January 12th, 2008
01:51 PM ET
12 years ago

Huckabee mobilizes Michigan ministers

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.l.cnn.net/cnn/2008/images/01/12/art.huck1.ap.jpg caption=" Huckabee campaigned in Michigan Saturday."]GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan (CNN) - Mike Huckabee urged more than 100 pastors in Western Michigan to "take a stand" and organize evangelicals to vote in next week's Republican primary here.

The ordained Baptist minister told the pastors Saturday to "mobilize in every way possible every single friend you know" in advance of next Tuesday's vote.

"I am not going to ask for you to endorse from the pulpit," he said at a campaign breakfast. But he implored the faith leaders to work their personal mailing lists and phone directories of "like-minded folks" in their spare time.

Roughly one in three Republican primary voters in Michigan is a self-identified evangelical.

Huckabee, as he often does, declared that he will not run from his faith if he is elected president.

"This country needs to regain its soul," he said. "For a long time, those of us are people of faith were asked to support candidates who would come and talk to us. But rarely has there been one who has come from us."

Huckabee, who spent a good portion of his remarks criticizing abortion and same-sex marriage, also repeated his pledge he would never attempt to impose his own religious beliefs on the country if elected president.

- CNN Political Producer Peter Hamby

Filed under: Michigan • Mike Huckabee
soundoff (124 Responses)
  1. Anthony, Los Angeles, CA

    If you don't vote for Huckabee, you don't love Jesus. A vote for Huckabee is a vote for the son of god. You don't want to vote against god, do you? I mean, who wouldn't want a book of literary fiction dictating every move of our government and our lives? I hope he enforces all the good verses. Soon we'll all be cutting off our right hands and plucking out our eyes. I can hardly wait.

    January 13, 2008 02:02 am at 2:02 am |
  2. Chris, Kalamazoo MI

    I think many people don't know what religion is. They seem to think that they can be non-religious. That they can have some sort of belief system or worldview based on pure facts which have no roots in faith. This is a silly way to think. Even mathematics (which of any science should be the one just taken to be true) is based on unprovable axioms which are just taken to be true, and then built up from there.

    It's true, America is not a Theocracy. If that's what you're afraid it would be come if Huckabee became president, then please think a little harder. America is not an Atheocracy either. The founding fathers put in a seperation of church and state so that the government would not establish a state faith. It is not so that faith did not play apart in government. Because faith is the starting point of everything you know. Christian, Morman, Atheists....they all start their worldviews with faith, it's just a question of 'faith in what?'

    January 13, 2008 02:04 am at 2:04 am |
  3. John

    Here we go! Just when I actually thought Huck might be actually working toward a consensus, he calls the ministers to task! What is the difference of them calling from the phone list, rolodex, or speaking from the pulpit? He is asking them to use their role as a minister to bolster voters.. Call the IRS! It's time to put the SEPARATION between church and state.. Incidentally, I am a christian. However, the church is no place to campaign for office.

    January 13, 2008 02:14 am at 2:14 am |
  4. Dale Davis, Glendora, California

    Hey Huck, were you, or were you not a keynote speaker at an anti-Mormon rally in Salt Lake City in 1998, under the auspices of the Southern Baptist Convention?
    This is the same spirit of religious intolerence that was aimed toward the Mormons back in the 1800s, when they were forced from their homes and fled to Utah. Who is next Huck, the Jews?

    January 13, 2008 02:42 am at 2:42 am |
  5. Angela

    Rita V,
    if YOU knew anything about our founding fathers you would realize the reason we all left Europe to begin with is because we were escaping religious oppression that called itself Christian also.The founding fathers had no intentions of recreating that again – hence the separation of Church and State.
    There are actually history books that go back farther than the beginings of this county – I suggest you read one.
    Huckabee is a snake oil salesman.. But I hope he gets the Republican nomination because Clinton or Obama or Edwards will mop the floor with him next Nov. and that would be good thing.
    Hillary 08
    God Bless this Great country.
    May we always continue to learn from our mistakes.

    January 13, 2008 03:27 am at 3:27 am |
  6. James P, W-B PA

    This country does not need another messianic president unto whom God speaks. Period.

    January 13, 2008 03:36 am at 3:36 am |

    Romney is nothing more than George Bush-east. Another rich former gov who will say anything to get elected. Would we have ever heard of Romney if he did not have a zillion dollars to spend on advertising.

    January 13, 2008 06:06 am at 6:06 am |
  8. Reed

    I hope Huchabee win the nomination. That will finish the job G W Bush started, puting an end to the Republican party

    January 13, 2008 07:58 am at 7:58 am |
  9. Danny

    Hillary is a woman calling for a women to unite behind her. Obama (with Oprey) is calling for African Americans to unite behind him. Huckabee is not wrong to ask the religious to unite behind him.

    Let us put Romney and the "Limbaugh Liberals" behind us and unite the real Republican party!

