Huckabee Talks Money and What Evangelicals Might Owe Bill Clinton

By Curtis Raye

Mar 31, 2007 11:58am

ABC News’ Teddy Davis Reports: Former Gov. Mike Huckabee, R-Ark., said Saturday morning that he will "probably have $300,000 cash-on-hand" at the end of the first quarter which ends tonight.

In the hopes of getting the media to focus on "beating expectations" rather than on actual numbers, campaigns often low-ball their fundraising estimates.

It’s still worth noting, however, that the ballpark cash-on-hand figure that Huckabee shared Saturday morning with a small group of reporters in Washington, D.C. would likely put him significantly below the top contenders for the GOP’s presidential nomination.

Huckabee hopes he can pull off an upset win for his party’s nomination by doing well in the Republican Party’s face-to-face debates (which begin May 3 at the Reagan Library) and in the Ames Straw Poll (which the Iowa Republican Party is holding on Aug. 11).

Huckabee added that if he were to "tank" in those two settings, or if he were no longer able to afford a plane ticket to Des Moines (a situation he does not find himself in at present), it would be time to "sit down and have a conversation with myself."

In a thinly veiled swipe at some of his GOP rivals, Huckabee, who is a former president of the Arkansas Baptist Convention, said that if Christian Evangelical leaders "say in this election cycle that personal conduct and character just don’t matter" they would "owe Bill Clinton a public apology" and it would constitute "a level of utter hypocrisy."

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