Sunday, January 13, 2008

The Two-Facedness of Mike Huckabee

Huckabee and the religion questions

By Greg J. Borowski
Saturday, Jan 12 2008, 09:52 PM

Lansing, Mich. -- As an ordained Baptist minister, it might seem obvious why Republican presidential contender Gov. Mike Huckabee gets many religion-related questions on the campaign trail.

However, talking to reporters after an appearance this morning in Grand Rapids, Huckabee made it clear he is growing weary of religion questions, especially in debates where he has been asked his views on evolution and other areas.

"It's almost as if the one person who has been singled out to be given a religion test is me," Huckabee said.

Soon, though, he received an unusual religion-related question and made the most of it.

Western Michigan is home to a sizeable Calvinist population, including several universities based on Calvinist principles.

Asked by a reporter who appeared to be a college student about the Calvinist vote, Huckabee replied -- without so much as missing a beat -- "Well, the Calvinists are pre-determined to vote for me. That's an easy one."

That won chuckles from the reporters and aides in the room. [source]

When I first supported Mike Huckabee I truly believed in his "I'm a candidate who happens to be a Christian" attitude. I think he believed it also. But as he realized that he couldn't get much support outside the Evangelicals he turned into the "Christian who happens to be a candidate."

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