by Max Brantley
HUCKABEE NEWS RELEASE
On Thursday, May 3, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee will join his peers in the first Republican Presidential Candidates Debate for 2008 at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, CA.
The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library is hosting the debate in conjunction with MSNBC and Politico.com. The debate will air exclusively on cable’s MSNBC, with full coverage on MSNBC.com. It will air at 8pm ET / 7 pm CT/ 5pm PT.
Earlier this week, Huckabee’s campaign officially registered to get on the 2008 South Carolina Republican Presidential Primary ballot with the hand-delivery of a check by political veteran Mike Campbell for $25,000 to Katon Dawson, Chairman of the South Carolina Republican Party.
Completing the registration process with the South Carolina GOP confirms Governor Huckabee’s participation in the second Republican Presidential Debate, scheduled for May 15, 2007.
The South Carolina Debate will be hosted by the South Carolina Republican Party and broadcast commercial-free, starting at 9 PM ET / 8 pm CT live nationally on Fox News. The debate will take place at the Koger Center on the campus of the University of South Carolina and will be moderated by Brit Hume.
“I’m looking forward to discussing the issues with my fellow Republican candidates. I’m confident my authentic conservative message will resonate with voters throughout South Carolina – and across America,” said Huckabee.
“I’m certain once America has the opportunity to hear Governor Huckabee’s message of hope and opportunity, they will join our family in recognizing that he is the true conservative in the race for President,” said former South Carolina First Lady Iris Campbell, whose family has played an integral role in the election of every Republican Presidential nominee since Ronald Reagan.
Earlier this year, Mrs. Campbell agreed to serve as Honorary Chair of Huckabee’s presidential exploratory committee in South Carolina.
Mike Campbell, who serves as a National Senior Advisor to the campaign in South Carolina, said, “I’m excited for the upcoming debates so that American people can see the authenticity of Governor Huckabee’s conservatism, his optimism and plan for America’s future.”
Following the May 3rd debate, Huckabee will travel to New Hampshire for a brief campaign swing on May 5th and 6th. Later in the month, he returns to South Carolina with significant momentum, having been hailed the favorite at the Spartanburg County Convention on April 22, 2007. He came in a close second at the Greenville County Convention.
“I’m pleased to be heading into debate season with some momentum in South Carolina, Iowa, New Hampshire and other key states. My message is clearly resonating with the Republican party’s core voters,” Huckabee said.
“I’m looking forward to returning to the Palmetto State. Our momentum there will carry us through the early GOP primaries,” he said.