by Steven Ertelt
January 2, 2008
Des Moines, IA (LifeNews.com) — In what may very likely be his final television commercial in Iowa before Thursday night’s caucus vote, Mike Huckabee is touting his pro-life position on abortion. Huckabee has stressed pro-life themes heavily in the final weeks and has contrasted his lifelong pro-life position with Mitt Romney, who converted to the pro-life position recently.
The Huckabee campaign unveiled the ad hours after he presided over a controversial press conference in which he showed a spot blasting Mitt Romney on abortion and other issues.
Huckabee said he would not air that commercial because he didn’t want to engage in negative campaigning — yet he played it for members of the press.
The new spot shows Huckabee addressing members of the Iowa Christian Alliance.
“The pro-life position was the one espoused by our Founding Fathers when they said that all of us are created equal, endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable rights,” Huckabee says in the ad.
“The first one they listed was life. Nobody has a greater level of intrinsic worth or value than another person. Being unborn doesn’t make you less valuable," he goes on to say.
Huckabee concludes: “Maybe instead of having our values trampled all over every single day and night, we would express to America what those values are: Family, life, freedom. Those things matter to us — always have, always will."
In the ad, Huckabee is also shown holding a baby and a text is overlaid saying he supports a federal human life amendment to the Constitution.
In a press release on Tuesday announcing the new commercial, Huckabee said, "The purpose of these ads is to highlight the things that truly matter — while underscoring my conservative record of leadership and my vision for America moving forward."
Huckabee and Romney lead the Republican field in Iowa and Fred Thompson and John McCain are competing for third place. Ron Paul, Rudy Giuliani, Duncan Hunter and Alan Keyes are further back.