Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee — now a prominent national media mogul in the conservative movement — held a prime-time speaking slot at the Republican National Convention to tout GOP Presidential nominee Mitt Romney.
Huckabee and Romney had challenged each other in the Republican primary in 2008 in a race that often turned negative.
On Wednesday night, Huckabee said he was solid in the Romney camp.
“Four years ago, Mitt Romney and I were opponents. We still are, but we’re not opposing each other,” said Huckabee. “We are mutual opponents of the miserably failed experiments that have put this country in a downward spiral.”
Huckabee underscored Romney’s business credentials juxtaposed against Pres. Obama’s.
“Barack Obama seems intent on enrolling more people on food stamps. Mitt Romney’s focus will be on generating more jobs that would make food stamps unnecessary for them,” said Huckabee. “Mitt Romney turned around companies that were on the skids; turned around a scandal ridden Olympics that was deep in the red into a high point of profitable and patriotic pride; and turned around a very liberal state by erasing a deficit and replacing it with a surplus.”
Huckabee, a former Baptist preacher with a religious-political following, used his prime-time speech to also make the case for Romney’s and Vice-president Paul Ryan’s faith. There has been much interest and questioning raised about Romney, a Mormon, and how voters might react to the religious denomination. Ryan, a Catholic, has said his political views have been shaped by his faith.
“The attack on my Catholic brothers and sisters is an attack on me,” Huckabee said. “The Democrats have brought back the old dance the ‘Limbo’ to see how low they can go in attempting to limit our ability to practice our faith. This isn’t a battle about contraceptives and Catholics, but of conscience and the Creator. I care far less as to where Mitt Romney takes his family to church than I do about where he takes this country.”