It’s a beautiful fall day in the nation’s capital, and I’ve spent the morning at the Values Voters Summit, a gathering of leading Christian Right political activists.
They’re holding the first big “straw poll” of the 2012 presidential election today and tomorrow and I wanted to hear Arkansas’ native son speak.
Gov. Mike Huckabee, who was described by the emcee as a “statesman and big-time TV celebrity” got a rousing welcome and gave a speech full of biblical allusions: Joshua, David, Goliath, Saul, Elijah and the prophets of Baal were all mentioned.
Huckabee didn’t mention his arch-nemesis: Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who will speak here tomorrow morning. But he did mention that under the Massachusetts health care plan (which was championed by Romney), abortions are covered after a $50 co-pay. Huckabee also suggested that health care in Massachusetts is a mess, with costs rising like crazy and with most systems dissatisfied with the public system.
Pence drew applause by denouncing gay marriage, abortion and Obama and after mentioning the year he became a born-again Christian.
Other contenders scheduled to speak include Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.
The straw poll results will be announced Saturday and I’ll let you know the outcome.