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Huckabee shows he still has same ’08 charisma

The former Arkansas governor notably said that he “doesn’t care where Romney takes his family to church,” but he does “care about where he’ll take the country.”

TAMPA, Fla. — He‚??s put back a lot of the weight he famously lost before running for president four years ago and he‚??s not running for anything — at least not this year. But, Mike Huckabee demonstrated Wednesday night that he still has the old charisma that made him one of ‚??Big Three‚?Ě of the 2008 Republican battle along with John McCain and Mitt Romney.

The former Arkansas governor and popular Fox TV talkshow and radio host delighted the Republican National Convention with his humor, his barbs, and the best rhymes since Jesse Jackson. Hukckabee recalled how his blue-collar parents never urged him to rely on government, which, he said, would ‚??feed me, lead me, and bleed me.‚?Ě

He styled himself ‚??a failed candidate‚?Ě who is now in the ‚??mud of media,‚?Ě and he castigated the Obama administration and what he deemed ‚??the god of government.‚?Ě And, the onetime Baptist minister weaved religious themes of faith into the issues of his day.

‚??An attack on my Catholic brothers is an attack on me,‚?Ě he said to loud cheers, referring to the administration‚??s clash with the Roman Catholic Church on the issue of contraceptive mandates in hospitals. Of onetime rival Romney, Huckabee said he ‚??didn‚??t care where he takes his family to church but did care where he‚??ll take this country.‚?Ě And he even favorably quoted someone not often invoked at a Republican convention: the Irish folk singer Bono, with whom Huckabee has worked on the issue of world hunger.

Mike Huckabee is no longer a candidate for office but, as he demonstrated in Tampa Wednesday night, he can still make a speech and endear himself to his fellow Republicans.

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John Gizzi has come to be known as ‚??the man who knows everyone in Washington‚?Ě and, indeed, many of those who hold elected positions and in party leadership roles throughout the United States. With his daily access to the White House as a correspondent, Mr. Gizzi offers readers the inside scoop on what‚??s going on in the nation‚??s capital. He is the author of a number of popular Human Events features, such as ‚??Gizzi on Politics‚?Ě and spotlights of key political races around the country. Gizzi also is the host of ‚??Gizzi‚??s America,‚?Ě video interviews that appear on HumanEvents.com. Gizzi got his start at Human Events in 1979 after graduating from Fairfield University in Connecticut and then working for the Travis County (Tex.) Tax Assessor. He has appeared on hundreds of radio and TV shows, including Fox News Channel, C-SPAN, America's Voice,The Jim Bohannon Show, Fox 5, WUSA 9, America's Radio News Network and is also a frequent contributor to the BBC -- and has appeared on France24 TV and German Radio. He is a past president of the Georgetown Kiwanis Club, past member of the St. Matthew's Cathedral's Parish Council, and secretary of the West End Friends of the Library. He is a recipient of the William A. Rusher Award for Journalistic Excellence and was named Journalist of the Year by the Conservative Political Action Conference in 2002. John Gizzi is also a credentialed correspondent at the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. He has questioned two IMF managing directors, Dominique Strauss-Kahn and Christine LaGarde, and has become friends with international correspondents worldwide. John‚??s email is JGizzi@EaglePub.Com

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