by Steven Ertelt
February 20, 2008
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Mike Huckabee plans to continue campaigning to Texas and Ohio, the big states that hold their primary elections the first week of March. The former Arkansas governor has continually said he would not bow out until John McCain officially becomes the Republican presidential nominee when he obtains 1,191 delegates.
Huckabee renewed his commitment to stay in the race after coming in second behind McCain in Wisconsin on Tuesday night.
One of the things that I get asked every day and Im sure you’re probably asking in the chorus, is why you keep going? Huckabee told reporters, according to a CNN report.
Let me assure you that if it were ego, my ego doesn’t enjoy getting these kind of evenings where we don’t win the primary elections," he explained. "So, its got be something other than that, and it is. Its about convictions, its about principles that I dearly, dearly believe in.
Huckabee said he wanted to stay in to give pro-life voters an alternative and to encourage McCain, who has a strong voting record against abortion and has called for reversing Roe v. Wade, a chance to hear from pro-life people who have trouble with some weaknesses in his record.
[McCain] does not support for example the human life amendment. He does support human embryonic stem cell research and I know our positions on immigration are significantly different, Huckabee said.
He added that McCain’s stance on abortion doesn’t mean that his positions are bad, it means they’re different, and elections are about choices.
CNN indicated Huckabee feels he has a good chance to make a strong showing in Texas, where voters on the Republican side are more conservative than those in other states.
Texas is a state where independence matters a lot, people there don’t like to be told what to do, how to think, how to vote. I think we’ll find a very welcome atmosphere," he said.
Huckabee also explained that his continued presence in the race is ultimately beneficial to McCain, who is perceived as the likely GOP nominee, because he rallies the pro-life base of the party.
"Not staying in the race hurts the GOP," he told CNN.
"It makes it like we’re so weak that we can’t have a debate and discussion," he added. "If this party is so completely incapable of discussing the issues that matter deeply to Republicans, then I’m not its problem."