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. Melanie Grayson Muskogee, Ok

    Have any of you read the Thanksgiving Day Proclamation by Abraham Lincoln? That would be a terrific read for some of you that need a little history lesson. If you new anything about Mike and his campaign, or even this election, you would know why the ad is running in Iowa, NH, and SC. Have a Merry Christmas!

    December 18, 2007 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  2. Myths are for Kids, NYC NY

    Just once I'd love to hear a candidate say something like, "At this time of year, it's nice to pull aside from all of that and celebrate the day that Thor killed Geirrod and the Frost Giants." And say it with such a straight face and conviction as the Huckster. I would vote for that person.

    December 18, 2007 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  3. Tom - Dedham, Mass

    Huckabee is offensive and a hack. I am a Christian and I think that Huckabee is USING his religion for his personal gain. That is sad.

    Posted By Jonathan, Ames Iowa : December 17, 2007 9:28 pm

    I am a Christian who HAPPENS to be Conservative and I could not agree with you anymore.

    My hope is once people see the real truth behind this guy, they will realize he is a charlatan, a huckster if you will.

    This brainwashing will only work in so many states and it will fall apart, if not, Mr Biden, Mr Dodd or even Mr Obama, you may have a "convert".

    December 18, 2007 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  4. Surrealist, Fort Myers, FL

    I wonder who his target audience is? Perhaps he is just sending a subliminal message to the muslims, buddhists, Jews, and other organized religions of the nation? One thing for sure, our nations motto is right: "In God We Trust", as for politics and government–force them to show their true colors and trust them not. Merry Christmas!

    December 18, 2007 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  5. Bobby Laurens, SC

    Hey, Mark R. Fort Lauderdale FL – where is the "separation of church and state" in ANY of our framing documents? Search hard and long – you won't find them. The constitution states that the government will not establish a religion – and after 200 years it still hasn't!! Get your history and facts straight. It would pay a lot of you to do a little studying on our nation's founders and read how they relied upon their "Divine Creator" to give them wisdom through the processes of founding this great land. You don't have to look far – the Magna Carta, the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States hold enough evidence of the founders' belief in God's sovreignty that you don't have to do a lot of hard research.

    Go Mike!!

    December 18, 2007 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  6. David, Gilbert Arizona

    Michael in Honolulu, Mike Huckabee is required by law to make the statement "I'm Mike Huckabee and I approve this message" because he is using campaign dollars to fund the ad. It is a federal requirement that he do so. He is not a hypocrite. He is following federal campaign guidelines.

    December 18, 2007 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  7. Brad Lippert, Sabetha, Kansas

    Oh my goodness. A candidate wishes everyone a Merry Christmas and people are upset about it? I have a hard time believing that Christians would find offense with this commercial. Those who do not believe in Christ...well..that's another story. But, I'm guessing they were not Huckabee supporters in the first place.

    December 18, 2007 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  8. j Castro Valley, California

    Someone said "without the birth of Jesus, there would be no Christmas." This in fact is not true, Christmas was created by the Holy Roman Empire to facilitate the conversion to Christianity. Originally there was a pagan holiday (I don't know the name) during the christmas time. Most scholars believe Jesus was born in the springtime. Anyway, Huckabee is an interesting politician and aside from him being a jesus freak (to quote bill maher) I like some of his ideas. In all actuality Paul would be a better candidate for true, almost reactionary, conservatism.

    December 18, 2007 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  9. Monti Taylor Madisonville Ky

    When it comes to Jesus non-beleives tremble in thier shoes. I would too. If they can keep a hush on it they seem to have this false sense of security that they wont have to change thier life style. Wishful thinking. It is Merry Christmas and not Happy Holidays. Just like its Happy 4th of July/Independance Day not happy we won day come on get real.

    December 18, 2007 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  10. Beverly, Marysville OH

    I come from a strict Catholic family, and when voting time came around my parents never focused on the faith of the candidate.

    Sure they were always curious to know their what their chosen religion is and as long as they believed in God, it then really came down to their plans for the country.

    While Christmas is an important holiday in the Christian church, I would find that Easter would be the most sacred. Since Easter is a time to remember that Jesus died for all of our sins. It also showed the ugly side of humanity or the lack thereof.

    In the end, I won't vote for him or any republican. I also feel that the voters should base their judgments of the candidates on the real issues that affect the American voters and the future generations, not their faith that they most likely were forced to practice and follow as a child.

    December 18, 2007 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  11. John Lee, Alpharetta, Ga

    I too, agree with Huckabee. America is the country where the freedom of religion had started, yet even today, we are not allowed to say the words, "Merry Christmas?" That is outrageous to me and many other people. Anyways, MERRY CHRISTMAS!

    December 18, 2007 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  12. JB, Salt Lake City UT

    Huckabee didn't have enough ambition to finish his masters degree. Simile Huckabee would be interesting in the White House, every week a new metaphor.

    "I never achieved the American Dream like I never achieved a masters degree..."

    December 18, 2007 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  13. Don't be stupid.

    How many of you people that left these comments are for real or just plain working for other candidates or to furthering your own agendas. I would love to see where these posts are coming from. How many people spell "Ad" as in advertisement this way "Add". Take these spewings for what the are worth, and that is nothing. These candidates have droves of people working the internet to leave nonsense comments like you are seeing here. Search and find the facts and stop reading right this garbage. These comments have been bought and paid for. Don't let your vote be influenced by this rhetoric.

