Huckabee says that many of us are getting tired of seeing so many political commercials. But, he is addressing himself only to voters in Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina. The other 47 states have to accept the nominating process as a spectator sport. The nominee will be decided, as usual, before Texans have an opportunity to vote on anything.

    I personally see no rational reason for Iowa and New Hampshire to choose which of the candidates will go forward and which will fold their tents and go back to their day jobs.

    I'm sure that Iowans, as usual, will pick a candidate based on who has the most vans and busses to transport voters to their caucus. A candidate's ability to organize car pools is the predominant skill needed to be president.

    December 18, 2007 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  18. Janice Pfeiffer Bellingham MA

    He is refreshing! He came out of no where and well, he has gotten my attention. I am 'pulling my cart behind him' and am praying that he get's the attention and votes he deserves. He has guts and conviction and from what I've researched on him 'he is the one'. We need someone that can bring our Country back to what it was founded on – I believe Mike Huckabee can do JUST THAT.

    December 18, 2007 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  19. What year is it? NYC, NY

    Wayne Bray from Atlanta said: "without the birth of Jesus, there would be no celebration."

    Right..unless you count the various winter festivals that Christmas was based on including Saturnalia, Yule and Natalis Solis Invicti.

    And we could still celebrate the births of Ishtar, Sol Invictus and Mithras on Dec 25.

    December 18, 2007 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  20. Michael, Honolulu HI


    At the beginning Huckabee says:
    “Are you about worn out of all the TV commercials ... mostly about POLITICS!”

    In essence, he’s denouncing/condemning political ads during the Christmas season.

    But, but, the end of the ad, comes the obligatory POLITICAL disclosure:
    “I’m Mike Huckabee and I approve this message!”

    Is this guy the greatest HYPOCRITE or WHAT? How more hypocritical can you get? And with the cross floating in the background (subtly done), WOW! SCARY!...Talking about mixing Religion and Politics all in one message/ad! Another “Pat Robertson” and it’s NOT good, NOT good for America. Please DO NOT let this man become President. He’s going to have Sunday School and Bible Study in the White House! He is going to pardon ALL the Terrorists!

    ...Oh, by the way, JESUS abhors HYPOCRITES!!

    December 18, 2007 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  21. Mary, Eugene, OR

    Everyone should be asking themselves how we got to the point where a candidate for the presidency thinks that he deserves to be president BECAUSE he is a Christian - and airs an ad blatantly excluding those who practice any other religion's holiday traditions in his well wishes.

    The answer? WE DROPPED THE BALL ON POLICING OUR OWN GOVERNMENT. Such a blatant disregard for the fundamental principle of separation of church and state is disgusting - this guy thinks he deserves to be president when he ignores such a fundamental value of our country? Huckabee is a disgrace for being so disrespectful of the Constitution.

    So.....who is more pathetic: Huckabee, or all of us citizens who allowed this day to come when it is acceptable for a presidential candidate to BASE HIS CAMPAIGN ON THE FACT THAT HE'S A CHRISTIAN?


    December 18, 2007 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  22. Ted, Phoenix, AZ

    Huckabee can only run this type of ad because his record is a joke. People will look more closely and see he had more ethical violations than Clinton did in Arkansas. How can a governor accept money from lobbyists and others while governor becasue his salary wasn't enough. Then he has a gift registry when leaving office so other people can buy him a house and other items. Unlike every other major Republican candidate who have worked for a living rather than expecting others to give him things.

    December 18, 2007 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  23. Maggie, GA

    Good for you Mr. Huckabee. I absolutely love that someone isn't afraid to say that Christmas is for Christ, not for shopping, not for buying things, not for promoting the economy. It's for Christ. Whether or not he gets elected, I shall have more respect for him than every Hill Clinton out there.

    December 18, 2007 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  24. Brady, Durham, NC

    I sure hope this "non-political" add was paid for out of his own pocket and not the donations that people gave into his candidacy. Just another example of the Huckster blurring the lines between his checking account and the publics. Did the same thing in Arkansas and did the same thing with handing out tuition breaks like it was...Christmas. Don't believe the lies people.

    December 18, 2007 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  25. Ian, Eastham MA

    I don't like Huck, but boy does he know how to manipulate stupid people.

    And since that's a majority in this country, he may well be on his way to the White House.

    December 18, 2007 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
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