    January 13, 2008 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  10. william walsh col ohio

    maby god will tell huck to elimate the middle east? or pass laws to make anyway but his ilegal because his way is gods way!!! hey maby he,ll preach some from the oval office, this is just what we need after a bush administration, a jesus freak running the country, i would imagine in his acceptence speech that he will give thanks to the powers of above for his chance to run the country,

    dear god in heaven thanks for letting me president, ill try and keep the earmarks to the church to a reasonable amount, and with your help ill show these muslims that there is only one god and your it, amen president huck

    January 13, 2008 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  11. Phil Memphis, TN

    Here we go again with the Minister thing. Even if I wasn't afraid of him turning us into a theocracy, huckabee never gets his facts straight. he has no business even being in the race, but the christian right ,who it seems could care less what is good for the country as long as the Prez is one of them, continues to prop him up with their votes.

    January 13, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  12. Diane

    Where would Huckabee be if he didin't have the evangelical vote? Nowhere! Mitt Romney doesn't need the Mormon vote because he has proven that he respects all religions. He has spoken in many different religious venues as governor. One of the tenants that Mr. Romney believes, I understand, is that Mormons believe in letting anyone believe in what they want to believe. From LDS. org its says, ‘We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates of our own conscience, and allow all men the same privilege, let them worship how, where, or what they may." Romney's religion sounds a lot more tolerant of other religions then Huckabee. This is what American needs; a leader to binds us rather then divides us.

    January 13, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  13. Kermit

    Thanks Dale Davis of Glendora, CA, YOUR comment below wins the BIGOT AWARD!!! Please come to church today to claim your reward!!!

    " January 13, 2008 2:02 am ET

    If you don't vote for Huckabee, you don't love Jesus. A vote for Huckabee is a vote for the son of god. You don't want to vote against god, do you?"

    I LOVE IT!!!!! It is this exact mentality that scares the liver out of me. With people like Dale Davis behind Huckabee, we ought to be shaking in our boots. Dale – go back to your TV evangelist, put your hands on the TV and "FEEEEEEEEL the love, brotha...."

    Guess what Dale. I DO love Jesus. And Huckabee would be the LAST person on earth I'd vote for. He is the most scary of all the candidates across the board.... He would use his great sword of 'religion' to divide asunder our country – like he's done to the Republican Party. Just say no to the Huckabigot......

    January 13, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  14. Mario

    What do you mean you are going to get religion involved in your religious beliefs involved...you already have in the campaign you lying idiot, you try to get the "religious people" behind all the time, evangilacals all the time, quit lying you hill billy Hick.

    You will lie all through the primaries. Wake up America, Hickupbee has got to go, the republican party doesn't even like him! they want him out!

    Bill g. salem IN, your just a Hickupbee goon who doesn't know what your talking about, stay in your state and watch t.v. huh.

    Go Mitt!

    January 13, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  15. Nate

    PF, I just checked he was speaking at a dinner at the Birch Run Expo center. Being that he was speaking at an event not in a church to a group of supporters that included ministers and regular old folk, I think everyone's accusations are just absurd. The founding father's real concern about freedom of religion by the way had more to do with government controlling religion. It appears everyone wants to trounce on the freedoms our founding fathers fought so hard for while waving the "division of church and state" flag to excuse their hatred and unfair bias. While freedom of religion and freedom of SPEECH can be found in our constitution this statement of division of church and state that is thrown about is not. A minister supporting Huckabee is no different than Oprah supporting Obama. They both may hold a place of high status in some people's minds and their stances may be given more serious consideration, but they are still people with rights and freedoms.

    January 13, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  16. David

    Mike is just drawing votes from the people that share his beliefs and values just as he is drawing votes from those that support his stand on Iraq, health care and taxes. Why pick on him for doing what a Candidate is supposed to do IT"SSSSS NUTS!!!!
    Go Huckabee, the rational vote is with you...

    January 13, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  17. Read THE BOOK

    Hey "Read a Book" –

    Looks like you need to read THE book...THE BIBLE!

    If the after life that Christians believe in is real, then we have EVERYTHING to gain...eternal life.

    If it is not real, then we have NOTHING to lose.

    Your choice not to believe seems to be the risk. So go ahead and keep living with your views......eternal life will march on with out you!

    January 13, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  18. PF

    I looked at the site posted by FOR OBAMA SUPPORTERS about Obama's church and its values. It is a bit disconcerting, but I found it interesting.

    One difference is that Obama doesn't wear it on his sleeve and push it onto others, and make it part of his platform. That's how it's supposed to be.

    Agree with the poster that it's odd we haven't seen anything about this.............. yet. I'm sure it will come out though, when the going gets tougher.

    January 13, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  19. Anthony, Los Angeles, CA

    Angela -

    How correct you are. People believe that our country was founded on Judeo Christian principles, but there is no evidence of this and much evidence to support our founding fathers as made up many atheists and agnostics and separatists. I wish people would actually read history instead of simply believing what they were told to believe.

