January 1st, 2008
11:58 PM ET
11 years ago

New Huckabee ad appeals to Christian conservatives

A Christian symbol makes an appearance in a new Huckabee ad.

A Christian symbol makes an appearance in a new Huckabee ad.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - For the second time in the past two weeks, presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee has aired a commercial in which a Christian symbol appears in the background.

In the campaign ad, Huckabee is addressing members of the Iowa Christian Alliance, an organization whose symbol is the ichthys which appears on a banner that is shown prominently at the open and close of the 30 second spot. The ICA is an influential social conservative organization in Iowa, and Huckabee can be seen speaking about his opposition to abortion before the group.

The ichthys, which resembles a fish, is well-known in evangelical circles as the symbol used by early Christians to secretly identify one another without attracting persecution.

The Huckabee campaign unveiled this ad as well as another on its campaign Web site Monday afternoon, hours after the former Arkansas governor reversed course and decided against airing a negative campaign commercial targeting rival Mitt Romney.“Our Values” is currently airing in Iowa, while "Tax Cuts Matter" is airing in New Hampshire, according to a campaign spokeswoman.

"The purpose of these ads is to highlight the things that truly matter – while underscoring my conservative record of leadership and my vision for America moving forward," Huckabee said in a news release Tuesday announcing the ads. "As we enter the closing days of the first-in-the-nation Iowa caucuses, there are a lot of things being said on television and sent to mailboxes across the Hawkeye state. I urge Iowans to look beyond the rhetoric and seek the truth about my record and optimistic plans for our nation's future.”

Iowa will host the first presidential nominating contest Thursday, and evangelical conservatives are an important voting bloc in the caucuses. Fiscal conservatives play an influential role in the Republican primary in New Hampshire, which will take place next week.

“The pro-life position was the one espoused by our Founding Fathers when they said that all of us are created equal, endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable rights,” Huckabee says in the ad. “The first one they listed was life. Nobody has a greater level of intrinsic worth or value than another person. Being unborn doesn’t make you less valuable.

“Maybe instead of having our values trampled all over every single day and night, we would express to America what those values are: Family, life, freedom. Those things matter to us - always have, always will.”

A Huckabee spokesperson could not be reached for comment.

In late December, Huckabee dismissed suggestions that he was trying to send a subliminal message to Christian voters in a campaign commercial that appeared to show a cross floating behind him. The cross was an outline of a shelf.

“Actually I will confess this, if you play this spot backwards it says ‘Paul is Dead, Paul is Dead, Paul is Dead,’” the presidential candidate joked to reporters. “So the next thing you know, someone will be playing it backwards to find out the subliminal messages that are really there.”

–CNN's Rebecca Sinderbrand

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soundoff (128 Responses)
  1. USC Trojans

    Huckabee has told South Carolina voters that he supports the confederate flag and supports South Carolina flying the confederate flag. Does that mean that he supports slavery, racism, and the southern United States suceeding from the northern United States. How does he get away with saying these things. He has so many radical beliefs. He has supports a quarantine of people with AIDS (reguardless of how they contracted it or if they are little kids), criticizes people for their religious beliefs, claims to be the new Christian leader, wants to ammend the constitution to what he thinks God's will is, and now supports the confederate flag. I don't know how he is still one of the main contenders for the republican presidential primary. I just hope people see him for who he really is. A minister running for President with radical beliefs.

    January 19, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  2. David Bonnette

    HWJV - How Would Jesus Vote?

    I would not presume to speak for God – nevertheless - Christians in America face an awesome and unique responsibility. Unlike any other nation, past or present, whose earthly sovereign is a king, dictator, or parliament, etc. – America’s earthly sovereign is “We the People”. Thus, we cannot simply throw our hands in the air and go about our lives without accountability – because “We the People” are that sovereign, and we must answer to King Jesus.

    So how does a Christian help choose “the leader of the free world”? What criteria would Jesus use? Well, the Bible certainly gives us many examples of leaders good and bad, and there are some lists for choosing leaders such as in Titus, or 1st Timothy. We would do well to seek biblical counsel, but my experience tells me that theological pondering is often without end. How can we reach a meaningful consensus on choosing a presidential candidate before the primary - while not again being fooled by someone who “… speak[-s] great swelling words of vanity…” or “…promise[-s]... liberty [while] they themselves are the servants of corruption…”? [2 Peter 2:18 -19]

    I believe its’ so simple, it is habitually overlooked. Rather than embarking on a tedious theological debate to rediscover what a biblically based government would look like. We must look no further than America’s birth, to realize that our founding fathers have already completed all the hard work for us. The evidence is overwhelming that those who founded our nation were largely God-fearing Christian men. These men built our nation on biblical principles. (Regardless of what the anti-theist revisionists say) Thus – all we must do is choose the candidate who truly defends the literal Constitution – and who embodies the spirit of our Declaration of Independence - this will be the most godly man for the job.

    There is only one such man – Democrat or Republican – running in 2008. That man is Ron Paul. He is the only man defending our Constitution against the power mongers. And he is not ashamed to articulate the thoughts of our Unanimous Declaration - and those revitalizing words ring out like the thunderous decree of our Liberty Bell, “…proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof …” [Leviticus 25:10]. So cast a vote for liberty and help restore this great republic. Defend our Constitution making America - once again - a city on a hill and a beacon of hope for a troubled world. Godspeed Dr. Paul.

    January 23, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
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