From NBC'/NJ's Adam Aigner-Treworgy
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. -- On a 36-hour trip through the state in which he will hit six out of seven major media markets here, Huckabee
found time Friday night to pick up the endorsement of the only
African-American GOP elected official in the entire state, Charleston
County Council Chairman Tim Scott along with Maurice Washington,
chairman of South Carolina State University, the oldest historically
black college in the state.
After announcing the endorsement, Huckabee deflected questions about recent criticisms voiced by Thompson about the former-governor's lack of knowledge about the NIE.
"Every day I get about a dozen calls from people all over the country,
from various news organizations, saying this candidate has just
released a news release attacking you, this one's just sent out a
letter, this one has a TV spot, and they all want me to respond, and
you know, I guess whop 'em upside the head," Huckabee said explaining
his efforts to run a "positive" campaign. "There's an old saying in the
news business that it's news when it's unusual. For [Thompson] to
attack me is not unusual, and I'm not sure it's news, so I'll begin
Huckabee once again attributed his lack of preparation on current issues in the news to a busy campaign schedule, taking a jab at Thompson by saying, "I think everyone understands that except an opponent, and maybe, you know, because we're campaigning so hard that would be lost on some people who aren't."
A clip of Huckabee speaking at Liberty University's convocation has recently garnered some attention. The clip features Huckabee saying that the explanation for his recent success is "not a human one." Well last night he once again attributed his surge to the prayers of his supporters.
"I knew that things were going to start happening when we started having our Web site flooded with people who would simply say, we are praying every day for you," Huckabee said. "We had people saying I'm a Catholic, and I'm saying a Rosary for you. We had Baptists saying we're on our knees for you."
On that prayer coming from South Carolinians, a voting block also claimed by Thompson as "his people," Huckabee said, "I think if people look at my roots and values it connects with people here. You know I'm a fellow Southerner. A lot of people here believe that the issues that matter to them are the family issues and the faith issues, and it doesn't mean that they have to agree with me…but I think what people understand is there's never been a doubt in my mind or policy that marriage means one man and one woman for life.
"There's never been a time in my life where anybody's going to find some YouTube moment of me saying something other than life begins at conception."