A presidential candidate stops in Tulsa on Friday in hopes of getting more votes in the Oklahoma primary next Tuesday. Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee described himself as a true conservative with appeal for Oklahoma voters. The News On 6's Emory Bryan reports it was a brief stop in Oklahoma, first in Oklahoma City and later in Tulsa at the airport.
Governor Huckabee said he's still in the race, despite so much media attention on John McCain. He's only won the Iowa primary, but he believes next Tuesday his campaign will get a second wind.
He's surely the best bass guitarist in the race and Governor Mike Huckabee wasn't shy about showing off his skills for the crowd. Several hundred Huckabee supporters met the candidate and got a chance to hear his plea for support.
"Oklahoma please come through for me," said Republican candidate Mike Huckabee.
Huckabee has the support of several key Oklahoma conservative leaders, who believe they can deliver the state's delegates next Tuesday.
"I want the conservatives around the state of Oklahoma to know that this is the true conservative in the race today," said Oklahoma Senator Randy Brogden.
Huckabee's message focused on limited government.
"Government ought to understand that its purpose is not to provide for us, but to protect us so we can provide for ourselves," said Republican candidate Mike Huckabee.
Huckabee got cheers when he called for eliminating the Internal Revenue Service in favor of the fair tax plan. And, the crowd appreciated his call for a traditional definition of marriage.
"Marriage means a man and a woman, as life partners," said Republican candidate Mike Huckabee.
His personal beliefs are the attraction for some supporters. Huckabee took shots at both John McCain and Mitt Romney for what he called their more liberal record and focused on Romney for spending so much to stay in the race.
"Ladies and gentlemen, let's not let this election get bought," said Republican candidate Mike Huckabee.
Huckabee's Oklahoma rally generated some free publicity for him, just four days out from what could be the critical vote for his campaign.