Huckabee Speaks of Salvation, Signs Immigration Pledge

Jan 16, 2008 5:08pm

ABC News’ Kevin Chupka Reports: Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee spoke at North Greenville University, a college in Tigerville, South Carolina on Wednesday. Their motto: "Where Christ makes the difference."   

In front of hundreds of students, Huckabee tailored his message by speaking largely about how his policies will impact their generation. The crowd was very supportive and vocal, but Huckabee’s jokes fell flat and the generation gap was clearly evident.

At the end of the speech, university President James Epting asked the governor to share with the audience how he came to find Jesus Christ.

Huckabee recalled being ten years-old and attending vacation Bible school.

"I didn’t go to vacation Bible school to be spiritual," he said. "I went because my sister had gone the day before and said at Bible school you could get all the Kool-Aid you wanted to drink and all the cookies you wanted to eat."   

He told of accepting God into his life that day. "I remember praying that prayer that day and feeling overwhelmed by the presence and the sense that God really did love me," Huckabee said. 

It was such a powerful experience for Huckabee that when the rest of the kids went to play baseball during their break, he said, "I don’t want to get dirty because I’ve never felt so clean in my life."

Immediately following the rally, Huckabee went next door where he signed an immigration pledge, promising not to endorse amnesty and to secure America’s borders.   

When asked by one reporter after the signing whether or not Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., (who has yet to sign the pledge sponsored by "Numbers USA") should sign it, Huckabee said, "I’m not going to speak for him. I have trouble enough speaking for me and I mess up enough even for me. If I thought I could mess up speaking for him I’d go ahead and speak for him."

Huckabee flew across the state for an event at The Citadel military academy Wednesday evening. He continues to canvas South Carolina for the next two days ahead of the Saturday primary, arguably a lynch pin for his campaign.

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