September 20th found my family and I in Marshalltown, Iowa, this time to attend a meet and greet with Mike Huckabee! Held in the great, spacious outdoors, we brought our lawn chairs and enjoyed the sunshine until we were roasting hot. We then moved to the shade. We had the opportunity to talk with Governor Huckabee, and have our picture taken with him! Meanwhile the rock and roll band “641” blasted away with modern gospel music. Then right on time (he was even early!) Mr. Huckabee joined them on the bass guitar for one song, before taking the microphone to give a brief speech. He told how some people say he's just running for office to make his name bigger, so he could host a TV show, be a big time author, or something. But he has already done all that. He says he's running because this country is in big trouble, and we need someone who knows what he is doing to become the next president. He addressed a few issues like foreign policy, national security and how importantly this country needs to have a standard of morality for God to bless it. He then was open to questions from the audience. When asked about how he would help with the education problem, he replied that he would help by getting the government out of it—the states, local community, and first of all, the parents should be in charge. He gave several good answers, and I would consider voting for him in the caucuses, except I won't be old enough to vote. Mr. Huckabee then left to return to his home back in Florida. The whole crowd left also, leaving the poor rock and roll band with hardly any audience. It was an interesting "meet and greet", and I was happy for the opportunity to attend.
After attending our 1st meet and greet with Mike Huckabee, we heard a couple weeks later that he would be in our area again! It wouldn't be much of a drive, and since the event was at our local Pizza Ranch, afterward we would have the opportunity to feast on pizza! Besides, I really liked what Mr. Huckabee has to say, and we also thought it would be neat to ask him to autograph our family photo with him. So, those of us who were able to skip work for a couple hours, jumped into our van, and were on our way. We arrived plenty early, so we greeted those around us whom we recognized, and ordered a delicious looking buffet style meal.
At 11:45 the former governor stepped into the room, greeted everyone, and began his speech. He told why he would be able to defeat Clinton if he were to be the Republican nominee. As the lieutenant governor of Arkansas from '93-'96, Huckabee came into office receiving a very cold reception. The democrats disliked him so much that they had his office door literally nailed shut, and all the furniture removed from his room for his first 53 days in office. The democrats avoided him, and were unfriendly, plus they had spent the budget down to almost nothing before the election. Huckabee said that he had defeated the Clinton machine as governor, and he would do it again if elected as the nominee.
Huckabee is for a flat tax (which totally eliminates the IRS), he is against Obamacare, he's for protecting Social Security, and he says his first act as president will be to end the national disgrace of failing to properly care for veterans who sacrificed so greatly for our country.
The governor ended with asking everyone to make sure they would come vote for him on that cold night in February, because he would be the one who would be able to help get the country back on the right track.
Check out Mike's website at: www.mikehuckabee.com !