Yesterday, we wrote about Mike Huckabee claiming falsely on a conservative talk-radio show that President Obama grew up in Kenya. (A Huckabee spokesman later said the former Arkansas governor, considering a 2012 White House bid, "misspoke.")
Today, Huckabee, on a nationwide book tour, invoked madrassas in reference to President Obama, but not because he's saying he's a Muslim.
Per Political Wire, Huckabee said: "And I have said many times, publicly, that I do think he has a different worldview and I think it is, in part, molded out of a very different experience. Most of us grew up going to Boy Scout meetings and, you know, our communities were filled with Rotary Clubs, not madrassas." He adds, “I’ve never said he’s a Muslim.” (The video is below. The quote appears at about 5:15.)
Conspiracy theorists on the right believe President Obama is a Muslim. He is not. He is a Christian.
Huckabee was also asked whether the amount of money he's made in the past two years will factor into his decision to run for president.
"The decision I make is not going to be based on my own personal finances," Huckabee said, adding, "That's not going to be the factor that gets me in or out."
Huckabee had said last week, per Roll Call: “If I run, I walk away from a pretty good income. I don’t want to walk away any sooner than I have to because frankly, I don’t have a lot of reserve built up. Most of my life was in public service. Therefore I didn’t come away wealthy. In order to run for president last time, I cashed in my life insurance, my annuities, I pretty much went through everything that I ever had as an asset that I thought I might someday live on. One thing I committed to myself, to my wife and God, was that if I do this I’m hopefully going to be in a position that I’m not so completely destitute at the end of it, that I have no idea what to do if I get sick."
He was also asked about Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum having their Fox contracts suspended because of their overtures at possible runs for the White House. Huckabee hosts a show on Fox.
"Well, if I see Fox News pop up on my phone ID, maybe I shouldn't answer it, I don't know," Huckabee joked. He added, "It's one of the reasons I'm not in a big hurry to go out and make an announcement."