Huckabee Strikes Partisan Tone at RNC; Blasts Biden, Defends Palin

By Jennifer Parker

Sep 2, 2008 1:07pm

ABC News’ Ursula Fahy reports: At breakfast with the Texas delegation at the Republican National Convention in Minneapolis-St. Paul, at least one Republican took off his "America" hat and struck a partisan tone.

Former Republican presidential candidate, and ex-Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, spent a couple of minutes Tuesday defending John McCain’s vice presidential pick, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, chastising the media for focusing on her Monday statement about her pregnant 17-year-old daughter, and taking a shot at Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del.

Huckabee said Palin got more votes running for mayor in Alaska than Joe Biden got running for president, twice.

"She knows where she stands on issues that are important to so many of us," Huckabee said of Palin. Huckabee, a former Baptist minister, won the Iowa Republican primary in 2008 and garnered a lot of support from Christian evangelicals throughout the GOP primaries.

"When life begins and how to treat it, how to respect it, how to embrace it, how to elevate and celebrate every human life, and I’m so grateful that Sen. McCain has added not only to his extraordinary consistent record of voting for life issues, but to put someone on the ticket and team with him who will uphold and share those values and those important principles that mean so much to us.

"Over the past few days, we’ve been hearing all this stuff about how Gov. Palin doesn’t have experience. Let me tell you something, I can assure, having been a governor, myself, for 10 and a half years, she’s had more executive experience in two years than her counterpart Joe Biden has had in all the years that he’s been making speeches, because she’s been making decisions — he’s been making just simple speeches," Huckabee told the crowd.

"In fact, I don’t know if you realize this, but Sarah Palin got more votes running for mayor in Wasilla, Alaska, than Joe Biden did in two quests for the presidency — that oughta tell you something. I’m proud of her record as a reformer, as a leader — somebody who believes in something that’s right, and I’m gonna tell you something. If the press believes that they can try to somehow move any of us in any direction by trying to smear her daughter, boy, have they picked on the wrong bunch of people, because I want you to understand, some of the chattering class still don’t quite get it. We appreciate a mother who gives the unconditional love and support that a daughter needs, deserves, and would want to have, and she has only affirmed our own appreciation for Sarah Palin," he said to applause. Huckabee, himself, is an ardent opponent to abortion rights.

"It’s an unfortunate thing that the media has wanted to focus on things that have nothing to do with Sarah Palin’s being a wonderful vice president for Sen. McCain, but we know what matters, and we know that when we face a tough crisis in our country, we are far better served by Sen. McCain and Sarah Palin, and that’s why I sense an enthusiasm and an energy in our party. There’s going to be a kind of activity that we had hoped would happen, people knocking on doors and making phone calls and getting out there and getting out the vote."

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