by Steven Ertelt
January 22, 2008
Tallahassee, FL (LifeNews.com) — Mike Huckabee’s campaign will scale back its efforts in Florida after a second place finish in South Carolina — a strongly pro-life state that political observers expected him to win. Huckabee said on Tuesday that he’s not pulling out of the state but will trim some of the largesse, like planes and buses for the press, to focus on advertising.
Huckabee talked about the money saving decisions and said they shouldn’t be seen as a sign that he is avoiding Florida or exiting the race.
I don’t want to abandon Florida yet, Huckabee told reporters in a press conference, according to an AP report. We have not come to the conclusion that Florida is out of play.
We really need to conserve as much as we can for advertising both in Florida and in the Super Tuesday states that vote on February 5, he said. We’ll be in Florida every day this week," but he will also head to other states so he can campaign there and mount a larger campaign.
We don’t have enough people to try to field staff in all of these states, he said. So what we’ll do is put a leaner team together.
Huckabee is considered one of the strongest pro-life candidates in the race, though he faces others campaigning on a pro-life platform.
John McCain and Mitt Romney take pro-life positions on abortion but they support at least some embryonic stem cell research. Fred Thompson is pro-life but he appears likely to leave the race soon and Ron Paul has yet to win a primary or caucus vote.
Huckabee, in a recent interview, said it was not enough to support reversing Roe v. Wade and that candidates should also back a human life amendment to the Constitution.
Huckabee said that "if Roe v. Wade is overturned, we haven’t won the battle."
"All we’ve done is now we’ve created the logic of the Civil War, which says that the right to the human life is geographical, not moral," Huckabee explained. "I think thats very problematic."
He said those who say Roe should be overturned but won’t support a human life amendment "are dead wrong" and following the logic that "slavery could be okay in Georgia but not okay in Massachusetts."