by Steven Ertelt
February 24, 2008
Colorado Springs, CO (LifeNews.com) — Mike Huckabee appeared at a leadership meeting of pro-family activists in Colorado on Friday night, that included Focus on the Family founder and president Dr. James Dobson. During the meeting, he compared abortion to slavery. Later in the weekend, some political observers suggested he’s setting up for a 2012 campaign.
During the speech, Huckabee talked about never giving up and inspired the attendees with a message about his recent visit to The Alamo.
He mentioned the courage and bravery the defenders showed in the face of overwhelming odds — something that motivates him despite the appearance that John McCain has wrapped up the Republican nomination.
Huckabee said he has the "moral clarity" to support a human life amendment to the Constitution because the overturning of Roe v. Wade is only the first step in stopping abortions.
"What that means is that every one of the 50 states can come up with its own definition of life," he said and, according to the Denver Post, comparing abortion to slavery.
"That’s the logic of the Civil War. That’s the idea that morality is geographical. It’s the notion that something can be right in one state and wrong in another," he explained, the Post reported.
"Well, when it came to slavery, we finally got it right that you can’t own another human being," he added.
Meanwhile, some political observers say Huckabee is staying in the race to build up more support among pro-life voters in anticipation of a campaign in 2012.
At that time, he could be seen as one of the leading Republican candidates if McCain loses in November or if he decides not to run again because of his age.
At end of day, well do whatever we can to help John McCain in the fall, Huckabee strategist Ed Rollins told Politico. If he wins, great. If not, the game starts all over again.
It may be open again in four years. And Mike is 51. Hes got a long way to go before his political career is over," Rollins added.
Former Sen. Tim Hutchinson of Arkansas also talked about the future prospects.
The Republican Party has been kind to second-place finishes in the past, Hutchinson said. Hes a young man. And hes run the kind of race that has not burned bridges or torn apart the party.
Republican strategist Craig Shirley was a little more to the point with his Politico interview.
"Huckabee is playing for second, he said. He wants the story written that he came in second to McCain and not Mitt Romney. That way he will have what he believes is the more legitimate claim to be the heir apparent for the GOP nomination, and not Romney, in 2012 or 2016."