Mike Huckabee, the potential Republican presidential candidate, appeared at his second pro-life event in two days and took a comedic jab at pro-abortion President Barack Obama during his speech.
Huckabee appeared at a pro-life fundraising event in Tennessee on Monday and declared abortion to be the most important political issue.
According to a CNN report, Huckabee said more people recognize him now from his popular Fox News television show that airs on the weekend than ever knew him during his 2008 presidential bid, where he came up just short against Senator John McCain.
“We pay more attention to who we see on TV,” Huckabee said. “We pay little attention to who we elect for president, obviously.”
The comment reportedly drew cheers from the pro-life advocates who attended the dinner.
“We need to change the culture, change the culture toward pro-life,” Huckabee said during the dinner about the need to combine education on abortion with offering pregnant women tangible help and support rather than abortion.
The former governor also said he believes abortion is a federal issue because it shouldn’t be right to kill an unborn child in one state but not another — and he drew comparisons to slavery to make the point.
“It was wrong to own a slave in Mississippi and Michigan,” said Huckabee, speaking about the possibility of leaving the legality of abortion up to individual states. “This is not a states issue.”
Huckabee said the power of the media is important to advertising the pro-life message in the same way major products use advertising to develop brand awareness and support.
At the Monday night event, Huckabee said pro-life concerns matter more to him than any other political issue.
“For me this is an issue that — as I’ve said before — it transcends all of the political issues,” he said. “I’ve often said I would gladly lose an election before I would ever yield on the issue of the sanctity of human life.”