The night before his slated speaking engagement in Orlando for Heroic Media, a controversial Texas-based anti-abortion marketing group, likely Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee spoke at another anti-abortion event, arranged by the Palm Christian Ministry in Knoxville.
According to an article published in Life News, the former Arkansas governor “confirmed he is ‘seriously looking at’ running for president again in 2012 and may do if only to ‘elevate the issue of life.’”
Speaking to a large crowd at the Knoxville Convention Center, Huckabee said that abortion was an issue that transcends all other political issues: “I’ve often said I would gladly lose an election before I would ever yield on the issue of the sanctity of human life,” he said.
Huckabee took issue with recent comments made by Indiana Gov. (and fellow presidential prospect) Mitch Daniels, who made headlines after saying that conservative politicians should have a “truce” on social issues like abortion, in order to fully address the country’s economic problems. “Apparently, a 2012 Republican presidential prospect in an interview with a reporter has made the suggestion that the next president should call for a ‘truce’ on social issues like abortion and traditional marriage to focus on fiscal problems,” Huckabee said. “In other words, stop fighting to end abortion and don’t make protecting traditional marriage a priority.”
Huckabee is slated to act as keynote speaker for Heroic Media at a fundraising dinner in Orlando tonight. Some conservative leaders backed off of their support of Heroic after its founder made statements likening Planned Parenthood’s efforts to genocide. Huckabee has yet to back down from his support of the group.