Huckabee Asks Iowans to 'Believe'
Mike Huckabee is starting to spend his money -- and his political capital. In a strong, serious follow-up to his ad with actor and supporter Chuck Norris, Huckabee makes his sales pitch to Iowa Republicans seeking to support a conservative, Christian Republican candidate.
"Faith doesn't just influence me, it really defines me," he says while seated by a window. "I don't have to wake up everyday, wondering, 'What do I need to believe?'" he adds, while the words "Christian Leader," and "One of America's Best Governors" flash on-screen, and he walks outdoors with a farmer.
The ad cuts to a clip of his speech at October's Values Voter Summit, where he earned strong reviews from the audience. "Let us never sacrifice our principles for anybody's politics. Not now, not ever," he says.
Cut to Huckabee mentioning his strong pro-life beliefs. "I believe life begins at conception," he says, while speaking with young children. On-screen writing states he "Supports Federal Marriage Amendment," and "As Governor, Passed Marriage Amendment."
The ad hits the airwaves less than week after a Washington Post-ABC News poll showed him in a close race with Mitt Romney. It also starts airing as former Huckabee colleagues reveal a darker side to the former governor.
UPDATE 9:06 a.m. ET 11/26/07: In a conference call with reporters Monday, Huckabee said he thinks "This is going to be a very strong week for us," and added that "The Chuck Norris ad got a lot of attention. It did exactly what we wanted it to do, which is to get people to visit our Web site. ... It had a big impact in the 18 to 30-year-old market, which we expected it to. Had a lot of fun with that."
"Fundraising is going better than ever," Huckabee says. "We've raised more money in a matter of days than we raised in the first three months of the campaign."
He added that, "We may not raise as much money as some of the other guys. ... But we're going to have enough money to compete. Our television ads are going on in Iowa today. ... And we'll continue to aggressively try to raise money, but also aggressively try to be frugal in the way we spend it."
-- Ed O'Keefe
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