Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee took to the stage tonight to do one thing—bridge the divide between evangelicals and Mitt Rommey.
And he did it with one line: “I care far less about where Mitt Romney takes his family to church than about where he takes this country.”
Huckabee has come a long way since 2007 when he made this comment in an article in The New York Times Magazine: “Don’t Mormons believe that Jesus and the devil are brothers?”
He apologized to Romney after that comment and said that they were “rivals, now united.”
Another takeaway that will likely resonate beyond tonight: Huckabee mentioned Romney giving 16 percent of his income to charity in comparison to Obama giving 2 percent. Expect that to be woven into the tax release debate and used as a way to frame Romney as charitable and concerned about the poor.
And Huckabee proved himself adept at throwing all sorts of red meat, calling Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s voice an “awful noise,” and saying that Obama, is a “self-professed evangelical” who “believes that human life is disposable and expendable at any time in the womb or even beyond the womb.”