SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- You might guess that Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor and Baptist preacher who recently penned the bestseller "God, Guns, Grits and Gravy," is a PC guy (as in computers, not consciousness).


"I'm an Apple snob," Huckabee declared here Friday. "I have pretty much everything Apple."

The Republican presidential hopeful carries an iPhone (the 6-plus), two iPads (a mini and a regular tablet) and a MacBook Pro.

Huckabee is eyeing the Apple Watch -- Jeb Bush, another presidential hopeful, recently got one and boasted this week about its health apps -- though he isn't sold just yet.

"That's one that hasn't caught my fancy yet," Huckabee told reporters.

When adviser Chip Saltsman interjected that the device would enable him to talk into his wrist "Dick Tracy style," the governor demurred.

"Like that's really important to me, to talk to my watch," Huckabee said facetiously. "I'm having enough trouble carrying on a conversation with humans, much less a piece of machinery."

For years, the Huckabee family had PCs. But during his 2008 presidential campaign, Huckabee and his wife, Janet, noticed that most of the journalists covering them used Apple computers. When she needed to buy a new computer, she asked the reporters for their recommendations.

"Every one of them without exception said 'Apple,'" Huckabee recalled. "We tried to talk her out of it, said, 'No, no, no, you don't want to go there.' But she did the exact opposite. She went and got one -- and she was a ninja on it."

Janet Huckabee convinced her husband to get in on the Mac craze. He bought his first Apple laptop and, "less than a day later, I closed the PC and haven't touched it since."

At his Friday news conference in Scottsdale, where he had come to address the Republican National Committee meeting, Huckabee surveyed the room to see which reporters were typing on Macs. When he spotted an Associated Press reporter using a Dell, Huckabee threatened to punish him.

“Maybe we should make you sit back there," Huckabee playfully told the reporter, Steve Peoples. "It’s kind of sad.”

But Peoples stayed put. Then he asked Huckabee about the Iraq war.