ABC News’ Kevin Chupka Reports: A standing room only crowd of close to 1000 people packed into Shaw Hall here on the campus of Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina this evening to hear former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee’s stump speech.
Since coming back to the south this morning Huckabee has reintroduced his firm pro-life stance; an issue that was notably absent during his New Hampshire swing. It wasn’t policy however that made tonight stand out among all the other stump speeches.
About halfway through his remarks a campaign staffer inadvertently hit a button that made a large movie screen begin to descend from the ceiling…and then the lights went out to boot. Ever quick on his feet Huckabee took the delay in stride, "I’ve heard people say before I’d ever vote for a Republican the roof will cave in; I was thinking praise the Lord it’s happening tonight." The crowd ate it all up and the speech continued.
Then, as Huckabee was discussing the beauty of freedom of speech he played right into the largely college-aged crowd again. Referring to hecklers that he has encountered out on the trail he said "the fact is, a lot of places where a person would do that they’d get shot on the spot. Not in this country." Then in dead pan Huckabee wit, "we’ll just taze ya bro."
Huckabee and his press corps will fly across the state to Myrtle Beach tonight in preparation for tomorrow’s Fox News debate.