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Huckabee: Run Will Continue Even Without Iowa Win

By Perry Bacon Jr.
GRINNELL, Iowa--After giving a rousing speech here in which he declared "faith without works is dead" and promised his presidency would be one of deeds, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee told an energetic crowd that his presidential run is similar to his favorite exercise.

"I would say that this is probably about maybe a half marathon," he told reporters. "We started out a year ago and we've got a year left...For me, it's a gut check. Regardless of what position we're in, we still see this as a marathon, the finish line is November, but tonight we hope to prove we're in this race for all 26 miles"

Sounding a bit wistful about his time in Iowa, he told reporters he knew they worked as long of hours as he did, so "I do appreciate you coming."

But he made clear that his unusual campaign would not stop in Iowa. Speaking of volunteers from all over the country who have come to Des Moines to help his campaign, Huckabee said "if we had to pay them we couldn't."

"This is a movement going on," he told the crowd of more than 200 who attended his speech.

And that "movement" would continue even if he didn't win the Iowa vote.

"We don't have to finish first to feel we've been successful," he said.

By Washington Post editors  |  January 3, 2008; 7:03 PM ET
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