TAMPA, Fla. – Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who once harbored
hopes of being president, loudly endorsed fellow Republican Mitt
Romney for the job Wednesday at the Republican National Convention.
"To those who question how once rivals can now be united, it’s simple
– we have Barack Obama to thank," Huckabee said.
In a speech delivered during prime time from the Tampa Bay Times Forum,
Huckabee harshly criticized Obama and his term in office – punctuating
his remarks with the Romney campaign message "We can do better."
Obama came to office with limited experience in governing and no
business experience, Huckabee said, and once in office, seemed mostly
interested in "campaigning, blaming and aiming excuses at his
"We’ve stagnated into an economy that has taken all that hope ‘down
the slope’ and left millions without jobs, forced out of their homes
by foreclosure and herded into dependency upon a government that
promises us candy and gives us cavities," Huckabee said.
In contrast, Huckabee offered that Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, was a proven leader who
turned around companies on the skids, an Olympics in scandal and a
"very liberal" state in debt.
Huckabee offered that even former President Bill Clinton had noted
that Romney has a "sterling record of problem-solving."
"Barack Obama said if he couldn’t turn things around in three years,
it would be a one-term proposition. It’s been almost four years –
let’s make him a proposition he can’t refuse. Let’s vote him out,"
Huckabee also answered the question of how an evangelical can support
a Mormon for president.
"Of the four people on the two tickets, the only self-professed
evangelical is Barack Obama, and he supports changing the definition
of marriage, believes that human life is disposable and expendable at
any time in the womb or even beyond the womb, and tells people that
they must bow their knees to the god of government and violate their
faith and conscience in order to comply with what he calls health
care," he said.
As for Romney, Huckabee said he cares less about where the GOP nominee takes his
family to church than where he will "take the country."
Huckabee said that Obama has had his chance to lead and that
experiment has been a miserable failure.
"President Obama is out of gas. Americans are out of patience, and our
great Republic is almost out of time. It’s time we no longer lead from
behind, but get off our behind and leave something lasting for those
who come after us instead of a mountain of debt and a pile of
excuses," he said.