by Steven Ertelt
February 15, 2008
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — John McCain may be the inevitable Republican nominee, but GOP hopeful Mike Huckabee says he’s in the race to stay until one of the candidates winds up with the delegates needed to officially capture the nomination. Huckabee and his supporters appear to want to continue pressing pro-life themes as long as possible.
People ask me, why am I staying in this race? Well, first of all, I got in it to win and Im staying in it to win," Huckabee told a crowd of 500 supporters in Wisconsin.
If nobody gets 1,191 delegates before the convention, then well settle it at the convention like it used to be done in the old days and Ill take my chances there like anybody else," he added, according to a CBS News report.
Huckabee appears to want to carry the banner for issues he hopes McCain will press during the campaign — ones that chagrin pro-life voters and conservatives on other topics.
In many ways, the discussion over the next several weeks is not just about the next election, it is about the next generation, he said.
"Its not just about the politics of the Republican party, its about the principles of the Republican party," he added.
Some political observers have said Huckabee is positioning himself to be the main spokesman for pro-life advocates, evangelicals and conservative voters during the election and afterwards.
"Its not just about winning and losing an election, its about winning and losing a culture," CBS said he told the crowd. "Its about whether or not we will stand for something or whether we will fall for anything just so that we can beat the other guys.
With a culture that could see 35 more years of legalized abortion should Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton get the keys to the White House, Huckabee appears to believe he has good reason to stay in a little longer and get more attention for his concerns.