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Huckabee wows crowd during Dothan presidental campaign stop
Ken Curtis

Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee concluded a whirlwind tour of Alabama Thursday with a spirited campaign stop in Dothan. Supporters repeatedly gave the former Arkansas governor ovations of approval during his address. Huckabee’s conservative message resonates well in the Deep South. He won the 2008 Alabama Republican primary, garnering 41% of the vote during his first run for the White House. “If the rest of America had been as smart as Alabama eight years ago we’d be in a very different place today than we are right now,” he told journalists during a media briefing. Huckabee said he isn’t discouraged by his sluggish—perhaps poor---polling numbers. A Suffolk University/USA Today survey released this week shows him near the bottom of the 12 candidate race. He was the choice of only two percent. "The polling numbers, at this point, don't mean a whole lot other than one thing," Huckabee said. "Any candidate who has been at the top of the polls at this point in the campaign did not become the nominee.” Donald Trump topped the USA Today poll—23% of those surveyed favor the billionaire businessman. Huckabee seemed to connect with the crowd in Dothan. After all, he is the next best thing to a hometown boy now spending most of his time residing in nearby Destin, Florida. His conservative Christian views, while predictable, play well in Alabama. He is against abortion and opposes funding for Planned Parenthood. He believes people should be able to immigrate to the United States only if they want to contribute to the welfare of the country and honor what he calls the values Americans share. Huckabee—he is ordained minister---is for prayer in public places and thinks God should be at the forefront of our lives. An invocation before Huckabee was introduced was given by Reverend Johnny Fain, pastor of Dothan’s First Baptist Church. The former governor also touted his plan, if elected, to abolish the Internal Revenue Service and implement a flat—he calls it a fair---tax. “(It) will bring jobs to America. The reason we lose jobs is simple; excess taxation, excess regulation, excess litigation, leads to job migration.” His other Alabama campaign stops were in Florence, Sylacauga, and Selma.

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