    To Chris in Kalamazoo -

    You premise is false. Atheist don't begin with faith. Faith is a belief that is not based on proof. Atheists don't believe what cannot be proven. According to the Bible, Faith is the essence of things hoped for and the evidence of things unseen. I don't peg truth on what i hope is true. I don't use mythological literature to fill in the gaps of what is not yet understood. It's ludicrous to do so. Christians are no different than Muslims, Jews, or the ancient pantheistic Romans. All believed they owned the truth because they were told they did by someone else.

    It's funny that if someone wrote or told us that the earth were a cube, we'd probably laugh and ask them to prove it. When someone tells us about god/jesus/mohammed/etc. we shy away of questioning because we give religion some type of radical immunity from the scrutiny that we place on other subjects. It's time to strip away that immunity. If someone is going to make radical assertions, they have the burden of proof upon THEM, not the other way around. The inability to disprove there is a god also does not make it likely that there IS a god. I can no more disprove the invisible flying unicorn in the clouds than I could disprove god. If I believed there were an invisible flying unicorn in the sky, the burden would be upon ME to prove it, especially if I wanted everyone to live their lives by its teachings.

    People like to label Atheists as arrogant because they require proof and don't blindly accept popular religious dogma. What I believe is arrogant is to believe there is some god who is YOUR own personal savior, listens to YOUR prayers, and is taking YOU to heaven. This is the height of arrogance. It's divisive and delusional. Delusional is what a Christian would call a Muslim, or an ancient Roman, or even someone who believed in the Harry Potter books in present day. What makes them any different?


    January 13, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  20. Anonymous


    You are a very sad person. My prayers are with you bother! You really need them!

    January 13, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  21. Samantha

    Read THE BOOK how do you know eternal life won't march on without you? Are you so sure you have a ticket into heaven just because you identify yourself as a Christian?

    January 13, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  22. Del

    this equates to no seperation of church and state. and these churches should lose all tax exempt status. this also shows, contrary to what the Huckster says, that all this guy has got are evangelicals.

    January 14, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  23. Read THE BOOK


    The answer to your question is very simple. I dont just identify myself as a Christian. I believe very strongly in the Christian faith as it is written in the Bible.

    Taking the time to read, study, and understand the Bible will lead to the knowledge that eternal life comes from faith in Jesus. So yes, I am sure I have a ticket to heaven because it is written in the Bible, and that is my belief.

    I hope this helps to clarify. Take care.

    January 15, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  24. Leslie

    Religion is ridiculous.and should not be a factor in politics
    everyone should know reasonable behavior and have repsect for others, beyond that, Many religions dictate to its followers that they should condemn or kill those they do not agree with.
    Organized religion should give its followers more than is given.
    I have yet to find one that does not take more that it gives, very sad.
    If everyone was more in tune with themselves and listened to there own decisions rather than others, many probelms would be solved
    I think it is pathetic that Huckabee needs the evangelical vote to get elected.
    He should be winning based on the flat tax and immigration.

    Romney and Guiliani both talk about tax cuts.
    I make under $100k a year and have yet to see any real change in taxes regardless who has been president. So who is really reaping the benefits, the wealthy. This is taking place when spending is at an all time high, creating a deficit. Rather than paying off the deficit legitamately, Bush decides to print more money, devaluing the dollar world wide, making gas and other products more expensive, we might not see it until after the elections, but these numbers are going to sky rocket.
    They both talk about the famous trickle down theory of tax cuts or at least imply that new jobs will be created–wrong. Just look at the structure of Walmart, controlled by a family with the largest wealth in the country.
    Walmart pays it employees crap. Gives pathetic benefits. So with the tax cuts, the Walton family is able to increase its personal wealth to record highs, help the Chinese economy and let 1/4 million employees scrape by for another year.
    So much for trickle down

    Sadly this country is unaware of the impact that centralized wealth will play in our future.
    In 50 years, using current trends, .005% of our countries population will control over 50% of its wealth. We will see our countries first trillionaire. Elections will be bought and sold by these people. They will control the value of the dollar and will be more powerful than Congress and the President. They will make or destroy other countries economies. Chinas standard of living will have surpased ours. Basic needs such as food, shelter, clothing will be given freely to all citizens, much like maintaining cattle.
    A revolution will not occur because of basic needs being met.
    Sickness will be at an all time high due to reliance on pharmaceutical drugs and our environment and food supply
    The average person will have to take over 50 pills just to go about there daily lives.
    The worlds food supply will be controlled by 1 corporation who will dole out seed stock at a ridiculous rate because the produce does not reproduce seed anymore. (Monsanto)
    Most people will not own real estate, because it will be too expensive.

    Currently Pres. Bush thinks our country is doing well because the standard of living is good, although personal wealth accumulation of most of our citizens does not exceed infation rates, a few amass unbelivable wealth.

    The only thing that will truly save our country would be to restructure the way corporations are allow to distribute profits. If a company looses money, why should the ones at the top continue to receive outrageous salaries and stock options. This insures the rich will continue to grow there wealth at an alarming rate.

    January 16, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
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