    December 19, 2007 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  14. James Tampa, FL

    Here here Mr. Huckabee!

    December 19, 2007 01:42 am at 1:42 am |
  15. Garret, Toronto, Ontario

    Yikes. American politics is at a high point of demagoguery, and the mainstream media just fans the flames.

    December 19, 2007 03:32 am at 3:32 am |
  16. Lina Hobble, Jacksonville FL

    Am I the only one who sees this as the farce it is? Any person who has taken ANY photography/filming lessons would not have "accidentally" missed the imagery of the floating cross in the background. This is just another ploy to push religion where it doesn't belong, in politics.

    When will the American public understand that you cannot base your entire political career on your chosen religion alone? When will the American public see that choosing to run by faith alone – and not the common sense to do what is right for the country whether or not it goes hand in hand with your beliefs – is what we need?

    I am tired of having some "Christian" individual push his beliefs and morals on me by passing laws and putting individuals with his same mindset and goals into positions to take away rights because the President doesn't believe its morally right. Morals are subjective, Mr. President. Even those in your same religous faith can't come to a consensus on several issues. Why are we to let your morals superceed ours?

    Vote Logic. Vote Common Sense. Don't vote Huckabee.

    December 19, 2007 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  17. RightyTighty

    Huckabee launched his add on Monday and it took until Wednesday for the liberal media to pick up on the hidden bookshelf cross. So much for investigative reporting skills..

    Ha Ha!!

    December 19, 2007 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  18. Adam--Milwaukee, WI

    People keep saying that it’s OK to say Merry Christmas because it’s all because of Jesus and that should be acceptable. First you cannot run a political campaign mixed with religion. It’s called separation of church and state. Secondly some keep forgetting that a good percentage of "Logical" people do not respond to religious folk lore. And I'm an American! Thanks.

    December 19, 2007 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  19. Anthony

    It's about time that someone has the guts to stand up to the politically correct pseudo intelligencia who decry any mention of religion in society. Let's not forget that Christmas is legal federal holiday by act of Congress.

    December 19, 2007 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  20. Angry Viewer

    CNN, what is your criteria for "appropriate comments?" I've noticed a certain pattern of biases in viewers's comments you "choose" to post. Most of them tend to reflect one point of view on any given presidential candidate. I find it hard to believe that this systematic pattern is simply coincidence (that somehow all viewers commenting on a particular candidate tend to have similar views). Unless I am mistaken, I thought this is a forum where people express their views irrespective of what they are. So, unless you've become communist China, you've got to stop screening people's comments. Or, else, make explicit what your standards and criteria for "appropriateness" are.

    –Angry Viewer, New York, NY.

    December 19, 2007 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  21. Richard Richmond Virginia

    If Huckabee is not guilty of using Christmas for political gain, then why were the ads only run in South Carolina, Iowa and New Hampshire? Why didn't he run them in states without crucial primaries? Don't be naive.

    December 19, 2007 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  22. Carol, Memphis TN

    I guess if you can see a Christian symbol in a window pane joint, you must be searching real hard for something to nit pick. The Cross of Jesus actually looks more like a "t" than a + sign. Get real people, Christmas is about CHRIST, not the winter solstice which is 12/22, not dear ole Santa, but the celebration of the birth of Christ. If there was a Jewish mennorah or another religious relic behind him, nothing would have been said – WHAT are you people afraid of...heaven forbid we should celebrate the birth of the man that died for each of us, just because you don't happen to believe it, does not make it untrue. It is really funny that after a national tragedy it is the Christian churches that people flock to....remember 9/11! Even Hillary and Bill went to a Christian church and Bill carried his big ole Bible under his arm, where was the outcry then? This country's Christian heritage is well documented, if you don't believe me, go look it up.

    December 19, 2007 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  23. Karen, Chino CA

    Praise God that Mike Huckabee isn't afraid to through in a little bit of Christmas cheer in the midst of campaigning for President. I, for one, find it refreshing. Jesus is Jesus. Not sure what that meant. But Jesus is 100% God and 100% man, and should be worshipped and adored. Why? He created you! Yes you.

    December 20, 2007 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  24. David A. Linkenheimer, East Brady, Pa.

    I think Christianity is a pious fraud soon to explode.

    December 21, 2007 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  25. Christy, Houston, TX

    Wow~ Seems as if he is getting a lot of free publicity from all of you Christian haters......thanks for that! Also, the "Cross" is a bookcase......look closer, and watch his interview with Meredith Viera on the Today show. If you’re offended by an add wishing you a Merry Christmas, you’re part of the problem. Like it or not, this is a holiday about Christ. Yes you can call it "religious" because it is a CHRISTIAN holiday to celebrate not only the birth of the son of God, but our SAVIOR Jesus! Will most of you be enjoying your days off for it? Receiving gifts for it? Who cares if the man wants to say Merry Christmas and be a proud Christian. From most of the interviews/debates I have seen, he is being ASKED these questions that he is being harped on about! He is who he is and will not back down for his beliefs! Way to go Mike!

    By the way, the original reasoning for seperation of church and state was to keep politics out of the CHURCH........not the other way around!

    December 23, 2007 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
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